>John D. Rockerduck
>not John D. Rockerfeather
Ya dun goofed, Barks.
Barks only ever used him in one story near the end of his career. For some reason he took off in Europe. Maybe it's because he was more "American" than White South African Glomgold?
People didn't like putting Glomgold in the stories during apartheid. Disney changed him to Scottish like Scrooge when Ducktales came around. Maybe Rockerduck was an easy substitute.
Rosa had a good idea for a difference.
Scrooge worked for his money. Glomgold st9le and swindled it. Rockerduck just inherited it, so he's a braggart who doesn't know the value of hard work, like a Gladstone for Scrooge
Im a TV pleb and never read the comics. Does she have Super-rich parents?
Excuse me, but in Glomgold's case, the correct term is "Boer".
At least that's what he said he was in The Life and Times of $crooge.
Rockerduck's Scrooge's main antagonist in a lot of European countries, to the point where the casuals in those countries think Glomgold's just an early discarded version of Rockerduck.
It's not even Europe as a whole, but mostly Italy (also Brasil, I think). Scandinavian comics often use both, although they never portray Glomgold as Buer, but as Scottish like Scrooge.
in European(mostly Italian) stories, though, the difference is different.
There, Rockerduck is usually he first one jumping on new ways to make money, like dotcoms, green economy, etc, with Scrooge playing the part of the old fossil stuck in the past... until he surpasses Rockerduck at his own game
In older stories, there was more a portrayal of Rockerduck as a New Rich, enjoying\wasting money.
Also, in a sort of roles-reversal over time, in older Italian stories Scrooge had no problem whatsoever cheating, contra-banding, industrial thieving, etc while that role has become, over the years, mainly Rockerduck's
Still, Rockerduck is usually portrayed as perfectly competent Number #2 only because Scrooge is absurdly lucky.
And then Scrooge paid off his buddy Teddy Roosevelt to bust Rockerduck's trust.
>old school - the pre-stone age school
Jesus Christ. Forget the gasoline, Huey's burns will get you to the hospital the fastest.
glomgold is in many ways meaner and more rotten, hes also despicted as being about as cheap as scrooge himself
Rockerfeather is willing to spend big money if it means he wins, he also has an obsession with eating his hats for some reasons, i think it started as him saying "i will eat my hat if scrooge wins" and it took off from there
IIRC it originated as a joke: "I'll eat [something unlikely] if I lose" is(was?) a common expression in Italy, and they used it as a joke having Rockerduck actually eating his hat.
It became a recurring gag whenever Rockerduck would lose. He also became quite the gourmet about hats.
>hes also despicted as being about as cheap as scrooge himself
I was reading my Rosa collection over the weekend, had a good laugh at this scene.
I've got a few minutes to kill, so here's Guardians of the Lost Library by Rosa.
Raise your hand if you saw this coming.
not really, Rockerduck is rarely on treasure hunts in European stories
there is also the fact Rockerduck is a relatively decent person, has it out for Scrooge but usually doesn't actively act to harm others
Not everything's about the Jews, Anon. Some day, you'll realise that.
Glomgold is as stingy and greedy as Scrooge, but utterly murderous and downright nasty when he wants to be. He tried to kill Scrooge and his nephews in his final Barks story and is willing to lie, cheat or steal to make money.
Rockerduck is Scrooge's business rival, willing to spend money and splurge to make more money where Scrooge won't. He's nasty, troublemaking and often duplicitous, but not evil.
I want to say that it was established somewhere that Rockerduck is the 3rd richest duck just under Glomgold but I can't really think of where.
He works with the Beagle Boys at times.
This reminds me: Beagle Boys are just named Brothers B in Polish. To be fair B is prononced like an "ugh" equivalent, but it's still kinda lame
what the fuck are those pants
Of course he has, though he's not above acting himself(he actually does it quite often)
Still, he's not going to, say, let an environmental disaster happen just to win one over Scrooge, or just to make some more money.
In Italian stories, he's always called Lusky(from Losco->Shady, sly)
Wasn't that his relative? The Ducktales butler was named Ducksworth, not sure about the Italian one - he's called Battista in the original, but he was Harpagon in some translations, after the epnonymous character from Molier's The Miser.
In Polish translation he's named Lizoos (lizus = lackey, toady)
The way I always understood it was this:
Only Scrooge was tougher than the toughies, smarter than the smarties, and made his fortune square.
Glomgold was tougher than the toughies and smarter than the smarties. Rockerduck made his fortune square.
German comics tried to retroactively make him Scrooge's main enemy from the beginning for some reason
Rockerduck is also smarter of the smartest.
He's just unlucky and not as hardcore as Scrooge, though he's no light-weight... him and Scrooge OFTEN end up in fistcuffs without a clear winner
That's, I think, from Italian Story and Glory of the Duck Dynasty- in that story, Scrooge's family and Rockerduck's family were rivals since the Roman Empire
A lot of the Italian shit is weird, like Scrooge's secretary not only not being old but also having a human figure. The Italians clearly want to fuck the ducks but only get aroused by the bills, not the actual duck shape
Italian duck continuity can be weird. They do their own things that nobody else does. There's a lot of really good Italian stuff and Italian characters but they clearly have their own way of interpreting the ducks that nobody else does.
The Italian name of the Beagle Boys is Banda Bassotti==Dachshund Band.
So OBVIOUSLY they have a mascot dog who is a dachshund.
He's even called Ottoperotto(8x8), because he's BassOTTO BassOTTO(Dachshund Beagle, Otto=Italian for 8), his dogtags being, of course, 64
Scrooge's secretary being young is relatively recent, fanon wants her the successor to Miss Quackfaster, who retired because old age.
The Scandinavian Men in Black parody is imo better than a lot of the Italian stuff
That's awfully presumptuous given the Dutch, Brazilian and Netherlands have been producing Disney material for just as many years as Italy and doing just fine as well, but whatever. I think each country has its own little quirks that I like and dislike, but I dont think one is more wrong or right than the other. The only country that got it completely wrong was America because Dell/Gold Key fucked American duck and mouse fans over royally and the market never recovered
The joke is lost in a lot of translations, German one is Achtmalacht (8x8 too) which makes no sense as a reference to their name (as other anon said before, just "safebreakers")
In Polish they gave up and it's "Bereks" - Reks/Reksio is a popular dog name, Be standas for Beagle Boys/Bracia Be
The entire "franchise" is made by Danes, artist is German/Danish and the writer is a Dane.
There's quite a lot of continuity in this stuff which really surprised me.
I like him a lot, honestly, the style is very expressive and he does ok monsters considering the limitations of the setting.
Out of the Italian artists, I like Enrico Faccini a lot - his style is pretty unique (and works really well for Fethry - it seems to be his favorite character anyway), while most of the other Italian stuff all looks the same to me. He also did Fethry x Spider-Man fanart
Shit, I need to read that because I barely tolerate Fethry's existence.
I bought their first issue of WDC&S, it was pretty good. I've heard they want to make their own stuff soon, so that'll be nice.
Faccini's Fethry is GOAT, but then I like the character a lot in the first place anyway
Gladstone and Gemstone had started with Romano Scarpa years ago. Disney all but ignored Italian material. Gemstone printed a few more things but it wasn't until Boom that a large amount of it was finally printed. Unfortunately, outside of Darkwing Duck which was made in the states, a lot of what Boom did wasn't handled well at all. Some was but not a lot. IDW is basically doing what Boom didn't do right with the ducks and mice until the very end of its run
Fethry's a good character who was handled badly for decades. The Anerican stuff they've been choosing with him in it (especially the original American made studio stories) have warned me up to him quite a bit. He's eccentric, well meaning, scatterbrained and heavily into fads but he's not Donald's version of Goofy.
How long is IDW supposed to have the licenses for Disney comics? I can't see them delivering anything but 'italian duck comics:the greatest hits' in the Donald Duck and Uncle Scrooge books.
It doesn't seem likely that they would be absolute madmen and release Duck comic TPBs by country of origin or anything that would let them shit out translations without being restricted by their monthlies
See, I still have fond memories of buying every Disney BOOM! Kids title (aside from Darkwing Duck, which I trade waited). Damn it, I still want Wizards of Mickey translated in its entirety!
I didn't even notice...