Sunday, 21 August 2016

The Unavailable Barks

"The Unavailable Carl Barks" is the title of a newly released book collecting stories that has been out of print for a long, long time in the US.
A "must have" for the Barks fan.
Here's what the cover looks like:



And here's what the publisher, Kim Weston, has to say about it. (More images after the text.)

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As you may be aware, in addition to his Disney work, Carl Barks wrote and/or drew 36 non-Disney comic book stories. Unlike the Disney comics, these have not been widely reprinted. In 2011, Craig Yoe and IDW published The Carl Barks Big Book of Barney Bear, with those 26 stories, in the USA. But that book did not include Barks' other 10 non-Disney stories. The Unavailable Carl Barks (in color) DOES include those other 10 stories. And unlike The Carl Barks Big Book of Barney Bear, which is reproduced from faded, yellowed, 70 year old comic books, 7 of the 10 "unavailable stories" in my book are reproduced from copies of original black line proofs. The other 3, for which there are no known proofs, are, of necessity, reproduced from comic books, 600 dpi scans of the original comic books. In addition to the other 10 stories, I have also reprinted 2 of the Barney Bear and Benny Burro stories that are in Yoe's Carl Barks Big Book of Barney Bear. Why? 4 of Barks' stories, including the 2 Barney & Benny stories I reprint, were never published in the form in which Barks submitted them to the publisher. Since I had access to copies of black line proofs of the 2 Barney & Benny stories as well, I have restored them as closely as possible to the way Barks drew them. So the 2 Barney & Benny stories look significantly different--and better--than they do in Yoe's book. In all, 4 of the stories are restored in this way in the book.

There have been 2 other reprint collections of most of Barks non-Disney work. About 1979, the bootleg Barks Bear Book was published, apparently in Sweden, but in English, from black and white photocopies of the comic books. It was missing 3 stories, but it was better than nothing. In 2010, Egmont published Carl Barks: Bruno björn och vänner (Carl Barks: Barney Bear and Friends) in Sweden. It is a very nice book but difficult to read unless you read Swedish. Most of the stories are from black line proofs, but the Porky Pig is not. The color was dropped out of scanned comics to make a black line master and then the story was recolored. It looks passable, but does not compare well to the stories printed from original proofs. The book includes 35 of Barks' 36 non-Disney stories, omitting only his Andy Panda story.

My book includes Andy Panda and the other 9 non-Disney Barks stories not included in the Yoe book so between my book and Yoe's book, all of Barks' non-Disney work is currently in print. Like the Egmont book, my Porky Pig story is also printed from scans of the original comic book and it looks a lot like the original comic book but with some improved detail due to the larger printing size. However, because it is printed directly from color scans without dropping out the color, it does a much better job of preserving Barks' essential line quality than the Egmont book, even though its color, as in the original comic, is sloppy and out of register.

In addition to 125 pages of color comics, there is a 10 page index of all of Barks' non-Disney comic books keyed not only to the original comic books but also my book and Craig Yoe's book plus about 30 pages of introductory, historical, and background articles.

The book is available on Amazon.com in the USA, and the UK and German Amazon sites say it is available there. The book is 34.95 USD, 32 Euros, and 26.95 GBP.
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Here are a few snapshots, just to show you what the book looks like.








If you are just even slightly interested I'd say: buy now to avoid eBay prices later. Who knows how long this will stay in print.

Saturday, 9 July 2016

Carl Barks art



Seriously...
How can Hake's believe that these forgeries are by Carl Barks? Sigh...



Will be interesting to see if these gets sold. 

Tuesday, 7 June 2016

Tied up

I bet that Walt Kelly would have loved the current election in the US. So much to do political satire of.
Now, Walt is no longer with us, but his old strips are.
Here's a sample from my collection. Remember, the year was 1968 and Richard Nixon, Hubert Humphrey and George Wallace were fighting for power. Enjoy!


Monday, 9 May 2016

Blondie 1945 vs 1956

These two strips were recently sold at auction. Interesting to see the differences in timing and artwork.


Guess these are not the only two versions of the same gag?
If you have one feel free to scan and to post a link. Would be fun to see more versions. 

Sunday, 29 November 2015

Keaton, Eisenstein and Disney

Saw this piece on eBay a while ago. Four Mickey illustrations in a frame.
Seller writes: "Drawn and stamped by the Disney studios vintage 1930's exclusively for Buster Keaton and personally signed by Walt Disney."







I wrote to the seller who said "We took our piece to Disney Corporate in Burbank to the Archive Records Division and they have confirmed that it is a piece that Walt signed for from illustration to have for his personal use as a gift."



Well...
It's simply a bad tracing of the Mickey Mouse daily from 2-21, 1930.
And I've told the seller so.
Do the seller write that information in the description after re-listing it? No.
I wonder why...
And they want $15.000 for it.
Good luck selling it! There are suckers out there. You might just catch one.



Thursday, 22 October 2015

Daan Jippes...

... turned 70 last week!
Here's a drawing I did to celebrate him.

Sunday, 4 October 2015

Mystery page

Just read Tom and Jerry #247 (Gold Key, 1969) and in the back of that book this page appears out of the blue:

Looks like the final page of a longer story.
No title page. This is what we get. Odd, eh?

I guess this is a reprint from a mid fifties issue? Would be nice to read the full story. If you know where it was published, feel free to leave a comment. :-)

Friday, 28 August 2015

Same, same, but different

I was reading two different, old issues of Kalle Anka & C:o recently.
Nice reading while having a lazy day in the countryside.


But... two of the stories were not that different. Hmm...
Why use a good plot once if you can do it twice. ;-)








Stories from WDC 166 (1954) and Scamp 16 (1960).
The Pluto story was written by Don Christensen and the Scamp story was probably a re-write by someone else.

Saturday, 25 July 2015

Disney Magazines: The main characters and their background

The 1978 Gutenberghus writers guide to the Disney characters.
Enjoy!








Thursday, 26 February 2015

New storyboards

Seven new storyboards to the cartoon Donald's Nephews has been added to that section of the blog, thanks to the observant Andrea Cara! Thanks!
Click HERE to find the boards.


Tuesday, 27 January 2015

The Housemaid's Knee

This piece was auctioned last sunday on Heritage.


 The description reads: " Donald Duck Partially Inked Daily Comic Strip Original Art (King Features Syndicate, undated)"

Well...
It's quite obvious that this is a badly traced strip, partially inked by an amateur. Not an unfinished KFS strip. Still, someone paid ca $155 for it!
Not a forgery, but not the real deal and practiacally worthless. 

The real February 4, 1955 daily can be seen here: http://coa.inducks.org/story.php?c=YD+55-02-04

Saturday, 20 December 2014

A "new" Russell Patterson painting

Here's something you don't see every day. An unpublished painting by Russell Patterson!
I had never seen or heard about this piece before. But thanks to the owner, Claude Elenewich, I'm happy to show it here on the blog. Thanks, Claude!




Sunday, 30 November 2014

Peg-Leg Pete

Walked past a building on Flower Street in Glendale last Monday.
Seems to be a Peg-Leg Pete fan working there. :-)