is an independently published comic book
series, originally serialized in 55 irregularly-released issues from 1991 to 2004. Bone
was drawn and written by Jeff Smith
. Smith's black-and-white drawings are inspired by animated cartoons
and comic strips
, a notable influence being Walt Kelly
He stated in an interview "I was also a big fan of Carl Barks and Pogo, so it was just natural for me to want to draw that kind of mixture of Walt Kelly and Mobius (sic)"
. However, the story contains both light-hearted comedy and dark, epic fantasy.
Time Magazine has called the series "as sweeping as the Lord of the Rings cycle, but much funnier."
Bone has received numerous awards, among them ten Eisner Awards and ten Harvey Awards. The 1,332 page compilation was put on Time magazine's list of Top Ten Graphic Novels of All Time.
The series centers around the Bone Family, which is composed of creatures which talk and act like the humans in the story; but who are white, small, bald humanoids with big noses, who seldom wear much clothing
. Although essentially a high fantasy, Bone
often displays comic humor, particularly The Great Cow Race
in issue #10, and Phoney Bone's (see below) ongoing efforts to become rich off the credulous valley residents. The series tended to become more serious and adventurous as it went on, and the humor became a lesser element in the story.
In the opening pages the three Bone cousins — the avaricious Phoncible P. "Phoney" Bone, the goofy, cigar-smoking Smiley Bone, and the everyman character Fone Bone — are run out of their hometown of Boneville after Phoney decides to run for mayor with disastrous results. An example of his resulting unpopularity was given by Smiley, saying that the mayor declared a school holiday so that all the schoolchildren could come and throw rocks at Phoney. After crossing a desert and ending up in a mysterious valley, the cousins are separated, and must individually make their way across a fantasy landscape pursued by locusts and rat creatures before meeting up again. At this time, they are taken in by a mysterious girl named Thorn and her even more enigmatic grandmother. Fone Bone develops a crush on Thorn quickly when he meets her, and repeatedly attempts to prove his love through poetry. As they stay longer in the valley they encounter humans and other creatures who are threatened by a seemingly decrepit dark lord, the Lord of the Locusts. Fone Bone is drawn into the events around him and finds himself on a hero's journey to help save the world.
Although the three Bone cousins are from Boneville, and it is frequently referred to as the place where they wish to return, the village itself is never shown or depicted in the story. Also, it appears that Boneville is fairly modern, as opposed to the Valley, which, judging by the weapons used and methods of transportation, is little above medieval. For example, Smiley Bone makes two comments, one to Phoney Bone about a failed scheme of his involving a nuclear reactor, and one to Fone Bone while trying to convince him to return to Boneville, referring to CornDogHutTM, all of which are twentieth century achievements.Also, Fone mentions a downtown area, and Boneville uses dollar bills and Phoney refers to the valley people as yokels, apparently being above them in terms of how modern both of the towns are.
Most of the series was self-published by Smith under his Cartoon Books imprint from 1991 to 2004, but for a short time was published by Image Comics. During this time, the first 20 issues were reprinted by Image with new covers. These reprints are identifiable by having reproductions of the original covers on the back. The Cartoon Books printings have black back covers, inset with a single panel reprinted from inside. First printings can be distinguished from later printings by changes in the color of the logo on the front cover. The comic and its story ended with its 55th issue, dated June 2004. The back cover has, in place of the usual comic panel, a black and white photo of Smith in his studio drawing the last page on May 10. In an interview on Attack of the Show, Smith revealed that he drew the last page very early on. The 55 issues have been collected into the following volumes.
Issues from the Out From Boneville collection were also reprinted in the digest-sized children's magazine Disney Adventures, first in 1994 and later in 1997 through 1998. The issues usually consisted of 7–9 pages a month and were coloured and censored to remove smoking and drinking references. There was also an exclusive story for Disney Adventures by Smith, featuring Fone and Phoney following a "treasure map."
In 2004 Scholastic Inc.
(through its new Graphix imprint) began reissuing the individual volumes in full color (with coloring by Steve Hamaker). Both hardcover and softcover editions of each volume are being released simultaneously (at the time of writing not all volumes have been colorized and re-released). The most current colorized Bone volume is volume eight of nine, Treasure Hunters
. The eighth volume was released August 8
. In 2006 HarperCollins
began publishing the full color editions for the UK market. To date, three of the nine color volumes have been released in the UK. In addition to presenting a colored version of the story, these editions also correct some of Smith's spelling errors; for example correcting "cupie-doll" as "kewpie-doll
", and "cowtow" as "kowtow
One volume edition
The special 1,332 page, one volume edition (ISBN 1-888963-14-X) was released originally for $40 (USD) through Jeff Smith's Cartoon Books imprint in a paperback volume. This special print of the entire adventure was to celebrate the recent end of the series and the commencement of every collection in the series being reprinted in color through Scholastic Press. First released in 2004 and promoted as only a limited print run being available, this edition has recently returned to print.
In addition to the one volume paperback, a signed limited edition hardcover edition of the one volume book was issued. The deluxe hardcover featured gold embossed lettering on the cover, gilded edges, and a cloth ribbon bookmark. The end pages are printed with a map of The Valley and it comes with a full-color signed and numbered bookplate. This limited edition pressing of the book originally sold for around $125 (USD) and was initially limited to 2,000 copies.
The collection won the 2005 Eisner Award for Best Graphic Album Reprint., and was listed at #3 in Time magazine's "Best Comix of 2004". Reviewer Andrew Arnold said of the collection, which was published at the conclusion of the monthly series, "As sweeping as the Lord of the Rings cycle, but much funnier...Smith imbues even simple dialogue panels with animation. Now that it's finished Bone should join the ranks of Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter in the young adult pantheon."
Spin-offs & special one-shots
to the main storyline, but can be read without spoiling too much about the main story.
In a recent interview, Jeff talked about another "Big Johnson Bone" adventure that may be forthcoming. Big Johnson Bone is the lead character from "Stupid, Stupid Rat Tails".
- Bone: Holiday Special (Hero Premiere Edition)
(1993, Warrior Publications, 14 pages)
This was a Hero Premiere Edition bundled with Hero Illustrated magazine. It includes a short story where the Bone cousins celebrate Winter Solstice, Jeff Smith interview and sketches.
(Jan 1995, Wizard, 28 pages)
This was a free comic book mail-in offer through Wizard Magazine. As was also common with Wizard Magazine comic offers, there was a special gold foil cover variant where the Bone title on the cover is embossed in gold foil. It came in a rigid mylar sleeve and a certificate of authenticity. There is a short story that fits in between #13 and #14 of the regular series, and is included in Bone Vol. 2: The Great Cow Race. This special also includes a Jeff Smith interview and sketches.
(1995, Image Comics, 16 pages with wrap-around cover)
This was a free promotional book given out at 1995 San Diego Comic-con and it also polybagged with Wizard Mag. This sourcebook was published to celebrate the move of the BONE series from self-publishing to Image Comics, where it stayed for only 7 issues before Jeff Smith took it back to self-publishing.
It includes an Introduction by Jeff Smith & biography, character profiles, color poster by Jim Lee, story timeline, upcoming storyline, and shipping schedule.
- Bone #1 Tenth Anniversary Edition
(2001, Cartoon Books)
To celebrate its 10th year anniversary, a special color edition of Bone #1 with was released with a free collectible Fone Bone PVC figure and a full color Phoney Bone Gazillion dollar bill. This special edition included a new cover, a new afterword by Jeff Smith, and an illustrated eight-page commentary by comics historian R.C. Harvey, and the original artwork was digitally remastered in full color.
Cast of characters
- The hero of the series, Fone Bone is the smartest and most courageous of the Bones. He and his cousin Smiley Bone help their other cousin Phoney Bone escape from Boneville after he upset the villagers, and got stuck in the valley. He is passionate about his favorite book, Moby-Dick, and is the most level-headed of the three Bone cousins. He has an unspoken crush on Thorn Harvestar. His name comes from "funny bone," which also inspired the Mad Magazine character Fonebone drawn by Don Martin.
Phoncible P. "Phoney" Bone:
Manipulative and greedy, Phoney Bone will do anything to get rich. Run out of Boneville by an angry mob of villagers after a few shady business deals, his greediness and selfishness makes an enemy of anyone who crosses him in the valley. Referred to as "The One Who Bears The Star" (due to the star t-shirt he wears) by the Hooded One, Phoney is sought after by the Rat Creature army though he does not know why (later it's revealed that the Hooded One erroneously believed a giant balloon of Phoney used in his campaign for mayor of Boneville that fell in her lair to be an omen that Phoney could be used to fulfill her agenda). Fone says that part of the reason for his cousin's resourcefulness and greed may be that Phoney, as the oldest of the Bone trio, raised his two cousins when they were young — and poor — orphans. Though he is selfish he is very defensive of his cousins when he needs to be and shows he really cares about them. An example is given when he is approached by The Hooded One who proceeds to threaten Fone Bone, Phoncible becomes angry and warns The Hooded One to stay away from Fone.
- The tallest of the Bones and arguably the least intelligent, he plays a one-string banjo, and often ends up driving people mad due to his stupidity and simplicity. He likes to help people, although Lucius says it is more like torture. Allegedly, Fone Bone brought him along purely to torture Phoney. He takes kindly to a rat creature cub, whom he names Bartleby, and through his nurturing of Bartleby we see a maturing in his character. When he and his cousins were children, Phoney made him steal pies off of windowsills, because he was the tallest, and apparently they were poor to the point where they couldn't afford food. Phoney mentions that when he became rich, Smiley made him pay everyone back.
- Fone's crush. Seemingly a simple farm girl, it is soon revealed that she is heir to the throne of Atheia. She is also a "veni-yan-cari" (an awakened one). Thorn has been shown to show excellent courage, as well as powers, such as escaping through a landslide blindfolded, flying, and jumping a castle wall without injuring herself. In a sense she can do anything if she can "concentrate her dreaming". Though it is never mentioned outright, she is 20 years old.
Rose "Gran'ma" Ben (originally Rose Harvestar)
- Thorn's grandmother, a tough-as-nails farmer who races against cows on foot as a hobby, and always wins. It is revealed that she is the former Queen of Atheia and escaped to Barrelhaven with Lucius Down and Thorn to protect her.
The Great Red Dragon
- Often Fone's last-minute savior, the Red Dragon appears when he is most needed. Gran'ma Ben does not trust him, regardless of how many times he has saved her or her friends from harm. The Great Red Dragon seems to be incredibly ancient. In a sequence that shows the land during the Dragons reign, supposedly the beginning of time, the Great Red Dragon can be seen fighting Mim along with other dragons. Regardless if this is true or not, he is at least over 15 years old, as he takes care of Thorn while the Great War is taking place.
- A huge mountain lion who views himself as neutral in the conflict between the humans and the Lord of the Locusts despite lopsided affiliations. His personal views are that there is no such thing as "good" and "evil", only that power matters above all and that friendship and love is meaningless. He works for the Lord of the Locusts in exchange for land when the valley becomes theirs, and loathes the Dragons. His name is mispronounced as 'Rock Jaw' by the Bone cousins. He is the guardian of the Eastern Border. Towards the end of the series, he allows Fone Bone, Thorn, and Bartleby to run past him towards the Daren Gard unharmed for reasons unexplained.
- A giant rat creature, ruler of the horde of rat creatures and lackey of the Lord of the Locusts. Although he is egomaniacal and cruel, he is prone to superstition and easily manipulated by The Hooded One. He carries a golden spiked club around with him, until Thorn cuts off his right arm. Roque Ja at one points attacks Kingdok and rips out his tongue, which he keeps as a trophy. A continuity error is that while Roque Ja is bragging about owning the tongue, Kingdok cannot speak, but later speaks clearly to the Hooded One. After that, he attempts to say "kill you", and it comes out "gill yoo", just as one would speak without a tongue. At the end of the novel, he faces Thorn before she can touch the Crown of Thorns. He tells her (once again able to speak) that "Either she kills him or he kills her", because he wants to die. He states that he is tired of being the Hooded One's puppet. Thorn does not want to kill him, even though he taunts her by reminding her that he was the one who killed her parents (he even tells her that he fed on Thorn's mother while she was still alive). She tries to dart towards the Crown of Thorns but Kingdok bites her leg. Given no choice, Thorn then drives her sword into Kingdok's right eye, killing him.
The Hooded One (Briar Harvestar)
- Servant of the Lord of the Locusts and Kingdok's superior. It is implied that The Hooded One is a former Veni Yan warrior, as he wears a similar robe and hood. It is later revealed that the Hooded One is Briar Harvestar, the sister of Gran'ma Ben. Briar was made to feel inferior to her sister when she was younger, and when the Rat Creatures invaded in the great war, she betrayed the Royal family by leading them to the Rat Creatures. When the King, Thorn's father, learned of this betrayal, he cut her in half with an abandoned harvesting scythe, which the Hooded One now carries as a weapon. Briar was possessed and resurrected by a swarm of locusts. The Hooded One is often thought of as resembling the Grim Reaper in physical appearance, although there is no real connection between the two.
- Lucius Down — The foil for almost all of Phoney Bone's schemes. He runs the Barrelhaven Tavern, and in the later books we find that he sees Jonathan Oaks as a son. Lucius had formerly hinted of a history with Gran'ma Ben — only to reveal later that he had 'picked the wrong girl', instead falling in love with her sister, Briar, whose motive in the affair was to hurt Rose. Though Briar in her form as the Hooded One still held a little affection for him (indicated in a tiny heart appearing in her speech bubble when she called his name), he was still in love with Rose Harvestar. When the Hooded One prepared to kill Rose, Lucius grabbed onto her just as her master, the Lord of the Locust, is destroyed; the resulting surge in power incinerates Briar and mortally wounds Lucius.
- Ted — A helpful insect that pops up from time to time. Ted is the first creature Fone Bone encounters when he enters the valley, and harbors a strange link to the Red Dragon. Has an older brother who is several hundred times his size.
- The Lord of the Locusts — The unseen dark lord who orchestrates much of the saga's villainy. He is an evil, formless "nightmare" trapped inside a mountain, and appears in the form of a locust swarm to his chief henchman who is simply known as "The Hooded One".
- Mim — The original queen of the dragons, was possessed by the Lord of the Locusts, and turned to stone by the other dragons. Her awakening was said to be the end of the world, but instead the Lord of the Locusts disappeared, and an aged Mim returned to her function followed by all of the other Dragons save the Great Red Dragon.
- The Possum Kids — Three young possums with a thirst for adventure. They have a knack for getting into trouble, but they are resourceful and cunning.
- Roderick and the Orphans — Roderick is a young raccoon whose parents were killed and eaten by the two stupid rat creatures. He is the leader of a large group of orphaned animal children living in the mountains. Roderick is the only one named, and the complete group consists of a beaver, a boar, two birds, a rabbit, a porcupine, a turtle, two snakes, a squirrel, and a chipmunk.
- Miz Possum — A caring, motherly figure to everyone in the valley. Mother to the three possum kids.
- Stupid Stupid Rat Creatures — Two soldiers of rat creature hordes who have a particular interest in devouring the Bone cousins, and Fone Bone in particular. The two are rather incompetent, once deserting the army after their disobedience costs Kingdok his arm and later allying with the Bones briefly before returning back to their own side. They address each other as "comrade". Fone Bone is the one who dubs the two "Stupid, Stupid Rat Creatures"; Fone Bone is also usually credited with coining the term "Rat Creatures" itself; however, he actually got the name from the possum kids. As it stands, the proper name of Rat Creatures appears to be Hairy Men. Named after some incidents where one, or both, clearly emphasize their title, they in turn call Fone Bone "Small Mammal." In a running gag throughout the series, one rat creature suggests cooking Fone Bone in a quiche. The other rat creature flies into a rage, insisting that 'dainty pastry foods' are 'unfit for monsters,' and that they should eat him in a stew — though he did once in a fit of anger declare an intention of eating Fone Bone raw, and on another occasion, when they were starving, told his comrade that he wouldn't mind some of his homemade quiche. Later, Fone Bone himself delivered to the two some 'piping hot quiche' when he found them shivering in a bush after the Hooded One's defeat. A continuity error in the color volumes is that the two rat creatures' hair color is inconsistent across the various scenes featuring them.
- Bartleby — A baby rat creature found by Fone Bone and adopted as a pet by Smiley Bone. After the Bones' first encounter with Roque Ja, Bartleby returns to the fold of the Rat Creatures, though is out of place there and returns to the Bones later after growing a little. He became a good friend to Smiley and when they left for home, he went with them. Named by Shaenon K. Garrity , for the title character in the short story "Bartleby the Scrivener" by Herman Melville. He unlike other Rat Creatures has round ears. It is explained that the Rat Creatures crop their ears. Bartleby explains that he ran away from the other Rat Creatures after he got his tail chopped off. He states that all Rat Creatures are born with beautiful long hairless tails (Like a rat), but all the Rat Creature cubs have their tails chopped off. This is due to their belief that a sort of boogeyman will drag them away in their sleep by their tails. (In the prequel book Stupid, Stupid, Rat-Tails, we learn that the Bone cousins' forefather Big Johnson Bone is the fabled boogeyman they fear, having come to the Valley a thousand years earlier and fought the rats by swinging them around by their tails.) In a sequence where it shows the land during the Dragons rule, Rat Creatures with long tails can be seen in the distance.
- The Veni Yan — A mysterious clan of hooded warriors. Distrusted by the townsfolk (who came up with the derogatory term "stick eater") but trusted by Lucius.
- Jonathan Oaks — A small, often outspoken, villager who works for Lucius at the Barrelhaven, and views Lucius as a hero. Though he was saved from an ambush from the rat creatures in Old Man's Cave, it is implied that he dies in the Veni Yan infirmary.
- Wendell — One of Lucius' tough "bar room boys." Outspoken in the early issues (he and Euclid have more than once threatened to trounce Phoney Bone) he became more introverted once the reality of the war presented itself.
- Euclid — Along with Jonathan and Wendell, one of the "bar-room boys". He is depicted as very large and muscular, and often wishes to resort to physical force to solve problems. In personality, one way to describe him is that he is even more violent than Wendell. He dies after the volcano explosion and also came back to life after Thorn destroys the ghost circles.
- Rory — A third barroom boy. Is almost always present near Wendell, Euclid, and Jonathan, but rarely speaks. None of his comments give much of a hint to his personality.
- Headmaster — The leader of the Venu and most powerful soldier. He is distinguished with a fur vest with bronze tokens. In the series two appear. The first is the current one who has a feeling that the world is ending. The second one is retired in the city of Atheia and is the headmaster that appears in "Rose".
Michael Arner from popmatters.com was initially not impressed with the black and white artwork. He also found the ending disappointing at first as he was hoping for a more conclusive ending. He praised the characterisation and Smith's ability to mix humor and adventure perfectly
Bob's Comics Review mentions the work is "Tolkienesque" and leads up to an epic. Although critical of the earlier issues, the writer enjoys the range of writing "from slapstick (the cow race is a classic), to the scary yet hilarious rat creatures, to intimations of high fantasy". Jeff Smith's sense of timing was praised as well as the creator's use of the silent panel and "repeated scene with variations of movement or perspective".
- 1993 Eisner Award for Best Humor Publication
- 1994 Eisner Award for Best Serialized Story: "The Great Cow Race"; Bone #7-11
- 1994 Eisner Award for Best Continuing Series
- 1994 Eisner Award for Best Writer/Artist: Jeff Smith
- 1994 Eisner Award for Best Humor Publication
- 1995 Eisner Award for Best Humor Publication
- 1995 Eisner Award for Best Writer/Artist: Humor: Jeff Smith
- 1995 Eisner Award for Best Continuing Series
- 1998 Eisner Award for Best Writer/Artist: Humor: Jeff Smith
- 2005 Eisner Award for Best Graphic Album: Reprint: Bone One Volume Edition
- 1994 Harvey Award for Best Cartoonist (Writer/Artist): Jeff Smith
- 1994 Harvey Award Special Award for Humor: Jeff Smith
- 1994 Harvey Award for Best Graphic Album of Previously Published Work: The Complete Bone Adventures; reissued in color as Bone: Out from Boneville (Scholastic Corporation)
- 1995 Harvey Award for Best Cartoonist (Writer/Artist): Jeff Smith
- 1996 Harvey Award for Best Cartoonist (Writer/Artist): Jeff Smith
- 1997 Harvey Award for Best Cartoonist (Writer/Artist): Jeff Smith
- 1999 Harvey Award for Best Cartoonist (Writer/Artist): Jeff Smith, for his body of work in 1998, including Bone
- 2000 Harvey Award for Best Cartoonist (Writer/Artist): Jeff Smith
- 2003 Harvey Award for Best Cartoonist (Writer/Artist): Jeff Smith
- 2005 Harvey Award for Best Cartoonist (Writer/Artist): Jeff Smith
- 2005 Harvey Award for Best Graphic Album of Previously Published Work: Bone: One Volume Edition
- 1993 Eisner Award for Best Writer/Artist: Jeff Smith
- 1995 Eisner Award for Best Single Issue: Bone #16: "Eyes of the Storm"
- 1995 Eisner Award for Best Comics-Related Item: Bone figurine, sculpted by Jeff Smith and Randy Bowen
- 1996 Eisner Award for Best Title for Younger Readers
- 1998 Eisner Award for Best Continuing Series
- 1998 Eisner Award for Best Comics-Related Product: Bone Red Dragon cold-cast statue, sculpted by Randy Bowen, based on designs by Jeff Smith
- 1998 Eisner Award for Best Comics Publication for a Younger Audience
- 1999 Eisner Award for Best Comics-Related Product/Item: Phoney Bone inflatable
- 2003 Eisner Award for Best Graphic Album Reprint: Bone vol. 8: Treasure Hunters
- 2004 Eisner Award for Best Writer/Artist: Humor: Jeff Smith
- 2005 Eisner Award for Best Comics Publication for a Younger Audience
- 2006 Eisner Award for Best Coloring: Steve Hamaker, Bone: The Great Cow Race
- 2008 Eisner Award for Best Coloring: Steve Hamaker, Bone (vols. 5 and 6) and Shazam: Monster Society of Evil
In the 1990s, an attempt to produce a film of Bone
through Paramount Pictures
and Nickelodeon Movies
was unsuccessful. According to Smith, Nickelodeon saw the story strictly as children's entertainment, and insisted that the Bone characters be voiced by child actors and that the film had to include pop songs by the likes of Britney Spears
. Smith's response was that no one would consider putting pop songs in film adaptations of The Lord of the Rings
, and therefore should not be placed in Bone either.
On March 9 2008, Cinematical.com announced that Warner Bros. had bought the rights to the film. Smith's website confirmed on March 13, 2008 that he had made a deal with Warner Bros. to adapt the Bone saga into a film series. Whether the format of the film is to be traditional 2-D animation or live action is yet to be decided. However, Smith stated in a recent interview that the film will most likely be CGI animated.
In 1996 the toy manufacturer Resaurus released Series One of a Bone figure line, featuring: Fone Bone with Rat Cub, Thorn, Smiley Bone, and Rat Creature. Five years later, a second line was released with Gran'ma Ben, Phoney Bone, The Hooded One, and a deluxe boxed set of Kingdok. Two exclusive figures were released through the toy and comic magazine "Previews": Hooded One (glow in the dark), and Phoney Bone as Ahab. Most recently, in 2007, "Dark Horse Comics Presents" released a 5-inch high statue of Fone Bone, which is limited to 750 pieces and to be sold through Wizard Magazine
On February 22 2005
, video game
company Telltale Games
announced that they would be developing adventure games
based on the comic using episodic format. The first episode, Bone: Out from Boneville
, was released on September 15 2005
, and the second, The Great Cow Race
, on April 12, 2006. Both are available in downloaded or boxed form on Telltale's website for Windows-based PCs. Currently, Telltale Games has suspended any further development of the Bone game series.
On October 13 2006, video game company Vanbrio Entertainment announced the release of a Macintosh version of Bone Act 1: Out of Boneville.
- In the Fox sitcom The War at Home, a picture of Phoney Bone hangs in Larry's room.
- In the Sam & Max Season One episode "Situation: Comedy" (also created by Telltale Games), when the heroes walk into a TV station, there is a set labeled "Barrelhaven Set", a reference to the fictional town from Bone. In a "blooper reel" released on the Season DVD, during the scene when Sam is examining the Barrelhaven Set, Fone Bone walks up behind him and surprises him, causing fits of laughter from himself, Sam, Max, and the rest of the off-screen crew.
- In the television series Numb3rs, the character Larry Fleinhardt purchases (among other things) a Fone Bone plush doll in the episode "Graphics", which is set at a comic book convention.
- In the "gag" part of volume one of the Japanese manga .hack//Legend of the Twilight, one of the badly drawn pictures was titled "Jeff Smith's Bone?"
- In an issue of the comic book Static, while waiting for Virgil, Rick's friend Evelyn is seen perusing a copy of Bone, and deciding whether or not to buy it.
- In Don Rosa's The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck chapter III, The Buckaroo of the Badlands, there's a close-up of a letter sent from "Fonebone Hotel".