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Walt Disney's Uncle Scrooge   (1993)
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Publisher: Gladstone (The Bruce Hamilton Company)

Publication Date: August 1993 - February 1999

Country: United States

Language: English

Awards:
  • 1995 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards - Nominee - Best Continuing Series
  • 1995 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards - Winner - Best Serialized Story: (#285-296 "The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck")


Title Continuity:
Walt Disney's Uncle Scrooge (1993) #281 continues from Walt Disney's Uncle Scrooge (1990) #280
Walt Disney's Uncle Scrooge (1993) #318 continues to Uncle Scrooge (2003) #319

Notes:
This was Gladstone's second bite out of the Uncle Scrooge apple. It was by far their tastiest. Twice nominated for and once the winner of an Eisner, this was a revolutionary approach to the character that sought to imbue Scrooge and by extension all of Ducksburg with an actual backstory. This particular segment of the run of Uncle Scrooge that can be traced all the way back to Dell's Four Color, was by far its most complex.

One of the most important features of this run was the ascendancy of Don Rosa. The author and artist on the award-winning story arc, "The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck", Rosa established himself as the pre-eminent modern artist working on Duck titles. In the eyes of many Donaldists, it was this run that made many put him on a par with Carl Barks as a chronicler of Scrooge McDuck adventures.

The Marvel connection
In 1993, Disney did something funky with their licensing. In the first place, they reserved the right to continue publishing their own original material, which ultimately led to non-character-specific anthology titles like Disney Adventures. In the second, they abandoned the practice of handing out a single license to a lone publisher. Instead, they basically divided the license along historical lines. Any characters created (more or less) after Michael Eisner took over the company in the early 1980s went to Marvel (and, later, Acclaim). Any characters created by Disney himself or during the era when a Disney family member was in charge of the company went back to Gladstone.

Gladstone had learned something from its late-80s possession of the license. They were just too small a company to deal with losses arising from the return of books from the newsstand market.

So Marvel became their newsstand distributors. The deal was a bad one for Marvel, though. It only lasted until late 1995. Thus you will find that through issue #292 of this title, there are in fact two copies of most issues: one bearing the Gladstone label (for the direct market) and one with a Marvel logo (for newsstands).

After that, the per-issue price takes a steep climb. Gladstone, no longer able to protect itself from the financial ruin inherent in newsstand returns, passed most of the cost on to the specialist collectors who would never have dreamed of returning the issues in the first place.

Number of issues cataloged: 38



Issue   Title   Story Arc   Cover Date
318
 
  The Life and Times of Scr...
  February 1999
317
 
 
  January 1999
316
 
 
  December 1998
315
 
 
  November 1998
314
 
 
  October 1998
313
 
 
  September 1998
312
 
 
  August 1998
311
 
 
  July 1998
310
 
 
  June 1998
309
 
 
  May 1998
308
 
 
  February 1998
307
 
 
  December 1997
306
 
  The Life and Times of Scr...
  October 1997
305
 
 
  August 1997
304
 
 
  June 1997
303
 
 
  April 1997
302
 
 
  February 1997
301
 
 
  December 1996
300
 
 
  October 1996
299
 
 
  August 1996
298
 
 
  June 1996
297
 
  The Life and Times of Scr...
  April 1996
296
 
  The Life and Times of Scr...
  February 1996
295
 
  The Life and Times of Scr...
  December 1995
294
 
  The Life and Times of Scr...
  October 1995
293
 
  The Life and Times of Scr...
  August 1995
292
 
  The Life and Times of Scr...
  June 1995
291
 
  The Life and Times of Scr...
  April 1995
290
 
  The Life and Times of Scr...
  February 1995
289
 
  The Life and Times of Scr...
  December 1994
288
 
  The Life and Times of Scr...
  October 1994
287
 
  The Life and Times of Scr...
  August 1994
286
 
  The Life and Times of Scr...
  June 1994
285
 
  The Life and Times of Scr...
  April 1994
284
 
 
  February 1994
283
 
 
  December 1993
282
 
 
  October 1993
281
 
 
  August 1993







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