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About the Author: Carl Barks

Carl Barks (March 27, 1901 – August 25, 2000) was an American Disney Studio illustrator and comic book creator, who invented Duckburg and many of its inhabitants, such as Scrooge McDuck (1947), Gladstone Gander (1948), the Beagle Boys (1951), The Junior Woodchucks (1951), Gyro Gearloose (1952), Cornelius Coot (1952), Flintheart Glomgold (1956), John D. Rockerduck (1961) and Magica De Spell (1961). The quality of his scripts and drawings earned him the nicknames "The Duck Man" and "The Good Duck Artist".

People who work for Disney generally do so in relative anonymity; the stories only carry Walt Disney's name and (sometimes) a short identification number. Prior to 1960, the creator of these stories remained a mystery to his readers. However, many readers recognized Barks' work and drawing style, and began to call him the Good Duck Artist, a label which stuck even after his true identity was discovered by John and Bill Spicer in 1959. After Barks received a 1960 visit from Bill and John Spicer and Ron Leonard, he was no longer anonymous, as his name soon became known to his readers.

Writer-artist Will Eisner called him "the Hans Christian Andersen of comic books." In 1987, Barks was one of the three inaugural inductees of the Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame.

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Walt Disney's Uncle Scrooge: Only A Poor Old Man Cover Image

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Hardcover, Published in Jul 2012 by Fantagraphics

ISBN10: 1606995359 | ISBN13: 9781606995358

Page count: 240

Since Fantagraphics' first release in this series focused on Donald Duck, it is only right that the second focus on Carl Barks' other great protagonist, and his greatest creation: The miserly, excessively wealthy Scrooge McDuck, whose giant money bin, lucky dime, and constant wrangles with his nemeses the Beagle Boys are well known to and beloved by young and old.

This volume starts off with "Only a Poor Old Man," the defining Scrooge yarn (in fact his first big starring story) in which Scrooge's plan to hide his money in a lake goes terribly wrong. Two other long-form classics in this volume include "Tralla La" (also known as the bottlecap story) and "Back to the Klondike," in which we meet Scrooge's old gold-digging gal, Glittering Goldie. Each of these three stories is famous enough to have its own lengthy Wikipedia page.

Also in this volume are the full-length "The Secret of Atlantis" and over two dozen more shorter stories and one-page gags.

Newly recolored in a version that combines the warm, friendly, slightly muted feeling of the beloved classic original comic books with state-of-the-art crispness and reproduction quality, the stories are joined by "Story Notes" featuring fascinating behind-the-panels essays about the creation of the stories and analyses of their content from Disney and Barks connoisseurs.

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