Published by Fantagraphic Books, cover art by Don Rosa.

To be accurate, I read at least some of these stories before when they were first published, and I didn’t reread the one I lettered, “The Quest for Kalevala.” I’ve been a Don Rosa fan for decades, and his duck stories are the best of the best, in my opinion, so I had a great time with these. I think my favorite is “The Black Knight” from 1998. It makes use of one of Don’s best ideas, a universal solvent that can dissolve anything except diamonds instantly. Scrooge has the only remaining supply locked away in his money bin, but that bin is under assault by international burglar The Black Knight, who seems to be able to avoid and subvert all of Scrooge’s bin defenses with ease. Once he gets his hands on Omnisolve™, what will he do with it? The answer is constantly hilarious! Other stories here focus on the origins of the Junior Woodchucks, the origin of Gladstone Gander’s amazing good luck, young cowboy Scrooge at the helm of the famous clipper ship, The Cutty Sark, Scrooge on the trail of the Lost Dutchman mine, and in search of the perfect nutmeg tea, which happens to involve a lost valley of dinosaurs. There’s never a dull moment in this book, and lots of great ideas and great humor.

Highly recommended.

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