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Walt Disney's Donald Duck: The Old Castle's Secret Hardcover – June 1, 2013

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Book 6 of 8 in the Carl Barks Library Series

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Gr 3 Up–In the history of comics it is rare to find a creator so devoted to and so invested in his characters as Barks. In 24 years of writing and illustrating Donald Duck comics (1942-1966), he produced more than 500 stories on more than 6000 pages. “The Old Castle's Secret” is the third in a multivolume series celebrating Barks's prolific and popular run with the Disney character. Aside from the titular story, this volume contains 19 more, ranging in length from one to 30 pages. The plots are similar–Donald's big mouth gets him into trouble and his three nephews bail him out–but the formula never gets tired. The subtle characterizations take center stage, teaching readers more about the characters with each new adventure. Barks's artwork serves the stories well, and he was ahead of his time in his ability to portray movement using the comics format (he started as an animator) and emotion despite the limitations of duck anatomy. In addition to the comics themselves, the volume contains commentary for all of the stories from a variety of experts and a biography of Barks at the end. Fantagraphics gets high marks for presentation as well, with the attractive cover art sporting a smooth-to-the-touch surface and glossy lettering. At least one book from this set should be considered essential to every comics collection, and more as budgets allow.–J. M. Poole, Webster Public Library, NYα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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The applause-worthy effort to publish the entirety of Barks’ duck oeuvre continues in this third book, which covers his 1948 output and, when all is said and done, will be the sixth volume, chronologically speaking. The two longer anchor stories are “The Old Castle’s Secret,” a terrific ghost mystery set in an old Scottish castle, and “The Sheriff of Bullet Valley,” which sends Donald on a Wild West caper of cattle rustlin’ and outlaw bustin’. Oodles of shorter pieces provide more evidence yet that this series is an essential addition to any serious (or just plain fun) comics collection. Grades 2-6. --Ian Chipman

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Fantagraphics; 1 edition (June 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1606996533
  • ISBN-13: 978-1606996539
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 0.9 x 10.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By J. K. Weston on May 28, 2013
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Another Treasure by Carl Barks

The Old Castle's Secret is the fourth in Fantagraphics' series of books reprinting Carl Barks' comic book stories with Disney characters and includes stories Barks wrote and drew between Dec. 3, 1947 and May 28, 1948. For the most part, the art looks stunningly beautiful and detailed, thanks to the extraordinary quality of Barks original drawings and also the excellent quality negatives that were made from the original art at the time of their original printings, negatives used again in the printing of this book. The one exception is the story, Darkest Africa, which also looks very, very good, and arguably better than it has looked since its original printing, but not quite as good as the others, more about which later in this review. The coloring is generally quite faithful to the very good coloring in the original comics, but both the general printing quality and the registration is much better in this book than in the original cheap 10¢ comic books. Not everyone is in favor of this fidelity of color design to the original, and some would prefer the broader color palate available in modern comic books. I disagree. Barks knew the color palate available in the comics at the time and undoubtedly had that in mind when he drew these pages. There are occasional minor color errors. For example there should be a single red flower in the bush below the butterfly in page 75, panel 5. But one can make a good arguement that these comics have never looked better in color. My major complaint, and a minor one it is indeed, is that yellow plate color is sometimes too intense. For an example compare page 54 to the first 5 panels of page 55. But even this has generally improved as this series has progressed.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By David Swan VINE VOICE on May 22, 2013
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When Carl Barks took on the job of writing Donald Duck he basically ditched the cartoon version and created his own. Donald had been a one joke character whose defining features was his explosive temper. His tantrums played well in cartoon shorts but having Donald constantly go ballistic in comics probably would get old pretty quick. Barks' Donald is more of a mature, domesticated everyman with a nice suburban home and three essentially indistinguishable nephews. Maybe mature isn't the right word, let's say he is more adult like even if he often acts in immature ways. In one story Donald throws a theme party and wants Huey, Dewey and Louie to appear as monkeys dressed in costumes. When they refuse he purchase a pair of ridiculous hypno specs to control their will. It all goes about as well as you might expect.

For whatever reason, Donald seems incapable of maintaining consistent employment and most of the stories are based around Donald's quest to make money. Poor Donald is the lovable loser who can never get ahead and his three nephews continually prove to be smarter and more resourceful sometimes assisting Donald, sometimes just laughing at his misfortune. Donald also is shown to have a devilish streak and in one story he tries to steal $5 from his nephews. This is the Barks second story I've read where Donald has tried to take money from the kids. Each time Donald ends up looking foolish.

The title story, `The Old Castle Secret', features the second appearance of Uncle Scrooge. Not only does Scrooge look slightly different from his traditional appearance but his behavior is much different from the tense, money grubbing miser he would become. Scrooge is much more relaxed and timid. We also get the first two appearances of Gladstone Gander.
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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan Balofsky on May 13, 2013
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The Donald Duck ( And Uncle Scrooge) stories by Carl Barks are the greatest all ages comics ever made and will likely remain so. The stories in this volume are beautifully drawn and written and are a joy to read ( with one major problem that I will get to shortly). Barks' stories draw you in and really make you feel for the characters. There is a reason almost all the stories ( again with an exception) hold up all these years later.

The title Story "The Old Castle's Secret" is a taste of things to come with Donald Duck but more Uncle Scrooge. This is Uncle Scrooge's second major appearance and we get to see barks experiment with the character and his storytelling in general. This is the beginnings of what will be in later volumes, especially the Uncle Scrooge collections ( such as the one already out but remember these collections are not being published in chronological order) and we see things such as the adventurer scrooge who will be developed fully later. The story is plotted and drawn perfectly, with fantastical elements and a mystery as Scrooge tries to recover a fortune in his ancestral castle. Scrooge and Donald play off each other well as the nephews try to solve the problem. A really fun read.

We have other great stories in hear as well such as "The Sheriff of Bullet Valley" which as the name suggests is a western, but this one has sci fi elements and a hearty dose of comedy. Donald tries to stop the bad guys but nearly makes things worse. Unlike Mickey Mouse, who in a similar situation would solve the problem and be the hero, Donald need the help of his nephews and others to realize what to do and how to do it and even then there is a challenge.
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