ducks drive you up the wall in
the Looniverse



Even though I am pushing sales for the Walt Disney Company, such as it is these days,
those guys are touchy about copyright. No kidding!
But I can feel along with them.

I give you
"The Duck Man!"

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Carl Barks has been doing Donald Duck strips for all those Golden Years. They now seem even better than the animated cartoons; certainly Donald's character was more sympathetic in the strips. It was Carl Barks who populated Ducktown with the three nephews (complete with their habit of combining three balloons into one sentence; a trick that only works for strips, not for animated cartoons, by the way), the Beagle Boys and Tycoon Scrooge McDuck, plus any number of less-famous characters. Al these only appeared in animated cartoons long after he had introduced them in his comic strips. "The Duck Man" was the name he went by at the Walt Disney Studios.
Quite an accomplishment! especially when you realize how very few screen characters satisfactorily made the transition to the printed format, and vice versa.

Take Tom and Jerry, among the best cartoons ever made, but as a strip just ugh, or yecch. The Katzenjammer Kids may be a quite decent cartoon series, but it can't hold a candle to Wilhelm Busch' original Max und Moritz (translated back to a very nice - well, you know what I mean - Hans und Freetz by Harvey Kurtzman and Will Elder in the early MAD.)

the greatest

A lot of Unca Carl's stuff is available from Amazon (and, no doubt, elsewhere).

Fantagraphics (more power to them) have started publishing all Ralph Barks DONALD DUCK comics. I have no idea how many volumes there will finally be, but I'm planning to get them all. Don't know if I'll make it... Besides Ralph Barks, they also publish other guys' Donald Ducks and (ugh) Mickey Mouse. And, of course, a plethora of other goodies. Check them out.

I have decided to keep up with the Ducks
and to give you more of my infamous pages listing
arranged by respectively (you'll never guess)
Volume Title - Strip Title - Strip Date

You may well ask why Fantagraphics haven't published such a list.
Good question! Just be grateful to the Looniverse for yet another public service

carl barks

you hear me?
You'll never be sorry - not until they yellow and fall apart.



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