Donald Duck / Four Color Comics v2 #178 - Carl Barks art

Walt Disney's Donald Duck / Four Color Comics v2 178, 1947 - Making his very first appearance, Uncle Scrooge devises a test of bravery for Donald Duck and his nephews. A variation of the Charles Dickens' character from A Christmas Carol, this early version of Scrooge is quite spiteful and mean-spirited. His iconic top hat and purple (sometimes red) coat have not been adopted yet, but the basic character design is there. Carl Barks does a phenomenal job, drawing each scene with great care then perfectly sequencing them. Note how the panels widths vary to break up monotony and repetition. Uncle Scrooge was arguably Carl Barks' greatest creation and endures to this day. This story was later reprinted in Christmas Parade v2 #3 and Best of Walt Disney Comics #96173. This is number 7 of 43 Donald Duck issues with Barks art and/or covers (not including reprints).
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Barks inside front cover pencils and inks (duotone) = ***
"Christmas on Bear Mountain" Barks story pencils and inks 20 pages = ****
Barks inside back cover pencils and inks (duotone) = ***
Barks back cover pencils and inks = ***

Donald Duck Four Color Comics #178 - Carl Barks 1940s dell comic book page art
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