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Price NOK.1,00, 36 pages.

This year starts with a double-issue, as the first issue is marked number 1-2. Alas it's not thicker than a usual issue, and it was published as late as January 10., so for some reason comics weren't published the week before. Not sure why, but I think I've heard something about a strike at that time.
Number 22 this year marks an important change in the history of the Norwegian Donald Duck comic, as from this issue the colors changes drastically. The dark and a bit diffuse coloring is now replaced with another technique, resulting in brighter and clearer colors. This new way of coloring, should be the standard for many years to come. Even the paper-quality seems to have changed a bit, as the paper seems a bit smother than before. This issue is also a bit unusual for another reason, as the main (first) story features Little Hiawatha, instead of the usual Donald-related story. For some reason this differ from the Danish version of this issue, as this one starts with the Scrooge multipart-story also featured.
Number 22 also features the second collection in the history of this comic. This is called 'Dog and Cat', and in each issue the reader would get 2 pictures of these animals. At the back of the picture, we could read a bit about the dog or the cat. The example shows a Keeshond, and we could read 'The name means something like "Dog from Holland", and this is not so strange, because in generations it has been used as a farm-dog in Holland. The dog is at average size, well-built and bright. At first the Dutch weren't very interested in this sort of dog, but some years ago the Englishmen began breeding the dog, and so the Dutch also got more interested in this. The dog is gray in different variations. ".
In issue 23 a couple of new characters appear. These are Humphrey Bear (Bendik Bjørn in Norwegian) and J. Audubon Woodlore. These characters could be seen in some of the animated shorts at this time. They were never much used in the Norwegian comic, and we had to wait until 1975 before meeting them again. After that they appeared somewhat more frequently.
In issue 27 this year a new tradition starts, and it would last for many years to come. The readers would get a free, red 'solskjerm' (what's this in English? It's something to be worn on the head so that the sun won't shine in your eyes). The picture seen here, is the ad for this, and I won't even try to translate the little 'poem', as it's really silly and childish, and would never have been written today.
In issue 32 another tradition would start, also that last for many years. The kids would get a time-table meant to use for school. At the front of this, we could read another silly poem, and I will try to translate:

DING-DANG
the clock rang
now it's time
for playing and singing

What an innocent time this was!

In issue 35 a new character appears. Actually, he makes some sort of appearance before his debut, as he's seen on the cover of number 34, and on the back-page of issue number 33. I'm talking about Ludwig von Drake, of course. In this first story, the professor arrives Duckburg, and is greeted by Donald, the boys, Scrooge, Gladstone, Gyro, Daisy, Grandma Duck and Gus. They are all very excited about meeting their famous relative. Ludwig arrives by train, and he's got his own red carpet to walk on. Everybody gather around the professor, but he doesn't mind, because after brass-orchestra, he enjoys crowds most. Donald 'wins' the professor, and when he gets car-problems, everybody thinks it's good to have access to a genius. Ludwig puts something in the tank, with the result that the motor goes rocket-high. Next thing is that Huey, Dewey and Louie want their weekly allowance, and they want 7.5 cents (75 øre in Norwegian currency). Donald asks Ludwig, as an expert with children, what to do, and Ludwig offers the boys 5. Donald thinks this was a good solution, until he sees that they got 5 dollars instead of 5 cents (50 kroner in Norwegian currency). The idea behind this, explains Ludwig, is that this will teach the boys value of money. At first it looks like it was a good idea, as the boys find it frightening with so much money, but then they see that the best they can do, is to use them right away, before something happens to them. Donald realizes now that he can't afford to have Ludwig living with them, but Ludwig doesn't see the problem, as he thinks Donald must have lots of money since he has an original painting by the famous painter PRINCE D'INUSA. Donald gets happy again, and wants to celebrate by making a big party. At the party Ludwig wants to phone Daisy, as she hasn't appeared yet, but he ends up in Cairo in Egypt instead, and his excuse is that his eyes aren't that good anymore. This makes Donald take a closer look at the painting, and he now sees that it's not PRINCE D'INUSA, but PRINTED IN USA, making it worthless. Donald now wants the professor to leave, but as he don't want to hurt his feelings, he gets to walk the red carpet from the house-door to the bus, while the boys are playing their horns.

The story is real funny. The writer is unknown, but it's drawn by Tony Strobl. In US Ludwig had his own short-lived comic, lasting only 4 issues, and the story described here, is from the first issue in this series. The character was quite regular for many years in the Norwegian weekly, but is now almost gone. Ludwig wasn't a bad character, but maybe a bit annoying. If he was a true genius or just a fraud, can be discussed. Barks used this character only once, in a 1-pager, but as he's referred to as Donald's uncle, there have been some speculations about that maybe he married Scrooge's sister Matilda.

Number 52 this year's a bit special. First it got only 1 page featuring Donald as the main character, and that is a one-pager by Bob Gregory on the inside of the cover. Second, it contains several pages with puzzles for the kids, see example:
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Opdateret d. 18.11.2004