The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck hardcover

life and times of scrooge mcduck cover

A couple years ago, I finally managed to read The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck and its companion volume.  These books tell the life story of Scrooge McDuck, the richest duck in Duckburg and great-uncle of Donald Duck.  The Life and Times tells the main story of his life, while the companion tells some lesser stories that fall neatly in between the main tales.  Boom Studios recently re-released The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck as a hardcover. Well, that is to say that they released the first half of it.  Annoyingly, I didn't notice in the solicitation text that this book only reprints the first six stories of the twelve that comprise the first storyline.  This is where I think Boom Studios failed.  This version is a page-for-page identical reprint of the trade that was released by Gemstone, even down to Boom's not having updated the page references in the text, and Boom should probably have released the hardcover in one volume.  Certainly size wasn't that much of a consideration, as the trade has held up extremely well under repeated readings.

On the plus side, the content is outstanding, with wonderful stories and art by Don Rosa, the main successor to Scrooge's original creator Carl Barks.  If you've ever had any interest in Disney's duck characters, you will definitely want to read this collection.