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Walt Disney's Uncle Scrooge: "The Seven Cities Of Gold" (Vol. 14) (The Carl Barks Library) Hardcover – November 2, 2014
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“[Carl Barks's] richest characterization is that of a mallard he created from whole cloth: Donald’s skinflint uncle, Scrooge McDuck, a proudly self-made gazillionaire whose avarice is offset by his bravery and sense of honor. … Barks’ flair for combining humor with thrills is unmatched, as are his clear, expressive cartooning and his command of visual storytelling. The full-color restoration of the artwork and the useful historical notes give Barks’ consummate work the deluxe presentation it richly deserves.”
- Gordon Flagg, Booklist
“Carl Barks... was probably the best artist and writer working in the entire field of comics. ... Ingenious, clever, and funny, the Barks Duck Books... are as readable and immediate to me as an adult as they were when I first discovered them as a child.”
- Jeff Smith (Bone, RASL), Mental Floss
“I’ll never experience these tales from a child’s perspective -- but there is no question of their quality from my point of view as an adult.”
- Jerry Beck, Cartoon Research
“Barks… is considered to be one of the all time comics greats and his greatest creation, Scrooge McDuck, is his lasting legacy. Fantagraphics has been lovingly reprinting Banks' classic Uncle Scrooge comics into beautifully designed and recolored hardcover collections.”
- Rich Barrett, Mental Floss
“Let me be perfectly clear: The Don Rosa & Carl Barks Duck books are as good as comics get. Period. Nothing surpasses -- only matches -- the pure imagination, humor, adventure, and heart of these Donald Duck Uncle Scrooge stories.”
- Vince Ostrowski, Multiversity 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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This collection accurately reproduces the original. The images give a similar feeling to the original, and the printing is a good medium between over-modernization and the original low-resolution half-tone printing.
These are great adventure stories from a time when books and comics were the only way to get that "Indiana Jones" experience. And of course this book contains the story that inspired the beginning of the first Indiana Jones movie.
There's also a lot of the feeling (and several plot points) of the Seven Cities story in the 1999 Brendan Fraser movie "The Mummy" and I highly recommend the one for fans of the other.
It's really delightful to find these stories available once again to inspire new generations.
The other great story is of the Harpies. Barks had to change the name of the Harpies to Larkies due to the request of the publisher. The sleepy dragon with the golden fleece was a great addition to the plot. It is unbelievable how Barks had so good plot ideas whereas the current writers now seem to copy his characters and plots.
In this chapter, while attempting to find a business he doesn't own, Scrooge sets out with Donald and their nephews on an arrowhead hunt, but ends up on a quest finding the Seven Cities of Cibola, with the Beagle Boys in tow. The interesting thing about this tale is the fact Barks includes a human within the Duckburg Universe, specifically when the Beagle Boys are getting ejected from the Relief Check office. Other than that, this adventure genuinely puts any Raiders story to shame.
Other tales include Scrooge and his nephews dealing with a stone ray, chasing down a lemming with a locket, uncovering the Philosopher's Stone, entering a steam boat race, and many others which shows Barks' work at his finest.
But the most memorable story in this anthology happens to be 'The Golden Fleecing,' mainly because this one specific tale had given Barks fits just to get Western Publishing to print it. Due to the censoring of comics in 1955, especially with Western Publishing heavily censoring Barks' mid-to-late Fifties work, 'The Golden Fleecing' was once considered unfit for publication.
One problem was the fact the mythical characters in this story, the female bird creatures were originally known as Harpies, but back in the Fifties, the term 'Harpy' or 'Harpie' was an obscure slang for a streetwalker. But fortunately, Barks saved the story by renaming the characters as Larkies instead.
Otherwise, I love how the story develops simply because Scrooge wants to make a coat out of gold, and learns the Golden Fleece does exist. But not in the way he expected.
The collection is rounded out by Scrooge short gags, including McDuck's cunning on getting free coffee from Joe.
Considering this collection brings back my favorite adventures with Scrooge McDuck, I find 'The Seven Cities of Gold' as one of Carl Barks' more unforgettable volumes. Even if you've never read an Uncle Scrooge comic before, I definitely recommend this volume.