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Carl Barks Big Book of Barney Bear Hardcover – September 27, 2011


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 220 pages
  • Publisher: IDW Publishing (September 27, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600109292
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600109294
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.7 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,214,231 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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What beautiful reproduction!
Robert
I would argue that the Barney Bear and Benny Burro stories are as good if not better than the Donald Duck ten-pagers from Walt Disney's Comics & Stories.
David Burd
Anyone who can read and appreciate great cartooning will love it.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By J. K. Weston on January 10, 2012
Format: Hardcover
"The Carl Barks Big Book of Barney Bear", edited and designed by Craig Yoe, is a pretty nice book, but my strongest reaction to it is the disappointment that it is not the book it should have been and probably will prevent the book it should have been from ever being published, unless, perhaps, hopefully, Yoe already has a second volume planned and is working on getting rights. But you should buy this book anyway if you like the work of Carl Barks.

What it is: A reprint of all 26 Barney Bear and Benny Burro stories published in Our Gang Comics #11-36, drawn and mostly written by Carl Barks; this is the majority of Barks' non-Disney comic book work. It is 8 1/2 by 11 sized in full color scanned from original comic books and it looks pretty good, certainly much better than the Jack Kirby reprint books from DC such as Boy Commandos, which I have also reviewed for Amazon. Printed slightly larger than the original comic books, it looks quite good, and makes a good argument that the DC scanned comics should be printed original size, not reduced by 15-20% as they are in the Archives and Kirby reprints. I do have all the original comics reprinted in this book (and the ones that were omitted but should have been included), and I compared some of the originals to the reprints. The reprint books are close to the originals in color but are also darker, which is not a major problem, though it does obscure Barks fine lines a little in places.

Oddly, the book lacks a table of contents, though it has an index, several essays, other examples of Barks' work, photos, reprints of posters for Barney Bear cartoons, and at least one blank page where a table of contents could have been put.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Brent R. Swanson on October 18, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Barney Bear was a problematic character in his starring cartoons. The best were made by Michael Lah and Preston Blair in the late '40s; these managed to exploit the genial appeal of Barney's overall design. Barney's earlier cartoons moved too slowly to accomplish much, and the later ones directed by Dick Lundy made the character the butt of several recycled Tex Avery gags that seemed more cruel than funny when directed at Barney.

Carl Barks was just getting good and warmed up with the Donald Duck one-shots and the 10-page leads in "Walt Disney's Comics & Stories" when the "Our Gang" backup stories were added to his workload. They represent a yeoman effort on Barks' part. His first couple "Our Gang" stories, which featured Benny Burro alone, are not included here. Too bad, because Benny started fairly strong as a single. Once paired with Barney, Benny's permanent "four-on-the-floor" stature (he was never humanized to the extent of Disney's Horace Horsecollar) left him looking subservient to Barney, who was already something of a bully. At best, these stories are well-crafted, with beginnings, middles, and endings. They're also interesting in their parallels to the stories Barks' was simultaneously producing for "Comics and Stories" as well as later backup stories he would create for the "Uncle Scrooge" title. Mooseface McElk, for instance, has a lot in common with Donald Duck's neighbor Jones.

Early buzz for this book hinted that it would be a color reprint of the 1979 black & white "Barks Bear Book." While the Barney Bear stories are intact, the "Andy Panda" and "Porky of the Mounties," as well as the "Benny Burro" and "Happy Hound" stories in the "Bear Book" are not reprinted here. From an aesthetic standpoint, this doesn't amount to a great loss.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M. Sonntag on October 3, 2011
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One of the things I've noticed of late, people expect reprints to be fully restored. In some cases you can and it looks great. But the reality is, printing in the 40s was done very cheaply which means plates didn't always align and the paper was cheap causing bleeding of inks into the paper creating thicker lines. Now, unless a publisher has access to the original art or proof sheets(most of which were thrown away after use especially by Western Publishing)it is difficult to do anything but reproduce the published pages as they are. The Disney stuff is well preserved, and original art saved, I guess because it was Disney and far more popular hence the great reprints of recent times.

I like this book, it is a trip into the past, you are reading the stories as they were published, this isn't the Disney Barks we all know but it is a fun journey and is still very Barks. If you want modern restored comics this isn't for you, but if you can place the comics back into context of their time then you'll love this. Remember, Barks was doing Disney comics at the same time.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey Pepper on July 13, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I have to say I am puzzled by all the reviews here that are raving about the quality of the reprints in this volume. The copy I received had a very distinct over-saturation of color--almost as if someone dialed up the Photoshop setting too high. I compared it side by side with an original copy and the reprint looked very muddy and messy in comparison. I'm a big fan of the IDW/Yoe books, but this was a bit disappointing. Could there have been a few lemons in the print run?
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