Thursday, July 14, 2016

Uncle Scrooge #31 - Carl Barks art & cover

Carl Barks
Walt Disney's Uncle Scrooge v1 #31, 1960 - Uncle Scrooge has to collect ten million dollars in person from the far away Bank of Bantu. Donald and his nephews accompany him (along with the boys' pet rat collection), while the Beagle Boys plan their theft. Carl Barks does all the artwork for this issue, which includes three stories and assorted single pages. While the lead feature is comfortably rendered, it's also a more typical Barks plot. "Two Way Luck" chronicles Uncle Scrooge's discovery of the Cave of the Emeralds, and is reminiscent of his earlier adventures into the exotic. "Fishy Warden" is a standard but dependably pleasant Gyro Gearloose tale. A one pager, "The Secret Book" is surprisingly well drawn and perhaps done much earlier than the issue date. "All at Sea" was later reprinted in Walt Disney Comics Digest #3. This is number 31 of 70 Uncle Scrooge issues with Barks art and/or covers (not including reprints).
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Barks cover pencils and inks = ***
"All at Sea" Barks story pencils and inks 17 pages = ***
"Two Way Luck" Barks story pencils and inks 9 pages = ***
"Fishy Warden" Barks story pencils and inks 4 pages = ***
"The Secret Book" Barks story pencils and inks 1 page = ****
"The Balmy Swami" inside back cover Barks pencils and inks (black & white) = ***

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