Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Uncle Scrooge #18 - Carl Barks art & cover

Carl Barks
Walt Disney's Uncle Scrooge v1 #18, 1955 - Scrooge decides to escape urban blight by moving to the unspoiled Great Lakes region. Unfortunately, the pygmy indians that live there take offense at trespassers. Carl Barks does a clever job at hinting at them early on (see interior page below). The artist finally reveals them on page 9, in a large panel that displays their relative size and miniaturized culture. As usual, Barks makes a clear distinction between urban progress and unspoiled wilderness. A short Gyro Gearloose tale follows, revolving around a newly invented metal detector. Ably drawn, most of the interest follows his bulb-headed assistant. This is number 18 of 70 Uncle Scrooge issues with Barks art and/or covers (not including reprints).
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Barks cover pencils and inks = ***
Barks inside front cover pencils and inks (black and white) = ***
"Land of the Pygmy Indians" Barks story pencils and inks 27 pages = ****
Gyro Gearloose goldfinding device story, Barks pencils and inks 4 pages = ***
Barks inside back cover pencils and inks (black and white) = ***

Carl Barks
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Uncle Scrooge #6
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  1. Seems to have a Lorax-like ecological theme.

  2. Similar. More cultural than enviromental I think.