Tuesday, June 23, 2009

My passion for vintage Duckburg and its inhabitants

In Denmark (in fact most of Scandinavia, I think), the most popular cartoon from Walt Disney has always been Donald Duck. I have heard that Mickey Mouse is more popular in the US, but here we always loved Donald Duck (who is called Anders And in Denmark) and all the other inhabitants of Duckburg. Each week for the past 60 years, the Anders And & Co-magazine has been on the shelf every Monday at the magazine-stands all over the country. The image to the left says: 60 years in Denmark

I remember getting the magazine each Monday, and since I was the oldest out of three siblings, I got to read it first ;o)

As an adult, I do not read the Donald Duck magazine at all, and am not interested in the new stories and all those spin-off type series (like Disney Babies and stuff like that).



Carl Barks (1901-2000). Image is from Wikipedia.

The stories that I like best and the artist I like best is without any doubt Carl Barks. Carl Barks is also in my opinion the REAL duck artist, and I truly adore the stories written and drawn by him. They are not only vintage in the cool way, they are also very the funniest and most clever stories. Don't gimme any of that secondary c*** the writers cook up now-a-days ;o)
The image above is from one of my favorite Carl Barks-stories. Donald has written a hit-song, and he has earned a lot of money. He and the nephews celebrate by going on a ski-trip to Avalanche Valley in The White Mountains. The nephews are seriously tired with Uncle Donald's hit, which he is singing to them: "Oh, lend me a grave by the ice-green sea, where only the waves will hear me cry". After reaching Avalanche Valley, strange things start to happen every time the jukebox in the hotel is playing Donald's hit.
What about you? Do you like Donald, Mickey, Uncle Scrooge, Goofy or any of the other characters from Duckburg?

10 comments:

One Swede Read said...

TOO FUNNY - that's my favorite story too, especially the end after the avalanche when all he wants from his nephews (Knattarna in Swedish) are more coins so he can listen to the song over and over until spring comes and the snow melts!! Thanks for reminding me of it - I haven't read Kalle Anka (his Swedish name) in years!

Beth F said...

I love the drawings with the nephews! I did like the Disney characters when I was little, but I don't remember if I had favorite. It's amazing that Donald Duck has been so popular for so long in Denmark.

Louise said...

@ One Swede Read, I posted the image on my Facebook-profile, and a lot of my friends immediately chimed in about how that was also THEIR favorite story :-) I remember we thought that Kalle Anka was SUCH a weird name, but I guess its not much weirder than Anders And ;o)

@Beth, yes, its rather amazing that Donald Duck is still going strong in DK even after 60 years. I mean, my parents read the Donald Duck magazine when they were children :-)

One Swede Read said...

"Anders And" is really weird to the Swedes because "and" in Swedish would be a mallard and not a duck at all. Of course, making fun of our neighbors is a well-known Scandianvian pasttime, so we would probably make fun of you anyways - although we make more fun of the Norwegians than we do of you... :)

Louise said...

Yeah, I think we are also making more fun of the Norwegians than of the Swedes. After all, they have weird language ;o) And living in Copenhagen, I hear Swedish on a daily basis, so I am used to that...

One Swede Read said...

Glad we agree that the Norwegians are the weirdest ones... :)

Louise said...

I work with a Swede and he showed me a hilarious clip on YouTube from a Swedish comedy show with this Swedish guy acting as a Dane. Of course I cannot remember what the show was called, but it was funny!

One Swede Read said...

It's all in good fun, right?! :)

One Swede Read said...

It's all in good fun, right?! :)

Louise said...

Oh, yes, its all good fun :-)