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  • Hardcover: 234 pages
  • Publisher: Fantagraphics Books (2 Nov. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1606997955
  • ISBN-13: 978-1606997956
  • Product Dimensions: 19.3 x 2.3 x 26.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 233,707 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It's Carl Barks and that pretty says it all. If you're not unfamiliar with the name you know you cannot be at fault with his Uncle Scrooge stories - they're all great, he never had a less inspired phase and, as such, this (as many other Barks collections) is full of classical adventures. If you don't know who Carl Barks is, well, he is the duck-man, the good Disney artist, the guy that created uncle Scrooge and his best stories. Buy the book, it won't fail to marvel you.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. Mary Lord on 10 Dec. 2014
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Very good edition indeed.
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The Seven Cities of Gold and More Adventures of Scrooge McDuck 17 Oct. 2014
By Dunestar - Published on Amazon.com
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The Seven Cities of Gold collects some of the Uncle Scrooge adventure stories Carl Barks did which inspired Disney's DuckTales, but is far better than the animated counterparts.

In this chapter, while attempting to find a business he doesn't own, Scrooge sets out with Donald and their nephews on an arrowhead hunt, but ends up on a quest finding the Seven Cities of Cibola, with the Beagle Boys in tow. The interesting thing about this tale is the fact Barks includes a human within the Duckburg Universe, specifically when the Beagle Boys are getting ejected from the Relief Check office. Other than that, this adventure genuinely puts any Raiders story to shame.

Other tales include Scrooge and his nephews dealing with a stone ray, chasing down a lemming with a locket, uncovering the Philosopher's Stone, entering a steam boat race, and many others which shows Barks' work at his finest.

But the most memorable story in this anthology happens to be 'The Golden Fleecing,' mainly because this one specific tale had given Barks fits just to get Western Publishing to print it. Due to the censoring of comics in 1955, especially with Western Publishing heavily censoring Barks' mid-to-late Fifties work, 'The Golden Fleecing' was once considered unfit for publication.

One problem was the fact the mythical characters in this story, the female bird creatures were originally known as Harpies, but back in the Fifties, the term 'Harpy' or 'Harpie' was an obscure slang for a streetwalker. But fortunately, Barks saved the story by renaming the characters as Larkies instead.

Otherwise, I love how the story develops simply because Scrooge wants to make a coat out of gold, and learns the Golden Fleece does exist. But not in the way he expected.

The collection is rounded out by Scrooge short gags, including McDuck's cunning on getting free coffee from Joe.

Considering this collection brings back my favorite adventures with Scrooge McDuck, I find 'The Seven Cities of Gold' as one of Carl Barks' more unforgettable volumes. Even if you've never read an Uncle Scrooge comic before, I definitely recommend this volume.
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"Only a Poor Old Man" -- to the highest heavens but then ... 29 Dec. 2014
By Christopher Barat - Published on Amazon.com
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If this be "skimming," then at least it's mostly cream. In his seminal CARL BARKS AND THE ART OF THE COMIC BOOK, Michael Barrier praised the earliest UNCLE $CROOGE stories -- in particular, "Only a Poor Old Man" -- to the highest heavens but then argued that, with Scrooge's essential nature having been revealed whole during these tales, there was nothing more that Barks could do with the old miser that wouldn't be "skimming the surface" in comparison. When he used that phrase, Barrier had in mind tales exactly like the ones in this collection, the stories from U$ #7-12 (1954-55). Here, we can see Barks really settling in with the notion of using Scrooge as an adventure hero in search of lost treasures -- the genre that William Van Horn once tongue-in-cheekedly described as "plunging into the jungle in search of the lost ruby." In the sense that these stories don't delve as deeply into what drives Scrooge as did "Poor Old Man" or "Back to the Klondike," then Barrier has a point; after all, Scrooge can be "fully realized for the first time" only once. But even Barrier had to admit that many of these "second-stage" offerings are "beautifully crafted." Given that Barks was still getting used to the whole idea of Scrooge playing an heroic role on a regular basis, that's certainly an admirable enough achievement.

** SPOILERS **

If Barrier doesn't have a full appreciation of Barks' craft during this period, then DUCKTALES sure as shootin' did. The 1980s animated TV series borrowed liberally from Barks' output during this time, producing direct adaptations of "The Lemming with the Locket" and "The Golden Fleecing" and swiping the conflict from "The Great Steamboat Race" to serve as a centerpiece of its ill-fated Scrooge biography, "Once Upon a Dime." And that may not be the end of the story. "Too Much of a Gold Thing," the climactic chapter of the DT pilot adventure "Treasure of the Golden Suns," may well have been influenced by this volume's cover story, "The Seven Cities of Cibola."

As great as the finest of these tales are, I do have to admit that this volume contains the first U$ feature story that I didn't much care for: "The Mysterious Stone Ray," aka "The Mysterious Unfinished Invention," aka "Leave Stranded and Petrified Beagle Boys Lie." It is poorly organized and relies on painfully contrived coincidence (the paranoid professor turning off the ray, which allows the Beagle Boys to come back to life and present a concluding menace). The use of the two unrelated "adventurettes" in U$ #11, "The Great Steamboat Race" and "Riches, Riches Everywhere," is just a bit irritating -- I'm sure that at least a few of Barks' loyal readers back in 1955 regarded the unprecedented double-dip as a "cheat" of sorts -- but at least those Barks tales are actually good.

Artistically speaking, Barks is still close to the top of his game here, though the effects of the notorious mid-50s "drawing paper switch" that stiffened up his art for a while can first be seen here (in U$ #11). The worst of these effects won't show up until the "tall Ducks" period of the late 50s, however. All things considered, Barks' initial adaptation to the switcheroo is quite adept. On the gag side, we see the initial one-page salvos in the "free cup of coffee wars" between Scrooge and the unfortunate diner owner who, however hard he tries, will never quite get the best of the resourceful miser.
best childhood memories 14 Dec. 2014
By bboydvaughn - Published on Amazon.com
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i read my father's scrooge comics in my childhood. i am absolutely thrilled to have collected this entire Donald/Scrooge library. i make sure to get each one as it comes out.
Scrooge! 24 Dec. 2014
By Marsha Holland - Published on Amazon.com
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Great volume! This particlar reprint contains several Scrooge gems, like "The Golden Fleecing." I am so happy these comics are available again.
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Fantagraphic Disney comic reprints 30 Nov. 2014
By Stephen B. Jontez - Published on Amazon.com
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Love these books - buying them all as they are released - they reprint the comic art of Carl Barks, Don Rosa and Floyd Gottfredson and I am a avid collector of their original comic art - these reprints are first class and well worth the price - should be in every collector's inventory. - SBJ
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