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I mentioned this story to psychopathicus_rex the other day, and I just managed to find some scans of it. This Donald Duck story isn't by Barks, but Volker Reiche makes a damn good imitation of the master. (3.3 pages of 10)

The missing panel makes it clear that Donald is only the lab janitor, and isn't supposed to be messing with the chemicals.

Undaunted, Donald makes another attempt, and manages to invent... gunpowder!

Well, that's not exactly patentable, so he's sent back to his mop. The professor is desperate, because the owner is coming to inspect his progress, and he still hasn't even figured out how the equipment works! His only hope is that the owner will be satisfied that the lab is at least clean. That owner's name? Scrooge McDuck.

Donald realizes that the lab will be shut down and he will lose his job unless he makes a breakthrough. He mixes together some ingredients, making sure to check each step with the professor:

... ether!

With the professor knocked out and tucked away, Donald has to give Scrooge and his inspectors the tour of the lab.

One little explosion (waking the professor) later...

Well, I guess you can see where this is going...

Of course, in the heat of the moment, Donald forgot to make any notes, and so his discovery is irreproducible. He and the professor are both kicked out, and partner up as sanitation workers. The Professor: "This time I'll make the notes: Two cigar bands, half a page from Monday's paper, a stick of used chewing gum..."

Date: 2011-03-01 04:17 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] aaron_bourque
IIRC, there was at least one Barks penned Donald story where he was an amateur scientist.

Date: 2011-03-02 05:12 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] psychopathicus_rex
Two or three, at least. Him being an amateur chemist was a bit of a running gag.

Date: 2011-03-01 07:09 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] icon_uk
That first page reminds me of this

Date: 2011-03-01 09:11 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] g1andyp
...why would they taste it before running any sort of test. Scrooge knows what kind of idiot Donald is.

Date: 2011-03-02 05:20 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] psychopathicus_rex
Of course, they did WATCH him make the stuff, so they know exactly which steps he took to make it, and which equipment he used, and they can extrapolate from which containers are nearby and half-empty to get the ingredients. So really, with a little trial and error, they COULD duplicate the stuff fairly quickly - I guess they're just lazy.
Still, good stuff! Thanks for posting it - it really is a very good attempt at duplicating Barks, if nothing else.

Date: 2011-03-02 06:59 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] lbd_nytetrayn

--LBD "Nytetrayn"

Date: 2011-03-02 07:07 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] janegray
It's stronger than steel, but it can be bitten off?

Date: 2011-03-02 09:03 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] divi_d
Maybe it's water soluble, and it's his saliva allowing him to bite into it.


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