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I WAS BORN to write and draw Uncle Scrooge stories," Don Rosa said, grinning car-to-car. 'All I ever dreamt of doin – ver since could remember, literally since I was the tiniest ki – ll ! ever wanted to do was to writc and draw Uncle Scrooge. It is my manifest destiny." He is now fulfilling that destiny.

He is drawing the adventures of Uncle Scrooge and Donald Duck for Gutenberghus Denmark. And that is why he was grinning.

We were in his studio – a small narrow room, about &x12 feet, just off the livingroom of his home southeast of Louisville, Kentucky. It was late i the evening, and Rosa was seated his drawingboard under an enormous portrait of Donald Duck. Figurines of Donald and his nephews (Huey, Dewey, and Louie) and of Uncle Scrooge perched on shelves and filled cabinets in the studio and livingroom. Scores of them. Hundreds.

Rosa a collector as well as cartoonist. His passion is the ducks created by Carl Barks, and he has every comic book in which Barks' ducks appcared. He also has a lot of other comic book – any from the Golden Age. Superhero comic books, funny animal comic books. kinds. On the day we talked (February 1992), his running tally totalled 36,129 comic books, all stored in acid-free cardboard boxes in special climate-controlled room in his home.

Rosa's devotion Barks' ducks began virtually at birth. His sister 1 eleven when was born in 1951, and she read comic books. So comic books were part of Rosa's environment from the moment hel arrived home from the hospital.