The Golden Fleecing is a comic story written and drawn by Carl Barks. It features Scrooge McDuck, Donald Duck, Huey, Dewey and Louie Duck, the Harpies and the Sleepless Dragon. It also mentions Jason and Medea.


Scrooge McDuck wishes to obtain clothing worthy of his status as the richest duck in the world; after some pondering, he settles on a gold coat. Unfortunately, he is soon informed that cloth made of normal gold would be just as uncomfortable to wear as tinfoil paper, and only magical golden wool would do the trick. In a fortunate coincidence, however, Scrooge happens the very same day on a group of very odd men who claim to come from the land of Colchis and explain that they can lead him to the mythical Golden Fleece, which would fit his needs perfectly. Unfortunately, the men turn out to be none other than the mythical Harpies in disguise, and the feathered hags are still up to their old tricks!

Behind the scenesEdit

This story was first printed in 1955 in Uncle Scrooge #12. It was then reprinted in Dynabrite Comic #55, Uncle Scrooge #203, Gladstone Comic Album #19, Uncle Scrooge Adventures #30, The Adventures of Uncle Scrooge McDuck in Color #12, Carl Barks' Greatest DuckTales Stories #2, and, of course, in all versions of the Carl Barks Library.

The story was given a sequel in DuckTales, also entitled "The Golden Fleecing". Further along, the ducks once again visited Colchis in Rightful Ownerscoming face-to-face once again with the story's Sleepless Dragon and DuckTales's Harpies. The Harpies were also featured in Romano Scarpa's 1974 story Paperino ai mondiali di calcio, though in this version they possessed birdlike heads rather than human ones.

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