Rhutt Betler was an anthropomorphic dog.
Description[edit | edit source]
An explorer from the American south, Rhutt Betler travelled to Peru in 1863 to explore uncharted regions of the Andes. There, he discovered discovered Plain Awful where he lived for two years, teaching the Awfultonians English. In 1865, when he went back, he gave a man and his son some Square Eggs but seemingly “entered the long sleep” before he could tell his saviors any more. Somehow, however, in 1882, a young Scrooge McDuck encountered an elderly Betler on a train, still trying to find an investor to believe in his tale of Square Eggs and finance a second expedition to bring back Square Chicken.
Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]
Rhutt Betler was heavily mentioned throughout the 1949 Carl Barks story Lost in the Andes. He reappeared in Don Rosa's The Buckaroo of the Badlands due to a misconception of Rosa's that Betler had survived the return trip from the Andes, causing one of the few overt continuity errors in The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck. A later printing of the story sought to correct this by making the old man Scrooge meets an unrelated individual who bought some of the Square Eggs from a padre on Cuzco who had gotten them from the Vicuna hunter family.
A 2017 Continuum version of Betler appeared in 2018 in the DuckTales 2017 Christmas special Last Christmas, once again being depicted in a flashback as trying to get Scrooge to fund a second trip to Plain Awful.