|IDW's Uncle Scrooge #18|
Trying to catch up on some reading again, I just finished The Miner's Granddaughter in IDW’s Uncle Scrooge #18. This is a story I’ve wanted to read for a long time, mostly because I was curious about the backstory of Dickie Duck and her relation to Glittering Goldie.
Even if Goldie is her grandmother they only appear together in two stories! (according to inducks). And in previous English translated stories, Dickie is usually only seen in cameo appearances. The most we’ve seen of her is in Around the World in 80 Bucks where she is hitchhiking with Donald and Scrooge.
|From "Around the World in 80 Bucks" in Uncle Scrooge #388|
I’ve read some other stories with Dickie too (not available in English), but non that really gave much information about her. So what do we learn in The Miner's Granddaughter? Well, not that much really! Apparently Goldie moved down from Dawson to Dollar City to be closer to her granddaughter.
|Glittering Goldie in "The Miner's Granddaughter", drawn by Romano Scarpa|
And now she wants Scrooge to bring her to Duckburg.
|Dickie and Goldie in "The Miner's Granddaughter", drawn by Romano Scarpa|
After a bit of convincing Scrooge ends up taking Dickie back to Duckburg. The rest of the story is a typical Scarpa story with lots of action and chaos and storylines going in all directions. We don’t get to know much more facts about Dickie, we only get a showcase of her personality and "free spirit". It's not one of Scarpa's best stories, but it's still interesting to see his version of Goldie and Dickie's first appearance.
Some other interesting notes from The Miner's Granddaughter:
We get to see flashback scenes from Scrooge’s past and his days as a gold panner, trapper and steamboat captain – clear references to Carl Barks stories.
|Flashback scenes in "The Miner's Granddaughter", drawn by Romano Scarpa|
Uncle Scrooge has an indoor western town replica to help him relive his past.
|From "The Miner's Granddaughter", drawn by Romano Scarpa|
Gus Goose is calling Grandma "mum" [nothing special about that.. check the comments]