Scrooge McDuck Wikia

Back to the Klondike is a comic story written and drawn by Carl Barks. It features Scrooge McDuckDonald DuckHuey, Dewey and Louie Duck and in her debut, Goldie O'Gilt.


Scrooge McDuck is hit with a case of mild amnesia, and, after some difficulties, Donald manages to get him to see a doctor about it. The doctor gives him pills to stimulate his memory. The medicine works better than expected and Scrooge is flooded by memories of the Klondike Gold Rush he participated in from 1896 to 1899… including the love of his life, Goldie O'Gilt, and also a fortune in gold which he hid somewhere in his claim and never retrieved until today. This is enough to make him go "back to the Klondike", dragging his nephews along with him. 


Behind the scenes

This story was first printed in March of 1953 in Uncle Scrooge #2. It was then reprinted in The Best of Donald Duck and Uncle ScroogeUncle Scrooge #142, Uncle Scrooge McDuck: His Life and TimesGladstone Comic Album #4, Uncle Scrooge Adventures #26, Uncle Scrooge Adventures by Carl Barks #2, Uncle Scrooge #325, Carl Barks' Greatest DuckTales Stories #1, and, of course, in all versions of the Carl Barks Library.

In the first printing of the story, five whole pages were cut from the story by the editor. Those pages depicted the flashback of the young Scrooge and Goldie in 1896, and a half-page following that sequence where Donald Duck checked the number of memory pills left in the box, thus foreshadowing the story's ending. The four-and-a-half pages of the flashback were sent back to Carl Barks, who sent copies of it to some of his fans from the 1970's onwards. These pages were eventually integrated back into the story in the 1981 printing of the story in Uncle Scrooge McDuck: His Life and Times.

However, the last half-page could not be found. Based on his own storyboards, Barks penciled a black-and-white reconstitution of that sequence, which was used in some printings (such as Uncle Scrooge McDuck: His Life and Times and both Carl Barks Libraries). This sketched version was also inked and colored by Daan Jippes in 1987, and that version was used in the printings of Gladstone Comic Album #4, Uncle Scrooge Adventures #26, Uncle Scrooge Adventures in Color #2, Uncle Scrooge #325 and Carl Barks' Greatest DuckTales Stories #1.

List of episodes of The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck
By Don Rosa
Side-Steps and Precursors
Of Ducks, Dimes and DestiniesLast Sled to DawsonThe Dream of a Lifetime
The Original Saga
I: The Last of the Clan McDuckII: The Master of the MississippiIII: The Buckaroo of the BadlandsIV: The King of the Copper Hill
V: The New Laird of Castle McDuckVI: The Terror of the TransvaalVII: Dreamtime Duck of the Never NeverVIII: King of the Klondike
IX: The Billionaire of Dismal DownsX: The Invader of Fort DuckburgXI: The Empire-Builder from CalisotaXII: The Richest Duck in the World
Bonus Chapters
III-B: The Cowboy Captain of the Cutty SarkVI-B: The Vigilante of Pizen Bluff
VIII-B: The Prisoner Of White Agony CreekVIII-C: Hearts of the Yukon
Deleted Scenes & Other Bonus Content
0: The History of the Clan McDuckIII: Cattle WarsVIII: The Phoenix of White Agony CreekX: Teddy's CampaignXI: The Girls Can't Help It
By Others
Bonus Chapters
I-XB: The Orphan's ChristmasVIII-XB: Dime NovelsVIII-XC: Clues of the KlondikeVIII-XD: Christmas on Wheels
Side-Steps & Homages
The Time VortexScrooge vs. Scrooge
Precursors & Inspirations
Christmas on Bear MountainThe Old Castle's SecretOnly a Poor Old ManBack to the KlondikeThe Fantastic River RaceMush!
Black WednesdayNorth of the YukonThe Invisible IntruderThe Secret of the GlacierChairman of the Bored
An Informal Biography of Scrooge McDuckMark Worden's Duck Family TreeOnce Upon a Dime
The Life ands Times of Scrooge McDuck: The Official Score
DuckTales 2017
The Golden Lagoon of White Agony PlainsThe Outlaw Scrooge McDuckThe Richest Duck in the World