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The Master of the Mississippi is a comic story written and drawn by Don Rosa. It features Scrooge McDuck, Pothole McDuck, several Beagle Boys (including Blackheart Beagle), Ratchet Gearloose  and Porker Hogg.


A young Scrooge McDuck arrives in Louisville where he tries to contact an uncle of his who already lives there: Angus McDuck, who (as Scrooge soon finds out) is now nicknamed Pothole. A lucky gambler, Pothole has just won a whole steamboat, which he decides to use to search for a sunken treasure. However, the boat's original owner, swindling businessman and casino-owner Porker Hogg, follows them and attempts to steal the treasure, with the help of the local Beagle Boys, who would later turn out to be the fathers of those that currently seek Scrooge's money in Duckburg.


  • The story makes heavy references to Carl Barks's The Fantastic River Race (1957), for introducing the concept of a young Scrooge as a steamboat captain on the Mississippi, with Ratchet Gearloose as his mechanic, antagonized by Blackheart Beagle and his sons. It is implied that Barks's story is sandwiched between Pages 21 and 22 of Rosa's story, with Rosa even taking care to depict, from Page 22 onwards, the damages incurred by the Dilly Dollar over the course of Fantastic River Race.
  • Scrooge's Wedding (2014) would later feature a conflicting account of how Scrooge lost his boat and left the Mississippi following the events of Fantastic River Race.
  • The characters of Pothole McDuck and Porker Hogg and their ever-unfinished race was first referenced in Carl Barks's The Great Steamboat Race (1955), though the story drew no links between it and Scrooge's own stint as a riverboat captain.
  • The story also references a brief scene of Barks's Hall of the Mermaid Queen (1967), where Scrooge mentions having earned a dollar in a steamboat race in 1880. Similarly, the ending, where Scrooge decides to work on a train called the Wabbash Cannonball, refers to an offhand comment of Scrooge's in The Cattle King (1967).
  • Once Upon a Dime (1987) presents a similar, but conflicting, account of Scrooge's involvement in a riverboat race shortly after his arrival in America; in this version, the uncle on whose behalf he was competing was not Pothole, but rather the hitherto-unknown Catfish McDuck.

Behind the scenes

This story is Chapter 2 of The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck. It was first printed in the Danish special issue of Anders And & Co entitled Her er dit liv, Joakim. It was first printed in English in Uncle Scrooge #286 and was then reprinted in Uncle Scrooge Adventures in Color by Don Rosa #1, in Volume 4 of the Don Rosa Library, and in various editions of The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck.

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