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Editorial Reviews


“Carl Barks was a great storyteller… We had a deep appreciation of [his] comics when we were kids. We read his stories over and over again. Nobody knew his name. We just called him ‘The Good Artist’ because he was so much better than all the other Disney artists.” (R. Crumb)

“The Hans Christian Andersen of comic books.” (Will Eisner)

“A priceless part of our literary heritage.” (George Lucas)

“Mr. Barks taught me that comics could be high art, and I consider his work to be the best storytelling I’ve experienced in any form. …Fantagraphics… is publishing the Barks collection in beautiful hardcover books that do great honor to the cartoonist and his stories, and I can’t wait to buy them for my kids. Proof that great storytelling endures from generation to generation.” (Jeff Kinney (author of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series))

“...Fantagraphics made my dreams come true with this perfect book. For $25 you get 200 pages of some of the most important comics ever made and about 30 pages of the story of Carl Barks' life along with story notes and annotations. This is a f***ing steal.” (Nick Gazin - VICE)

“Barks’ strips combine high adventure with humor and subtle cultural commentaries, but they remain grounded in character... Lost in the Andes is a gorgeously packaged collection of some of the finest comics ever made.” (Garrett Martin - Paste)

“The initial volume in the Barks series is... all pleasure, a treasury of deceptively simple gag and adventure stories that fashioned with wit, irony, and impeccable craftsmanship…. The longer stories here... are suspenseful, surprising, funny, and fresh... These kids' comics are far from kids' stuff -- this is for everyone.” (Alan Scherstuhl - SF Weekly)

“This volume reprints tales from December 1948 through August 1949, when Barks was in high feather as a creator of breathless adventures and light comedies for his Ducks... Great pop culture, great analysis. Scrooge is always searching for more gold, and there’s plenty here. [Rating] 10/10” (Michael Barrett - PopMatters)

“Even now, Barks’ stories are clever and funny, as he leads the ducks into impossible situations and then gives them unexpected ways out. And they’re poignant in their own way, too.... And for those who just want to curl up with more than 200 pages of some of the best-written comics ever published, Lost in the Andes has all the square eggs, rubber bricks, golden Christmas trees, and races around the world that any kid or grown-up could ever want.” (Noel Murray - The A.V. Club)

“Even the silliest premise, when executed by an artist in perfect control of his gifts, can land with deftness and grace - that's something that strikes you again and again as you read Barks' work. …[T]his collection makes a perfect introduction to one of the greatest all-ages comics artists of all time.” (Glen Weldon - NPR - Monkey See)

“(Starred Review) One of comics' revered masters gets a fresh new reprinting worthy of his work and accessible to kids.... This volume finds [Barks] at a creative peak, combining the bold adventuring of Tintin with the wisely cynical view of human weakness of John Stanley…. A wonderful project that should put Barks’s name in front of new generations of admirers.” (Publishers Weekly)

“Barks, the artist, is a master cartoonist, drawing lively, expressive characters with a graceful sense of movement. His beautiful, detailed backgrounds plant the ducks in a fully realized world that adds weight to his storytelling.... Fantagraphics Books... does its usual high quality work here... For both newcomers to Barks' work and diehard fans, this is a book that any comic book reader would love...” (Rich Clabaugh - The Christian Science Monitor)

“In short, this is exactly the book that Barks fans and the curious have been waiting for. ...Barks remains an exemplary cartoonist. His work is thrilling, funny and rather knowing about human nature... How good was Carl Barks? Pretty goddamned good.” (Chris Mautner - Robot 6)

“This is as beautiful a book as I’ve purchased this year, and the stories within have much to offer both children and adult fans of visual storytelling and even comedy. Barks knew how to contract a joke, and this is a masterclass.” (Paul Montgomery - iFanboy)

“Carl Barks used ducks to shine a light on the human condition and make jokes while also making commentary on us all. Despite these stories being published in 1948 and 1949, they truly stand the test of time.... ★★★★★” (Nick Boisson - Comics Bulletin)

“I like to think that Carl Barks, an unpretentious storyteller who created for an audience of children whose intelligence, ingenuity and decency he never doubted, would approve and be gladdened by how his work, this time around, is being put back out into the world.” (Tom De Haven - The Comics Journal)

“Happily, the stories look great and the book is a wonder to hold in your hand.... As to the content, itself, it's just as remarkable an achievement in comics as I remembered.... The contents of the book are as good as they're going to get...” (Augie DeBlieck Jr. - Comic Book Resources)

“This is really fantastic storytelling.... I picked this up thinking it’d be a good chance to see if I liked Carl Barks and what the fuss was all about. Well, now I get it – and I’m hooked. ...[T]his is well worth the purchase for any fan of classic comics.” (Sean Gaffney - Manga Bookshelf)

“The stories, of course, are outstanding. Most of the long adventure tales are classics in their own right.... Walt Disney’s Donald Duck: Lost in the Andes is an excellent start to Fantagraphics’ Carl Barks Library.” (K.C. Carlson - Comics Worth Reading)

“...I’m impressed with the quality of the publication. In my estimation, the coloring is excellent and the format engaging…. The critical essays composed by a number of Barks scholars are also insightful and well written.... In my opinion, as a Carl Barks fan, this initial volume is well worth acquiring!” (Carl Barks Fan Club Newsletter)

“The new Carl Barks book from Fantagraphics might be the best designed, best realized reprint book any company has done to date.” (Dustin Harbin (Dharbin, Diary Comics))

About the Author

Carl Barks (1901-2000) spent most of his life in Oregon. In 1987, he was one of the three inaugural inductees in the Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame (along with Eisner and Jack Kirby). He's also a Disney Legend.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Fantagraphics; The Complete Carl Barks Disney Library edition (December 5, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1606994743
  • ISBN-13: 978-1606994740
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 1 x 10.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #324,457 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By J. K. Weston on November 21, 2011
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The first volume of Fantagraphics projected reprinting of the complete Disney comics of Carl Barks is out and it is excellent. The volumes are to be in chronological order by volume (this is volume 6) although the stories are not arranged chronologically within the volume--a very minor problem. "Lost in the Andes" is perhaps Barks' best known story, also one of his best, and far superior to "The Golden Christmas Tree" which is the first long story by chronology. So placing it first makes a lot of sense. Every page, gag, and cover that should be in this volume chronologically is here. The long stories lead off the volume and are followed by the short stories. The short stories are actually reprinted in chronological order of Barks submission dates except for "Toyland", which should follow the radio quiz show story instead of preceding it, again, a very minor criticism.

The printing is excellent. The art size is about 98% of the size the comics were published back in 1949, and a little larger than the size in modern Disney comics. You won't notice the difference unless you lay down an original comic book page next to the reprint. The height is less than an eighth of an inch shorter in the book than in the old comics. Contrast this with Archive Editions, which typically reprint old comics about 83% of original size and it is obvious to the eye that they are much smaller. The coloring is very close to the original comic book coloring, except the yellow is a bit brighter and more gold. But it is clearly an attempt to reproduce with honor the look and coloring with which the comics were originally published. It is arguably better since the registration is generally much better than in the old comics.
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Format: Hardcover
Barks fans had to wait decades for someone to finally begin comprehensively reprinting his work in color. Fantagraphics had done a superb job. The colors practically jump off the page. If you're new to Barks, you'll understand why his comics were Jerry Garcia's favorite reading material.

The full-length stories are 'Lost in the Andes!', 'The Golden Christmas Tree', 'Race to the South Seas!' and 'Voodoo Hoodoo'. The shorter stories include 'The Sunken Yacht', which will interest you if you're most familiar with the character Scrooge McDuck from 'DuckTales'. Turns out Uncle Scrooge wasn't always such a nice guy.
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The long wait is over and the long overdue reprint of the Duck man Carl Barks' evergreen stories are back.

First about the physical book.The book is wonderfully made, and is made to last. The quality of the paper is perfect, the crisp off-white, non-glossy medium does great justice to the fantastic pen and ink work of Barks, and brings out the colors in all its glory.

The book is fairly large, very nice hardbound, good to feel and curl into a couch with. The binding needs special mention, Nicely bound with printed cover. The print inside the book as well is amazingly sharp, as good as it gets.

For those of us drooling over the out of print and hard to find Cark Barks library (in either the black and white or the color) this is Godsend.

The book contains 220 odd pages.
Begins includes an introduction, talking about barks the stories and later on contains notes on the stories.

It has three sections,

THE ADVENTURES : Lost in the Andes!, The golden Christmas Tree, Race to the South Seas!, Voodoo Hoodoo !

THE SHOT STORIES : Toyland, The Crazy Quiz Show, Truant Officer Donald, Donald Duck's Worst Nightmare, Pizen Spring Dude Ranch, Rival Beachcombers, The Sunken Yacht, Managing the Eco System, Plenty of Pets

THE GAGS : Jumping to Conclusions, The True Test, Ornaments on the Way, Too Fit to Fit, Sleepy Sitters, Slippery Shine, Tunnel Vision

These are all stories from yesteryear and hence contain a magically simple world, with rib tickling fun. As Donald and his gang go about on long adventures, short excursions and day to day skits.

Page after page of glorious colorful stories, bringing back golden memories if you had grown up with, as well as awesome treat for new readers.

I am looking forward to the series, and should say this is my best buy of the year!
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Format: Hardcover
What makes this Fantagraphics volume so impressive?
1. It is comic book size, not an oversized art book. It is easy to read and to hold. Comic book reprints, as opposed to strips, ought to be printed in the same size as the original comics, regardless of how large the artist drew them.
2. No garish colors or airbrush effects, so that Bark's line can be appreciated for what it is. I was a little bothered by the consistent gold color that stands in for yellow in this book, but I'll get used to it. All the art has been newly colored and the designers have taken great pains to insure that these stories are as close to the originals as possible, so I'll forgive them this one change. On the plus side, all the colors are in register, something that was spotty in the Dell originals.
3. Non-coated paper.
4. Not in chronological order. There's no need for this. Although Barks' style varied with the years, due not only to his own development, but to changing formats from the publisher, all his stories stand alone. It's not necessary to read "Christmas on Bear Mountain" (Uncle Scrooge's first appearance) before reading a later Scrooge story. This edition offers a wide range of his best stuff.

There are some comics where I admire the art more than the text, but Carl Barks was such a great storyteller, it's impossible to look at the art without reading the words. That's why Barks is Barks.
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