Ten-Star Generals is a story by Carl Barks. It features Huey, Dewey and Louie and their uncle Donald Duck, as well as the Junior Woodchucks organisation, represented by the Exalted Grand Marshal of Duckburg Burrow Number 13. Daniel Boone and his spiritual imitators the Little Booneheads are mentioned.
Huey, Dewey and Louie Duck, who have by now become Generals in the Junior Woodchucks scouting organisation, try to win further merit badges in the presence of the Exalted Grand Marshal. Donald Duck's insistence on helping them out using what knowledge he retains from his days as a Little Boonehead proves counterproductive.
- Huey, Dewey and Louie Duck are members of Duckburg Burrow Number 13.
- To pass their Woodchuck field exams, the triplets walk "up into the woods" from Donald Duck's House, "by the millpond". Drifting downstream from there and after passing through the millrace, Donald later ends up at the apparently-notorious Demons' Whirlpool.
- Donald was once a member of the Little Booneheads, though it is suggested that he was a poor, and low-ranking, Boonehead.
- This story was the second tale to feature the Junior Woodchucks, debuted earlier in the year by their creator Carl Barks in Snowbound Hound (1951). As such, it set up a number of facts about the organisation, such as the basic look of their outfits and Huey, Dewey and Louie's status as high-ranking "generals" within its cod-military, meritocratic hierarchy.
- Donald Duck's membership of the Little Booneheads would likewise be referenced in later stories, such as Don Rosa's Mythological Menagerie (1987).
- The plot device of Donald attempting to help Huey, Dewey and Louie with Woodchuck business and only getting in the way was reused in the story The Play-Off Contest (1979), by Werner Wejp-Olsen, Tom Anderson and Daniel Branca.
Behind the scenes
This story was originally printed in Walt Disney's Comics and Stories #132. In the United States of America, it was reprinted in Huey, Dewey and Louie Junior Woodchucks #5, Walt Disney's Comics Digest #2, Gladstone Comic Album #18, Gladstone Leather Bound Hardcover Comic Albums #4, Walt Disney's Comics in Color #3 (1990), Donald Duck #281, Uncle Scrooge and Donald Duck in Color #1, and, of course, in the various Carl Barks Libraries.