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About Carl Barks by devilkais About Carl Barks by devilkais
"I always felt myself to be an unlucky person like Donald, who is a victim of so many circumstances. But there isn't a person in the United States who couldn't identify with him. He is everything, he is everybody; he makes the same mistakes that we all make."

"I read some of my stories recently and thought, 'How in the hell did I get away with that?' I had some really raw cynicism in some of them"


"I enjoyed working with the duck because I could knock him around, have him get hurt I could let him fall off cliffs. It was lots of fun with Donald. With Mickey it would have been kind of dangerous, because Mickey always had to be right. With the duck I had a comedian that I could treat badly and who I could make fun of."


Carl Barks (March 27, 1901 August 25, 2000) was a Disney writer and artist who made comics that perfected the Disney Ducks Comic Universe from 1942 to 1966. He was known as the Good Duck Artist by the readers for much of this time due to a Disney company rule which forbade the comic authors' names from being featured in their magazines (Yet those are the people I rever more than the more famous ones XD )

Barks created great characters such as Scrooge McDuck, Gladstone Gander, Gyro Gearloose, the Beagle Boys, Flintheart Glomgold (who Don Rosa actually prefered XD ), Magica De Spell and many others, as well as setting in stone the base geography of the city of Duckburg, making it a world with a life of its own. His stories brought in the treasure hunt plot and wacky lost civilisation discovery to Duck comics and inspired a generation of people (such as George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, Osamu Tezuka, Don Rosa and the writers of DuckTales) to replicate the thrill of adventure. He's also the man who took the present aspects in Donald Duck's character (especially in Jack King's cartoons ! He deserves much more respect than he gets )and stretched them to their apex adding an adventurous side to the duck as well as a vivid , deep and variable personality making him THE most flexible character EVER in all of Disney's library. He also took the cast that the great Al Taliaferro created (namely Daisy, Gus and the nephews) and expanded their dimensions and range as well ; Huey , Dewey and Louie coulde be bratty as much as they were wise and Daisy is just as good as Jack King's version .

Of course the duck maestro would inspire a lot of talented geniuses to explore this world of anthropomorphic such as Keno Don Rosa , Romano Scarpa, Marco Rota, Tony Strobl, Vicar, Daan Jippes, William Van Horn and Fecchi . And yes the ducks in general have a freaking huge impact on me ...

Now if this impressed you , remember what I said here [link] AND BY GOD ! IT AIN'T OVER ! Next Disney post will be about the genius man who proved both Barks and Don Rosa wrong about one particular mouse and his dog man... man dog friend , and the next post will be about a man a lot of you have been waiting to see here .

In the meantime Here is a little game , try to find the references to Barks stories in this picture ...
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Touch-Not-This-Cat Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2018
Gladstone was could be a hilarious contrast for Donald, but as a deliberately ironic Mary Sue, he generally had to be taken in moderation so that he wouldn’t become boring.
To do more with him, the animated series sometimes had to throw in extra creative obstacles to make him more interesting. An episode of the old series had Magica place a curse on him that reverses one’s luck, and his struggle to adapt was interesting. He had never had to look where he was going before!
With the new series, the inclusion of a parasitic evil Chinese spirit of fortune was a brilliantly creative use of Gladstone’s character.
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devilkais Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2018
I would not say Mary Sue. He's really not that since he's NOT a pleasant presence and there are plenty of stories where Lady Luck tells him to fly a kite in the end. While those 2 episodes were good, I prefer stories with a nastier sense of humor like Martina's Paperiade ( where Gladstone is a damn lucky CROOK and teams up with the Beagle Boys for a chess board...) or Barks' Race to the South seas (where his annoying luck gave Donald hell !). There are of course times where he's just sslacking and Donald is the enabler of the catastrophe... 
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ScroogeMacDuck Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
Awesome, but what is Goldie doing with the villains?
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devilkais Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2016
Well, she was one initially...
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ScroogeMacDuck Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
Perhaps, but you depict her in her old (reformed) version.
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martyrex Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i love donald duck and i still get a donald duck comic every week
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devilkais Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2015
Oh yeah ! 
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asaenvolk Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013
I loved some of his stories, I have read many of his.
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brasman Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013
Good Job! I like to add the golden helmet to the list of references!
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devilkais Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013
I am happy you enjoy it ! Now to remake it in a superior quality ...
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brasman Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013
Looking forward to that!
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Egg-Zilla Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012
A game, eh? Let's see... In addition to the characters you already mentioned, there is Neighbor Jones, Gyro's Little Helper, Glittering Goldie (from Back to the Klondike), Soapy Slick (from North of the Yukon), and six Beagle Boys (I can't tell who is missingXD). Items include the Jeweled Maya Crown, square eggs from Plain Awful, Bombie's Voodoo doll, a Junior Woodchuck coonskin hat and Guidebook, the Candystriped Ruby, $crooge's ball of string from The Second Richest Duck, the Philosopher's Stone, the ice from A Cold Bargain, and the Magic Hourglass. I can't say what the other items might be though.
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devilkais Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012
Well done my good fellow ! You've found them all !
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Knarand Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012
Wauw! Its wonderful! It is absolutely beautiful!:D
Good job! :D
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devilkais Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012
Thanks a lot man
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Dekathos Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012
Yes Donald. I'm sitting on a half million but you get the bill also I'm coming over your house to eat your food later.
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devilkais Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012
Isn't family wonderful ?
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chris-the-sword Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
a wonderfull work! i love disney characters, and i LOVE the ducks, and carl barks stories, they were creative and hillarious....

also, i love the references that you added about the hourglass, the golden helmet, the frozen borium (stone), and the rest of artifacts/valuable things, scrooge has found in the past.

great job, keep at it!
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devilkais Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012
Why thank you ! Here some other stuff I draw ! [link] [link] [link] [link] [link]

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hope you will enjoy
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Ghostbusterlover Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012
Great tribute! I can find some of the references from Barks' stories. :)
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devilkais Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012
Wait for the one about Don Rosa ! Then I will deal with the outside US school of Disney comics .
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mouselady Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012
Awesome!!! :)
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devilkais Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012
Glad you like it ! Check the other one about Gottfredson if you want .
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mouselady Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012
Thanks! I just have, and it's marvelous. :D You should be working for Disney yourself! :headbang:
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DanjysBasement Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Being a vivid Barks fan, I don't really have much to say, as you covered all I could say in you text.
You really captured the characters in this drawing. Love how Glomgold hatefully glares at Scrooge out of the "thought-bubble" (who smugly stares back :D ). Good Job :)
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devilkais Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012
Thanks a lot Dan ! Now I have other geniuses to cover namely the Looney Tunes directors and other great Disney writers .
Glomgold and Rockerduck are 2 different great villains and I find it sad they haven't been used more in animation (Duck Tales, to which people give too much flack, did actually a good job with Flintheart . He was as much a despicable bastard he was in Barks comics, but the improvement came from Don Rosa who really expanded the villain... but that is a subject for another day . The big question is , WHY IN HELL DON'T THEY MAKE DISNEY FEATURES WITH THESE CHARACTERS ? The possibilities are endless !)
Here is a sample of other things you will find around here [link] [link] [link]
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DanjysBasement Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Flintheart is one of the best Duck villains in my opinion (it's hard too choose though, most of them are great!). Love the Duality between him and Scrooge, and how they are actually mirror images of each other. Duckatales Glomgold was not bad, but I agree, Rosa really used the potential of the character.
I just finished a small character drawing of Glomgold, check it out if you're interested: [link]
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Iyzeekiil Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I love how Donalds neighbor is like: Meh why am I even here?
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devilkais Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012
Heh , he is thinking : BAH! Humducks ! XD
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Solvernia Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012  Student General Artist
BARKS :love: honestly (and unfortunately) I haven't read SO MUCH duck stories from Barks, but I obviously know who he is and his immense importance and influence in the Disney comic world. And anyway, I liked every story I've read from him. I've found more from Rosa, and I love him too, but he's practically a comic artist apart. :)
ANYWAY! Great tribute, dude! :)
Donald is funny :'D Scrooge is awesome as always (I wish Flintheart was more frequent in italian comics), and I really like how you've drawn Gyro and Magica here.
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devilkais Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012
Really ? Actually Barks stories are amongst the easiest to find where I live actually (Hell, Scarpa is absolutely hard to seek online ! And I have tried to find his most terrific stuff to reread it ! But I have a lot to say about him and the italian Disney comics in general . Being Tunisian , I bathed in ALL of them so I try to honor them the best way I can, which puts me at odds with fans who bash and spit on great non-Barks characters... And I love Quack Pack... it was one of the last good cartoons they made , and DuckTales is still cool to this day!)
Don Rosa is , simply put, amazing . His tribute will come! True he restricts himself only to Barks characters and is more at the serious-end of the ducks (The great Will Van Horn being at the comedic-end of Barks stories), BUT he wrote Masterpieces BY THE MASS to his credit and deserves much more recognition than he gets (I read a lot of fans comments and I found it as heartbreaking as people trashing Daffy Duck's 50s cartoons).
:D So yeah , I am more of the glass half-full kind of fan ... and that goes for a lot of stuff. Anyway , enough of my rambling , Here is for you ;) [link]
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Solvernia Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012  Student General Artist
I tried some comic shops, but I've found just few things... maybe I just searched in the wrong places... <XD
I love Quack Pack too *___* but Duck Tales was way better to me. I liked it a lot, old or not (even I haven't still finished to re-watch the whole episodes). :P
Hope to see some tribute for Rosa soon! He deserves it :D even if I know not everyone like his Scrooge's stories, while lots of people love them too much...
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MagicalMerlinGirl Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012   General Artist
Wonderful drawing!
And well, Carl Barks is just the best Duck-drawer EVER!!
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devilkais Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012
Well here is the other genius I mentioned at the end [link]
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Draco-McWherter Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012
:D Love this, Absolutely love it.
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devilkais Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012
Thanks , Now I said I will show the man who proved both Barks and Rosa wrong about a certain rodent , right ? There he is [link]
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MightyMorphinPower4 Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012
Awesoem tribute
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Jose-Ramiro Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is extremely good. Mr Barks was a genius.
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devilkais Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012
Indeed he was, ...and I have only begun MWAHAHAHAHAHAAA !
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Jose-Ramiro Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nice evil laugh.
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Mickey-the-Luxray Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
All this duck.

I'm suddenly in the mood for fowl...
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Nothingbutblankness Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I love Donald's reaction to the bill! :rofl:
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devilkais Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012
I will to get back to analyse both Donald and Mickey one of these days ...
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Nothingbutblankness Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Cool!
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