Carl Barks Comic Book Art

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My Collection of Carl Barks Comic Art

I have been collecting Disney original art for decades.

In this section I only show my original artwork by Carl Barks.

You are most welcome to take a closer look below. Just scroll down on the page and you are able to see some of

"The Masters" great pieces of original artwork.

Enjoy !


Walt Disney Comics & Stories # 165 - 1954.

Description of the Cover from Heritage Auctions : 

Carl Barks Walt Disney's Comics and Stories #165 Cover Original Art (Dell, 1954). Barks covers for the 1950s are just about impossible to acquire -- by one count, seven published originals from the 1950s are known to exist, plus a couple of alternative unpublished ones. Of course Barks was a prolific cover artist during that decade, but almost all of the original covers were destroyed by the publisher after the comics were printed.
This is certainly a fine example of the artist's skill at characterization. Donald's expression is simply priceless as he sees his nephews race off. So many of us were the nephews' age when we first read this story, and now we sympathize more with Donald who just wants to read his paper in peace! And make no mistake: a lot of people bought this comic, as Comics and Stories was selling more than a million copies a month in those days.
Note that Western Publishing did make slight changes when they printed this -- the bottom of Donald Duck's chair was moved up, and the shadows under the feet of Huey, Dewey, and Louie were eliminated such that they appeared to be walking briskly on the printed cover as opposed to running. Also the shadow under Donald's arm disappeared. Frankly we like the image better the way Barks drew it, but we also recall hearing that Western Publishing did not like shadows on their funny-animal covers in general.


Carl Barks - Original inked Model Sheet from the 1950`ies.

Four inked drawings of Gus Goose, and one drawing of Grandma Duck.
 


WDC # 268. Page 2 - Lower half.

Published original lower halfpage 2 from WDC # 268 ; "Christmas Cheers" from 1962.


Walt Disney Comics & stories # 268

Page 7 from the story : "Christmas cheers" from 1962. Published in the WDC # 268 in 1963,


US-08 / 1954: "The Mysterious Unfinished Invention". Lower half page 16.

Unpublished rejected artwork.


Thanks to Jim from Minneapolis for selling me this historic half page - and for taking care of it for more than 25 years..! 

Isn`t the size of Carl Barks`original artwork just amazing..?


WDC-175 / 1954 : "The Taffy Story". 

Lower halfpage 7.

Unpublished rejected artwork.


US-42 / 1962 : "Case of the Sticky Money". Page 2.

Published artwork. Original artwork yellowned because of glued up on piece of wood, which was later removed.


USFC-495 / 1953.

Alternative cover art.

Published cover : US-312 / 1998.

Pencil and ink : Carl Barks.

Coloring : Gare Barks.

 


WDC-277 / 1963. 

Published original cover.

Only survived artwork with Gladstone Gander and the densiest Barks cover ever known with 12 comic characters on it. The Mickey Mouse drawing was made by Paul Murry. Missing piece in the right corner was a photo of Zorro.


Preliminary sketch drawing from 1971 for the later oilpainting : "Blue Composition of Ducks".

Notice that all of the comic characters on the sketch is only Barks own  : Gladstone Gander, The Junior Woodchucks, Scrooge McDuck, Gyro Gearloose, Hexia De Trick and the Beagle Boy`s". Even the first dime and the Money Bin has found it`s place on this fine sketch drawing..

Worth to notice is that Barks painted Flintheart Gloomgold on the finished painting instead of Barko, the sleddog.


Scrooge McDuck - 1968

Portrait of Scrooge McDuck from 1968.

Drawn by Carl Barks for the 10 "Madisonians" on Wisconsin University when they established their club called "Society of the First Dime". 


Carl Barks Oilpainting :

"Terror of the River" is an original Carl Barks oil painting on Masonite board from 1974 based on the legendary work of the beloved "Good Duck Artist." The painting is inspired by Barks' story for Four Color #108 (1946). It features Donald Duck and his nephews encountering an enormous sea monster. This is the only time Barks painted a scene based on Four Color #108, and it is unique in both mood and motion. It's well known that Barks painted multiple versions of several of his celebrated Duck paintings, but this one stands alone as the technical detail involved in creating it was intense and Barks felt that painting it once was enough! The painting is also known to be one of the most popular among fans of Barks' work. It was featured in the 1977-1978 Overstreet Price Guide in a special color section devoted to the best of Barks' Duck paintings. 

"Terror of the River" is a magnificent painting, primarily because of the action and lighting effects. ... Carl said he would never paint one like it again because it was so time consuming with the shading of the light of the moon and lanterns on the water and the immense detail involved in the water action.