The Deep Sea Deed is a comic story written by Mark Evanier and drawn by Kay Wright. It features Moby Duck, Scrooge McDuck, the Beagle Boys, Gus Goose, Grandma Duck and Gyro Gearloose. It also mentions Great-Grandpappy Beagle and features the debuts of Muk-duk, Beegul and Fido.
Moby Duck unearths a prehistoric tablet that soon sends the world spiraling in chaos, as it turns out to be an ancient deed that puts all the water in the world in the Beagle Boys' possession! The only way to reverse that catastrophe is to travel back in time and buy the water back from Beegul, the Beagle Boy ancestor who bought the water in the first place… It's a doozy of a time-travel tale!
- The newspaper calls Gyro Gearloose a “noted genius”.
- Gyro's latest invention is a Tele-Time Viewer, which which he is able to watch past events as if watching television. He has used it to at long last become the first man to decipher prehistoric hieroglyphs.
- Fido, a dinosaur, is somehow still alive the year 214,200 B.C.
- Using parts of the Tele-Time Viewer, Gyro creates a time machine functioning on the basis of turning the travelers into electrons and then shooting them along the Time Channel via an Electron Gun.
- Great-Grandpappy Beagle was first featured in Scrooge For A Day (1975), also written by Mark Evanier and published a few months before The Deep Sea Deed.
- This story would unexpectedly serve as the basis for the Beagle Boys' main storyline in DuckTales 2017, where their main aim is to reclaim the Deed to Duckburg once held by their Great-Grandpappy Beagle, much like their plotline in The Deep Sea Deed is try to reclaim a deed of ownership to all the water in the world once held by one of their distant ancestors and which Great-Grandpappy Beagle told them about. DuckTales 2017’s recasting of Bubba Duck as Bubba McDubba, a caveman precursor of Scrooge McDuck, may also have been inspired by the story's Muk-duk.
Behind the scenes
This story was only ever published in the United States of America in the 1975 Moby Duck #19. It was however reprinted in English once, in the Australian Giant #646.