Gemstone’s Uncle Scrooge #379, a new $7.99 trade paperback collection, is out this week, and we’re proud to present a passel of great adventures. When Uncle Scrooge hides his money in an ancient cathedral, he doesn’t expect a black cloaked, spectral fowl to pursue it. But then, he hasn’t met Carl Barks’ “Phantom of Notre Duck!” Then it’s Scrooge’s demolition robot versus Donald’s monster crane in Gorm Transgaard’s and Cesar Ferioli’s “Wreckered Time!” John Lustig (Last Kiss) finds Scrooge and Miss Quackfaster “A Soft Job for a Hard Head”; then it’s Launchpad McQuack versus the volcano in ”I of the Storm!” Magica De Spell’s ”The Taxman Cometh” and an all new Don Rosa back cover pin-up round out the book.
But hey, what happened to ”Guardians of the Lost Library,” the Don Rosa adventure Gemstone originally advertised in this issue, not to mention the backup stories that were to follow it?
Astute readers will notice that they’re not here this month. Astute readers have no doubt already noticed that Gemstone’s publishing schedule, due to a host of internal and external influences, has gone somewhat awry this year. And those two observations are related.
We’re happy to report that we are currently on an accelerated publishing plan that should get us back to our standard monthly status before the end of 2008. But this also means that some of our seasonal material would have been out of synch with the month unless we did something. So we have chosen to hold the original contents for Uncle Scrooge #379 and #380 and Walt Disney’s Comics and Stories #694 and #695 until January and to put US #381 and #382, and WDC&S #696 and #697, in their place, and so on. We think this will lend to a more pleasant reading experience for everyone.
The ”Lost Library” will instead be found in Uncle Scrooge #383, and you can trust that it will be worth the wait! First, though, you’ll get to enjoy some back to school, Halloween, and Christmas themed stories before the actual events they reflect. Quite the novelty, huh?