Fantagraphics The Complete Life and Times of $crooge McDuck Deluxe Edition Review

The greatest story ever told, The Life and Times of $crooge McDuck, is now available in a new deluxe edition published by Fantagraphics. This new deluxe edition is the definitive collector’s edition of Don Rosa’s masterpiece. Like many of you, I have multiple copies of these stories. This is the ultimate edition that “should” be the last copy that you will want in your library as a collector as it includes everything.

Let’s start with the size. This hardcover book is an oversized book, and it is massive. You are going to need a larger book shelf. The book’s dimensions are 14.4 x 2.6 x 18.1 inches. The standard Fantagraphics Don Rosa Library volume is 8.8 x 1.1 x 11.4 inches. The content included in this deluxe edition would normally be spread across multiple volumes; therefore, the page count of this book is 568 pages. The book weighs more than a large newborn at 12.15 pounds.

The Complete Life and Times of $crooge McDuck comes with a really fancy jaw dropping slipcase that includes a replica of Scrooge McDuck’s number one dime. The book will look great on display with the most recent Don Rosa Scrooge McDuck statue release as that is the image on the front cover of the slipcase.

The book is broken up into two halves. The first half of the book is the Eisner Award Winning original 12 chapters of The Life and Times of $crooge McDuck. The second half of the book is the in-between and related stories that were printed later on in Don’s comic career. Each story has a making of section written by Don that includes detailed texts and illustrations. Readers of the Don Rosa Library volumes will be familiar with the making of sections. Don has expanded the making of sections for this deluxe edition with even more behind the scenes illustrations that have never been seen before.

Contents

The Original 12 Chapters:

  • Chapter 1: The Last of the Clan McDuck
  • Chapter 2: The Master of the Mississippi
  • Chapter 3: The Buckaroo of the Badlands
  • Chapter 4: The Raider of the Copper Hill
  • Chapter 5: The New Laird of Castle McDuck
  • Chapter 6:The Terror of the Transvaal
  • Chapter 7: The Dreamtime Duck of the Never Never
  • Chapter 8:The King of the Klondike
  • Chapter 9:The Billionaire of Dismal Downs
  • Chapter 10: The Invader of Fort Duckburg
  • The Duck Family Tree
  • The Money Bin Blueprints
  • Chapter 11: The Empire-Builder from Calisota
  • Chapter 12: The Richest Duck in the World

The In-Between Stories:

  • Chapter 8C: Hearts of the Yukon
  • Chapter 6B: The Vigilante of Pizen Bluff
  • Chapter 3B: The Cowboy Captain of the Cutty Sark
  • Chapter 10B: The Sharpie of the Culebra Cut
  • Chapter 8B: The Prisoner of White Agony Creek

The Related Stories:

  • Last Sled to Dawson
  • Of Ducks and Dimes and Destinies
  • The Dream of a Lifetime
  • Uncle Scrooge 300 Front Cover
  • A Letter From Home, Or the Old Castle’s Other Secret

The Supplements

  • The World of the Life of Scrooge
  • The Flintheart Glomgold Debaffler Page
  • Author’s Acknowledgements

The World of the Life of Scrooge is a visual history of all of the known covers for all publications of The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck. I found this supplemental material to be very interesting and fun to see all of the covers together. I bet some of the people reading this review have several of the covers depicted in this section.

The Flintheart Golomgold Debaffler Page is an index that let’s you know where you can find the Carl Barks stories that are referenced throughout the making of sections in this book.

Review

The Life and Times of $crooge McDuck is the Eisner Award winning biography of Scrooge McDuck’s life. It is my all time favorite collected story. I own and have read through these stories several times. It is essential reading for all fans of Scrooge McDuck. This deluxe edition is the ultimate collector’s edition for these stories. As detailed above, it is a rather large book due to all of the content that is included in this release. It would take you several different Don Rosa Library volumes to collect all of the stories in this deluxe edition. It is really nice to have all of the stories and expansive making of sections all in one place. If you have Vol 1 and 2 of The Complete Life and Times of $crooge McDuck that was published by Fantagraphics in 2019, then you have all of the stories included in the deluxe edition, but you are missing the really interesting making of sections for each story. Scrooge McDuck fans and collectors will want to own this new deluxe edition.

Order: The Complete Life and Times of $crooge McDuck Deluxe Edition

If you are only interesting in the stories, you have the option to order The Complete Life and Times of $crooge McDuck.Vol. 1 and 2.

Order: The Complete Life and Times of $crooge McDuck Vol. 1

Order: The Complete Life and Times of $crooge McDuck Vol. 2

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