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The Buckaroo of the Badlands is a story written and drawn by Don Rosa. It is the third chapter of The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck. It features Scrooge McDuck, Murdo McKenzie, the McVipers, Rhutt Betler, and in their first appearances, Theodore Roosevelt and Hortense. It also


Scrooge McDuck, changing his first name to "Buck" to better fit with his new surroundings, becomes a cowboy for rich fellow scotsman Murdo McKenzie. Due to his amazing skills, he is put in charge of an especially ferocious bull that McKenzie hopes to present in an important contest. However, two rustlers called the McVipers try to steal the bull. Scrooge chases them through the Badlands to get the bull (and his job) back, and on the way meets a young Theodore Roosevelt, a bear, two very confused Native Americans, a dinosaur and more.


  • The story was inspired by comments Scrooge McDuck makes about his life in Only a Poor Old Man (1951).
  • Scrooge bumps into someone who discovered Plain Awful, from Lost in the Andes (1948), although (as expanded upon in the Behind the scenes section of this page) the specifics are thorny.
  • Cattle Wars (1992) is made up of nine pages cut from an alternate draft of this story, rejected by Byron Erickson wholesale for being too reliant on "dopey gag" and featuring Scrooge beating the McVipers using a trick too similar to that previously used against the Whiskervilles in The Last of the Clan McDuck (1992).
  • Scrooge bumps into the McViper Family for the first time; this clan of bandits' rivalry with Scrooge was first established by Carl Barks in The Cattle King (1967).

Behind the scenes

The Buckaroo of the Badlands was created by Don Rosa in 1992 and first printed in the Danish Anders And & Co. #1992-45, before being printed in English the British Mickey and Friends #1992-06 and reprinted in Uncle Scrooge #287, and, of course, in the various versions of the Don Rosa Library and collected editions of the Life and Times. It is the third chapter of The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck.

Rhett Butler's thorny appearance

Don Rosa used Rhutt Betler in the story by mistake, having forgotten that Lost in the Andes stated he had died before reaching civilization. Later printings of the story featured an attempt to correct this by having him be the man who bought the Square Eggs from the Padre in Cuzco and subsequently brough them to the Duckburg Museum, but this proved to be equally problematic, as no one after Rhutt Betler knew the "square rocks" were eggs.

In the end it must be assumed that it is indeed Rhutt Betler whom Scrooge McDuck met on the train, somehow; perhaps the blind huntsman was simply mistaken in believing the man had died, or perhaps it was Betler's ghost whom Scrooge encountered, still trying to share his discovery with the outside world even after death. (This would grant him the distinction of being the second supernatural being encountered by young Scrooge, following Sir Quackly McDuck's ghost.)

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