Fridge: Disney Ducks Comic Universe
- Reading some Scrooge McDuck comics coincidentally after reading Daisy Miller got me wondering — Could John D. Rockerduck's popularity in Europe somehow be related to the traditional "old money vs. new money" conflict between old European and American values? Glomgold may be a dishonest Corrupt Corporate Executive, but he is a Self-Made Man like Scrooge. Scrooge's conflict with someone who inherited his fortune like Rockerduck might be more significant to Europeans. Or I could just be far too presumptuous.
- I think you're reading far to much into that. In fact, I, even though I'm an European, prefer 'self-made men'. Times changed, I do not believe that the Europeans still (if they ever did as a whole group) find someone who inherited his fortune more important. ('Cept maybe the English.)
- Don Rosa writing a Kalevala-themed adventure for the Ducks was highly appropriate. As the comic says, Elias Lönnrot wrote the The Kalevala by compiling various Finnish myths, legends, and poetry together — exactly what Don Rosa did with The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck. It's a fitting reminder of how all the great epics were written, from 700 B.C. to 1992.
- In real life, Scrooge would've run out of business quickly. His workers and families will quickly figured that working for ANYONE else will bring much more money and less headaches. Or worse, he will went to jail soon or later when someone sued him for pay his workers at much more lower than minimum wage. However, since he owned nearly any kind of company (from resorts to oil refinery), he can get away with it since he contributed so much to taxes and people lives that he's practically invicible to law, and people who starved for job will still work with him anyway. The effect is showed in some of Don Rosa and Carl Barks's comics, where Scrooge's showed as the only man in Duckburg that able to pay things like Rocket Project and giant robot's production cost.
- On the other hand, he pays so little to Donald... because it's time off for him. He doesn't consider it 'real work', he simply covers the time lost by Donald when on treasure hunts, but since Scrooge is an explorer, he also considers the treasure hunt to be a reward in itself... Or at least this is what he'd tell Donald!
- Scrooge pays little, but he pays well enough and makes sure his workers won't need much more money thanks to side benefits.
- Why is Rockerduck so obsessed with defeating Scrooge? Two reasons: the first is that he usually comes as the second richest by very little but he also spends more, and given his standard insult to Scrooge is pointing out he's a thighwad the fact he's less rich because he's not as much as a skintflint obviously burns; the other is that Rockerduck's own father taught Scrooge how to be a prospector, and he most likely knows (he had all the elements to guess it. All he needs to do is to check the records for the name of the prospector who staked a claim to the Anaconda Copper Mine...).
- At the end of the epic story "Zio Paperone e l'Ultima Avventura", Donald questions Gladstone's supposed contibution to the happy ending, with Gladstone smugly saying he provided good luck and asking what would have happened without that. Thing is, he's right: The Plan hinged on the disguised Jubal Pomp and Scrooge getting Rockerduck to not read a contract before signing it and Fethry getting hired among the demolition workers trying to destroy the money bin and Killmotor Hill to sabotage them by being himself, and both either need Rockerduck and Glomgold grabbing the Idiot Ball... Or enough good luck that the usually savvy Rockerduck would fall for Jubal and Scrooge's scam so completely to not read and nobody who knew Fethry (that is, nobody from Duckburg) spotted him before he did his part.
- As we know, Daisy gets away with flirting with Gladstone whenever it suits her, making ridiculous demands from and sometimes downright mistreating Donald, while Donald never gets away with doing half of that. Why? Because Donald used to be a (rather successful) ladies man, and he knows Daisy is extremely jealous. It's their Masochism Tango.