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Uncle Scrooge McDuck: His Life and Times Hardcover – November 1, 1995
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As you read these outstanding adventure stories - and that's what they are - you will come to know the technique of how this extraordinary man transcended the comic art into the realm of high fiction. Each story is written on two levels, sprinkled with humor and illustrated in such a realistic, yet exaggerated manner that allows the reader to identify strongly with the characters.
My personal favorite is "The Second Richest Duck." In this story, Scrooge, Donald and "the boys" have their true personalities come out with a richness found only in the best writings of major adventure authors and is the equal, at least, to the best Indiana Jones or James Bond story.
I read these stories to my son as he was growing up and promised him the book for his future children. My daughters now each have their own families and the stories are now read by me to my grandchildren. Truly, this tome is part of our family heritage.
I own the hardcover, coffee table edition with a signed, numbered print by Barks. I shall never part with the print, and will hand it down to my son in my estate.
Thank you Carl, for many hours of delicious reading pleasure and the exercise of my imagination. If I could rate this book an infinite number of stars, I would.
The introduction is by George Lucas, a big Carl Barks fan. Next is an essay by the Mike Barrier on the biography of Carl Barks. Next follows with 11 of the most stupendous stories about Uncle Scrooge including Tralla La, Trouble From Long Ago (the horseradish story), Island in the Sky, Micro-Ducks From Outer Space, The Many Faces of Magica De Spell, Land of the Pygmy Indians, The Second-Richest Duck, Land Beneath the Ground!, The Seven Cities of Cibola, The Lemming with the Locket, and Back to the Klondike. It has an interview with Mrs. Barks who did the lettering for Carl in the word balloons. It has a checklist of the original comics. One of the most important facets of this book is that Barks himself wrote comments for each story in the book. The recoloring of the panels in the book give it a very unique look, it was done by Peter Ledger. This is much more than the coloring you would see in a normal comic. For some reason the material used on the softcover tanned very easily non these, so that the finish usually looks older than it is. But it does not seem to affect the inside pages.Read more ›
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I've been a Disney/Barks Duck maniac since I was eight (1950) and started drawing them then. This volume contains some of my favorite adventures. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Kenneth L. Horwege
To Sir Henry Rider Haggard (1856-1925)
My Dear Sir:
As you so often with sincerity dedicated your books to those you admired, I would like to offer this volume to... Read more