Thursday, April 26, 2007

Scrooge McDuck

Joe's a big fan of the comics that became "Duck Tails" when I was young. They're hilarious parodies of the American Dream. The protagonist is oneScrooge McDuck, an eccentric centrifugillionaire, whose always almost losing his money and always thinking about it. His spends most of his free time in his money boz, which contains 3 cubic acres of coins. He likes to "dives about in it like a porpoise", burrow through it like a gopher and toss it up and let it hit him on the head. His ceasing to consider the hoarde as currency and it's frequently precarious position (the hollow Earth opens up beneath it, robbers try to steal it, he must leave it to get away from his city's smog, etc.) show the follies of an addiction to money. Apparently there's a similar critique of technology in the form of Gyro Gearloose, an inventor and believer in Progress, who almost always get the gang killed when he tries to do something right.

Pick 'em up and look at 'em if you get chance. It's a classic piece of American literature. Here's a pic of Scrooge.

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