|The treasure of Marco Polo|
by Carl Barks
© by The Walt Disney Company 1966
The treasure of Marco Polo (censored)
hose pages realized in
1966 tell about an adventure in Asia, in the far China. We learn that Marco Polo could
have hidden a treasure in a country called "Unsteadystan" when escaping from
his story is bornt in 1966.
It was considered politically incorrect. Historically, it's the Vietnam's war. Through this
few pictures, it shows the events, the problems met by the americans, the instability
of the asiatic countries, urban guerilla, and a little too, the help brought to
South Vietnam by the USA.
Uncle $crooge McDuck is waiting the arrival by boat of a jade sculture from the country Unsteadystan.
The story says this sculture is part of a shipload that Marco Polo brought back by sea
from China (Cathay) to Persia. But his boat was attacked in Cochinchina by pirates and beached.
Arriving to the harbour, Uncle $crooge, Donald and the Junior Woodchucks find only in the crate a part of
the sculture initially representing an elephant : it only stays the tail... and a stowaway.
This accepts going with them and giving them some explanations. In Unsteadystan, there is
a civil war between Prince Char Ming (the good) and dictator Wahn Beeg Rhat (the bad)
After many dangers, the band manages to help Prince Char Ming and discovers the treasure.
Uncle $crooge and its band represent the USA, Prince Char Ming and Cochinchina, South Vietnam
(capital Saigon) and the dictator Wahn Beeg Rhat, the opponents supported by China and the USSR,
with a little wink at France.
Original title : "Uncle $crooge: Treasure of Marco Polo",
© by The Walt Disney Company, 1966
The other pages :
Censored Disney Comic
Other link :
The history of Duckburg