Scrooge in overalls: An appreciation post
This story is just a bit too long for me to translate full, but I will give you a summary.
Uncle Scrooge has been cleaning his archives, when he stumbles upon a piece of document that shows that he bought a piece of land in a middle of nowhere when he was young and laments how useless the whole plot is. HDL point out that this “useless plot” happens to reside inside area 51 (61 in the duck-verse)
Scrooge sees the..hm obvious benefits.
Scrooge is almost shot down by the air-forces because why would he tell them that he decided to just pop down for a visit in a secret military base.
He threatens to kick the entire military out of the base, if they don’t start paying up their rent.
HDL obviously are more interested in finding out the secrets of the place.And sure thing, they do stumble upon an alien.
Meanwhile Uncle Scrooge is first kidnapped by shadowy soldiers-
-And then by aliens.
it turns out that the government has a deal with aliens where they use are 51 as a resting spot between travels in exchange for technology. Scrooge meets the richest woman in the galaxy, Matri-Arkka
Meanwhile the shadowy figures are from an vigilante organization called Men in Black who want to harm the aliens. Matri Arkka also has reason to believe that these people have kidnapped her nephew and is pissed at earthlings. It doesn’t help that Scrooge gets an inferiority complex realizing that she is richer than he is.
But luckily the alien the boys found is this missing nephew, they hide him from the Men in Black, and foster goodwill between planets, as they do.
In the end an agreement is reached that the aliens and the government will continue as they are. The galactic law prohibits Matri Arkka from paying Scrooge in alien currency/goods, so he agrees that their rent will be covered by her giving her factories in Saturn away to a non-profit, solely so it will cut her wealth just enough to make Scrooge a sliver richer than she is, so that Scrooge McDuck can claim the title: richest being in the galaxy.
Matri Arkka agrees, because she is apparently zero-invested in this string-measuring-contest tradition where you fight tooth and nail for the title of the richest.
Or, it could be that she is till richer than Scrooge, but is just playing along to make the cute earthling feel better.
I really like this story. It has a very nice balance of action and suspense and a nicely done realistic alien plot. It’s one of my favourites, and I want to see more of Matri Arkka.
Was reading a story that was definitely in the dorky 60′s-70′s era of the Uncle $crooge comics, but his pose there is just totally Top 10 Things You See Just Before You Die (x)
Meanwhile in the background…