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Walt Disney's Uncle Scrooge: "Only a Poor Old Man" (Vol. 12) (The Complete Carl Barks Disney Library) Hardcover – July 17, 2012
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On the heels of Walt Disney’s Donald Duck: Lost in the Andes (2011), this second volume collecting Barks’ complete duck oeuvre shines the spotlight squarely on his finest creation, the miserly Scrooge McDuck, known for swimming like a porpoise through his cubic-acres’ worth of cash and sweating every last dime of his fortune. The stories, covering the years 1952 to 1954 take Scrooge and nephews on globe-trotting adventures, from the bitter cold of the Klondike to the bottom of the Caribbean. Barks’ comics are an absolute treasure that have aged remarkably well, and are finally getting wide-scale publication to introduce them to a new generation of readers. Grades 2-6. --Ian Chipman
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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.
Gary Groth is the co-founder of The Comics Journal and Fantagraphics Books. He lives in Seattle.
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That said, there is a certain nostalgic charm to reading these stories presented in their original published colors. The production of the volumes in this series is adequate and seem to be printed on a good quality matte finish paper. For the Devoted Carl Barks fans these volumes do offer a fresh inexpensive perspective. Perhaps the covers of these volumes could be a tad more interesting?
So even though I have the original comics from the '50s, all the Rainbow reprints (Color & B/w) and several other miscellaneous anthologies, I am purchasing all of these volumes.
I am looking forward to seeing the (hopefully) full run of the DON ROSA stories being printed in a similar manner starting in mid 2014. (Since there really isn't an American printing of his stories in a hardback format.)
I would love to see someone produce a lavish, large archival quality coffee table format of all the Dell Walt Disney Comics and Stories, Donald Duck, and Uncle Scrooge comics 1940s- mid 1950s.) Walt Kelly and others created some very interesting covers.
Rainbow did release a series of large portfolio style prints of the Carl Barks covers in the '80s but the paper quality was not the best choice and the prints were overly large and the printing was only adequate. The portfolios included some small poorly produced images of some of the Walt Kelly covers. So there is a real need for a quality volume on this subject.
Only a poor old man
Osogood silver polish
Coffee for two
Back to the Klondike
Height of finance
The checker game
Somethin' fishy here
The horse-radish treasure
Follow the rainbow
Itching to share
The round money bin
The cheapest weigh
The Menehune mystery
The secret of Atlantis
McDuck takes a dive
Oil the news
along with an introduction by George Lucas, story notes on every story, and a biography of Carl Barks.
The Beagle Boys in blue shirts on the cover? Well, that is how they appeared in the original comic book.
Having the gag pages printed with the stories instead of isolated is an improvement. Now if they would just put the covers with the stories!
If you want to read the first six issues of Carl Barks' Uncle Scrooge stories more or less as readers 60 years ago first saw them, buy this book. There is one very important difference. Back to the Klondike, in the second Uncle Scrooge comic book, was originally published with 5 pages censored out. What was excised was pretty tame stuff by more modern standards, and even compared to publishers other than Dell, but those missing pages have been restored in this printing, as in all others since the publication of the CBL in the middle 1980s.
NOTE: The story in Uncle Scrooge #6, starting on page 205 of this book, is a rewritten and reused version of a Barney Bear and Benny Burro story Barks did in Our Gang Comics #35, starting on page 201 of Carl Barks Big Book of Barney Bear, which I have also reviewed. Barks' duck work is generally better than his non-Disney work, and this is no exception, but the earlier version is an interesting footnote.
ADDENDUM, 11/29/13: In Walt Disney's Donald Duck: "Christmas On Bear Mountain" (The Complete Carl Barks Disney Library), volume 5 of the series in both publication order and chronological sequence, the overly intense yellows in previous volumes (the present Uncle Scrooge, volume 12, plus 11 & 6) have all but disappeared, appearing on only a few scattered pages; and even volume 6 was a great improvement on earlier volumes. And the excessively gold "yellow" in volume 7 Walt Disney's Donald Duck: "Lost in the Andes" (Vol. 7) (The Complete Carl Barks Disney Library), fortunately, appears nowhere else. Perhaps that can be corrected when there is a true Second Edition (not just a second printing) of that book which also restores Carl Barks' original version of Race to the South Seas. Volume 5 was published earlier this month and, like the other volumes, is highly recommended.