New Reviews of Old Comics
Without a doubt I am a big fan of Carl Bark’s ducks stories; Uncle Scrooge, Donald, Huey, Dewey and Louie, they’re all great. Does that extend out to Daisy Duck? Well, if it were a Gladstone reprint from the 90s, no, I probably wouldn’t have bought it. A Dell from the early 60s? I’d have to be on drugs to pass it up. I do have to question the numbering though. 1150? Really? That would be like 96 years of monthly publishing to hit that number, and I don’t think Daisy Duck’s Diary started publication during the Civil War. There must be another story behind that.
This issue is literally wall-to-wall stories with only one back cover ad for a Schwinn girl’s bike. None of the stories are credited. The inside front cover has a black and white story called “Small Fryers,” which seems like a cruel title when ducks are the characters, but it is Daisy entertaining her nieces April, May and June. Now that would make a good trivia question; I didn’t even know they existed until I read this. Next up is “A Sticky Situation” where Daisy is bothered by Donald, all men in general really, and tries to get away from it all with the afore mentioned nieces, only to discover she really does need men after all. Then there is “Ring Leader Roundup” in which Daisy finds an attractive yet seemingly valueless ring that she uses to make Donald jealous. It also winds up helping to solve a crime. Uncle Scrooge makes an appearance in “Ruling the Roost” as Daisy hunts for her missing boss and winds up (temporarily) taking over for him. Daisy continues going strong in “Daringly Different” as she performs a forerunner of “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” just with less crying. Believe it or not there are THREE more stories left in the issue; two one-pagers and a half page story.
Since the stories are un-credited I’m not sure if these are Barks stories or not, but I found them more enjoyable than I expected. I’m the first to admit that some of my enjoyment stems from the fact it is a 1961 Dell edition; as a comic lover you can’t help but have affection for older issues. For me there is something of a time-machine affect. Between reading the stories and ads you feel like you’re getting a glimpse into what people thought during that time.