It’s a hard knock life: Scrooge’s experience during The Guardians of the Lost Library.
Bonus: G’on, pssht, scat!
I feel like I'm the only one who feels that Rosa forced his Scrooge/Goldie ship upon the world, he headcanoned that Goldie has feelings for Scrooge and he made sure he'd spread his headcanon around. Bark's Goldie was terrified of him when she heard his name she clearly has no good memories and feelings toward her kidnapper….
Mm, I’m not sure I totally agree with you there. I mean I agree that there’s vexed issues surrounding Barks antiquated notions of romance and women, but I think he intended to imply that there was still some underlying attraction between Scrooge and Goldie.
I read Goldie’s reaction here as shock at hearing a name she’d never thought she’d hear again, and the terror of realizing that only Scrooge McDuck would be stingy enough to try and collect a billion dollar debt from a starving old woman.
However, when she hears he’s coming to see her, she rushes the boys out of her cottage so she can change into her old ball gown. She doesn’t want Scrooge to see her in her current rags even if there’s a chance it might spark some pity in him.
And, when they do see each other, they both initially act bashful and exchange compliments.
Don Rosa definitely took this kernel, expanded it, and adapted it into his own canon. So you are absolutely correct in your assessment that Rosa instilled his own headcanon into his work. Kind of like how I interpret Scrooge and Donald’s relationship in an entirely different light than any of the comics or TV shows do. I believe in the concept of the death of the author which posit that the author’s intentions and views towards their own work aren’t more or less valid than the reader’s interpretations! We all bring our own idiosyncratic experiences and perceptions to a text that informs how we read a text. (Which is what makes literary criticism so fun in my opinion.)
However, that’s just my reading of the text! You’re free to disagree with it, and you’re definitely entitled to your own opinion. I thought I’d explain my own understanding in response to your ask.
Donald is such an uncle he meets baby Scrooge and IMMEDIATELY starts cooing at him and pinching his cheeks
Scrooge McDuck, Tougher than the Toughies and
Smarter than the Smarties (x)
Here we have Scrooge building the tallest building in Duckburg just to save money. I also love the sheer absurdity of the plane in the third panel.
I LOVE THIS STORY. It’s got great gags, and also gave us one of the greatest single panels (plus inset leadup) that’s ever come out of duck comics.
Shout out to the many sound effects of things hitting Scrooge’s head, or vice versa.