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Donald Duck: It’s All Relative
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Storycode: D91377 · Pages: 10
Script: William Van Horn · Art: William Van Horn
U.S. publications: WDC 593

Donald is visited by his uncle Rumpus McFowl. Rumpus is a true plague, devouring all the food and snoring so loudly at night that Donald and his nephews cannot find sleep. The Ducks secretly decide to drive away the annoying cadger. However, all their attempts backfire until Dewey has a swell idea. The four Ducks pretend to be sick and demand from Rumpus to look after his relatives. The glutton hastily leaves the house and falls over badly. The Ducks call a doctor who, to their horror, tells them that Rumpus will have to stay in bed for eight weeks.

This is the first appearance of Rumpus McFowl. Bill drew five mosquitoes and two funny birds. One of the birds looks very unlively in the final panel.

William Van Horn: “At the time it seemed to be a funny idea to add a new character to the duck cast, so I did it. Originally I had conceived Rumpus McFowl as a combination of W.C. Fields and Monty Woolley (from the film ‘The Man Who Came For Dinner’, 1941). A tightwad, professional cadger and notorious bum who somehow always gets the best break in the end. Once I had this picture in my head, the actual character design was easy. He just was not allowed to resemble any other duck character.”

Illustration Disney.
The Van Horn quotation was re-translated from the German book “Hall of Fame 8: William Van Horn” with kind permission from Ehapa Comic Collection.
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