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The Time Vortex, also known as The Vortex of Time, and entitled Zio Paperone e il Vortice del Tempo (literally Uncle Scrooge and the Vortex of Time) in the original Italian, is a story written by Carlo Panaro and drawn by Paolo De Lorenzi. It features Magica De Spell, Scrooge McDuck, Huey, Dewey and Louie Duck, Donald Duck, Ratface, Gyro Gearloose, Elvira Duck, Albert Quackmore, Fethry Duck, Gus Goose, and, during the time travel segment, Goldie O'Gilt, Soapy Slick and "Carl the Pianist".

Description Edit

It's Scrooge's birthday at the Money Bin, and all is well — except that Magica De Spell has hatched a scheme to use a new time-traveling spell to travel back in time and steal Scrooge McDuck's first dime from him in his Klondike days, before the poor duck has even learned of Magica's existence, let alone prepared for her attacks!

Behind the scenes Edit

A celebration of the 60th anniversary of Scrooge's debut in Christmas on Bear Mountain, the story was first printed in December of 2007 in the Italian Topolino #2715. It was printed in English in Uncle Scrooge #445, with localization by Thad Komorrowski.

The story was the subject of a printing error in said Uncle Scrooge #445, as the table of contents refers to it as The Vortex of Time while the story, on its title page, calls itself The Time Vortex (as seen above). Oddly, Komorrowski has stated that neither was the title he sent to the publishers in the first place alongside his English script.

The story lifts its structure of Magica time-traveling to the time of a younger Scrooge to get the Dime from him, encountering a few rarely-seen figures from Scrooge's past along the way, but eventually finding the laws of time travel such that she has to give the Dime back to Scrooge in the end so that History can take its course, is transparently borrowed from Don Rosa's 1992 Of Ducks, Dimes and Destinies. In doing so, it also echoes the 1991 A Dime in Time, which is in some ways closer to th 2007 story as its time jaunt is also to the Gold Rush Klondike rather than 1877 Scotland; although the similarity is largely coincidental, as Magica does not mention (or, indeed, appear to remember) the events of Dime in Time in The Time Vortex.

Constructed as a tribute to Carl Barks first and foremost, The Time Vortex features a brief appearance by "Carl the Pianist", a transparent caricature of Barks.

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
Adaptations
Music
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
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