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Walt Disney's Donald Duck: "Trail Of The Unicorn" (Vol. 6) (The Carl Barks Library) Hardcover – May 2, 2014
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“This book contains many more examples of the sorts of stories that made [Barks] so rightly famous, including a couple of epic globe-trotting adventures, plenty of swiftly swelling domestic comedies, and two Christmas comics, which Barks seems to have specialized in.”
- J. Caleb Mozzocco, School Library Journal
“These stories are now being presented in, arguably, their finest editions ever (at least in English), and they deserve the appreciation of every reader. ... The adventure stories are some of the best ever created. ...[J]ust open the book at random and read to be convinced of Barks' singular indispensability.”
- Tim O'Neil, The A.V. Club
“If there’s one person you want illustrating Donald, Huey, Dewey, and Louie, it’s the magnificent Carl Barks. In this restored and recolored collection from Fantagraphics, Barks continues telling delightful tales starring Donald and company... The coloring, the attention to detail, all wonderful; making Barks’ work worth re-reading.”
- Cameron Hatheway, Bleeding Cool
“The colors are vibrant... and the larger print-size highlights Barks’s unmatched virtuosity as a comics storyteller. ... In short, another stunning installment of impeccable – and much needed – color reprints of the work of a comics master.”
- Eric Hoffman, Comics Bulletin
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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When Carl Barks took over Donald Duck he radically changed the childish, hot tempered duck into the classic everyman, the lovable loser who can never catch a break. Barks continued to refine Donald taking him from a bit of a self-absorbed jerk, in previous volumes, to more of a good hearted hero in these stories. Interestingly Donald comes out a big winner in the first two stories even coming out ahead of the preternaturally lucky Gladstone Gander. One of great ironies of Donald's frequent money woes is that he lives in the same city as the richest duck in the world, Uncle Scrooge, who never ceases to liven up a story. Lucky for us Scrooge makes frequent appearances in the stories in this collection. We also get a handful of comics featuring Donald's greatest foil, Gladstone Gander. The beauty of Carl Barks is that he maintains such a high level of consistency that there is almost never a dud in the batch and this volume is one of my favorites.
If you're considering buying these stories for a child let me assure you that Carl Barks stories are for readers of all ages so buy one for yourself too. A lot of writers who write stories for kids and adults tend to appeal to the older crowd by adding in humor that would go over a youngsters head. That is not Barks technique. Barks appeals to adults because his writing is clever and thoughtful. In one story Donald and his nephews have a truck and they need to get up river so they hire some men to build a raft. In the story the rear tires of the truck are lifted off the ground and the axle is attached to a paddle for propulsion. Barks doesn't even bother mentioning the locomotion of the raft because he had enough confidence in the reader that they could either pick it up themselves or simply not care how the raft was going upstream in which case an explanation would have been an extraneous detail. The themes of Barks stories, including many that feature the ducks going on vacations outdoors or enjoying the winter, are simple but appeal to readers of all ages.
If you're a Carl Barks fan you simply cannot do better than this collection by Fantagraphics. At about two volumes a year we're going to be at this awhile but to have the entire Carl Barks Disney comics is a dream come true. At the conclusion of the series there will be 30 volumes with around 6000 total pages. The artwork has been computer-recolored which I know is a contentious decision. As far as I'm concerned the printing limitations of the 1940's and 50's do not add to the charm. They only distract from Barks amazing drawings and if I had my choice I'd rather have the color completely removed than see all the printing errors inherent in comics from that era. This collection has the look of something produced by people who really cared about presenting the material in the best light possible but if you're an absolute purist who has to see the comics as close to the original as possible this may not be the collection for you.
Fantagraphics always goes above and beyond so besides getting almost 200 pages of Carl Barks stories in a lovely hardbound book with high quality paper you also get fascinating analysis of all the stories. I have given every volume thus printed five stars and I'm not stopping the trend now. The material is five star and the presentation is five star. I recommend this story to anyone who enjoys Carl Barks and/or comics or quite frankly anyone who enjoys good writing and quality artwork.