The Loony Lunar Gold Rush is a comic story written and drawn by Carl Barks. It features Donald Duck, Scrooge McDuck, Huey, Dewey and Louie Duck, Mr Noble, other Junior Woodchucks, Dan McShrew and Judge Owl. The “guy who invented Asbestos gloves” is seen in flashbacks.
After gold is found on the Moon, Scrooge McDuck, Donald Duck, and even Junior Woodchuck troop leader Mr Noble fly to the satellite in this new gold rush. Scrooge has a better plan than digging for gold — alone amongst the gold-crazed morons, he has brought supplies, and he opens a general store. The cash is flowing in, but every gold rush has its dastardly outlaws, and this one is no exception, in the person of the treacherous Dan McShrew…
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- Scrooge McDuck mentions his earning his fortune in the Klondike, as first mentioned by Carl Barks in Only a Poor Old Man (1952) and elaborated upon in Back to the Klondike (1953) as well as many other, later sources.
- He also, for the first time, speaks of the days when he looked for gold in South Africa. Don Rosa returned to this era of Scrooge's life for Chapter 6 of The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck, The Terror of the Transvaal (1993). However, to preserve Barks's ambiguity over the extent to which the specific anecdotes Scrooge relates here were “tall tales”, Rosa chose not to record the incident with the Asbestos Gloves Inventor in The Terror of the Transvaal; instead, at a later point in the Life and Times, an older Scrooge tells the same story to Theodore Roosevelt, in The Invader of Fort Duckburg (1994).
- As noted by reviewer Geoffrey Moses, this story sees Barks returning to the broad structure of his earlier hit The Twenty-Four Carat Moon (1958). However, Barks also conflicts with his even earlier story Rocket Race to the Moon (1948) in positing that Lunar Gold Rush opens on the first manned landing on the Moon in the Duck universe, as Donald already stepped foot on the Moon in that story without it being hailed as a particularly noteworthy event.
Behind the scenes
This story was first printed in Uncle Scrooge #49. It was reprinted in Uncle Scrooge #117, Uncle Scrooge #242, Uncle Scrooge McDuck #45, and, of course, in the Carl Barks Library, as well as in the Australian Giant #322 and #533.