The Complete Carl Barks Disney Library

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The Complete Carl Barks Disney Library
Cover to the first published volume, Lost in the Andes
Publication information
Publisher Fantagraphics Books
Schedule biannual
Format Hardcover
Genre Anthropomorphic animals
Publication date December 2011
No. of issues about 30
Main character(s) Donald Duck, Scrooge McDuck, Huey, Dewey & Louie, Gyro Gearloose, Gladstone Gander
Creative team
Created by Carl Barks
Written by Carl Barks
Artist(s) Carl Barks
Colourist(s) Rich Tommaso
Editor(s) Gary Groth

The Complete Carl Barks Disney Library is a series of books collecting all of the comic book Donald Duck and Uncle Scrooge stories written and drawn by Carl Barks, originally published between late 1942 and Barks' retirement in June 1966.[1] The series was launched in late 2011, and will comprise 6000 pages over roughly 30[2][3] 240-page volumes when it is finished.


The rights to Barks' works were licensed from Disney by Gemstone Publishing from 2003 until the end of 2008, when they ceased publishing Disney titles. When he heard about it, Fantagraphics Books publisher Gary Groth got in contact with Disney, securing the rights to Floyd Gottfredson's work on the Mickey Mouse comic strip, which resulted in the Floyd Gottfredson Library series that started publication in mid-2011. Groth also tried to get the rights to Barks' duck stories. Disney at first announced they would publish the stories themselves, but eventually changed their minds and passed the work on to Fantagraphics. In 2014, Fantagraphics also began publishing a companion series, The Don Rosa Library, collecting the Donald Duck and Uncle Scrooge stories written and drawn by Don Rosa.


Barks' duck stories have been reprinted extensively, especially in Europe. Before Fantagraphics', there has been two complete collections in English published by Another Rainbow. The first was the expensive, scholarly Carl Barks Library archive in 30 hardcover volumes, which was in black-and-white. This was followed up by Carl Barks Library in Color in album form, with modern colouring.

Fantagraphics' 7.5" x 10.25" (19 cm x 26 cm) hardcover volumes are published in full color, as the stories originally were. When the series is complete, it will represent a chronological collection of Barks' stories. However, the volumes of the stories are being published out of order, starting with the volumes that the publishers believe will attract the most attention, starting with Lost in the Andes!, a volume containing stories from what is considered to be Barks' "peak" period (the late 1940s to the mid-1950s), including the story "Lost in the Andes", which many fans consider to be representative of Barks' best work, and was Barks' own favorite.[3]

The design work was done by Fantagraphics' lead designer, Jacob Covey. The pages are recolored by Rich Tommaso, using the original comics as a coloring guide, unlike some of Fantagraphics' more scholarly reprints, as the books are aimed at a more general audience than many of Fantagraphics' other offerings, which are often aimed at the comics cognoscenti.[3]

The books are about 240 pages each—about 200 pages of comics, with the remaining pages made up of supplementary material.[3]


The books are completely uncensored, including the racial caricatures that appeared in the originals that had been retouched in later reprintings. Some stories were printed from recently rediscovered original artwork, for the first time since their original printings.[4]

Fantagraphics chose to have the artwork computer-recolored, using the original comics as color guides, rather than reprinting with the original off-register colors as they have in many of their other archival projects. Colorist Rich Tommaso has stuck closely to the original colors, although muting the originally garish ones somewhat in a concession to modern readers. Sometimes the colors were changed when it was known that Barks hadn't liked them, or when it was felt they could be corrected or improved.[4]

Volumes and boxed sets[edit]

Vol. Release order & date Title figure Title Period Page count ISBN
5 5: 2013-11-10 Donald Duck “Christmas on Bear Mountain” 1947 210 978-1-60699-697-3
6 4: 2013-05-16 Donald Duck “The Old Castle’s Secret” 1948 226 978-1-60699-653-9
7 1: 2011-12-05 Donald Duck “Lost in the Andes” 1948–1949 250 978-1-60699-474-0
8 6: 2014-05-02 Donald Duck “Trail of the Unicorn” 1949–1950 224 978-1-60699-741-3
9 8: 2015-05-15 Donald Duck “The Pixilated Parrot” 1950 210 978-1-60699-834-2
10 10: 2016-05-07 Donald Duck “Terror of the Beagle Boys” 1951 225 978-1-60699-920-2
11 3: 2012-11-07 Donald Duck “A Christmas For Shacktown” 1951–1952 234 978-1-60699-574-7
12 2: 2012-07-17 Uncle Scrooge “Only a Poor Old Man” 1952–1954 240 978-1-60699-535-8
13 9: 2015-10-26 Donald Duck “Trick or Treat” 1952–1953 236 978-1-60699-874-8
14 7: 2014-11-05 Uncle Scrooge “The Seven Cities of Gold” 1954–1955 244 978-1-60699-795-6
15 11: 2016-09-13 Donald Duck “The Ghost Sheriff of Last Gasp” 1953–1955 242 978-1-60699-953-0
16 12: 2017-08-15 Uncle Scrooge “The Lost Crown of Genghis Khan” 1956–1957 232 978-1-68396-013-3
17 13: 2017-09-19 Donald Duck “The Secret of Hondorica” 1955-1956 200 978-1-68396-045-4
18 14: 2018-04-15 Donald Duck “The Lost Peg Leg Mine” TBA 192 978-1-68396-093-5
Boxed sets
Vol. Release order & date Title figure Title Volumes ISBN
N/A 1:  2013-11-10 Donald Duck "Christmas Treasury Gift Box Set" 5 & 11 978-1-60699-714-7
N/A 2:  2014-10-18 Donald Duck "Lost In The Andes" & "Trail Of The Unicorn" 7 & 8 978-1-60699-796-3
N/A 3:  2015-11-23 Uncle Scrooge "Only A Poor Old Man" & "The Seven Cities Of Gold" 12 & 14 978-1-60699-875-5
N/A 4:  2016-09-13 Donald Duck "Christmas On Bear Mountain" & "The Old Castle's Secret" 5 & 6 978-1-60699-979-0
N/A 5:  2017-09-19 Donald Duck "The Pixilated Parrot" & "Terror of The Beagle Boys" 9 & 10 978-1-68396-046-1

See also[edit]


  1. ^ De Haven, Tom (2011-11-09). "Donald Duck "Lost in the Andes"". The Comics Journal. Retrieved 2011-11-10. 
  2. ^ Boucher, Geoff (2011-10-11). "Donald Duck and Carl Barks: Fantagraphics goes on classics quest". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2011-11-10. 
  3. ^ a b c d Mautner, Chris (2011-01-02). "Exclusive: Fantagraphics to publish the complete Carl Barks". Comic Book Resources. Retrieved 2011-11-11. 
  4. ^ a b Wivel, Matthias (2012-01-24). "Donald Duck "Lost in the Andes"". The Comics Journal. Retrieved 2012-01-27. 

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