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The Greatest Christmas Stories Ever Told! – #23

The countdown continues with 1955’s “Dinner at Grandma’s” from 1955’s Walt Disney’s Christmas Parade by Vic Lockman and the OTHER great Duck artist, Tony Strobl.

Tony Strobl is an interesting figure in comics history. He went to school with Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster and Siegel actually tried to replace Shuster with Strobl on Superman in the early days but Strobl passed, feeling he wasn’t right for the character, Strobl was a brilliant comic book artist, but the series of comics he worked on just so happened to be the same ones that Carl Barks, an even MORE brilliant comic book artist, ALSO happened to be working on, so Strobl tends to be overshadowed a bit by Barks’ greatness. And that’s a shame, as Strobl was a wonderful artist.

The #23 story on the countdown, “Dinner at Grandma’s,” shows Donald Duck being sent on an outlandish mission by Uncle Scrooge to the only store owned by Scrooge that is not doing boffo business during the holidays.

The boys help Donald through one of Gyro Gearloose’s inventions (invention is a stretch of the word) – he found a rare breed of hummingbird that can drag a small chariot at extremely high speeds!

So Donald and the boys head off to Outer Congolia and, I’ll admit, Lockman leaned a bit too much on the whole “ethnic stereotype” jokes with the Congolians (a lot of pidgin English), but the basic idea of them making Donald their king because they think he is a wizard (and their old king is a tyrant who will not allow them to buy any presents for the holidays, hence Scrooge’s store not doing any business) is a good one.

And his downfall is handled well, as well…

Strobl is a great artist and such an adept storyteller.

Once Donald and the boys are on their way, they must find a new way home since the store sold out ENTIRELY, including the hummingbirds Donald left there when he first showed up! But who bought them but Santa Claus himself!!!

Once home, Donald thinks he has won the big bag of cash, but things are not what they seem…

Scrooge tricking them into thinking they got one over on him so as to hide his generosity was an especially inspired bit by Lockman.

7 Comments

This was my #2, so this probably wouldn’t have made the list if I hadn’t voted.

Also, Scrooge being dragged in to Christmas dinner at the end is one of my absolute favorite scenes in any comic ever.

love the look on Scrooges face when i read this story . not to mention donald letting the power go to his head

That really is some strong storytelling. I really need to get my hands on some more duck comics.

“I happen to be a rare coin authority..”
Donald??

As for the worth of the coin..in 2013 money that would be $871. Not a bad gift at all.

“As for the worth of the coin..in 2013 money that would be $871. Not a bad gift at all.”

Not exactly “a fortune” as Donald said, especially for a guy like Scrooge. But, as Nicole said, I sure as shootin’ wouldn’t turn down that present.

This is great! I’ve never read this story, or it would have made my list. I really want to read more of the classic duck comics… pity they’re not more readily available.

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