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Ray's A Riot, also known as The Brainy Wolf, The Think Boxes or The Think Box Bollix, is a comic story written and drawn by Carl Barks. It features Donald Duck, Gyro Gearloose, Huey, Dewey and Louie Duck, and, in their debut, the Thinking Wolf and the Thinking Rabbit. Thomas Edison, Guglielmo Marconi and Alexander Graham Bell are mentioned, as is the Thinking Rabbit's “missus”.

Plot

Eccentric inventor Gyro Gearloose takes Huey, Dewey and Louie Duck along on an experiment with his new Think Boxes — device which can grant human-level intelligence to common animals! Donald Duck, seeing Gyro as a bad influence and thus being upset that his nephews are spending so much time with him, follows them with a ratty wolf costume, hoping to give them the scare of their life — but he is in for a surprise…

References

  • Timeline-wise, it would make sense for this story to take place around the time it was published (June of 1952), as Donald Duck briefly wonders “if it's the 4th of July” in the first page, suggesting the date can't be too far off.
  • Donald also wonders if the racket is caused by “an invasion from Mars”.
  • Gyro's latest invention is the Jet-Powered Baggage Buggy.
  • Donald claims that Gyro has been trying to invent something practical “for ten years”.

Continuity

  • Donald Duck experiences a flashback to the events of this story in This Is Your Life, Donald Duck (1960).
  • The Think Boxes reappear in Pork-Barrel Politics (1995).
  • Gyro's First Invention (2002) takes place not long before this story, establishing it as having taken place just after Gyro's career as an inventor really got started. Prototypes of the Think Boxes appear, playing a part in the genesis of the Little Helper. A note confirms the date of this story as being June, 1952.
  • In Don Rosa's story, The Duck Who Never Was, Gyro Gearloose thinks of when he invented the Think Boxes, and how it would be if Donald wasn't born.

Behind the scenes

This story marks the second appearance of the eccentric inventor Gyro Gearloose, whom Carl Barks first used in the story, Gladstone's Terrible Secret. It was first printed in Walt Disney's Comics and Stories #141, and was reprinted in the United States of America in Walt Disney's Comics and Stories #347 and #530, Disney Comics Album #1, Donald and Mickey #25, Donald Duck in… #3, and in the various Carl Barks Libraries, as well as in the British Donald and Mickey #15 and the Australian Walt Disney's Comics #74 and Mobil giveaway series #24.

Notes & References

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