Saturday, June 27, 2009

"The 'Colossalest Surprise' Quiz Show"

Barks was, if not exactly obsessed, certainly very interested in the idea of quiz shows. We see this in "Voodoo Hoodoo" and "The Golden Nugget Boat;" there are also at least three stories that center around the concept. This 1956 short is one of them. Even though it's not an adventure story, "The 'Colossalest Surprise' Quiz Show' illustrates, in a nascent state, some of the same theoretical problems that Barks was grappling with in the character of Scrooge later in his career.
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