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.
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 et 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, of course, in the various editions of The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck.
The story makes heavy references to two stories by Carl Barks: The Fantastic River Race, 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; and The Great Steamboat Race, for the characters of Pothole McDuck and Porker Hogg. Moreover, it also references a brief scene of Barks's Hall of the Mermaid Queen, where Scrooge mentions having earned a dollar in a steamboat race in 1880. 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.