For some time now, the French publishing house Glénat has been publishing a new series of Donald Duck and Mickey Mouse comic albums that stand out in their quality. After wonderfully drawn volumes like Horrifikland or Mickey and the Lost Ocean, Duckenstein (English: Disney’s Frankenstein) is now coming out.
As can be seen from the title and cover picture, it is an adaptation of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. The story of fictional author Mary Shelduck follows Shelley’s plot very closely, with slight adaptations that make it less gloomy and lighter for a younger readership. Of course, all the well-known characters appear, such as Uncle Scrooge, Gladstone Gander, Daisy Duck, and the Donald Ducks nephews Huey, Dewey, and Louie. Donald Duck himself Victor von Duckenstein. The plot itself is set partly in Ingolstadt and partly all over the world.
The story is roughly divided into three parts, with the framework story forming a ship crossing the icy Arctic, which Victor von Duckenstein discovers on his dog sled on an ice floe and picks him up. There he tells his story, beginning with his youth and his scientific investigations. After an unsuccessful experiment, in which almost Uncle Scrooge’s fortune is used to rob the flames, he is sent to university, where he quickly acts out his talents through his professors. He creates a human being – Duckenstein – who escapes him, however, and has to learn to get along with the fear of humans and animals of him. In the last part of the story Duckenstein’s creature finds his true friends.
The drawings themselves are – as in the whole series – artistic and contribute to the mood and period. The album itself is suitable both for your own collection and for children who are introduced to other comic styles.
The album Fabio Celoni, the scenario was scripted by Bruno Enna, and was first released in Italian in 2016. It is currently released in Italian, English and French. The English edition from 2019, titled Disney Frankenstein, is available on Amazon for €15,-.