Christmas Eve. Scrooge McDuck, a rich but grumpy old man living in a vast and cold mansion, hates Christmas. In fact, he hates everything and everybody (and everybody hates him, too). His only known remaining family in town is his nephew Donald Duck, whom he has never met; he assumes (with the same disdain he has for all things modern) that Donald must be a "yellow-livered parasite", but still decides to put him to the test. He invites Donald and his nephews to spend the night in his cabin on Bear Mountain, where they will find food and gifts. Scrooge plans to sneak up on them in the night disguised as a bear, to test their bravery. However, real bears get to the cabin before them; confusion ensues, at the end of which Scrooge finally finds joy in life.
Behind the scenesEdit
Christmas on Bear Mountain, first printed in Walt Disney's Donald Duck #178, was the first actual appearance of Scrooge McDuck, although a character very much like him had appeared in the propaganda cartoon The Spirit of '43 four years earlier. The story was reprinted in Walt Disney's Christmas Parade #3, The Best of Walt Disney Comics #73, Best Comic Series #4, The Carl Barks Library #1, Uncle Scrooge in Color #1, Donald Duck Adventures #9, The Carl Barks Library of Donald Duck Adventures #8, Walt Disney's Comics and Stories #608, Uncle Scrooge #372, Walt Disney's Christmas Classics #1 and The Complete Carl Barks Disney Library #5.
Scrooge, contrary to popular belief, is not actually the focus of the story, as Barks had only written him as a one-shot character before he decided to bring him back for bigger roles. Most of the story is indeed taken up by shenanigans involving Donald, the nephews and the bears. Nevertheless, due to its pivotal role in Scrooge's drawn career, the story received several Scrooge-centered sequels and homages, including a painting by Carl Barks himself, Chapter Twelve of The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck (The Richest Duck in the World) which serves as a 'midquel' to the story, Return to Bear Mountain (a sequel to the story where all of the Duck family spends Christmas in the cabin), and Another Christmas on Bear Mountain (another sequel to the story focusing on Scrooge).