Comic Book / DuckTales

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 version

  • 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.
  • Ash Face: Doofus gets covered in ash from an explosion during "The Once and Future Warlock."
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Shout-Out:
    • In "Double Indemnity", after he and Launchpad destroy a clone, Dewey says, "He's melting! What a world!"
    • In "Down and Out, But Not 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!"
    • 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 Flabberge story, Scrooge, upset over a burglar escaping with a clue, says, "The Lady Vanishes, with our only egg clue."
    • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • While You Were in Diapers: Scrooge tells one of the Beagle Boys that, "I learned to fence while you were still crawling in diapers!"

Tropes in the Boom! version

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Pun: Scrooge calls Webby "a chick off the old block."
  • 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.
  • Shout-Out: In one comic, Donald says, "With all the ships at sea, he had to be on the one caught speeding by mine."