Obtaining these Disney treasures on FCBD has been a yearly tradition for me from that first Gemstone giveaway and this year will be no different. Please do yourself a favor and track one of these issues down.
From The Scoop:
First popularized by Danish cartoonist Robert Storm “Storm P.” Petersen in 1910, the notion of nutty comic strip inventions got Stateside exposure from Rube Goldberg in 1914. And with gadgets came gadgetmen. Goldberg ascribed his machines to Professor Lucifer Gorgonzola Butts; E.C. Segar (“Popeye”) brought banana-nosed techie O.G. Watasnozzle to life. And then came Disney comics’ inventor hero: Carl Barks’ Gyro Gearloose! But, Barks being the creative spark that he was, Gyro amounted to much more than just a trend-following cliché. And that’s why Geppi’s Entertainment’s Gemstone Publishing is celebrating Gyro in this year’s Disney Free Comic Book Day giveaway!
Where other cartoon techies are often as wacky as their wacky machines, Gyro is a sympathetic screwball: a noble, pensive thinker with earnest dreams of improving humanity’s lot. True, Gyro’s ideas for improvement might verge on the silly. He’s labored to translate animals’ speech and to build robot bodyguards. But Gyro is such a lovable cynic that we can identify with him in spite of his silliness.
Adding to Gyro’s sympathetic quality is the fact that his wild machines often work just as intended. Instead of random malfunctions, Gyro’s biggest obstacle becomes average Duckburgians’ inability to properly understand hi-tech. It’s less the fault of the gadget than the fault of Donald, or Launchpad McQuack, or a bit player…or just human nature! “You can never build a machine so smart,” sighs Gyro, “that there won’t be some jerk too dumb to run it!” Once in awhile, embarrassingly, that jerk can be Gyro himself.
Together with a Carl Barks classic, “Cave of the Winds,” Gemstone’s FCBD giveaway brings you tales of human failure by Don Rosa (“The Pied Piper of Duckburg,” completing an unfinished Barks adventure), William Van Horn (“All Quacked Up” and “Just Another Hang-Up”), and Larry Gerstein (“Rain-Dance Reversal”).
If May 3, 2008 was just a normal day, Gyro might have to invent a new holiday to improve things. But Gyro, May 3, 2008 is already Free Comic Book Day! Gyro’s going to be there. Where will you be?