Christmas on Bear Mountain is a comic story written and drawn by Carl Barks. It features Donald Duck, Huey, Dewey and Louie DuckScrooge McDuck and James, as well as a nameless character, seen here as a mere stone bust, but later identified as one of Scrooge's ancestors.


Christmas Eve. Scrooge McDuck, a rich but grumpy old man living in a vast and cold mansion, hates Christmas. In fact, he hates everything and everybody (and everybody hates him, too). His only known remaining family in town is his nephew Donald Duck, whom he has never met; he assumes (with the same disdain he has for all things modern) that Donald must be a "yellow-livered parasite", but still decides to put him to the test. He invites Donald and his nephews to spend the night in his cabin on Bear Mountain, where they will find food and gifts. Scrooge plans to sneak up on them in the night disguised as a bear, to test their bravery. However, real bears get to the cabin before them; confusion ensues, at the end of which Scrooge finally finds joy in life.


Behind the scenesEdit

Christmas on Bear Mountain, first printed in Walt Disney's Donald Duck #178, was the first actual appearance of Scrooge McDuck, although a character very much like him had appeared in the propaganda cartoon The Spirit of '43 four years earlier. The story was reprinted in Walt Disney's Christmas Parade #3, The Best of Walt Disney Comics #73, Best Comic Series #4, The Carl Barks Library #1, Uncle Scrooge in Color #1, Donald Duck Adventures #9, The Carl Barks Library of Donald Duck Adventures #8, Walt Disney's Comics and Stories #608, Uncle Scrooge #372, Walt Disney's Christmas Classics #1 and The Complete Carl Barks Disney Library #5.

Scrooge, contrary to popular belief, is not actually the focus of the story, as Barks had only written him as a one-shot character before he decided to bring him back for bigger roles. Most of the story is indeed taken up by shenanigans involving Donald, the nephews and the bears. Nevertheless, due to its pivotal role in Scrooge's drawn career, the story received several Scrooge-centered sequels and homages, including a painting by Carl Barks himself.

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
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