The eighty-fifth comic: #184 Uncle Scrooge: The Second-Richest Duck

Thanks to my grandparents' giant collection of Donald Duck magazines when I was growing up, I've read a lot of Donald Duck and Scrooge McDuck stories. Coming back to it today then makes for a nice and comfortable restart on the comics list.

While I'm not sure I've read this story before, there are certainly a lot of familiar elements that these stories end up having, with this one being the first appearance of Scrooge's rival Flintheart Glomgold. The amount of ground it manages to cover in twenty pages is quite amazing - not just the two rivals meeting, but also their lengthy competition to determine who wins on the last bit of the test, the fowl with the longest piece of string (as their wealth is equal everywhere else). It's fun, following cartoon conventions, wiht a bit of tension built in even if you know who'll win it at the end by comic logic. For me, it really is a return to a familiar world and familiar art and this is a good entry in that series.