Consider this a mash-up of two of our more popular post categories: Freeze Frame! and Four Color Fun.
It is no secret that we are big fans of comic book artist and scribe Don Rosa. And he is not at all dissimilar to the clever Imagineers and animators whose hidden details we love to discover and celebrate. Don peppers his work with small details and clever references. In a previous post, we noted his homage to MGM cartoon characters drawn for comics by Disney Legend Carl Barks.
Since we are celebrating the 20th anniversary of the feature film The Rocketeer this year, we thought we'd make note of Don's subtle reference to Dave Steven's iconic character. In his Uncle Scrooge story The Universal Solvent, Scrooge pays a visit to eccentric inventor Gyro Gearloose. In the opening splash panel where Scrooge enters Gyro's laboratory, the Rocketeer helmet and jetpack can be seen in a box labeled "ABANDONED PROJECTS."