The Magic Hourglass is a comic story written and drawn by Carl Barks. It features Scrooge McDuck, Donald Duck and Huey, Dewey and Louie Duck.


The sand in Scrooge McDuck's old hourglass is so worn out that it doesn't time right anymore, and one of his fishing boats, the « Junk II », is not "worth the powder in it" anymore. Determined not to keep anything useless, Scrooge gives away both of these items to his nephews: the boat to Donald and the hourglass to Huey, Dewey and Louie Duck. However, it turns out the hourglass was actually an ancient Arabic artifact that brings good luck to any who tries to earn money whilst in possession of it. While Huey, Dewey and Louie Duck use Donald's boat to travel to the oasis of No Issa to refill the hourglass with the proper sand, Scrooge chases behind them, determined to get this gold-mine of a hourglass back.

Behind the scenesEdit

This story was first published in September of 1950 in One Shots #291. It was then reprinted in Best Comic Series #1, Best Comics #177, Donald Duck Adventures #16, Uncle Scrooge #341, and, of course, in the Carl Barks Library.

In 2005, William Van Horn drew a prologue to The Magic Hourglass, based on a script by Gary Leach, featuring Huey, Dewey and Louie Duck telling the story to the Junior Woodchucks.

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