Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Donald Duck / Four Color Comics v2 #108 - Carl Barks art


Walt Disney's Donald Duck / Four Color Comics v2 #108, 1946 - After purchasing a houseboat, Donald and crew voyage down the Ohio river and encounter a mythical sea serpent. Unusually, the story begins in duotone (black and red) on the inside front cover. The tale progresses in full color with Carl Barks' delightful artwork throughout. Some later pages are crowded with dialogue and some panels confine the large scale of the sea serpent, but in general the pacing and sequencing are well managed. Two more stories follow the main feature, one about a talented, escaped seal and the other a disturbing tale of Donald's pyromania. Barks' artwork on both is quite skillful, but "The Firebug" is far more visually enticing. Similar to the front of the book, "Seals Are So Smart" continues as a duotone on the inside back cover and ends in full color on the back. This is number 4 of 43 Donald Duck issues with Barks art and/or covers (not including reprints). See today's posts or more Barks or Donald Duck issues. See also this blog's Carl Barks checklist.
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"The Terror of the River" Barks story pencils and inks 28 pages = ***
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The Firebug" Barks story pencils and inks 13 pages = ***
"Seals Are So Smart" Barks story pencils and inks 10 pages = ***
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Donald Duck Four Color Comics #108 - Carl Barks 1940s dell comic book page art
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More Barks posts:
Uncle Scrooge #26
Christmas Parade #9
Donald Duck #68

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