The Sharpie of the Culebra Cut is a comic story written and drawn by Don Rosa. It features Scrooge McDuck, Matilda McDuck, Hortense McDuck, Donald Duck, Huey, Dewey and Louie Duck, Theodore Roosevelt, and, in their debuts, General Esteban, Chief Parita, John Frank Stevens, Amador Guerrero, Philippe Bunau-Varilla, George Shanton and Mrs Roosevelt. Goldie O'Gilt, Christopher Columbus and Sitting Bull are also mentioned.
Scrooge McDuck is pressured by his nephews into recounting the story of the worst deal he ever made in his youth — which takes us back to 1909 Culebra, where Scrooge and his sisters once again butt heads with Theodore Roosevelt as Scrooge's gold-digging interferes with the digging of the Panama Canal…
Behind the scenes
The Sharpie of Culebra Cut serves as ‘Chapter 10B’ of The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck. Though written in English, it was produced for, and first printed in, the French Picsou Magazin #349. It was printed in English in Uncle Scrooge #332 and in the various collected editions of The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck, including, naturally, the Don Rosa Library.
The French printing contains several differences from the alter American version. The first splash panel is heavily remounted in the later American version, obscuring a little of the art and cramping up the title, while the French version contains numerous alterations of the shape of dialogue bubbles to better fit the translation throughout the story, which were, of course, corrected in the U.S.A. printing. Finally, the French version altered the dialogue of the last panel, making it appear as though Scrooge had indeed sold the Teddy Bear.