Donald Duck / Four Color Comics v2 #159 - Carl Barks art

Walt Disney's Donald Duck / Four Color Comics v2 #159, 1947 - Harvesting kelp in the West Indies, Donald and company run afoul of an armored man, a sunken ship and a gargantuan octopus. Clever gags, fine details and an oversized panel (see interior page below) mark this tale among Carl Barks' better early efforts. His second story is comparable in its artistry. The ducks find adventure in Australia, hunting rogue kangaroos and chased by natives. His rendition of Aboriginal bushmen seems partially convincing and well researched. Note that both Barks stories contain a single duotone page (black and red), a consequence of the two color printing on the inside front and inside back covers. "Ghost of the Grotto" was later reprinted in Best of Uncle Scrooge and Donald Duck #1 and Best of Walt Disney Comics #96173, "Adventure Down Under" was reprinted in Donald Duck Adventures #11. This is number 6 of 43 Donald Duck issues with Barks art and/or covers (not including reprints).
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"Ghost of the Grotto" Barks story pencils and inks 26 pages = ***
Adventure Down Under" Barks story pencils and inks 25 pages = ***

Donald Duck Four Color Comics #159 - Carl Barks 1940s dell comic book page art
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