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King of the Klondike, or The Argonaut of White Agony Creek, is a Scrooge McDuck comic by Don Rosa. It is the eighth of the original 12 chapters in the series The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck. The story takes place from 1896 to 1897 and deals with Scrooge McDuck who participates in the Klondike Gold Rush. It takes place before The Prisoner of White Agony Creek and Hearts of the Yukon.

Plot

Scrooge borrows some money from Soapy Slick in order to go to Dawson, Youkon. In Dawson he meets Glittering Goldie O'Gilt for the first time. Later he also meets Casey Coot for the first time. Then he goes to White Agony Creek where he finally discovers the Goose Egg Nugget.

Production

The original title of the story was "The Phoenix of White Agony Creek" but Rosa changed it before publishing to "The Argonaut of White Agony Creek" which was used in Europe. For the later American publishing he used the new title "King of the Klondike".

The story use "facts" from two stories by Carl Barks, "Back to the Klondike" and "North of the Yukon". Otherwise most of the story use real historic facts from the Klondike Gold Rush.

The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck by Don Rosa
Original story chapters 1: The Last of the Clan McDuck • 2: The Master of the Mississippi • 3: The Buckaroo of the Badlands • 4: Raider of the Copper Hill • 5: The New Laird of Castle McDuck • 6: The Terror of the Transvaal • 7: Dreamtime Duck of the Never-Never • 8: King of the Klondike • 9: The Billionaire of Dismal Downs • 10: The Invader of Fort Duckburg • 11: The Empire-Builder from Calisota • 12: The Richest Duck in the World
Companion chapters 0: Of Ducks, Dimes and Destinies • 3B: The Cowboy Captain of the Cutty Sark • 6B: The Vigilante of Pizen Bluff • 8B: The Prisoner of White Agony Creek • 8C: Hearts of the Yukon • 10B: The Sharpie of the Culebra Cut • Bonus: The Dream of a Lifetime
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