In re: Back to the Klondike, specifically Goldie's giveaway of her money to miners' orphaned children. Observe the following panels:
It looks to me like the word balloon where she explains that she gave her money to the orphans was re-lettered by someone other than Barks. I assume this must have been because the balloon originally referred to something in the barroom flashback sequence, which was deleted from the original printing--but what? Did Goldie originally say that she gave back her money to the miners she'd stolen it from? This would fit with Scrooge's word balloon in the previous panel, which also looks altered--"all the money you made" doesn't fit neatly inside the balloon and appears to be replacing something else, such as "what did you do with all the money you stole from me and other prospectors?" Or did Goldie originally explain that she gave the money to the orphans because her experiences at White Agony Creek had made her sympathetic to gold miners and their families? I've always wondered about it, but I assume no one ever asked Barks about it.
There's a similar relettering one panel down. I've often wondered about the significance of it, but it may just have been a faulty pen. When I read the Another Rainbow edition, it always strikes me how often the lines go from thick to thin and back.
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Post by Scrooge MacDuck on May 3, 2020 19:33:40 GMT
The difference in the inking of the actual letters isn't so much the smoking gun as the weird blank space before "left orphans". To the very left of that speech bubble you can even see a smidge of ink that looks like the edge of a letter that wasn't *quite* taped over, though that might just be a random visual artifact in this particular scan. I (sadly) don't own a physical copy of this printing.
Thinking that this sounded a little bit familiar, I went and took a look at my 1981 copy of U.S. His Life and Times in which Carl Barks spoke about this story. He said that he re-created four missing panels for this story from memory for that U.S. book, but in that article I did not see any mention of the above text being re-written or changed. This is not to say that it didn't happen as I vaguely remember reading something about this a long time ago, and this topic may have just been discussed in another reprint of the story that I have yet to re-discover. If I find anything more I'll post it here.