Amazon.com: Uncle Scrooge and Donald Duck: “The Son Of The Son”, The Don Rosa Library Vol. 1
“Great howling crashwagons!” The Richest Duck in the World is back—and so are noisy nephew Donald, wunderkinder Huey, Dewey, and Louie, and rascally richnik Flintheart Glomgold! Because you asked for it, we’re proud to present our first complete, chronological book of Duck adventures by contemporary fan favorite Don Rosa—following in the footsteps of Disney legend Carl Barks with an exciting, lovingly detailed visual style all his own! Rosa, among the world’s most beloved modern cartoonists, launched his Bark-sian career in 1987. Famed for his prizewinning “Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck,” Rosa wrote and drew a whopping two decades’ worth of ripping Scrooge and Donald yarns! Presented with sparkling color and “extras,” these Duckburg epics are getting a definitive, comprehensive North American edition for the very first time—at a price even Scrooge would consider a bargain! Full color illustrations throughout
BLESS YOU, FANTAGRAPHICS
It’s also confirmed that Don himself is heavily involved on production of this set, which means he’s being compensated, and that this will be the definitive publication of his work in his own language.
Good as it gets, folks!
So Awesome that Don is involved it this! To tell the truth though, I would expect nothing less from Fantagraphics, they truly are one of the rare class acts in the industry.
“I didn’t go along with the editors’ idea that children who bought comics were ignorant, blubbering infants. I assumed that my average reader was around twelve years old, semi-worldly, and already quite knowledgeable about mechanics, history, science, nature, travel, and so on. I felt that readers of any age would be more pleasantly entertained by stories that were plausibly written and believably drawn.”
-Carl Barks, artist and writer of Donald Duck
When Don Rosa makes an appearance at a convention he always has an assortment of prints with him.
A large number of these prints are famous comic book covers with the original characters replaced with characters from the Duck Universe.
I always loved that idea and one boring winter day I thought it would be fun to take a shot at making one myself. The cover I chose was Fantastic Four #49 drawn by the King himself, Jack Kirby.
The issue, “If This Be Doomsday!”, was the continuation of the first appearance of the villain Galactus in the the Marvel Universe. It is a classic comic in every sense of the word, and one of my favorite comic covers of all time.
In my version I chose to reverse the roles. Galactus and Silver Surfer would be Scrooge and Donald while the Fantastic Four would be filled by various members of the Beagle Boys Gang.
I really liked how the drawing turned out. If I could change something about it, I would change the Beagle Boys. They come off as being flat to me, and I would have liked them to be more dynamic, to actually convey a sense of movement and pop off the page. When I was done with the drawing, I scanned the image in and did some basic flat coloring. I never went back and did any shading on it though.
I have a small collection of original sketches by Don Rosa. This is my newest, a quick drawing of Donald Duck.