Right now I'm waiting for my bus to arrive here at Gothenburg bus station. Still 40 minutes until my bus arrives so it's a perfect opportunity to finish my earlier blog post about this cover:
I checked with the seller and he told me that this item was found together with the copy of the "Hall of the Mermaid Queen" reprint shown in my previous post. So it's easy to see why this was thought to be an alternate cover rough for that story.
Well, it's not.
And here's my three points to prove it.
1) The logo was traced from an early Four Color issue of Uncle Scrooge. By March 1967 when US 68 was published that early logo had been out of use for more than 10 years.
2) The nephews are almost identical to the ones seen on the 1988 litho "The Makings of a Fish Story".
3) The image of Uncle Scrooge diving was traced from a drawing by William Van Horn, most likely done for the "Horsing around with History".
That said the above info would date the Barks drawing to 1994 and not 1967. Quite a difference.
For all I know the buyer might have been aware of all this and then it's fine. But if not, this might come as an unwelcome surprise.
(BTW: I'm 100% sure the seller didn't try to fool anyone. Anyone might have done the same mistake if not having access to the info I had.)
This shows the importance to know what you are buying and to do your research.