Friday, April 4, 2014

Donald Duck / Four Color Comics v2 #367 - Carl Barks art & cover

Donald Duck / Four Color Comics v2 #367 - Carl Barks 1940s comic book cover art
Carl Barks
Walt Disney's Donald Duck / Four Color Comics v2 #367, 1952 - Passing by the poverty-stricken area known as Shacktown, Huey, Louie and Dewey get the idea to raise money for them for the holidays. Joining their cause, Donald Duck corners his rich Uncle Scrooge for a donation. Subsequently, a disaster strikes his money bin, rendering him penniless. Carl Barks' empathy for the poor comes through in this exquisitely drawn Christmas tale. His opening splash shows impoverished children in the most destitute of surroundings (a rarity for golden age Disney comics). Barks' irregularly shaped panels also add to the interest without detracting from the storytelling. Daisy Duck and Gladstone Gander also show their charitable side in their respective supporting roles. This story was later reprinted in Christmas Parade v2 #2. This is number 23 of 43 Donald Duck issues with Barks art and/or covers (not including reprints).
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Barks cover pencils and inks = ****
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nside front cover pencils and inks (black and white) = ***
"A Christmas in Shacktown"
Barks story pencils and inks 32 pages = ****
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nside back cover pencils and inks (black and white) = ***
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ack cover pencils and inks = ***
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Donald Duck / Four Color Comics v2 #367 - Carl Barks 1940s comic book page art
Carl Barks
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More Barks posts:
Uncle Scrooge #50
Christmas Parade #8
Donald Duck #45


  1. Wow, I loved this issue to pieces as a kid. I eventually ended up getting a reprint for Christmas from my kids.

    A superb story.

  2. That sounds sweet. I think Barks' Christmas issues contsin some of his best stories and art, For me, the one that recalls my childhood is the black pearl story in Christmas in Disneyland #1 (posted on this blog earlier). I read the reprint in a Walt Disney Comic Digest in the 70s and only recently acquired the original. Still gives me the warm fuzzies.