It has often been discussed which of Carl Barks' multiple comic book stories from the Disney duck universe is the most popular of them all, and countless polls have been held in order to find out. This website already contains several pages to that end, most of which are based on Barks' own comments and opinions (The Best Stories is one example), but it would probably be even more interesting to know what the readers think.
This website finds that there are more ways to go about such a project, but none of them are very practical, because they would in reality involve a massive number of readers, many of which would not be inclined to respond if asked. Therefore, it has been decided to approach the problem from another angle that has never been attempted before, namely based on the number of different Disney issues published around the world. This sort of scale should be a good indicator to find out which story is the best, because publishers around the world would never attempt to publish new issues (in this case of Barks' stories) if they would not be fairly confident that they could sell their product. So this is the way this website proposes to establish where Barks' top stories are situated on a popularity ladder. The sub-pages present the, sometimes rather surprising, results divided into 4 major categories.




1. In order to present the results in the most comprehensible way the stories have been divided into the 4 well-known categories from where they once originated: Donald Duck 10-pagers (WDCS), Scrooge McDuck stories (U$), long adventure stories (FC), and a mixed group comprising of all the remaining issues (MISC.).
2. The issues originating from a large number of leading publishing houses in many countries have been included. Examples (presented in alphabetical order): Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Holland, Italy, Mexico, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, USA.
3. You should be aware that several of the countries mentioned actually deliver issues to many other nations as well. Examples: Germany supplies all German-speaking nations, and the USA production is purchased all over the world.
4. This fact also means that the listings do not take into account how many readers there are for every issue (small nations may have published many different issues but still have relatively few readers).
5. The number placed in connection with Different Publications states how many times the individual story has been printed and reprinted thus providing a fair estimate of the individual story's popularity (the higher the number the more popular). The statistical material is based on all leading publishing houses' publishing until October 2010.
6. The stories in the 4 categories are placed in a countdown fashion (#10, #9, ...) ending with the most popular story as indicated by publishers of the world.

   Date 2010-10-28