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Golden Age Christmas – Christmas on Bear Mountain!

Welcome to the latest edition of Golden Age Christmas, where we will feature a different Golden Age Christmas comic book story every day from now until Christmas Eve!

Today we look at the 1947 Carl Barks Christmas story that introduced the world to one of the most famous comic book characters of all-time..

Barks had been doing Donald Duck stories for a few years before giving the world of Duckburg its second-most famous resident, Uncle Scrooge McDuck.

Here is how he came into the comic book world, in 1947′s Four Color Comics #178…

With the plot dutifully set up, Donald and the boys settle into the cabin, but the boys have a request…

While they’re out there trying to get a Christmas Tree, a baby bear sneaks into their cabin. Barks does an extended sequence where Donald and the boys don’t know for SURE that a bear is in the house, just that things keep disappearing (like chocolate and roller skates), until they finally discover the bear…

As you might imagine, the baby bear’s mother is in the tree and chaos ensues. Both mama and baby bear end up taking over the cabin. The boys and Donald decide to win back their home (either that or freeze to death outside). The boys chase the baby bear while Donald tries to sneak up on the sleeping mother bear to tie her up but promptly faints into her arm.

It is at this point that Scrooge shows up in his bear costume only to discover a bizarre scene. The boys are CHASING A BEAR! And then Donald, his wimp of a nephew, is…

Very fun story by a comic book master, and this one-off character soon became a rather important part of the Disney comic book universe.

That’s it for the 2012 Comics Should Be Good Advent Calendar! Hope you enjoyed it!

8 Comments

Like Gladstone Gander, very different from how Scrooge would later shape up. I must give Barks credit for not going with the usual gags involving bears and bear suits (i.e., someone who knows about the bear suit ends up trying to slap around the real bear).

Perfect choice for December 24. Thanks for another great year of Comics Should Be Good and another wonderful advent calendar.

Yeah, the Scrooge that the world soon came to know and love would be far too much of a miser to employ a butler, and he wouldn’t spend the money to own a limousine much less have a chauffeur to drive it. It’s the same old angry Donald that we’ve always known, though – Huey, Dewey, Louie, and “Phooey, Phooey, and Phooey!”

Actually in some later stories Scrooge has a butler called Albert, whom he takes advantage of all the time but never pays. Scrooge also has a driver the he likes to fire whenever the driver wants a raise.

Don Rosa also included parts of this story in his book Life and Times of Scrooge mc Duck. There they said that Scooge had retired from business years ago and became this grumpy old man. Donald and the nephews appearence in his life made him reconsider though and eventually he turned into the lovable miser we all know today.

interesting to see scrooge start off as his name sake misery and disliked only after he sees donald winding up worn out from a battle with bears that he changes . what a nice way to end the caladar

Say, does anyone know if The Avengers ever celebrated Christmas as a team, the way the X-Men occasionally did/do? (See Classic Uncanny X-Men “In the Power of…Magnum!” – the X-Men celebrate Christmas in Japan bear the end of the comic!) I’ve been looking but I haven’t found anything that says the Avengers ever got to have a Christmas party as a team.

Sure, the Avengers have celebrated Christmas frequently in recent years. Heck, this month’s Avengers Annual is a Christmas story!

Historically, though, it is fair to say that they haven’t done a lot of Christmas stories. The only one I can think of offhand is as part of the framing sequence in a Marvel Holiday Special in the mid-1970s.

Wow, thanks, Mr. Cronin!! It’s great to know that the Avengers have had a chance to celebrate Christmas as a team. Yours is the first acknowledgement of an Avengers’ Christmas I have ever had. It may be that I have been looking in the wrong places, but I was beginning to think the team had never spent Christmas together!

Do you know where I might find descriptions for these Christmas themed Avengers comics? I have not yet found a website with descriptions for such Avengers comics and I would really like to know at least the general plotline for some of the stories.

Once again, thanks for the information!!!

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