U$McD GO SLOWLY, SANDS OF TIME!
This brand new adventure is presented in storybook style, which is a wide departure from the traditional comic book format of paneled drawings full of dialogue balloons. The tale's theme is a departure, too, from the usual moment-by-moment motivations of Uncle Scrooge's frantic emergencies. This is a tale of great need and a great fear, and of the near hopeless search for solutions. The storybook format of brief narrative passages laced with graphic watercolors is well suited for staging the tale's underlying drama, which deals with a kind of time that never marches on.
In the late 1960s, a fellow in Denmark,
named Jacobsen who puts out all the Disney books in
Denmark and the rest of Scandinavia was running out of
stuff to reprint (Carsten Jacobsen was appointed editor-in-chief
in July 1970 for Gutenberghus, now Egmont - Editor's
remark). So he wanted me to do some original stories
for them. I said I wouldn't do original stories. I was
tired of it. Well, he said, could you do
just a synopsis? Just something that his writers
could take and break down into story form so that his
artist could draw them.
In 1975, I was interviewed for a film on comic artists and was asked if I had an original script left from one of my stories. This Scrooge synopsis was the only one I had left. The film's director took the script and showed it to the right people and I ended up drawing it. So now, finally, something has come of it.
Go Slowly, Sands of Time! is kind of a spiritual story of Scrooge, which gives him a means of going on and on forever so you don't have to feel that he comes to the end of the line and dies all at once. He's going to just keep on going into eternity. Kids that read about him a hundred years from now can think of him as still being alive. He has found the fountain of everlasting youth with his money.
I think I put over in the story a little bit of Scrooge's philosophy for living a long time - at least what people think of as a way of living a long time - to enjoy your work and keep busy at it. Supposedly that gives you a longer life. Of course, that's problematical, but I did add that one little thing that not everybody is going to be able to take advantage of - swimming around in this bit vat of money. That really gives Uncle Scrooge his extra longevity.
Wouldn't it be something if there were a chain of public money pools? People would be allowed to put on a pair of extremely tight tights with no pockets in them and dive around in money. When they get out they could be x-rayed to see that they haven't swallowed any!
|FC0456 BACK TO THE KLONDIKE|
|FC0495 'THE HORSERADISH STORY'|
|U$06 'TRALLA LA'|
|U$07 'SEVEN CITIES OF CIBOLA'|
|U$09 THE LEMMING WITH THE LOCKET|
|U$13 LAND BENEATH THE GROUND|
|U$15 THE SECOND-RICHEST DUCK|
|U$18 LAND OF THE PYGMY INDIANS|
|U$29 ISLAND IN THE SKY|
|U$48 THE MANY FACES OF MAGICA DE SPELL|
|U$65 MICRO-DUCKS FROM OUTER SPACE|
|U$McD GO SLOWLY, SANDS OF TIME!|