It is only logical that an eminent
Storyteller such as Carl Barks has had his work imitated by other
comic book artists, and that some of them have made clear
references to his stories. One contemporary writer - who also did
his own drawing - is the American Keno Don Rosa, who dedicated
much of his Disney work to stories with references to Barks'
Now one more writer has had a 14-pager story published. It is
teeming with references to Barks' work and personal life - and
with Barks himself in a starring role!!! The exceptional story is
titled The Saga of Captain Duckburg (story
code D/D 2001-020), and it emerged via Danish Egmont
Barks-connoisseur and biographer Geoffrey
Blum lives in California. He is perhaps
best known for his work in the mammoth
productions The Carl Barks Library and The
Carl Barks Library in Color, but he has also
written several Disney duck stories.
Mota lives in São José dos Campos and
began drawing at the age of 4. His Disney career
started when European editors got interested in
his work, and he has since made numerous stories
and front covers primarily for the Dutch and the
Scrooge McDuck works in his
Money Bin, where Donald Duck works with the
furnace in the cellar. Scrooge is visited by the
directors from the gossip magazine Hollywood Eye-Opener
(Barks formerly worked for the Calgary Eye-Opener
(see more HERE)). Times are not good for
contemporary gossip, but nostalgia is! The
directors suggest that Scrooge tries to locate
the whereabouts of Temecula Sam (Carl Barks. At
one time he lived in Temecula (see more HERE), who is currently
believed to live in San Jacaranda (Barks once
lived in the San Jacinto Valley (see more HERE)).
Scrooge realizes that there
is potential in old comic books, especially those
with Captain Duckburg made by Sam, who
disappeared 20 years ago and is rumoured to hide
out in the desert. Donald obtains the address and
is sent out to contact him.
After 'three traffic
jams and five wrong turns' Donald reaches
Sam's house, but Sam is only interested in being
left in peace. After having passed through
several traps, the determined Donald is finally
inside but gets caught in Sam's special barber's
chair. After having dealt with that as well as
even more obstacles, Donald finally corners Sam
and persuades him to give a videotaped interview.
Sam shows Donald some of
his memories connected to the old stories, and in
the meantime Scrooge joins in - after having
negotiated the traps! Although Sam has retired
many years ago he is persuaded to take up his
comic book work again, and he starts a new story...
Page 2: Captain Duckburg refers to Captain
America and Captain Marvel (see more HERE and HERE). Also a reference to Rosa's
superhero version of Scrooge in a few parody covers.
Page 3: Easily transparent references to FC0029
The Mummy's Ring, FC0275 Ancient Persia,
and U$60 The Phantom of Notre Duck (see
Page 4: The nephews' Junior
Woodchucks Guidebook 'lists the street
address of every living legend'. Barks once
lived at 616, Carlo Drive, Goleta (see more HERE). And no, the boys prefer
to watch the Tuffy Marathon on TV.
Page 8: The story carries references to both
old and new films. Donald refers to Barks' first cartoon Modern
Inventions from 1937 (see more HERE).
Also, the barber's chair can be seen as a reference to
the 2006 James Bond film Casino Royale.
Page 12: In the mid 1950s Barks' publisher, Western,
switched to a cheaper import from Germany, but Barks was
soon allowed to return to the usual quality (see more HERE).
Page 13: Western did actually burn
Barks' original pages (as well as the other artists' work)
in the office's furnace, because they had insufficient
storage facilities (see more HERE).
On account of its multiple in-jokes
this extraordinary story is not as easily accessible as
the average Disney duck story. To get the full advantage
it is necessary that the reader knows a great deal about
Barks' life and work.
Regrettably, this may also be a contributing reason why
it will probably never be published worldwide. In the USA
the story has been published by Boom Publishing
in Donald Duck 363A from 2011, from which the
above examples have been selected.