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Carl Barks' Big Book of Barney Bear Hardcover – September 27, 2011
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About the Author
Craig Yoe is a former creative director for The Muppets, Disney, and Nickelodeon. He has authored nearly 50 books and lives in the Hudson Valley, New York.
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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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Very nice book that reprints some rare Carl Barks stories. As usual author Craig Yoe has done a great job in reproducing such material in a very handsome volume. Read morePublished on November 7, 2013 by Sean Kushins
What a great book. Keeps me laughing and laughing. Something everyone should have. Great condition and happy to get it.Published on September 2, 2013 by Tab
I have to say I am puzzled by all the reviews here that are raving about the quality of the reprints in this volume. Read morePublished on July 13, 2012 by Jeffrey Pepper
Carl Barks was an illustrator for the Walt Disney Company in the 1930s and 1940s. He became famous for the illustrations he did in print of Donald Duck and company. Read morePublished on March 12, 2012 by tvtv3
Barks' Barney Bear stories are a real gem. They are extremely funny and enjoyable. I love all of them very much. Read morePublished on December 30, 2011 by Stephan Ortmann
Well, at least IDW/Yoe! didn't go completely crazy and give this reprinting of (most of) the contents of THE BARKS BEAR BOOK (1979) a title like BARKS' BIGGEST BIG BOOK OF BARNEY... Read morePublished on November 19, 2011 by Christopher Barat
Cark Barks has been rightfully celebrated as one of the giants in comics. Even before fans knew his name they referred to him as "the good duck artist. Read morePublished on November 18, 2011 by David Burd
I love Barks and I love this book! Thank you Thank you Thank you!!! What a treasure! What beautiful reproduction! And such a beautiful packaging!Published on October 11, 2011 by Robert