The Carl Barks Collection

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The first box of the Norwegian edition. © Disney

The Carl Barks Collection is a series of books from the Disney licensee Egmont containing all Disney comics and covers written and/or drawn by Carl Barks, collected in chronological order. It also includes significant textual materials (articles and analysis) written by editor Geoffrey Blum.


It was published from 2005 to 2008 in Denmark,[1] Norway,[2] Sweden,[3] and Germany.[4] It was also published by Sanoma in Finland,[5] although one year after the other countries. The complete set consists of 30 books collected in 10 slipcase boxes, constituting about 8,000 pages (including the articles) or some 500 comic book stories by Barks. The series was only available by subscription. In many aspects the series is similar to Carl Barks Library (CBL) but differs by being published in colour, organizing the stories by date of publication, using only unchanged artwork and containing material not used in CBL, much of it newly discovered and previously unpublished. Blum was a contributing editor to CBL, and his familiarity with the Barks canon and its historic background is the principal reason Egmont hired him. Blum has drawn not only on material that appeared previously in CBL but new research he has undertaken which has resulted in a number of significant discoveries and fresh perspectives on Barks and his creations.

A similar edition was published in Spain,[6] by Planeta deAgostini. It differed from the other editions by not having Blum's articles (having, instead, articles signed by the Barks specialist Alfons Moliné), it was smaller and not in boxes, and it was sold through comic book shops. A book was published approximately every three months, but the collection was stopped after volume 4.

In Norway, a six-volume follow-up series called Carl Barks Ekstra[7][8] was published 2009–2012. It contains the most of Barks's works outside his Disney comics production. The last four volumes were also published in Sweden,[9] and the last book with paintings and drawings was published in Norway, Sweden, Germany,[10] and Finland.[11]


   Country    Title   Numbered copies  
   Flag of Denmark.svg   Denmark       Carl Barks' Samlede Værker       № 1 – 1800
   Flag of Finland.svg   Finland    Carl Barksin kootut    № 1 – 3200
   Flag of Germany.svg   Germany    Carl Barks Collection    № 1 – 3333
   Flag of Norway.svg   Norway    Carl Barks Samlede Verk    № 1 – 2500
   Flag of Sweden.svg   Sweden    Carl Barks Samlade Verk    № 1 – 2000
   Flag of Spain.svg   Spain    Biblioteca Carl Barks    Not numbered


Book  Period
I 1942–1943
II 1944–1945
III 1945–1946
IV 1947
V 1947–1948
VI 1948–1949
Book  Period
VII 1949–1950
VIII 1950–1951
IX 1951–1952
X 1952–1953
XI 1953
XII 1954
Book  Period
XIII 1954–1955
XIV 1955–1956
XV 1956–1957
XVI 1957
XVII 1957–1958
XVIII 1958–1959
Book  Period
XIX 1959
XX 1959–1960
XXI 1960
XXII 1960–1961
XXIII 1961–1962
XXIV 1962–1963
Book  Period
XXV 1963–1964
XXVI 1964–1965
XXVII 1965–1966
XXVIII 1966–1968
XXIX 1968–1972
XXX 1972–2000
Extra  Content
E1 Index
E2 Calgary Eye-Opener
E3 Who is who in Duckburg
E4 The Warner stories
E5 Storyboards
E6 Paintings

Other collections[edit]

Collections of Carl Barks' Disney comics has been published in the United States in The Carl Barks Library and The Complete Carl Barks Disney Library, in France in La dynastie Donald Duck - Intégrale Carl Barks (24 volumes planned),[12][13] in Italy in La grande dinastia dei paperi (48 volumes),[14] in Brazil in As Obras Completas de Carl Barks (41 volumes)[15] and Coleção Carl Barks Definitiva (Brazilian edition of The Complete Carl Barks Disney Library),[16] and in Greece in Η μεγάλη βιβλιοθήκη του Καρλ Μπαρκς (discontinued after 16 of the 48 planned volumes)[17] and Η Μεγάλη Βιβλιοθήκη Disney (48 volumes).[18]

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