If you’re a fan of Don Rosa’s work on Donald Duck and Uncle Scrooge, now is a great — and somewhat expensive — time to be alive. Not only is Fantagraphics putting out hardcover collections of Rosa’s work on Disney’s most adventurous waterfowl, but IDW Publishing announced today that Rosa’s masterpiece, The Life And Times of Scrooge McDuck, was getting the prestigious Artist’s Edition treatment.
Originally released between 1994 and 1996, the Eisner-winning story tells the origin of both Scrooge and his impossibly huge fortune, covering the life of the World’s Richest Duck from his birth until his first appearance in Carl Bark’s classic “Christmas on Bear Mountain.” Now, the whole story will be reprinted in a series of three oversized hardcovers, with the first hitting shelves in April of 2015.
If you’ve never read Life & Times, it’s easily one of the best comic book stories ever printed. Rosa, a die-hard fan of Scrooge’s creator Carl Barks, pieced together a biography from offhand remarks in 20 years of stories, then crafted an epic biography uniting them all into a single history full of action, drama, romance and, of course, the acquisition of three cubic acres of money.
Like the rest of the Artist’s Edition line, IDW’s version will be printed from high resolution scans of Rosa’s original artwork at the original size of 14″ x 20″, presenting the work exactly as it looked on the artist’s drawing table, with blue lines, notations and anything else he left on the page.
The press release doesn’t include pricing information, but based on past releases, we can probably assume that the price will be around $125.