The Don Rosa Library Vol. 6: The Universal Solvent Review

The Don Rosa Library

Fantagraphics debuted the first volume of the Don Rosa Library, The Son of the Sun, in 2014. Since then, they have released two volumes each year. In November 2018, the tenth and final volume, The Old Castle’s Other Secret, will be released. The library will contain the complete chronological collection of all of his Uncle Scrooge and Donald Duck stories. There were a total of 88 stories by Don between 1987 and 2006.

The Richest Duck in the World

Don Rosa Library Vol. 6 is 212 pages, and it includes stories published between 1994 and 1995. Vol. 6 was released on October 22nd, 2016. The majority of the pages are the stories, but there are also some supplement sections with a biography about Don’s life as well as behind the scenes pictures and stories about each and every story that is included in this edition. We also get treated to covers that Don drew for other duck comics. I am glad that it is included in this volume and every volume of the Don Rosa Library.

Don Rosa Library Vol. 6 is available in hardcover and Kindle versions. It is also included in a two pack that includes both Don Rosa Library Vol. 5 and Vol. 6. A link to buy this book can be found at the end of this review.

Included Stories

There are 7 Disney Duck stories included in the Don Rosa Library Vol. 6:

  • The Duck Who Never Was
  • The Treasury of Croesus
  • The Universal Solvent
  • An Eye For Detail
  • The Lost Charts of Columbus
  • The Incredible Shrinking Tightwad
  • Hearts of the Yukon

The Duck Who Never Was celebrates Donald Duck’s 60th Birthday which took place on June 9th, 1994. Donald thinks everyone forgot his birthday. He reports to his first day on the job at a museum, and he is immediately forced retired on his first day on the job because 60 is the museum’s retirement age. On the way out he knocks over a vase that hits him over the head and releases the Birthday genie. Anyone who rubs the vase on their Birthday gets a wish, and Donald accidentally wishes that he was never born. In a world where Donald was never born: Gyro stops inventing. Daisy is a rich romance novelist. Magica got Scrooge’s dime and is the new richest duck in the world. Scrooge is poor, and he lives on the street. The Beagle Boys are cops. Gladstone is still extremely happy. Huey, Dewey, and Louie live with Gladstone and are lazy. Donald must get back to the museum to rub the birthday vase to get the Birthday Genie to help undo the wish. I thought that this was a very clever story, and I thought it was a fitting tribute to celebrate Donald’s 60th birthday.

The The Treasury of Croesus is a treasure hunting adventure with Scrooge, Donald, Huey, Dewey, and Louie. Using the Junior Woodchuck Guidebook, the nephews are able to decipher ancient symbols that were carved into stone columns, but first they have to travel all over Europe to track down the column pieces. The ancient text leads the treasure hunters to Croesus’ money bin. The treasure could be worth more than Scrooge’s fortune, but he ends up giving it up to a museum curator for what was behind a door leading to Croesus’ #1 treasure, the first coin ever made.

Gyro Gearloose invents a new liquid solution for Scrooge McDuck in The Universal Solvent. Scrooge wants to use the liquid to mine for diamonds far below the Earth’s crust. Without listening to Gyro’s warnings to be careful, Scrooge dumps the Universal Solvent on the ground which causes a hole all the way to the core center of the Earth. Scrooge, Donald, Huey, Dewey, and Louie have to journey to the center of the earth to retrieve the Universal Solvent before it causes enough natural disasters to destroy the planet.

Scrooge is impressed that Donald can tell the boys apart in An Eye For Detail. Scrooge gives Donald new jobs to use this talent. The jobs have a few great laughs in them because although Donald has an eye for detail, he does not have an eye for following instructions.

I read The Lost Charts of Columbus on Columbus Day. Gladstone and Donald win a fishing trip. Instead of catching fish, Gladstone keeps hooking valuable relics including a golden helmet that allows the owner to claim ownership of North America. Gladstone is too lazy to be landlord of a country so he sold the helmet to a crook who later teams up with his lawyer friend. Meanwhile Huey, Dewey, and Louie find some of Christopher Columbus’ parchment maps in the back of the original Junior Woodchuck guide book from Don Rosa’s Guardians of the Lost Library from Vol. 5. This story links up nicely with that previous story. The maps tell of previous travelers that discovered America so it is a race to stop the crook and the lawyer from finding the artifacts and claiming relations to the family that discovered North America to stop their dictatorship rule and slavery.

The Incredible Shrinking Tightwad is an adventure reminiscent of the sci-fi classic The Incredible Shrinking Man. Donald accidentally turns on a machine that shrinks Donald and Scrooge. There is a problem with the shrink ray where the shrinking will continue for our heroes until they have shrunk out of existence. With Donald and Scrooge missing, the Beagle Boys have Scrooge’s money bin all to themselves. When they find the shrink ray, they decide to shrink the bin and stick it in their pocket. It is up to Huey, Dewey, and Louie to solve the mystery of the missing uncles and money bin.

I love Don Rosa’s stories of Scrooge McDuck in the Yukon mining for his fortune. Hearts of the Yukon is Don’s third story in this era of Scrooge’s life. Colonel Samuel Steele is in Dawson City to bring some law and order to the town. Soapy Slick’s gang get to him first and tells him that Scrooge McDuck is the reason for all of Dawson’s problems. This makes Scrooge the number one priority for Colonel Steele. Goldie wants more Scrooge time so she presses charges against Scrooge so that Colonel Steele can bring him in. Scrooge would secretly like more time with Goldie as well, but he is unable to tell her that.

Final Thoughts

The Don Rosa volumes get better with each and every release. The Duck Who Never Was is a great Donald Duck tribute not just for his 60th Birthday, but it is timeless just like the character himself and could be used to celebrate any of his milestone birthdays. An Eye For Detail cracked me up laughing several times. The Treasury of Croesus and The Lost Charts of Columbus are very smart stories with a lot of historical details. I love that Don researches his stories and adds so much details to his adventures. The Universal Solvent and The Incredible Shrinking Tightwad were very entertaining large scale production stories. Hearts of the Yukon is my favorite story from this volume. I look forward to Don’s next Yukon chapter with Scrooge and Goldie in the Don Rosa Library Vol. 10. That final volume of the library will be released in November.

It would take a lot of time and money to compile a comic collection that included all of these stories. Anything that takes a lot of time and money would not be approved by Scrooge McDuck.

The behind the scenes content on each story really completes this volume for a comprehensive experience. For an extra bonus, we get a comic strip that Don created in college.

HIGHLY RECOMMEND!

You can order the book at the following link:

Don Rosa Library Vol. 6: The Universal Solvent

Don Rosa Library Vol. 5 and 6 Combo Pack

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