Comic Book / DuckTales

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A Boom! Kids comic based on the DuckTales animated series (itself based on the Disney Ducks Comic Universe). This page covers tropes associated with the comic.

Tropes from the Disney Comics series:

  • Agony of the Feet: Overjoyed at seeing Scrooge and the boys alive and well after apparently seeing their ghosts, Launchpad forgets to be careful when trying to demonstrate how he could pass his hand right through them and pokes Scrooge hard in the stomach. A few minutes later, Scrooge says, "Well, I assure you, I'm all here now!" and drives his heel into Launchpad's instep, causing him a lot of pain (which was probably intentional).
  • Ankle Drag: Huey grabs hold of Launchpad's ankle when he's climbing out of Laird's lair. Launchpad thinks a troll has grabbed him and is dragging him down.
  • Ash Face: During "The Once and Future Warlock", Doofus mixes together a number of Laird's potion ingredients to make "a loud noise" so he and Huey can be rescued. The mixture explodes, messing up the room and leaving Doofus with a face full of ash.
  • Catch Your Death of Cold: As Scrooge wanders around Duckburg while trying to figure out what happenednote , he gets caught out in some weather and begins sneezing. He hates this, most notably because cold medicine is so expensive. Later, the cold turns into a fever.
  • Complaining About Rescues They Don't Like: Overlaps with Death by Materialism; in the "Curse of Flabbergé" story, Scrooge loudly protests Launchpad grabbing him away from a diamond he was hunting even though the area was becoming dangerously electrified.
  • Continuity Nod:
  • Covers Always Lie: The cover of issue #15 depicts the Beagle Boys using shovels (or a spoon, in Burger's case) to dig their way under the Money Bin, but in the actual story, they're using a digging machine they stole from Gyro.
  • Damsel in Distress: Webby spends a lot of "Scrooge's Quest" getting in trouble, whether it's getting kidnapped by Magica or falling in a river.
  • Disney Villain Death: Subverted in the "Flabbergé Egg" story. While gloating before he forces Tsaverena Felina to jump off the clock tower, Papa Bluto is startled by the clock going off and falls to his apparent death. However, a few panels later, it's revealed that he got snagged on a flagpole halfway down. What happened afterward is never clarified.
  • Guest Star Party Member: Some stories, such as "The Arcadian Urn", have Donald join the expeditions.
  • "I Can't Look" Gesture: Scrooge covers his eyes and Launchpad turns his back when the Beagle Boys set off an electrical trap during the "Flabbergé" story.
  • Magic Pants: When Launchpad returns to normal in "Double Indemnity", he is fully clothed, despite his clothes having disappeared during the transformation.
  • Meaningless Villain Victory: In a one-shot story, all of Scrooge's efforts to get first pickings at a hill of gold in a native king's territory come to naught as Flintheart manages to get it instead...but it turns out there is no gold on the hill; it's a hill covered with golden flowers which make any would-be plunderer sneeze for months.
  • Paranoia Gambit: "Scrooge's Quest". After Flintheart Glomgold buys out all of Scrooge's businesses and takes over Duckburg, Scrooge pulls this on Glomgold in the final chapter, "All That Glitters is Not Glomgold". By the end of the story, Glomgold is driven so far up the wall thinking Scrooge is out to sabotage him, that he decides victory isn't all it's cracked up to be and willingly tears up his ownership contract of the city.
  • Parasol Parachute: During the first segment of Scrooge's Quest, Scrooge uses his umbrella as a parachute while he's chasing his hat (and the money he tucked inside the band). Later, when he falls off an ice bridge at the North Pole, he uses it again, although he admits that it's not going to be able to save him here. Luckily, it doesn't have to, as the boys call Launchpad, who catches him with the plane.
  • Save the Villain: During the "everlasting coal" story, Flintheart sabotages Launchpad's plane and flies to the area himself in an attempt to get to the everlasting coal before Scrooge. Later, he gets captured by brigands. The heroes decide to save him, although Scrooge gets temporarily sidetracked when he sees the coal.
  • Shout-Out:
    • In "Double Indemnity", after he and Launchpad destroy a clone, Dewey says, "He's melting! What a world!"
    • In "Down But Not Out in Duckburg", Scrooge tries to go into a place called "Alice's Restaurant", which shares its name with a protest song by Arlo Guthrie.
    • In "Terror at the Top of the World", Launchpad calls, "All aboard for the the polar pooch express!"
    • The "Gold Odyssey" segment "The Once and Future Warlock" is probably named after The Once and Future King.
    • In the Flabbergé story, it comes up as a brief gag that the Hill Valley clock tower is mentioned in the Junior Woodchuck Guidebook.
    • Also from the Flabbergé story, Scrooge, upset over a burglar escaping with a clue, says, "The Lady Vanishes, with our only egg clue."
    • In "Belt of Time", when they see Flintheart at the mercy of a Giant Spider, one of the heroes exclaims, "Shades of Shelob!"
    • In one comic where Scrooge's moon rock cufflinks lead to the group being stranded on the moon and out of fuel for the rocket (long story), Launchpad mentions that the cufflinks, actually a cheaply synthesized artificial gem, can be picked up for a nickel in St. Canard. He then adds that he knows this "screwy duck and his daughter" over there.
    • In general, Launchpad makes a lot of references to his adventures in St. Canard.
  • Stumbling Upon the Lost Wizard: During the "Gold Odyssey" arc, the heroes encounter a Really 700 Years Old sorceror called Laird, who serves as the antagonist for that part of the story.
  • Swapped Roles: The story "A Switch in Time" shows Launchpad and Fenton changing jobs briefly. Chaos ensues, given that Launchpad is inexperienced with the GizmoDuck suit and Fenton has no inkling of how to fly a plane.
  • That Was Not A Dream: At the opening of one of the Scrooge's Quest comics, Scrooge wakes up from a nightmare of Webby being captured by Magica and begging him to save her. Upon waking up, he assumes that this means Webby isn't missing and furthermore, Magica didn't steal his Number One Dime, causing him to wake the triplets up to celebrate. Unfortunately, they have to tell him that while he was having a nightmare, Webby and the dime are still missing.
  • Trailers Always Spoil: "The Gold Odyssey" saga features the "covers always spoil" variation. This is especially notorious in issues 9 and 10, whose covers end as the very first scenes of issues 10 and 11 respectively.
  • Triple Shifter: Implied. Launchpad continually drops references to his other life in St. Canard while he's with Scrooge and his family, which seemingly indicates that the pilot skips back and forth between the two cities to keep up with both of his "families." How he manages to do this without collapsing in exhaustion (or being absent very often from either Duckburg or St. Canard) is never explained.
  • Undying Loyalty: In "Down But Not Out in Duckburg", Scrooge comes home to discover that Glomgold has gotten control of all his businesses and even the city in his absence. Despite the fact that he's now just a poor old man, the others stick with him until he finds a way to restore the status quo.
  • While You Were in Diapers: During Scrooge's Quest, Scrooge tells one of the Beagle Boys, "I learned to fence while you were still crawling in diapers!"
  • You Just Had to Say It: At the end of "The Littlest Gizmoduck", Fenton picks up a piece of the makeshift Gizmosuit the nephews and Webby made and asks who's going to wear it for an upcoming school event. The last panel shows Webby putting the Gizmosuit on Fenton, who laments, "When will I learn to keep my big beak shut?"

Tropes in the Boom! version

  • Battle Interrupting Shout: Scrooge brings back King Fulla Cola as the natives, the Beagle Boys, and the members of the McDuck household are engaged in a battle. It's played somewhat more realistically than normal, as Fulla Cola's first shout does not quite get through the noise. However, then he bellows, "STOP!" and everyone stops in their tracks.
  • Big Bad: John D. Rockerduck in the first arc.
  • Canon Discontinuity: At the very least, Dangerous Currency will become this due to the Darkwing Duck omnibus published by Joe Books omitting the last two issues of the original comic and making an entirely new story in its place. It's been stated by some correspondences with Aaron Sparrow that, to begin with, the story was published without Disney's approval, and that a new crossover might be written later, but only time will tell.
  • Canon Welding: The use of Rockerduck in the first arc is an attempt to blend together all Duck stories, including the Duck Tales cartoon and the comics by Carl Barks, Don Rosa, etc.
  • Crossover: With Darkwing Duck in the second and final arc, which now falls under Canon Discontinuity.
  • Fluffy the Terrible: In the "Rightful Owners" arc, the ducks are followed around by a gigantic jellyfish. Webby reveals she named it "Jelly Belly" due to its sweet tooth. The jellyfish is actually friendly (at least towards them), but it looks intimidating.
  • George Lucas Altered Version: The trade paperback edition of the Rightful Owners arc redid some of the artwork for the third issue, which was infamous for being rather poorly done.
  • Harmless Freezing: While trying to return the Lost Crown of Genghis Khan, Scrooge and company are met by a large white figure making mostly incomprehensible noises. They think it's a yeti, causing a mass panic. However, when the "yeti" shakes itself off, it turns out to be Launchpad, covered in ice from a rough landing...and utterly unharmed by it.
  • I Know You Know I Know: Webby asks Scrooge why he's taking a boat instead of a submarine like last time. Scrooge answers that his competitor most likely expects he'll be going in a submarine, so he's going in a boat instead.
  • Keep Away: Scrooge, the kids, and Launchpad toss the candy-striped ruby back and forth to keep it out of the hands of the bad guys trying to steal it.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • In the first issue, when Scrooge McDuck shows Huey, Dewey, Louie, and Webby his collected treasures, he says that he will show them his "life and times", which is a reference to the comic saga The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck.
    • Daisy and Fethry, two characters who appear in the Disney Duck Comics universe, appear as reporters when Scrooge and Rockerduck start their bet.
  • Neck Lift: When King Fulla Cola manages to stop the battle between his people, the McDuck household, and the Beagle Boys in its tracks, Launchpad freezes in position holding one of the Beagle Boys off the ground by the neck.
  • Pun: Scrooge calls Webby "a chick off the old block."
  • Put Their Heads Together: During the "Rightful Owners" arc, Launchpad is discovered by two natives who have been tricked into helping the Beagle Boys. He grabs them and bangs their heads together, knocking them out, and steals one of their wigs and leaf skirts as a disguise before going off to deal with the Beagle Boys.
  • Recurring Character: John D. Rockerduck hires Cinnamon Teal to hypnotize Gladstone Gander in order to take advantage of his luck. Both characters had appeared before in the series.
  • Rogues-Gallery Transplant: Among the Mercenaries John D. Rockerduck hired is Darkwing Duck 's enemies Camille Chameleon and Moliarity. Launchpad lampshades this as he barely remembers Camille when she mentions St. Canard.
  • Series Continuity Error: The authors' attempts to tie the Disney Ducks Comic Universe and the DuckTales continuity together did not always go so well. For instance, in the opening, Webby has to be told how Scrooge got the dinosaur in his zoo; in the episode that covered this, Scrooge didn't wind up taking the dinosaur home and Webby was along on the adventure, which would have removed the need to explain to her.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Triple Shifter: Lampshaded; Webby asks Launchpad how he's here in Duckburg instead of in St. Canard, questioning, "You can't be in two places at once, can you?" Launchpad says, "Of course not; that's just silly!"
  • You No Take Candle: The natives of Rippan Taro speak broken English, although well enough to converse with the non-natives (unless they use figures of speech.)

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