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
PublisherFantagraphics Books
Schedulebiannual
FormatHardcover
GenreAnthropomorphic animals
Adventure
Publication dateDecember 2011
No. of issuesabout 30
Main character(s)Donald Duck, Scrooge McDuck, Huey, Dewey & Louie, Gyro Gearloose, Gladstone Gander
Creative team
Created byCarl Barks
Written byCarl Barks
Artist(s)Carl Barks
Colourist(s)Rich Tommaso, Tom Ziuko, Joseph Robert Cowles
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 1942 and Barks' retirement in June 1966.[1] The series was launched in late 2011, and will comprise 6,000 pages over roughly 30[2][3] 200- to 240-page volumes when it is finished.

The Complete Carl Barks Disney Library has been translated and published in Italy, Brazil and Russia.

Background[edit]

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 Fantagraphics Books publisher Gary Groth heard this, he contacted Disney and secured the publishing rights to Floyd Gottfredson's work on the Mickey Mouse comic strip, resulting in the Floyd Gottfredson Library series that began publication in mid-2011.[4] Groth also tried to obtain the publishing 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 Uncle Scrooge and Donald Duck stories written and drawn by Don Rosa.

Format[edit]

Barks' duck stories have been reprinted extensively, especially in Europe. Before Fantagraphics there were two complete collections in English published by Another Rainbow. The first was the expensive, scholarly Carl Barks Library (1984–1990) in 30 hardcover volumes collected in ten slipcase volumes with three books in each, which was in black-and-white.[5] The second was Carl Barks Library in Color in softcover album format with modern colouring.

Fantagraphics' 7.5 inches × 10.25 inches (19 cm × 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 title 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,[6] 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, such as cover reprints and essays.[3][7]

Restoration[edit]

Some stories were printed from recently rediscovered original artwork, for the first time since their original printings.[8] Volumes 5-22 were completely uncensored, including the racial caricatures that appeared in the originals that had been retouched in later reprintings. The table of contents in volume 23 includes the statement "The artwork in these comics stories is reproduced here in its entirety as first created in 1959-1960. Some dialog has been modified." Specifically, some dialog concerning Native Americans has been rewritten in the stories "Trail Tycoon" and "The Wax Museum".

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.[9] 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.[8]

Recognition[edit]

  • 2013 - The volume Uncle Scrooge: Only a Poor Old Man was nominated for the Eisner Award in the category, "Best Archival Collection/Project - Comic Books".[10]
  • 2015 - The volume Donald Duck: Trail of the Unicorn was nominated for the Eisner Award in the category, "Best Archival Collection/Project - Comic Books (at least 20 years old)".[11]

Volumes and boxed sets[edit]

Volumes
Vol. Release order & date Title figure Title Period Page count ISBN Inducks link
5 5: 2013-11-10 Donald Duck “Christmas on Bear Mountain” 1947 210 978-1-60699-697-3 CBDL 5
6 4: 2013-05-16 Donald Duck “The Old Castle’s Secret” 1948 226 978-1-60699-653-9 CBDL 6
7 1: 2011-12-05 Donald Duck “Lost in the Andes” 1948–1949 250 978-1-60699-474-0 CBDL 7
8 6: 2014-05-02 Donald Duck “Trail of the Unicorn” 1949–1950 224 978-1-60699-741-3 CBDL 8
9 8: 2015-05-15 Donald Duck “The Pixilated Parrot” 1950 210 978-1-60699-834-2 CBDL 9
10 10: 2016-05-07 Donald Duck “Terror of the Beagle Boys” 1951 225 978-1-60699-920-2 CBDL 10
11 3: 2012-11-07 Donald Duck “A Christmas For Shacktown” 1951–1952 234 978-1-60699-574-7 CBDL 11
12 2: 2012-07-17 Uncle Scrooge “Only a Poor Old Man” 1952–1954 240 978-1-60699-535-8 CBDL 12
13 9: 2015-10-26 Donald Duck “Trick or Treat” 1952–1953 236 978-1-60699-874-8 CBDL 13
14 7: 2014-11-05 Uncle Scrooge “The Seven Cities of Gold” 1954–1955 244 978-1-60699-795-6 CBDL 14
15 11: 2016-09-13 Donald Duck “The Ghost Sheriff of Last Gasp” 1953–1955 242 978-1-60699-953-0 CBDL 15
16 12: 2017-08-15 Uncle Scrooge “The Lost Crown of Genghis Khan” 1956–1957 232 978-1-68396-013-3 CBDL 16
17 13: 2017-09-19 Donald Duck “Secret of Hondorica” 1955–1956 200 978-1-68396-045-4 CBDL 17
18 14: 2018-03-27 Donald Duck “The Lost Peg Leg Mine” 1956–1958 192 978-1-68396-093-5 CBDL 18
19 15: 2018-09-05 Donald Duck “The Black Pearls of Tabu Yama” 1957–1958 200 978-1-68396-123-9 CBDL 19
20 16: 2019-05-21 Uncle Scrooge “The Mines of King Solomon” 1957–1958 200 978-1-68396-187-1 CBDL 20
21 17: 2019-10-08 Donald Duck “Christmas in Duckburg” 1958–1959 200 978-1-68396-239-7 CBDL 21
22 18: 2020-06-09 Uncle Scrooge “The Twenty-Four Carat Moon” 1958–1962 200 978-1-68396-291-5 CBDL 22
23 19: 2020-11-10[12] Donald Duck “Under the Polar Ice” 1959-1960 200 978-1-68396-383-7 CBDL 23
24 20: 2021-03-16 Uncle Scrooge "Island in the Sky" TBA 200 978-1-68396-401-8 CBDL 24
25 21: 2021-10-19 Donald Duck "Balloonatics" TBA 208 978-1-68396-474-2 CBDL 25

Box sets[edit]

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
N/A 6:  2018-09-25 Donald Duck "A Christmas for Shacktown" & "Trick or Treat" 11 & 13 978-1-68396-124-6
N/A 7:  2019-10-15 Donald Duck "The Ghost Sheriff of Last Gasp" & "Secret of Hondorica" 15 & 17 978-1-68396-240-3
N/A 8:  2020-10-20 Donald Duck "The Lost Peg Leg Mine" & "The Black Pearls of Tabu Yama" 18 & 19 978-1-68396-384-4
N/A 9:  2021-10-19 Uncle Scrooge "The Lost Crown of Genghis Khan" & "The Mines of King Solomon" 16 & 20 978-1-68396-475-9

Related[edit]

Free Comic Book Day 2012

In 2011 it was announced that Fantagrapics would participate in the Free Comic Book Day promotion campaign in May, 2012. For this occasion they would release a comic book titled, Walt Disney's Donald Duck Family Comics, an issue featuring reprinted duck stories by Carl Barks.[13][14] The issue contained the three stories: The Round Money Bin, Donald Duck's Worst Nightmare and Somethin' Fishy Here, as well as eight one-page gag comics.

Foreign versions[edit]

Italian version[edit]

The Italian version is titled Carl Barks Rizzoli Lizard and was published by Rizzoli Lizard in 2012-2013 before being canceled after the second volume.

Volumes
Vol. Release order & date Title figure Title Period Page count ISBN Inducks link
7 1: 2012-11 Donald Duck “Il mistero degli Incas” 1948–1949 240 978-88-17-06065-3 CBRL 1
12 2: 2013-6 Uncle Scrooge “La disfida dei dollari” 1952–1954 240 978-88-17-06684-6 CBRL 2

Brazilian version[edit]

The Brazilian version is titled Coleção Carl Barks Definitiva and was initially published by Editora Abril in 2016–2018, when the publication was canceled. In November 2019, Panini Brasil Ltda resumed the collection.[15]

Volumes
Vol. Released Title figure Title Period Page count Published ISBN Inducks link
5 2016-11 Donald Duck “Natal nas Montanhas” 1947 220 Editora Abril 978 85 5579 243 4 CCBD 5
6 2016-10 Donald Duck “O Segredo do Castelo” 1948 244 Editora Abril 978 85 5579 098 0 CCBD 6
7 2016-08 Donald Duck “Perdidos Nos Andes!” 1948–1949 244 Editora Abril 978 85 5579 065 2 CCBD 7
8 2016-12 Donald Duck “Em Busca Do Unicórnio” 1949–1950 244 Editora Abril 978 85 5579 111 6 CCBD 8
9 2017-04 Donald Duck “O Papagaio Contador” 1950 220 Editora Abril 978 85 5579 172 7 CCBD 9
10 2017-07 Donald Duck “O Vil Metal e os Vilões” 1951 236 Editora Abril 978 85 5579 203 8 CCBD 10
11 2020-01 Donald Duck "O Trenzinho da Alegria" 1951-1952 200 Panini 978 85 426 2394 9 CCBD 11
12 2020-02 Uncle Scrooge "Nadando em Dinheiro" 1952-1954 200 Panini 978 85 426 2698 8 CCBD 12
13 2017-09 Donald Duck “A Noite Das Bruxas” 1952–1953 228 Editora Abril 978 85 5579 225 0 CCBD 13
14 2020-06 Uncle Scrooge "As Cidades do Ouro" 1954-1955 200 Panini 978 65 5512 083 7 CCBD 14
15 2017-02-24 Donald Duck “A Cidade Fantasma” 1953–1955 252 Editora Abril 978 85 5579 139 0 CCBD 15
16 2019-11 Uncle Scrooge "A Coroa Perdida de Gengis Khan" 1956-1957 200 Panini 978 85 426 1711 5 CCBD 16
17 2018-01 Donald Duck "O Segredo de Hondorica" 1955-1956 200 Editora Abril 978 85 5579 258 8 CCBD 17
18 2018-03 Donald Duck "A Mina Perdida do Perneta" 1956-1957 200 Editora Abril 978 85 69522 53 9 CCBD 18
19 2020-10 Donald Duck "O Tabu das Pérolas Negras" 1957–1958 200 Panini 978 65 55123 15 9 CCBD 19
20 2020-09 Uncle Scrooge "As Minas do Rei Salomão" 1957–1958 200 Panini 978 65 55124 42 2 CCBD 20
21 2020-12 Donald Duck "Natal em Patópolis" 1958–1959 200 Panini 978 65 55125 52 8 CCBD 21
22 2021-03 Uncle Scrooge "A Lua de Vinte e Quatro Quilates" 1958-1962 200 Panini 978 65 55126 99 0 CCBD 22
23 2021-05 Donald Duck "Sob o Gelo Polar" 1959-1960 200 Panini CCBD 23

Russian version[edit]

The Russian version is titled Библиотека Карла Баркса and is published by АСТ since 2017.

Volumes
Vol. Release order & date Title figure Title Period Page count ISBN Inducks link
12 1: 2017-04-03 Uncle Scrooge “Всего лишь бедный старичок” 1952–1954 248 978-5-17-101749-1 CBDL 12
5 2: 2017-11-01 Donald Duck “Рождество на Медвежьей горе” 1947 216 978-5-17-102848-0 CBDL 5
14 3: 2017-12-07 Uncle Scrooge “Семь золотых городов” 1954–1955 240 978-5-17-102847-3 CBDL 14
6 4: 2018-03-26 Donald Duck “Тайна старого замка” 1948 232 978-5-17-106038-1 CBDL 6
7 5: 2018-08-15 Donald Duck "Затерянные в Андах" 1948-1949 240 978-5-17-107862-1
8 6: 2018-12-04 Donald Duck "След единорога" 1949-1950 224 978-5-17-107861-4

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ De Haven, Tom (2011-11-09). "Donald Duck "Lost in the Andes"". The Comics Journal. Retrieved 2011-11-10. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ Boucher, Geoff (2011-10-11). "Donald Duck and Carl Barks: Fantagraphics goes on classics quest". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2011-11-10. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  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. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ Clabaugh, Rich (Nov 21, 2011). "Walt Disney's Donald Duck: "Lost in the Andes" (The Complete Carl Barks Disney Library)". The Christian Science Monitor. Retrieved 2 September 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ Carl Barks Library at Inducks
  6. ^ Spurgeon, Tom. "A Few Notes On The Fantagraphics Carl Barks Duck Comics Announcement". The Comics Reporter. Retrieved 2 September 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. ^ Hoffman, Eric (March 6, 2015). "Classic Comics Cavalcade: Walt Disney's Donald Duck: Trail of the Unicorn (The Carl Barks Library Volume Eight)". Comics Bulletin. Retrieved 2019-05-05. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  8. ^ a b Wivel, Matthias (2012-01-24). "Donald Duck "Lost in the Andes"". The Comics Journal. Retrieved 2012-01-27. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  9. ^ Spurgeon, Tom. "CR Sunday Interview: Rich Tommaso". The Comics Reporter. Retrieved 2 September 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  10. ^ CBR Staff. "2013 Eisner Award Nominees Announced". CBR. Retrieved 2 September 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  11. ^ Asselin, Janelle. "2015 Eisner Award Nominations Announced". Comics Alliance. Retrieved 2 September 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  12. ^ https://www.fantagraphics.com/products/walt-disneys-donald-duck-vol-23-under-the-polar-ice
  13. ^ https://www.cbr.com/full-free-comic-book-day-2012-comic-list-released/ Retrieved 2020-03-07
  14. ^ http://fantagraphics.com/flog/weve-got-donald-duck-and-barnaby-for-free-comic-book-day-2012/ Retrieved 2020-03-07
  15. ^ http://www.universohq.com/noticias/panini-retoma-colecoes-da-disney-canceladas-pela-editora-abril/

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