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August 4, 2010 5:57 PM   Subscribe

Are you a radical Barksist? Presenting: Beru's Disney Comics Fan Page!

With comics by: Carl Barks (personal favorite: "The Pixilated Parrot") - Marco Rota - Romano Scarpa - Tony Strobl - Al Taliaferro - Vicar - William Van Horn - Don Rosa (including his masterpiece The Life And Times of Scrooge McDuck: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12)
posted by dunkadunc (20 comments total) 38 users marked this as a favorite

 
Oh this is so good
posted by koeselitz at 6:11 PM on August 4, 2010


Awesome site full of great comics, but isn't this a double?
posted by AElfwine Evenstar at 6:15 PM on August 4, 2010


Nope.
posted by dunkadunc at 6:17 PM on August 4, 2010


Even as a child knew that Barks was the shit. My friend got all the Disney comics by subscription, and the Scrooge McDuck ones were the ones we read first. Only after I'd plowed through his entire archive did I even bother with the silly Mickey Mouse stuff.
posted by Jimmy Havok at 6:24 PM on August 4, 2010


Wow. I just sat and read an entire S McD comic. Not looking back.
posted by bovious at 6:41 PM on August 4, 2010


I'm "friends" with Frank Stack on Facebook and earlier this year he said he considers Carl Barks "The Greatest Comic Book Artist."

He just might be right.
posted by Fuzzy Monster at 7:20 PM on August 4, 2010


Oh, thank you, Carl Barks is the greatest.
posted by neuromodulator at 7:37 PM on August 4, 2010


Carl Barks might be god, but Don Rosa is so his fucking prophet.
posted by signal at 7:55 PM on August 4, 2010 [1 favorite]


The greatest? Now that's saying a lot. He's got lots of competition. How about Kirby?

But he ties, certainly. That first issue of The Live and Times of Scrooge McDuck is literally wonderful: full of wonders. The dilapidated interior of Castle McDuck alone fills my head with dreamy goodness.

This is so obviously the direction Disney should be taking their classic characters, not any of that Kingdom Hearts crap.
posted by JHarris at 8:02 PM on August 4, 2010


(Of course, the comic is Rosa's, not Barks', but it's easy to muddle them together. They're both great.)
posted by JHarris at 8:03 PM on August 4, 2010


Yeah, Carl Barks is one of the best, if not the best. Every. Fucking. Panel. of "The Pixilated Parrot" is a gem. The expressions and emotions he could convey with just a few lines are amazing. The range of emotions on the Parrot on page 7 are great.

Ducks.

Some of the best drawn, most intelligently written, and least insulting to an adult comics are about cartoon ducks.
posted by marxchivist at 8:33 PM on August 4, 2010 [1 favorite]


Is this out of copyright in France? Or is it a case of d/l frantically before it gets the takedown notice?

I have no morals where McDuck is concerned.
posted by jfuller at 9:12 PM on August 4, 2010


Barks is fantastic, but my heart belongs to Rosa. My favorite comic of all time, ever, is Rosa's "Guardians of the Lost Library," in which Scrooge and the boys track down the library of Alexandria.

I mean, there's no denying that epic graphic novels like Sandman are great. But the stories that Rosa tells in under 30 pages are just insane.
posted by voltairemodern at 9:14 PM on August 4, 2010


Even if this is a double, thank you a million times over for posting it; I would never have seen it in its previous framing.

I was given a beautiful collected edition of several Scrooge McDuck comics as a child, framed (if memory serves) by articles on the genesis, creation, and impact of the series, and ending with a bittersweet illustrated prose tale of Uncle Scrooge's search for a remedy for old age. In true Disney form, that cure turns out to be right at home, where Scrooge can go swimming in his gigantic vault of coins at will.

I've already discovered some of my favorites from that collection: The Many Faces of Magica de Spell, and Land Beneath the Ground. I'm still looking for one in which Scrooge attempts to scout an extra-terrestrial home for his money, but ends up doing a costly good deed for some asteroid-dwelling aliens instead. In another one, Scrooge attempts to reclaim the deed to some land he once mined in the Yukon. In a third, a situation involving one of Scrooge's ancestors and an undelivered chest of horseradish imperils Scrooge's fortune.
posted by The Confessor at 9:36 PM on August 4, 2010


I have this great, hardbound 3-part Barks set from when I was a child. I used to have tons of the Barks and Rosa comics. I loved the adventures the ducks took. How could you not?
posted by nath at 12:55 AM on August 5, 2010


I had never heard of Carl Barks. Now I've read "The Pixilated Parrot" and I think I'm hooked. Really great artwork.
posted by acrasis at 5:24 AM on August 5, 2010


"Do you see any wrinkles?" "21,760—"

Man, that takes me back. Loved me some Barks as a boy, especially The Pixilated Parrot and Luck of the North. Excellent find, duncadunc.
posted by rory at 6:57 AM on August 5, 2010


When I was a kid, I used to go to antique shows with my parents and grandparents. Occasionally booths would have boxes of cheap old comics available, and there were usually several Uncle Scrooge and Donald Duck stories in these boxes. I'd eagerly grab any I could, pay my 25 cents, and spend the rest of the day engrossed in the stories. Stumbling around the show, or sometimes pulled around in a Radio Flyer wagon if I was lucky.

I just wasn't into superhero comics at the time for whatever reason. Richie Rich, Casper, Wendy and the Ducks were my heroes.
posted by formless at 11:16 AM on August 5, 2010


I'm surprised no one has mentioned The Dream of a Lifetime, in which Uncle Scrooge undergoes an Inception-style dream extraction.
posted by swift at 11:20 AM on August 5, 2010 [1 favorite]


Nice find swift. Barks was also an inspiration for Raiders of the Lost Ark.
posted by formless at 11:59 AM on August 5, 2010


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