To me personally, this will always be one of the finest graphic novels in existence, putting Don Rosa up there with the likes of Alan Moore and Art Spiegelman. Of course, my opinion is coloured by a multitude of particular factors — by having read this excellent saga doled out in tiny chapters over the course of half my childhood, by before that having already spent my entire living memory immersed in stories set in this universe, by being a person who loves continuity finally being given the backstory of one of my favourite characters in what was (and is) usually considered a continuity-devoid universe …
But in fairness, a lot of these factors can be boiled down to me being the exact target demographic when I first read The Life and Times of $crooge McDuck. In age, and in interests. And one can hardly hold that against it.
Finally, one of the biggest mice spoke.
‘Is there nothing we can do,’ it asked, ‘to repay you for saving the life of our Queen?’
‘Nothing that I know of,’ answered the Woodman; but the Scarecrow, who had been trying to think, but could not because his head was stuffed with straw, said, quickly, ‘Oh, yes; you can save our friend, the Cowardly Lion, who is asleep in the poppy bed.’
– The Wizard of Oz, by L. Frank Baum.
It is a popular superstition in Denmark, that under every church that is built, a living horse must be buried: the ghost of this horse is the death horse, that limps every night on three legs to the house where some one is to die. Under a few churches a living pig was buried, and the ghost of this was called the grave pig.
From the footnotes on page 360 of The Complete Illustrated Works of Hans Christian Andersen (originally published in 1889 as Stories for the Household)
Minister, it takes time to do things ‘now‘!
– Sir Humphrey Appleby,
in Yes Minister series 3, episode 1: “Equal Opportunities”
– So, what do you make of Atticus’ symptoms?
– You didn’t tell me he had symptoms. … Oh my God; it’s back!
– What’s back?
– The pandemic.
– Dr. Lola Adolf Spratt and Dr. Derrick Childrens
in Childrens Hospital 7×2: One Million Saved
“The only thing that will be born here will be scientific understanding. And the only thing that will die will be myth and superstition.”
“Myth will never die. It is the deepest kind of understanding.”
– Arthur Denison and Oriana Nascava,
in Dinotopia: The World Beneath, by James Gurney
This was supposed to be a web of lies, but you’re turning it into a maze of deception!
– Rad Cunningham,
Moonbeam City 1×10: The Wedding of Rad (Lie)