Walt Disney's Donald Duck: The Secret Of Hondorica by Carl BarksWalt Disney's Donald Duck: The Secret Of Hondorica by Carl Barks

Walt Disney's Donald Duck: The Secret Of Hondorica

byCarl BarksBy (artist)Carl Barks

Hardcover | October 17, 2017

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When Uncle Scrooge loses some vital papers in a plane crash in the jungles of Hondorica, he sends Donald and his nephews to rescue them. But wily cousin Gladstone Gander gets wind of the expedition and decides to get there first - to claim the reward for himself! Then Donald becomes a sales agent for the Break & Bruise Insurance Co. and sells a policy to Uncle Scrooge. But Scrooge is determined to collect, so Donald has to become his bodyguard to protect him from harm. And when the Junior Woodchuck boys are challenged by the Chickadee Patrol girls to build a wilderness bridge, Donald's efforts to help put him in danger - and the boys have to choose between rescuing him and winning the contest.
Title:Walt Disney's Donald Duck: The Secret Of HondoricaFormat:HardcoverDimensions:200 pages, 10 × 7.2 × 0.8 inPublished:October 17, 2017Publisher:Fantagraphics BooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1683960459

ISBN - 13:9781683960454

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from A great series. 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