Post by TheMidgetMoose on Sept 10, 2019 20:42:17 GMT
Regarding Fanny, Luke, and Gus, I liked to imagine that Gus moved in with Grandma after Grandpa Duck died in order to both help her on the farm and provide emotional support. I also sort of liked to think that the reason he was sent to visit Donald in Donald's Cousin Gus wasn't just because Aunt Fanny had run out of food, but to provide emotional support to Donald, who may have been suffering with some PTSD from his World War II service. I suppose this story will likely contradict my hypothesis, which was basically that Gus, despite his gluttony and laziness, can be a genuinely caring person at times and, when he's not overpowered by his massive appetite, can be a friend and help to people who are suffering. I guess this was my attempt to give some more depth to Gus, who, at least in stories I've read, doesn't really much to him other than "lazy, gluttonous, kind of dumb farmhand." Regardless of what sort of origin this story proposes, I hope it does give some more depth to Gus and a deeper insight into his character. Of course, I won't be able to read it, at least at first, but I still hope it does good with a premise which I've pondered over many times.
LP, your idea of repurposing the "dying from overeating at a picnic" story to instead apply to Luke and Fanny is a good one ... in general I don't like to kill off more relatives than we need to, but salvaging this bit of lore that came directly from Barks' mind is certainly attractive (and it seems like a fate befitting the parents of a glutton like Gus). Do you imagine then that Grandma raised Gus? Their relationship doesn't seem quite like foster child and foster parent (I know this new set of stories contradicts any such discussion, but anyway ...).
In my headcanon, Della is a single parent, and dead (yes, I know that contradicts Taliaferro, but I dismiss those early strips as having been written before the character relationships were solidified; Taliaferro also showed Scrooge being a visitor unfamiliar with Duckburg in his first appearance in the strip, as opposed to being instrumental in its development as in Barks/Rosa lore, so certain things in the Taliaferro strips need to be ignored). Quackmore is dead too, and both Della and Quackmore predeceased Hortense (probably in a tragic accident). Hortense lived until 1947 (she's the "Grandma" in "Donald Duck's Best Christmas" ... note that Donald never refers to this character as "Grandma" in that story, only the boys do, and her appearance and personality there is quite different from Elvira's ... as well as "the boys' grandmother" referred to in several early Barks stories previously discussed on this thread), but was incapacitated in some way towards the end of her life. Her death is what sparked Scrooge to contact Donald and arrange for their meeting in "Christmas on Bear Mountain"; Scrooge felt bad that he never reconciled with her during her lifetime, and wanted to at least try and develop a relationship with her surviving family. This Scrooge, of course, never met Della.
I would have liked Gladstone's parents to still be alive as well (you could explain their absence from Christmas gatherings at Elvira's farm based on the estrangement between the Gander and Duck families), but as we've discussed previously in this thread, Rosa's "Sign of the Triple Distelfink" suggests that they are not (Rosa himself seemed to have forgotten this in a later DCML post). For a long time I was resistant to the idea of Matilda being alive "in present day", since I couldn't imagine her distancing herself from Hortense's children and grandchildren, no matter what her problems with Scrooge were; in "Letter from Home", while Donald is aware of her, HD&L have never met her before. She should have had an active hand in raising them! However, I've come around, and she is alive in my headcanon now, although I still need to come up with an acceptable way to explain her motivations and actions. I'm aghast at Rosa's statement that he intended to have Hortense also be alive in "Letter from Home" ... that would have been a terrible decision! Thank goodness better sense prevailed and he was talked out of it (or ordered to cease-and-desist) by his editors!
I wouldn't say Grandma raised him. Fanny is the one writing the letter that Gus carries with him when he meets Donald for the first time, so she hasn't overeaten yet at this point. I seem to recall that early on in the Taliaferro strips, Gus had a farm of his own. I guess I imagine that eventually he got so lazy that he sold that farm and started working as a help on Grandma's farm (rather than than running one). I like MidgetMoose's idea that Grandma hired him as a replacement for Grandpa when he died. However, Gus was shown owning his farm after HDL had been introduced, so that was fairly close to the "present". I imagine Grandpa dying at least 5-10 years before the "present".
Here's my head-canon-fanfiction-idea about Della. I want to salvage as much as possible of what little exists in story form. However, I think the idea that she's an astronaut is silly. That being said, I believe that same story says that while Donald wanted to be a sailor, she wanted to become a pilot. That's more like it. So my idea is that once HDL's father was incapacitated, she finally started taking flying lessons. However, during one flight, she was lost somewhere (maybe she crashed in Tralla La to tie into Rosa's ideas, but I don't know). And one day, she shall come back... yes, one day. The father is still in the hospital. He doesn't need to be anymore; HDL are now mature enough that they would have enormous guilt if they truly crippled their father for life. My original idea was that he's faking illness and living off of taxpayer money, but I don't think America's healthcare system works like that...
My not very developed idea about Gladstone's parents is that the Ganders have always been seen as the luckiest water fowl throughout the ages. And them Ganders never associate with Ducks (maybe because Ducks tend to be unlucky?). However, we see in Lo$ 10 that Daphne Duck is a lucky Duck. Maybe this is what attracted Goosetave? And maybe their union caused a "luck-overload", which resulted in nothing but bad things happening in their relationship. So maybe they split up, which is why Goosetave doesn't appear in Sign of the Triple Distlefink. This "luck-overload" (I already regret coining this term) might have resulted in two children that are totally opposite on the luck-scale - Super-lucky Gladstone, and not very lucky Sadstone... or Oscar... (I don't know).
I was once partial to it, but since Jolley made a whole comic story out of retooling the "picnic" scenario into a properly dramatic (and thematically satisfying) end for the Gander parents, I really can't follow this idea anymore.
I'm curious about this. What are you talking about and how can I read it?
I'm curious about this. What are you talking about and how can I read it?
Sarah Jolley is an immensly talented British comic artist and an equally immense Duck fan, who has, for many years now, been releasing what she terms "Duck Doodle Comics" on the side of her professional work, which, aside from the sketchier artstyle, are commonly held to be on par with much official output (most, if not all, are certainly worthier of the name of Duck comics than certain Kay Wright or Warren Spector missteps that shall not be named).
The comic I am referring to is “The White Balloon”, released in January of this year, which you can read here (or here, though in lesser quality).
Wow... that was sad. And dark. I like it! Disney is making a huge disservice to themselves for not hiring her. I'm not sure this will enter my head-canon though.
In any case, please do go on and read all her other Duck comics! This one is unusual in its tone.
My personal favorites are Night in the Barn and Play Time. Those two are definitely in my headcanon. There's a whole series where she ships Magica and Gladstone (I believe, starting with The Sorceress's Apprentice); she hasn't convinced me of that relationship, but I still enjoy the comics.