Sunday, September 7, 2008

Uncle Scrooge #6 - Carl Barks art & cover


Walt Disney's Uncle Scrooge v1 #6, 1954 - Fed up with civilization, Scrooge journeys to a fabled Himalayan city where money doesn't exist. Accompanied by Donald and his boys, they soon learn that not everything is perfect in Tralla La. Carl Barks uses a theme first introduced in the 1937 film Lost Horizon. The artwork has many fine moments, including an all out brawl on page 16 panel 7. The highlight, however, is the exceptional panel of an enclosed valley (see interior page above).  Barks' second tale, of Scrooge coercing Donald into selling his house, is delightful but far less exotic. This is number 6 of 70 Uncle Scrooge issues with Barks art and/or covers (not including reprints). See today's posts or more Barks or Uncle Scrooge issues. See also this blog's Carl Barks checklist.
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Barks cover pencils and inks = ***
Untitled (Tralla La) story Barks pencils and inks 22 pages = ****
Untitled house selling story Barks pencils and inks 10 pages = ***
Barks back cover pencils and inks = ***
Barks inside back cover pencils and inks (black and white) = ***
Barks inside front cover pencils and inks 
(black and white) = ***
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Friday, September 5, 2008

Uncle Scrooge #5 - Carl Barks art & cover


Walt Disney's Uncle Scrooge v1 #5, 1954 - In an effort to make the 1916 quarter rare, Scrooge amasses them all and dumps them into the ocean (save one). After his sole coin becomes unsellable, Scrooge, Donald and company must find another by diving to the ocean's bottom. This terrific Carl Barks tale begins with a scheme, continues into a chase and ends in a hilarious pie fight. Later, the mood grows somber as the ducks discover the underwater city of Atlantis. The superb artwork is further enhanced by the artist's ancient architectural renderings (see interior page above). This lengthy tale is among Barks' best of the era. This is number 5 of 70 Uncle Scrooge issues with Barks art and/or covers (not including reprints). See today's posts or more Barks or Uncle Scrooge issues. See also this blog's Carl Barks checklist.
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Barks cover pencils and inks = ***
Untitled Atlantis story Barks pencils and inks 32 pages = ****
Barks back cover pencils and inks = ***
Barks inside back cover pencils and inks (black and white) = ***
Barks inside front cover pencils and inks (black and white) = ***

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Thursday, September 4, 2008

Uncle Scrooge #4 - Carl Barks art & cover


Walt Disney's Uncle Scrooge v1 #4, 1954 - After buying a remote deserted island, Scrooge begins transporting his money with the help of Donald and his nephews. When the Beagle Boys steal the money for themselves, the ducks get help from the rarely seen menehunes (little elves). As usual, the exotic locale inspires Carl Barks' splendid artwork. His penchant for machinery is seen in the first half of the book, while the second is enthusiastically filled with tropical flora. Of several large panels, his depiction of the island (opening scene) sets an adventurous tone. This is number 4 of 70 Uncle Scrooge issues with Barks art and/or covers (not including reprints). See today's posts or more Barks or Uncle Scrooge issues. See also this blog's Carl Barks checklist.
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Barks cover pencils and inks = ***
Untitled Menehunes story
Barks pencils and inks 32 pages = ****
Barks
inside front cover pencils and inks (black and white) = ***
Barks
inside back cover pencils and inks (black and white) = ***
Barks
back cover pencils and inks = ***
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Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Tarzan #121 - Russ Manning art


Tarzan #121, 1960 - Russ Manning's Brothers of the Spear back up series continues to improve. This particular story seems to have sort of a pro-feminist theme as the queen leads her army's attack. The art includes battle scene with multiple figures which Manning handles nicely. See today's posts or more Manning or Tarzan issues. See also this blog's Russ Manning checklist.
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"Tavane Leads into Battle" Manning story pencils and inks 6 pages = ***
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Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Uncle Scrooge / Four Color Comics v2 #495 - Carl Barks art & cover


Walt Disney's Uncle Scrooge / Four Color Comics v2 #495, 1953 - Armed with a centuries-old contract,  Chisel McSue lays claim to McDuck's fortune. To avert this disaster, Scrooge, Donald Duck and the gang must recover a trunk from a sunken ship called "The Golden Goose". Carl Barks' extensive research is evident in the ship's many details. His backgrounds are frequently drawn with undulating ocean waves, reinforcing the setting. In the second tale, Scrooge secures his money in the town's enormous water tank. Not surprisingly, the Beagle Boys soon come up with a plan to steal it. This is number 3 of 70 Uncle Scrooge issues with Barks art and/or covers (not including reprints). See today's posts or more Barks or Uncle Scrooge issues. See also this blog's Carl Barks checklist.
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Barks cover pencils and inks = ***
Untitled Golden Goose ship story Barks pencils and inks 22 pages = ****
Untitled greenbacks story Barks pencils and inks 11 pages = ***
Barks back cover pencils and inks = ***
Barks inside back cover pencils and inks (black and white) = ***
Barks inside front cover pencils and inks (black and white) = ***

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