- Lost in the Andes!
- The golden Christmas tree
- Race to the South Seas!
- Voodoo hoodoo.
The lack of a definitive collection of Barks' duck stories has long been one of the great injustices of the comics world, especially in this golden age of archival reprints. Rather than starting in 1942, when Barks first began drawing Donald Duck for Disney, this massive effort to publish the entirety of his works (expected to run to 30 volumes) gets the ball rolling with stories from 1948, when Barks' mastery of the craft was in full swing chronicling the adventures of Donald and nephews Huey, Dewey, and Louie. The centerpiece story—a trip to a lost city in the Andes in search of square eggs—is considered by many to be Barks at his best. His finest creation, Scrooge McDuck, makes a few early appearances in these stories as well, though it would be several years before his personality crystallized to become a starring character. These perfect little gems of globe-trotting adventure, gleeful humor, and clean, charming cartooning have aged particularly well, so while there's plenty of nostalgic value, this book deserves a prime spot on kids' shelves on its merits. Copyright 2011 Booklist Reviews.Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews
One of comics revered masters gets a fresh new reprinting worthy of his work and accessible to kids. Known as "The good duck artist," Barks toiled for Disney in anonymity throughout the 1940s and '50s while creating such great characters as Scrooge McDuck and Gyro Gearloose. This volume finds him at a creative peak, combining the bold adventuring of Tintin with the wisely cynical view of human weakness of John Stanley. In the title story Donald and his three nephews travel deep into a magical Andes region to find the source of the square eggs scientists covet—a sense of awe complemented by a knowing satire of stuffy conformism represented by the "squares." The best stories, however, set up Donald and his nephews as foes, a simple motivation comically escalating until the only result is total disaster. Donald is an everyman of frustration whose life is one big Chinese finger trap—the harder he fights, the harder the world fights back. In "The Sunken Yacht," a scheme to raise a sunken treasure with Ping-Pong balls (which inspired real-life scientists) is thwarted by greed and Scrooge's penny-pinching. Despite the dark undertones, the comic expressions and dialogue is still laugh-out-loud funny. A wonderful project that should put Barks's name in front of new generations of admirers. (Dec.) [Page ]. Copyright 2011 PWxyz LLC
Highlights include: The title story, Lost in the Andes: Donald and the nephews embark on an expedition to Peru to find where square eggs come from only to meet danger in a mysterious valley whose inhabitants all speak with a southern drawl, and where Huey, Dewey, and Louie save Unca' Donald's life by learning how to blow square bubbles! Two stories co-starring the unbearably lucky Gladstone, including the epic "Race to the South Seas," as Donald and Gladstone try to win Uncle Scrooge's favor by being the first to rescue him from a desert island. Two Christmas stories, including "The Golden Christmas Tree," one of Barks's most fantastic stories that pits him and the nephews against a witch who wants to destroy all the Christmas trees in the world. In other stories, Donald plays a TV quiz show contestant and ends up encased in a giant barrel of "Shaky-Jell," a truant officer who matches wits with his nephews, and a ranch hand who outwits cattle rustlers.Review by Publisher Summary 2
Collects the work of Carl Barks, a top Disney artist who made his name working on the Donald Duck comic books, and includes commentary and annotations for each story by top comics authorities.Review by Publisher Summary 3
Collects the 1948-1950 work of Carl Barks, a top Disney artist who introduced the classic character Uncle Scrooge and made his name working on the Donald Duck comic books, in a book that includes commentary and annotations for each story by top comics authorities.Review by Publisher Summary 4
The first in a historic series of books collecting the comic book stories of “The Good Duck Artist.”Review by Publisher Summary 5
Carl Barks’ Donald Duck and Uncle Scrooge comics are considered among the greatest artistic and storytelling achievements in the history of the medium. After serving a stint at the Walt Disney studios as an in-betweener and a gag-man, Barks began drawing the comic book adventures of Donald Duck in 1942. He quickly mastered every aspect of cartooning and over the next nearly 30 years created some of the most memorable comics ever drawn — as well as some of the most memorable characters: Barks introduced Uncle Scrooge, the charmed and insufferable Gladstone Gander, the daffy inventor Gyro Gearloose, the bumbling and heedless Beagle Boys, the Junior Woodchucks, and many others.Barks alternated between longish, sprawling 20- or 30-page adventure yarns filled with the romance of danger, courage, and derring-do, whose exotic locales spanned the globe, and shorter stories that usually revolved around crazily ingenious domestic squabbles between Donald and various members of the Duckburg cast. Barks’s duck stories, famously enjoyed equally by both children and adults, are both evanescent celebrations of courage and perseverance and depictions of less commendable traits — greed, resentment, and one-upmanship.Our initial volume begins when Barks had reached his peak — 1948-1950. Highlights include: • The title story, “Lost in the Andes” (Barks’s own favorite). Donald and the nephews embark on an expedition to Peru to find where square eggs come from only to meet danger in a mysterious valley whose inhabitants all speak with a southern drawl, and where Huey, Dewey, and Louie save Unca’ Donald’s life by learning how to blow square bubbles! • Two stories co-starring the unbearably lucky Gladstone, including the epic “Race to the South Seas,” as Donald and Gladstone try to win Uncle Scrooge’s favor by being the first to rescue him from a desert island. • Two Christmas stories, including “The Golden Christmas Tree,” one of Barks’s most fantastic stories that pits him and the nephews against a witch who wants to destroy all the Christmas trees in the world. • In other stories, Donald plays a TV quiz show contestant and ends up encased in a giant barrel of "Shaky-Jell," a truant officer who matches wits with his nephews, and a ranch hand who outwits cattle rustlers.These new editions feature meticulously restored and re-colored pages in a beautifully designed, affordable format geared to the mainstream book buyer. Discover the genius of Carl Barks!Review by Publisher Summary 6
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