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'Merchant to the Stars'

Walt Disney's Uncle Scrooge Adventures, Number 18, December, 1989, page 23.

©The Walt Disney Company.
"Merchant to the Stars"
Publisher: Gladstone Publishing, Ltd.
Script: Geoff Blum
Production: The Gutenberghus Group, now Egmont Comic Creation
Colorist: Sue Daigle
Letterer: Bill Spicer

Uncle $crooge seeks to bolster his bottom line by opening up new markets in the final frontier of outer space. Equipped with N.O.R.A. (Navigation and O nline Regional Analysis) and a universal translator whipped up by Gyro Gearloose, $crooge and nephews Huey, Dewey, and Louis blast off from Earth and travel to three different planets to sell the alien inhabitants high-tech equipment from McDuck Digitronics.

N.O.R.A. picks a compatible planets by analyzing their atmospheres, and as we see on this page, finds "nitrogen, oxygen, and a whiff of methane! Just like Earth!" Uncle $crooge has little luck selling his wares and fears losing money on the space venture, but the boys save the day by video taping the entire trip and attracting hoards of paying customers back on Earth to view their taped adventures. As usual, $crooge comes out smelling like a rose, and McDuck Digitronics is back in the black within a week.

Note that methane is shown on N.O.R.A.'s readout as CH2, which is methylene; methane is CH4. This misnomer is closely related to the famous Duckmite story by Carl Barks, which was the first published account of the possible existence of methylene. We have to wonder if Geoff Blum got his chemistry from the Barks story.

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