Scrooge McDuck is headed for an auction in South Africa to buy a mine that could earn him millions. He ropes Donald Duck and Huey, Dewey and Louie Duck into coming with, but the triplets are busy trying out animal-call whistles for a Junior Woodchucks badge, causing hijinx all along the way… although their strange skill may come in handy when dastardly rival Flintheart Glomgold gets involved!
Behind the scenesEdit
This story was first printed in Uncle Scrooge #61. It was reprinted in Uncle Scrooge #127, Best Comic Series #4, Uncle Scrooge Adventures #8, Gladstone Giant Album #4, The Adventures of Uncle Scrooge McDuck in Color #51, Uncle Scrooge and Donald Duck in Color #2, and, of course, in the various versions of the Carl Barks Library. It was also reprinted in English in the Australian Giant #375 and #551.
The story is most famous for being the last appearance of Flintheart Glomgold in one of Carl Barks's stories. For this last hurrah, Barks rewrote Flintheart as 'meaner' than he'd been in his previous appearances, now being downright murderous as opposed to just a little shiftier than Scrooge. This version of Flintheart is also slightly redesigned, with a squarer beak and small shoes instead of Scrooge-style spats. The latter detail was, interestingly, reused by a few early stories, though it was eventually dropped.
The mine Scrooge plans to purchase is called the Kaffir de Gaffir Mine. In doing this innocent pun between "kaffir" and the slang word "gaffir" (for a wealthy boss), it is likely that Barks was not aware of the offensive nature of the term "kaffir", which is considered to be a slur in Afrikaans.