This is the 12th and last episode
of "The Life and Times of $crooge McDuck". Both the end...and the
This story happens at the same time than "Christmas on Bear Mountain" (OS 178), and so at Christmas 1947, first appearance of Scrooge in comic books! For those who know that story, "The Richest Duck in the World" happens between Scrooge tells James to tell his nephews that he's inviting them the day after (19th page), and the last page (20th page).
The first redrawn panels in this story are not from a comic book but from a ...movie!
Look at those panels and let's compare with those pictures from the beginning of "Citizen Kane" from Orson Welles, 1941 :
For Charles Foster Kane, it is the end of the life... and the beginning of a new one for Scrooge!
Hum... WELL !... Back to the comicbooks universe !
Let's go inside Scrooge's Manor, with this panel redrawn after "Christmas on Bear Mountain" :
"Everybody hate Him and He hates Everybody!..." :
A little tour in a gentleman's car, from "Christmas on Bear Mountain" too :
This famous panel is from "Tralla La" (W US 6). Seems that Don Rosa likes this panel, as he uses it more than once... :
And we finish with this wonderful panel (well... it is wonderful in the comicbook, so buy it if you want to see a nice drawing... A computer will never do as well as a human being...especially when this human being is Mr. Keno Don Rosa!...
Don Rosa :"That last page I had planned all along, and as
a full-page. How many full-page illustrations have ever appeared in a Disney
comic? Barks did two that I recall, both in Dell giant comics. Any others...?"
Me : "Well...no, Unca'Keno"
This lst panel is a real masterpiece! Each cloud-bubble refers to an episode from "The Life and Times of $crooge McDuck", and one both from "Lo$" and "Only a Poor Old Man" (OS 386) :
There is also a panel from Barks' "The Money Well" (W US 21),
showing Fort Duckburg. You can find this panel at the Fort
In the drawing "Scrooge's First Appearances", Don Rosa uses a panel from "Christmas on Bear Mountain".
Other stories using panels from "The Money Well" are "His Majesty, McDuck" (AR 145), "The Guardians of the Lost Library" (D 92380), "The Invader of Fort Duckburg" (D 93227) (Fort Duckburg),"The Richest Duck in the World" (D 93488), and "W.H.A.D.A.L.O.T.T.A.J.A.R.G.O.N." (D 97052) (Fort Duckburg).
Panels from "Tralla La" are also used in "Last Sled to Dawson" (AR 113),"Return to Xanadu" (D 90314), and "The Guardians of the Lost Library" (D 92380).
Panels from "Only a Poor Old Man" are used in "Cash Flow" (AR 106), "Last Sled to Dawson" (AR 113), "The King Of The Copper Hill" (D 92083), "The Billionaire Of Dismal Downs" (D 93121), and "The Empire-Builder from Calisota" (D 93288).
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