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January 1, 2006
University Press of Mississippi
Thomas Andrae
Carl Barks and the Disney Comic Book: Unmasking the Myth of Modernity
The first full-length critical study of the comic artist who created Duckburg and Uncle Scrooge
* Paperback: 272 pages
* Publisher: University Press of Mississippi (July 2006)
* Language: English
* ISBN: 1578068584
* Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.1 x 0.8 inches
* In-Print Editions: Hardcover
Book Description
For over twenty-five years, Disney artist Carl Barks (1901–2000) created some of the most brilliant and funny stories in comic books. Gifted and prolific, he was the author of over 500 tales in the most popular comic books of all time. Although he was never allowed to sign his name and worked in anonymity, Barks’s unique artistic style and storytelling were immediately evident to all his readers. Barks created the town of Duckburg, and a cast of characters that included Donald Duck’s fabulously wealthy Uncle Scrooge, the lucky loafer Gladstone Gander, the daffy inventor Gyro Gearloose, the rougish crooks the Beagle Boys, and the Italian sorceress Magica de Spell.
Carl Barks and the Disney Comic Book: Unmasking the Myth of Modernity is the first critical study of Barks’s work in English. From a cultural studies perspective, the author analyzes all phases of Barks’s career from his work in animation to his post-retirement years writing the Junior Woodchucks stories.
Andrae argues that Barks’s oeuvre presents a vision strikingly different from the Disney ethos. Barks’s central theme is a critique of modernity. His tales offer a mordant satire of Western imperialism and America’s obsession with wealth, success, consumerism, and technological mastery, offering one of the few communal, ecological visions in popular culture. Although a talented visual artist, Barks was also one of America’s greatest storytellers and, Andrae contends, lifted the comic book form to the level of great literature.
Editorial Reviews
From 1942 to 1966, Carl Barks wrote and drew comic books featuring Donald Duck and other Disney characters that aficionados consider not just the best funny-animal comics but some of the best comics of any kind. Andrae argues that Barks' work has a depth and complexity found nowhere else in the Disney canon, for Barks used Donald and his family to subvert social hierarchies and critique society, though never at the expense of a rollicking story. Andrae ties the story lines to postwar cultural forces, showing how they illustrate changing ideas of masculinity and childrearing as well as reflecting Barks' distaste for urbanization, consumerism, mass media, and other aspects of modernity. He also traces the development of Scrooge McDuck, showing how Barks transformed Donald's miserly uncle from supporting player into a sympathetic figure who supported his own comic book. Particularly valuable is Andrae's lengthy examination of Barks' earlier career in Disney animation, which shows how characters and situations Barks developed for the films resurfaced in the later comics. Gordon Flagg
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Gottfried Helnwein talks with Carl Barks, 1992, Oregon




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