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  • Hardcover: 234 pages
  • Publisher: Fantagraphics Books; 01 edition (29 Oct. 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 (3 customer reviews)
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Carl Barks... was probably the best artist and writer working in the entire field of comics. ... Ingenious, clever, and funny, the Barks Duck Books... are as readable and immediate to me as an adult as they were when I first discovered them as a child.--Jeff Smith (Bone, RASL)

[Carl Barks's] richest characterization is that of a mallard he created from whole cloth: Donald s skinflint uncle, Scrooge McDuck, a proudly self-made gazillionaire whose avarice is offset by his bravery and sense of honor. Barks flair for combining humor with thrills is unmatched, as are his clear, expressive cartooning and his command of visual storytelling. The full-color restoration of the artwork and the useful historical notes give Barks consummate work the deluxe presentation it richly deserves.--Gordon Flagg"

Barks is considered to be one of the all time comics greats and his greatest creation, Scrooge McDuck, is his lasting legacy. Fantagraphics has been lovingly reprinting Banks' classic Uncle Scrooge comics into beautifully designed and recolored hardcover collections.--Rich Barrett"

I ll never experience these tales from a child s perspective -- but there is no question of their quality from my point of view as an adult.--Jerry Beck"

Let me be perfectly clear: The Don Rosa & Carl Barks Duck books are as good as comics get. Period. Nothing surpasses -- only matches -- the pure imagination, humor, adventure, and heart of these Donald Duck Uncle Scrooge stories.--Vince Ostrowski


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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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Disney on his best with the GREAT Carl Barks
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Very good edition indeed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Uncle Scrooge Would Love This Collection Because It's Pure Gold 31 Oct. 2014
By David Swan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Uncle Scrooge is one of the all-time great comic creations. A miserly duck with endless money has limitless potential for humor and Carl Barks never fails to capitalize. Volume 14 contains Uncle Scrooge stories beginning with September 1954. The book hits the ground running starting off with the title story, “The Seven Cities of Cibola”. George Lucas has admitted that this story was the inspiration for the opening scene in “Raiders of the Lost Ark” where Indian Jones triggers a rolling stone by removing an idol. I also assume this story was the foundation for the opening tale in the 1987 series Duck Tales where Uncle Scrooge and his nephews find a massive city of gold and treasures. It’s a great story but I had to laugh and groan at the ending. Back in the day writers used to use the tired old trope of a bonk on the head causing loss of memory. In a hilarious bit of plot convenience all five members of the Duck family plus the Beagle Boys get hit by flying debris, as Cibola collapses, causing them all to forget its existence. This is to explain why they didn’t simply dig it back up. I’ll give Barks the benefit of the doubt and assume he wrote it to be humorous rather than lazy.

If you’re reading this review then I assume you are at least mildly interested in Disney comics and if you are this purchase is a no brainer. I can only assume this is the finest presentation this material has ever received and the price is great for what you get. For completionists this is perfect because eventually Fantagraphics will be producing every single Donald Duck/Uncle Scrooge story ever produced by Carl Barks. That will be a massive amount of material but given Carl Barks consistency at producing high quality it’s worth it. That is if you have the storage space for it all. The only thing I can imagine that might irk purists is that the images are significantly cleaned up from how they appeared in the comic books. As far as I’m concerned I much prefer seeing the images as the artist intended not as they appeared limited by printing technologies and budgets from 1954. I think it would be the rare reader who would be disappointed with this series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 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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5.0 out of 5 stars "Only a Poor Old Man" -- to the highest heavens but then ... 29 Dec. 2014
By Christopher Barat - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
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.
5.0 out of 5 stars Lemmings and Harpies 1 Feb. 2016
By A123 - Published on Amazon.com
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This is one of the series of old Bark's stories. I especially enjoyed the lemming story with the cheese loving little hemming. It has been about 20 years since I read that story before. It shows that Barks never visited Norway and he thought that everyone dresses in their national costumes :)
The other great story is of the Harpies. Barks had to change the name of the Harpies to Larkies due to the request of the publisher. The sleepy dragon with the golden fleece was a great addition to the plot. It is unbelievable how Barks had so good plot ideas whereas the current writers now seem to copy his characters and plots.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another very good volume 27 Nov. 2014
By Michael 'De Smurführer' Thomsen - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This is the 7th published volume of this series. It will be the 14th volume of the completed 30 volume series. It is the 2th volume to feature primarily Uncle Scrooge stories, although all volumes published so far have included SOME Scrooge-related material. According to Fantagraphics (writing on their Facebook page) there will most likely only be 4 Scrooge volumes in the entire series.

This series is still going strong. Fans of Scrooge will love this volume. Some fans of the darker satirical ten page Donald stories will possibly feel that it's not QUITE absolute peak-material this far into the game (ie volume 14, but quite a few peak volumes still haven't been published), although it's very close. 4-and-a-half stars from me (yes, I do prefer the Donald material).
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