Very few of Carl Barks' original comic book pages have survived to the present day.
Some may find it strange to learn that just a fraction of the thousands of pages have actually survived, but there is a reason: In the days when Barks drew his stories, comic magazines were not considered to be of lasting value. In fact, Barks himself just regarded comic books to be nothing but a passing fad so there was no incentive to save the originals.
At the time, Barks' publisher, Western, employed dozens of artists, who were producing a broad variety of comic book titles, and Western had no room for storing the humongous number of finished art sheets. And they didn't think there was any reason to do so. After they had received the material from the artists, the large sheets were photographed for printing and thus became redundant. They were simply taken to the publisher's incinerator and unceremoniously burned!
Today, we may find some consolation in the fact that about 3% of Barks' artwork has been saved for posterity. There are several reasons for this: some of the artwork was rejected by the publisher (and consequently stayed with Barks), some pages or panels were scrapped (and then returned to and filed by Barks), and some pages were rescued from a fiery end by employees at Western.
Most of the surviving artwork was later shared in various printed publications, such as the Carl Barks Library, but only on this website will you find a full visual account of all the finished, inked artwork, both published and unpublished, that has survived.
Much of the material is now in private collections and it is certainly not the aim of this website to disclose any confidential information about the provenance that current or former owners wish to keep private.
Although our focus is on the intrinsic value of the originals, in particular their history, rather than their market value, known prices of originals sold at public auctions will be mentioned. Other price and ownership information will only be shared if it has been made publicly available in the past or if we have the direct consent of the owners.
Mainly, though, you will be able to find a lot of information, seasoned with brief comments from Barks himself, related to the surviving artwork. The intention of this website is also to get in contact with owners of original comic book pages /covers by Carl Barks on different levels, for example by presenting their original pages and any historical notes that they wish to share, as well as providing appraisals and/or buy offers upon request.
My website has taken it`s starting point from Matti Eronen`s great studies and is mostly following up by displaying the surviving original comic book pages and continuing to update if new art shows up reguarly.
On the photos you can see Matti Eronen ( left ) and me - and the fysical book of the Carl Barks studies.
A very deep and special thanks goes to Matti Eronen from Finland whose printed book : "Carl Barks' Surviving Comic Book Art" from 1994 has been the inspiration behind this website. Without Matti`s kind assistance and knowledge this project has not been possible. Again, thank you, Matti for allowing me to use a large part of your printed material.
Special thanks goes to Peter Barks Kylling for use of passages and descriptions from his fabulous website: www.cbarks.dk
Thanks also go to : Kim Weston, Michael Barrier, Geoffrey Blum, Thomas Andrae, Hans K. Pedersen, Joakim Gunnarsson, Øystein Sørensen, Are Myklebust, Goran Broling, William Brignone, Monty Bali, Patrick Block, Andrea Cara, Per Vedin and Carsten Laqua for their contributions and great inspiration for the making of this website.
Matti Eronen from Finland was the author of the first book published about "Carl Barks`Surviving Comic book Art".
Matti on a visit at my office in Denmark signing books in 2019.
The inspiration to this website comes from Matti Eronen`s book from 1994 : "Carl Barks Surviving Comic Book Art".
I can strongly recommend every fan of Carl Barks to purchase the fysical book by Matti Eronen.
My name is Søren Marsner from Denmark and I have been collecting, Comics and Comic art for 50 years. Started up by collecting comics in 1973 and in 1993 I began to study and collect original unique comic book art by Carl Barks and other artists.
The original comic book pages and covers made by the legendary Carl Barks - also known as "The Good Artist" - has my highest attention.
To this day, I still try to find new "lost" artwork to be presented on this website.
If you know anything about surviving artwork By Carl Barks please let me know. If you own original pages, please send me an email. I would be honored to display a photo of them on this website, as it is not 100 % known what has survived to this day.