Carl Barks Comic Book Art

SURVIVING ARTWORK

THE FIRST OWNERS...

Over time Barks sold most of the few unpublished panels he had kept, but when he retired from comic book work Western presented him with 6 full adventure stories of his own artwork as a retirement present. They had been saved from incineration thanks to a thoughtful publisher. Now, Barks, had full stories to enjoy, but he was also aware of the rapidly growing interest for his drawings, and he decided to sell the stories, mostly one page at a time, to dedicated fans in order for them to enjoy his work first hand. Today the surviving artwork is still highly sought after by collectors of comic art.

The 5 full 24-page stories that Barks received as a token of appreciation from his publishing editor and friend, Craig Chase, were as follows ; Uncle Scrooge adventures: U$59 : ”North of the Yukon”, U$60 : ”The Phantom of Notre Duck”, U$61 : ”So Far and No Safari”, U$62 : ”Queen of the Wild Dog Pack”, and U$63 : ”House of Haunts”. Also a complete Donald Duck 10 pager and 3 Uncle Scrooge one pager was given to Barks by the editor.

Of the 5 Uncle Scrooge stories Carl Barks only made personal notes of the buyers names and prices to the 4 U$ stories ; U$60 – U$63. ( Though Barks was no book keeper he still managed to add notes with new  names to his lists if he found that pages was resold later on. )

Carl also made notes about the prices he sold the pages for.  Sometimes the editors wrote pagenumbers for the story in the margen. In several cases these doesn`t match the right page numbers. That situation happened when they calculated an advertising page within the story. Most sold pages by Barks was signed and sometimes dedicated to it`s first owner in the lower right corner.

Carl Barks kept for himself the whole 24 pager from U$59 ; ”North of The Yukon” and some few other pages from the other 4 U$ stories. Mainly the opening pages and pages with a Splash panel. But later these pages was also sold and the 24 pager from U$59 was sold as complete to the american comic book distributor, publisher and former comic store owner Steve Geppi. ( Later on Steve Geppi sold the U$59 story separately on Heritage auctions ).

Of the total of 133 pages Barks kept 41 pages for himself, and noted that 92 was for sale. 



Carl Barks in a Letter from December 10, 1970, to fan Glenn Bray :

>...back in the 40s and 50s nobody could have convinced me that there would ever be anybody who would collect comic books for any reason (and for the literary or nostalgic value least of all)...
...I do have a few original Scrooges at $100 a page. When I retired in 1966 the Western editor used his weight to get me some pages from the scrap bin at the printery. I have sold a few pages to fans the last couple of years for $25 a page, but as it became evident that my pages are most likely the only ones in existence I stopped selling and did some Scroogian calculating...<


THE FIRST OWNERS OF CARL BARKS ORIGINAL PAGES

              Carl Barks Original pages sold in Chronological order :

 

  1. 1. 1969 ( Dec. ) Page 4 / US-60 : Richard McKinney
  2. 2. 1970 ( Febr. ) Page 3 / US-60 : Kaj Wicklander ( Sweden )
  3. 3. 1970 ( March ) Page 2 / US-62 : John Bullis
  4. 4. 1970 ( March ) Page 23 / US-60 : Dick West
  5. 5. 1970 ( Apr. 9) Page 20 / US-63 : Craig Young
  6. 6. 1970 ( Apr. 9 ) Page 14 / US-61 : Craig Young
  7. 7. 1970 ( Apr. ) Page 8 / US-60 : Jeff Cain
  8. 8. 1970 ( Apr. ) Page 22 / US-63 : Russ Meyers
  9. 9. 1970 ( Apr. ) Page 19 / US-60 : Lawrence de Coster ( Later sold : GG#5/75 )
  10. 10. 1970 ( Aug. ) Page 24 / US-63 : Don Ault
  11. 11. 1970 ( Aug. ) Page 7 / US-61 : ( Don Ault – “for Allan`s girl” )
  12. 12. 1970 ( Sept. ) Page 24 / US-60 : Allen Dodge
  13. 13. 1970 ( Sept. ) Page 10 / US-63 : Don Ault
  14. 14. 1970 ( Nov. 6 ) Page 13 / US-63 : Tom Andrae
  15. 15. 1971 ( March ) Page 5 / US-60 : Geoffrey Blum
  16. 16. 1971 ( Nov. ) Page 22 / US-60 : Geoffrey Blum
  17. 17. 1971 ( Nov. ) Page 23 / US-63 : Guy Rosebrook
  18. 18. 1971 ( Nov. ) Page 23 / US-61 : Guy Rosebrook
  19. 19. 1971 ( ? ) Page 24 / US-61 : Patrick and Mary Snead
  20. 20. 1972 ( Jan. ) Page 6 / US-63 : Patrick Snead
  21. 21. 1972 ( Apr. ) Page 3 / US-61 : Tom Tallmon
  22. 22. 1972 ( Apr. ) Page 9 / US-60 : Geoffrey Blum
  23. 23. 1972 ( Apr. ) Page 13 / US-60 : Dennis Geare
  24. 24. 1972 ( Aug. ) Page 10 / US-60 : Kim Weston
  25. 25. 1972 ( Sept. ) Page 21 / US-60 : Tom Collins
  26. 26. 1974 ( Febr. ) Page 11 / US-63 : Richard Krawitz
  27. 27. 1974 ( Febr. ) Page 21 / US-62 : Jeff Gorrell ( Jeff Gorrell and Richard Kravitz switched pages )
  28. 28. 1974 ( Apr. ) Page 7 / US-60 : Russ Cochran ( GG#4/1974 )
  29. 29. 1974 ( May ) Page 5 / US-63 : William Z. Ryan
  30. 30. 1974 ( July ) Page 22 / US-61 : Russ Cochran sold later to J. Summer
  31. 31. 1974 ( July ) Page 12 / US-61 : Russ Cochran sold later to J. Summer
  32. 32. 1974 ( Dec. ) Page 12 / US-62 : Bob Young
  33. 33. 1974 ( ? ) Page 16 / US-63 : Russ Cochran sold to Bob Young ( GG#4 )
  34. 34. 1974 ( ? ) Page 17 / US-63 : Russ Cochran
  35. 35. 1974 ( Dec. ) Page 22 / US-62 : John Burchfield
  36. 36. 1974 ( Dec. ) Page 19 / US-63 : John Burchfield
  37. 37. 1975 ( March ) Page 3 / US-63 : Russ Cochran ( Graphic Gallery # 6 / 1976 )
  38. 38. 1975 ( March ) Page 18 / US-60 : Russ Cochran
  39. 39. 1975 ( March ) Page 8 / US-61 : Russ Cochran later sold to Dr. Stuart
  40. 40. 1975 ( Oct. ) Page 14 / US-63 : Goran Broling
  41. 41. 1976 ( Jan. ) Page 4 / US-61 : Robert Brown
  42. 42. 1976 ( Sept. ) Page 9 / US-61 : Craig Crawshaw
  43. 43. 1978 ( Febr. ) Page 15 / US-63 : Bill Cole
  44. 44. 1978 ( ? ) Page 16 / US-62 : Terry Taylor
  45. 45. 1978 ( Apr. ) Page 15 / US-62 : Wes Parker / Gerber
  46. 46. 1978 ( Apr. ) Page 23 / US-62 : Russ Cochran
  47. 47. 1978 ( Apr. ) Page 3 / US-62 : Russ Cochran
  48. 48. 1978 ( ? ) Page 2 / US-63 : Wes Parker
  49. 49. 1978 ( Apr. ) Page 6 / US-60 : Russ Cochran
  50. 50. 1978 ( Apr. ) Page 11 / US-60 : Wes Parker / Gerber
  51. 51. 1978 ( Apr. ) Page 20 / US-60 : Wes Parker / Gerber
  52. 52. 1978 ( Apr. ) Page 6 / US-61 : Klaus Stryzz
  53. 53. 1978 ( Apr. ) Page 13 / US-61 : Wes Parker / Gerber
  54. 54. 1978 ( May ) Page 17 / US-61 : Wes Parker / Gerber
  55. 55. 1978 ( May ) Page 10 : Wes Parker / Gerber
  56. 56. 1978 ( May ) Page 11 / US-61 : Wes Parker / Gerber later sold to T. Taylor
  57. 57. 1978 ( ? ) Page 2 / US-61 : Wes Parker
  58. 58. 1978 ( ? ) Page 7 / US-63 : Terry Taylor
  59. 59. 1978 ( ? ) Page 9 / US-63 : Terry Taylor
  60. 60. 1978 ( ? ) Page 8 / US-63 : Bill Cole
  61. 61. 1978 ( June ) Page 4 / US-63 : Wes Parker / Gerber
  62. 62. 1978 ( July ) Page 24 / US-62 : Wes Prker / Gerber sold later to “Mike”
  63. 63. 1978 ( Nov. ) Page 5 / US-61 : Wes Parker
  64. 64. 1979 ( Jan. ) Page 17 / US-60 : Russ Cochran / Gerber
  65. 65. 1979 ( Jan. ) Page 19 / US-62 : Wes Parker / Gerber
  66. 66. 1979 ( Jan. ) Page 19 / US-61 : Wes Parker / Gerber
  67. 67. 1979 ( Febr. ) Page 7 / US-62 : Wes Parker / Gerber
  68. 68. 1979 ( Febr ) Page 16 / US-60 : Wes Parker / Gerber
  69. 69. 1979 ( Febr. ) Page 8 / US-62 : Wes Parker / Gerber
  70. 70. 1979 ( March ) Page 12 / US-60 : Wes Parker / Gerber
  71. 71. 1979 ( March ) Page 18 / US-61 : Wes Parker / Gerber
  72. 72. 1979 ( March ) Page 17 / US-62 : Wes Parker / Gerber
  73. 73. 1979 ( March ) Page 20 / US-62 : Wes Parker / Gerber
  74. 74. 1979 ( July ) Page 9 / US-62 : Wes Parker / Gerber
  75. 75. 1979 ( July ) Page 12 / US-63 : Wes Parker / Gerber
  76. 76. 1979 ( Oct. ) Page 14 / US-62 : Wes Parker / Gerber
  77. 77. 1979 ( ? ) Page 14 / US-60 : Wes Parker / Gerber
  78. 78. 1980 ( March ) Page 4 / US-62 : Wes Parker
  79. 79. 1980 ( March ) Page 5 / US-62 : Wes Parker
  80. 80. 1980 ( March ) Page 6 / US-62 : Wes Parker/ Gerber
  81. 81. 1980 ( March ) Page 10 / US-62 : Bill Cole
  82. 82. 1980 ( March ) Page 11 / US-62 : Bill Cole
  83. 83. 1980 ( June ) Page 13 / US-62 : Wes Parker / Gerber
  84. 84. 1980 ( June ) Page 15 / US-60 : Wes Parker / Gerber later sold to M. Farthan
  85. 85. 1980 ( June ) Page 15 / US-61 : Wes Parker / Gerber
  86. 86. 1980 ( June ) Page 16 / US-61 : Wes Parker / Gerber
  87. 87. 1980 ( Aug. ) Page 18 / US-62 : Wes Parker / Fantazy Comics Tucson
  88. 88. 1981 ( Febr. ) Page 21 / US-61 : “Missing” ? Russ Cochran / Terry Taylor sold to Don Lineberger.
  89. 89. 1981 ? “Missing” ? Page 20 / US-61 : “Candy Store” ?
  90. 90. 1981 ( March ) Page 1 / US-60 : Bill Grandey & Kathy Morby
  91. 91. 1981 ( March ) One pager “Parrot” : Bill Grandey & Kathy Morby
  92. 92. 1994 ( Apr. ) Page 18 / US-63 : Axel Werner
  93. 93. Noticed as Still have page ( ? ) Page 21 / US-63 : Sold to ?
  94.  
  95. Carl saved the following pages for himself :
  96. 94. Page 2 / US-60,
  97. 95. Page 1 / US-62,
  98. 96. Page 1 / US-63.
  99. 97.All 10 Pages from “Beauty Business” and all 24 pages from US-59 + 2 One pagers.
  100. 98. “Give Away” pages by Carl : Page 1 / US-61 : Mario Gentilini