Walt Disney's Donald Duck: Lost In The Andes by Carl BarksWalt Disney's Donald Duck: Lost In The Andes by Carl Barks

Walt Disney's Donald Duck: Lost In The Andes

byCarl BarksEditorGary GrothBy (artist)Carl Barks

Hardcover | August 13, 2013

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After serving a stint at the Walt Disney Studios, Carl Barks began drawingthe comic-book adventures of Donald Duck in 1942. He alternated between longish,sprawling 20- or 30-page adventure yarns filled with the romance of danger,courage, and derring-do, whose exotic locales spanned the globe, and shorterstories that usually revolved around crazily ingenious domestic squabblesbetween Donald and members of the Duckburg cast. Highlights include:
•The title story, "Lost in the Andes" (Barks's own favorite). Donald and thenephews embark on an expedition to Peru to find where square eggs come from onlyto meet danger in a mysterious valley whose inhabitants all speak with asouthern drawl, and where Huey, Dewey, and Louie save Unca' Donald's life bylearning how to blow square bubbles!
• Two stories co-starring theunbearably lucky Gladstone, including the epic "Race to the South Seas," asDonald and Gladstone try to win Uncle Scrooge's favor by being the first torescue him from a desert island.
• Two Christmas stories, including"The Golden Christmas Tree," one of Barks's most fantastic stories that pits himand the nephews against a witch who wants to destroy all the Christmas trees inthe world.
• In other stories, Donald plays a TV quiz show contestantand ends up encased in a giant barrel of gelatin, a truant officer who matcheswits with his nephews, and a ranch hand who outwits cattle rustlers.
Title:Walt Disney's Donald Duck: Lost In The AndesFormat:HardcoverDimensions:240 pages, 10 × 7.5 × 0.9 inPublished:August 13, 2013Publisher:Fantagraphics BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1606994743

ISBN - 13:9781606994740

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from BUY THIS FIRST! Below is a review of the series as a whole. But this is the first of the series (they are being published "out of order to get people into the series) because this is Barks at his height, inventive, funny and well developed, "Andes" is said to be Barks' own favourite story and the other stories in this set high bar for the rest of the series (one which even Barks struggles at times to meet). If you are looking for an introduction to Donald Duck or Barks, or just want a nice volume of some of his best, this is the one to get. Fantagraphics' Carl Barks Library (aka Walt Disney's Donald Duck and Walt Disney's Uncle Scrooge volumes 1 to ∞) is a GREAT addition to the non-billionaire comics enthusiast's library> However, it does seem to have a bit of an identity crisis. Let's get this out of the way, people have quibbled about the colourization of this series, but a decision had to be made. The choice was between a pure recreation of the garishly bright colours of the original art and the dull and now discoloured pages of the printed versions. Fantagraphics decided to chose neither and compromise. THIS WAS THE RIGHT CALL! The brash colours of the original were, in part, an overcompensation for the dull, low-grade printing and cheap pulp of the time, and no one (nobody) thought that the low grade paper, ink and printing of 1950s comics was ideal. So something in-between makes sense - it is an approximation of the artists' original intent. Where this series goes a little wrong is in it's organization and choice of extras. The "extras", such as they are, are relatively dry, scholarly essays by experts in the comics, literary and cultural criticism fields. This is great for the hard-core comics reader but is on the boring side for a popular audience. Given the wealth of information that Fantagraphics included in the Gottfriedson set (aka Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse volumes 1-14) surely there is enough Barks and/or contemporary/relevant material for Barks and Donald (who was for most of this run, Disney's biggest star) to give a good showing in the Barks books too - even if it caused the set to be another volume or two larger (or Walt forbid caused the set to lose some of the comics for which Barks had little to no involvement in - or made these an appendix edition). This would make these even more rewarding for both the casual fan and the hardcore enthusiast. On the other hand, Fantagraphics has decided to arrange the comics within the volumes not by publishing date, which make sense both from a scholarly perspective and from a strictly logical one since the volumes are by publishing date, but by size (shorts together, then 10 pagers then long adventures) or, depending on the volume, "theme". A scholarly set (like this aspires to be - it is after all printing ALL of Barks' Ducks - even his lesser stories and those which he only had partial involvement in) should at the very least stick to a system, of not a strictly chronological one. In the end, this is about the comics, and there are few that are (as a set) better than these. Barks was a fine comics artist with a great eye for detail and an even better writer when he was on form. If you like comics, you should read these, if you like Disney or Donald Duck you NEED to read these, and if you do, you will love them.
Date published: 2018-05-11