While I was out I read some of HOW TO READ DONALD DUCK
(which is even online in PDF format
), a critique on how strange the comic adventures are, including: no mother or father, but only uncles/aunts and nephews/nieces; and everyone outside America are either infantile natives, or decadent survivors of a long dead culture.
I can't help but notice a certain heteronormative chauvinism creep into the socialist critique (for example, all the males in Donald Duck are described as "eunuchs" because we never see them marry or have children of their own), but it may just be the translation . Also, it seems odd to refer to "Disney" as the creator of the strip when really Disney was the Publisher rather than writer or artist.
A thought occurred to me on the bus, that the World of Donald/Mickey/Goofy et al, was actually a CLONE WORLD, perhaps created after some devastating pandemic. Donald's nephews for example are really his CLONES, and he in turn is a clone of SCROOGE McDUCK. The nephew/niece status is just a convenient term to disguise that. This also explains the general lack of women when adventures happen overseas - the USA had more money to make clones so it cloned a more even balance of sexes (not genders as there are probably no queer characters in the world).
Don't know if I should argue that in the exegesis though - so glad I mostly read Harvey
and Gold Key
when young, instead of Disney. ;)