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#28 How Green Was My Lettuce

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Release: Mar 09, 2016 - Author: -Der-Tribun - Translator: Mr Miau
The stories of the richest duck in the world, Uncle Scrooge, written by Carl Barks, certainly need no introduction. Drawn from 1952 until 1968, they serve as the cornerstones for the stories happening in Duckburg until today.

Less known is the fact that Carl Barks had quite often problems with the publisher and was forced to remove parts of some of his stories as a result.

In issue #28 the publisher wanted to add more advertisements to the magazine, which is why the story "How Green Was My Lettuce" had to be reduced by two pages by arbitrarily shortening a sequence. And then this cut version was exported internationally! Not before the "Barks Library" series people tried to restore the original version. However, two panels were lost and got redrawn by Don Rosa under Carl Bark's supervision.

Comparison between the cut version as it can be found in the first release and the following reprints and the uncut version taken from the Barks Library.
Scrooge and the Salad Thieves

The scene in which Scrooge is unable to fish one of his heads of lettuce and then the money bin starts leaning to the side was excessively shortened. Also, some texts were changed and a speech bubble was added when the second head of lettuce disappears.

Cut Version

In the cut version, Scrooge thinks he just hallucinated the disappearance of the first head when the second one disappears. Scrooge says he has gophers, then the money bin starts shaking and they flee the building. Scene change.



Uncut Version

The scene is a lot longer.

Scrooge talks to Donald and does not look at the salad grabber, therefore he is flabberghasted when it is empty (these two panels had to be redrawn). The next lettuce head disappears as well and when all the heads get pulled into the ground, SDonald sas that they had a gopher problem. Scrooge cannot believe it and then suddenly the tomatoes start rolling off the table and Donald said it was leaning to one direction.

Now the money bin starts shaking and they flee (of course, Scrooge does not forget to take some money with him). Donald assumes that the fundamental structure is damaged. Suddenly, Scrooge falls into a hole and notes that they really have a gopher problem. Scene change.

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