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found the half-page Huey, Dewey and Louie
The Rainbows End and noticed a few things
wrong in it:
1. Scrooges right hand seems not to be Barks' work.
2. Why the empty space above Scrooge?
3. Why are some of the coins falling?
I think the original hand was
deleted and re-drawn, and Scrooge is doing and saying
agree partially with you that something in this half-pager
from DD71 seems to have been altered.
Let me answer your points:
1. I do not agree entirely with you. To me, Scrooge's hand could have been drawn by Barks.
2. I do not see redundant space. On the contrary, I do not see that Scrooge has any reason to speak at all.
3. Now, this is a puzzler. Logically, one would expect something to cause the coins to fall and your graphic guess is a qualified and plausible one, although I doubt that Scrooge would by scouring the countryside with a shovel and a bucket...
So, all in all, there remains a possible mystery here. Can anyone spread a little light over it?
write to you about a very funny visual gag that is
missing in all publications I know of except my old
Chilean copy of "Back to long Ago!" (US16).
Maybe it is known already but I don't know this. I'm
sending you the scans and some text for you to help me
find out if this is a true fact:
This brilliant visual gag
(page 7, panel 6) where dotted lines show the suspicious
looks between Scrooge and Donald does, surprisingly, not
appear in the original publication nor in the Carl Barks
Library. First I thought that the gag might have been
created by the Chilean editor, but it makes no sense (they
never did that sort of thing, they only made the balloons
bigger from time to time for the translated dialogue).
Pedro Peirano (Chile)
is indeed a real puzzler! This is the first time I have
ever seen this special panel with the two Ducks measuring
each other suspiciously in this graphic way. There can be
little doubt that this was done by Barks, because this is
his type of gag and besides there are other panels in the
story where dotted lines are fully visible.
As you correctly point out the 'original' US version has still several traces of deleted dotted lines (Barks fans: Grab your own copy and check!), and the deletion was certainly not done by Barks; why would he go back on a fine gag, and why would he not fill in the empty gap with background bricks, then?
I have been in contact with one of the world's finest experts of Barks' work, and he was as bewildered as I am. He would try to contact his network and hear if anybody would have an explanation, but he asked me not to set my hopes too high.
So, Barks fans, is there anyone among you who knows the story behind this highly mysterious panel???
read your site and have looked in quite a few places on
the Internet, but I simply cannot come up with a
definitive answer to my very simple question: What
happened to Carl Barks' original comic pages?
On one site I read that after he
sent them to the publisher, they made plates of them and
then were thrown away. But I see pictures in the Carl
Barks Library of Carl standing next to original pages of
his comics sometime in the 1970s.
Mike Matei (New Jersey, USA)
answer to your question is saddening to all Barks fans.
In 1975 Carl Barks was asked the same question, and this
is part of his response:
The original artwork was destroyed at the publishing house. They simply couldn't store all the drawings that came in for all their 15 or 20 comic books and none of the editors, none of the artists felt that the stuff was ever going to be worth anything anyway, so all these thousands of pages of drawings were taken out to the incinerator and burned.
I happen to have a few pages that I have been selling lately. They are very rare, I have been told, and I recently learned why. The publishing company usually burned all the art after they had made their engraving plates. A few pages got carried out by employees or somebody over the years...
...I got the original art from 5 Uncle Scrooge comics and a ten-page WDC Donald for a retirement present from the Western editor in 1966. He saved the pages from the burner because he thought I might like them for souvenirs.
So, the bulk of Barks' - as well as other artists - artwork was burned. But, luckily, a number of pages have survived. This website's editor has a complete listing of them all (single pages, stories, covers), and what happened to them. Some of the material can be found HERE.
The artwork from 1966 that Barks mentioned was given to him by Editor Craig Chase at Western Publishing. The stories are U$59-63 and WDCS308. Barks also received a few gag pages.
you know if Carl Barks ever expressed in detail his
opinions on the TV series Ducktales? He obviously wrote
most of the ideas for that show. Did he get royalties?
Did he ever visit the Disney animation studios while
Ducktales was being produced? I am left to wonder what
Barks thought of all the changed history that went on
with Ducktales. I am also left thinking that he must have
got really aggravated when the Disney writers chopped up
his storys to fit a half hour kids show.
What was the deal with Huey, Dewey
and Louie and the shirt colors? Take Dubious Doings
at Dismal Downs and then compare it to Lavender
and Old Lace for example. I always thought that the
official colors for the lads were Red=Huey, Blue=Dewey,
and Green=Louie. But apparently not. I guess Barks just
put them in whatever color shirt he
Mike Matei (New Jersey, USA)
of all it is very important to bear in mind that none of
the characters Barks drew - and invented - were owned by
him. They all belong to Disney's. This also means that
Barks did not receive any kind of royalty for Ducktales
although some of the storylines come from 'his' comics.
Barks did once comment on Ducktales and as the polite man he was he just said that he liked them, but that they were cramming too many ideas into too short a timespan. No doubt that Barks did not like Ducktales very much which is also emphasized by the fact that he never owned a television set until he was well up in his seventies. He never got used to the staggering fast pace of the cartoons and the never-ending rapid cuts.
After his retirement in 1966, Barks went once or twice a year to Disney's just to have a look around, but he was not involved in any of the cartoons (for example Scrooge McDuck and Money from 1967). However, in 1955 he was approached by the animation studio to write a script for a Scrooge animated short. In reply, Barks wrote a full manuscript in just a few days. Upon receipt Disney's suddenly decided to shelve it. The official explanation was that they would rather concentrate on the new media - television - instead. Sadly, the script has since been lost although the synopsis still exists.
In the comics the nephews' shirts
are usually black but when Barks took up painting he
began to 'dress' the boys in differently coloured shirts.
This also happened in the pastels. The decision for doing
so is really quite natural, because a lot of black
colours would not look that appealing on a canvas.
Besides, Barks experimented intensely with his colouring
in the paintings. Take for instance the ducks themselves:
are not pure white as in the comic books.
Who put colour on the stories? First I thought that it was done by Garé, but someone reckons it to be the work of Western.
Best regards from Thomas
Barks wrote and drew all his stories alone but in the
years between 1952 and 1966 his third wife Margaret (called
Garé) stepped in to assist him by drawing the text in
the bubbles and filling the large black spots with ink.
Those were the two jobs that Barks detested himself.
But neither of them have ever had anything to do with the colouring. Western was responsible for that part of the process.
At the start of his career Barks often gave precise instructions as to which colours should be used in special circumstances but Western just did what they pleased. So Barks gave up. If I asked for a yellow desert, you could be sure it turned out red, he once sighed during an interview.
|2001, Nov 13th||Hi,
Peter! I am pleased to visit your Disney/Barks pages. It's
really a thrill...
About a year ago I got hold of two Walt Disney autographs. I bought them from an 80-year old collector who had been collecting all his life and his archives contain Marilyn Monroe, John F. Kennedy, Neil Armstrong, the Apollo team, Niels Bohr, Albert Einstein, Laurel and Hardy and so on.
I managed to buy two autographed photos of Disney from him. One is a black and white from 1951 complete with an original envelope sent from Burbank, California, and Disney has signed in blue ink.
The other one from 1961 is in colour and he has signed with a crayon.
Are these signed photos worth anything?
of all you should know that a lot of forgeries are in
circulation but your story sounds fine. I do not know
very much about autographs so I contacted USA's leading
specialist on Disney-autographs, Phil Sears, who is
working for Sotheby's
in New York City and
Christie's in London. He says that your 1951-photo might have a
value of app. 12,500 dollars, i.e. you should
receive 50-60% of that amount at a dealer's. Sale through
auctions might of course be even higher. All this will
naturally be subject to an authentication of the
The 1961-photo will have a lower value.
I offer my congratulations for your good fortune and I have sent you the full wording of the letter from Phil Sears.
Undoubtedly a lot of
people think that Walt Disney's signature is identical to
the one seen in all his comics but this is not the case.