Carl Barks Comic Book Art

SURVIVED ARTWORK

Survived Covers


Carl Barks drew some 256 covers for Western in the period 1948 - 1974. Only 21 of these original covers is known to have survived. In this section you will be able to see and read about the 21 covers.


WDC 96 - September 1948

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The cover was sold on Heritage Auction on August, 11 - 2006 for 29.875 $.

The alternative version for the original cover.

Spring 1948.

This is the earlist surviving comic book cover art by Barks.

The original cover which was published at the WDC 96 does not exist anymore but the alternative version exists.

Western Publishing accepted the published cover on martch4, 1948, so this art must also date bact to early 1948. The publisher asked Barks to redraw the cover and make Donald larger and eliminate the shadows.

Barks : ”I drew the cover twice because I didn`t get the proportions right the first time. I had the tub too high in the picture and needed more room to show the nephews and what he was doing”.

The art is the only surviving cover from the fourties. The other surviving pieces of art from that era are the 5ifth page from the Trade Rat story ( WDC 52 ) and the Silent Night story.

Unpublished artwork. The original artwork are in private collection.




WDC 133 - October 1951

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May 5, 1951

Published artwork

The original artwork are in private collection.



 

 

 


WDC 135 - Dec. 1951

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Oct. 5, 1951

Survived original artwork. Private collection - U.S.A.

The authentic story from the owner :

..>A good friend of mine (………) who owned a store in New York, bought it when it turned up in Poughkeepsie, NY. He was at a local comic book show, and a local fellow walked in with an armful of artwork..This was in the early 1990`ies. Poughkeepsie, of course, is where the Dell printer was located that printed all the Dell comics. The fellow who brought in the artwork`s grandfather was a printer there at Dell. He told that his grandfather watched all the art being printed there, and how everyone just tossed the art on the floor for people to walk on, or threw it out each day in waste bins after it was shot. One day, he grabbed a handful of art from the waste bin as he left work to take home to his kids. There were 8 duck covers in the lot of art. Four were non-Barks cover from this same period, and four were by Carl Barks. All from the end of year 1951 period. The four surviving covers by Carl Barks was : WDC 133, WDC 135, DDFC 356 and DDFC 367. When Carl many years later went to sign the WDC # 135 cover he commented directly to the page : “Oh..! – I never expected to see YOU again”..!




DDFC 367 - November/December 1951

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"A Christmas for Shacktown"

May 24, 1951.

Published artwork. The artwork was later ( 1995 ) colored by Carl Barks.

The original artwork are in private collection.




DDFC 356 - November 1951

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”Donald Duck in Rags To Riches”

May 24, 1951

Published artwork

The original artwork are located in Museum in Germany.




USFC 495 - March 1953

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The cover was sold on Heritage Auctions on November, 16 - 2011 for 10.157 $.

Alternative version. 

Rejected artwork finally published 45 years later as the cover for Uncle Scrooge # 312 in 1998.

The artwork has found it`s home in Denmark.





US # 07 - September 1954

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WDC # 165 - June 1954

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US # 20 - December 1957

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WDC 214 - July 1958

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The cover was sold on Heritage Auctions on August, 2 - 2007 for 18.522 $.

November 7, 1957.

Published artwork - In private collection.




FC 1140 - October/November 1960

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April 18, 1960.

Published artwork

The original artwork are in private collection.



 

 


FC 1239 - October 1961

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April, 8 - 1961

Survived published artwork. In private collection - Germany.




WDC 261 - June 1962

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April, 21 - 1961

Original survived artwork publish with some minor corrections.

In private collection.



 

 


WDC 260 - September 1961

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Alternative cover version. 




US39 - November 1962

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The cover was sold on Heritage Auctions on August, 11 - 2006 for 21.510 $.

Original cover artwork. Overlay in colors.




US43 - November 1962

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The cover was sold on Heritage Auctions on November, 22 - 2013 for 53.775 $.

Original cover - later handpainted by Barks in colors.




WDC 277 - October 1963

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The cover was first sold in 2004 from Galerie Laqua for 10.200 $.

The cover was sold again on Heritage Auctions on May, 18 - 2017 for 16.730 $.

The cover has found it`s home in Denmark.

 


April 4, 1963

Published artwork

The original artwork are in private collection.

Only survived comic art with Gladstone Gander.

 

 


Original artwork for WDC 277. Again the editors removed the shadows on the published cover. Try and see if you can find the missing shadows on the published cover comparing it to the original..


WDC 279 - December 1963

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The cover was sold on Heritage Auctions twice : First on November, 14 - 2008 for 3.107 $ and again on February, 19 - 2015 for 10.157 $.

July 1, 1963

Published artwork

The original artwork are in private collection.




US 47 - February 1964

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”Thrifty Spendthrift”

August 21, 1963.

Published artwork. The original artwork are in private collection.

Go to Matti Eronen`s study of missing shadows HERE

 


 

Original artwork for US-47. Just like all other cover art from the 1960`ies the editors removed the shadows that Barks had inked. We don`t know the purpose of this - but it seems to be a quite odd thing to do..! 

 


WDC 306 - March 1966

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August 26, 1965.

Published artwork

The original artwork are in private collection.




WDC 309 - June 1966

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January 2, 1966.

Published artwork

The original artwork are in private collection.




US 66 - November 1966

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”Heedless Horseman”

Published artwork

The original artwork are in private collection.




WDC 319 - September 1966

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Original artwork.

The cover was sold for 825 $ at Russ Cochran`s Comic Art Auction No. 1 in October 1980. It was sold again in 1989 for an unknown price.

The cover has found it`s home in Finland.


Original cover artwork for WDC # 319. According "The study of Shadows"  by Matti Eronen the editors removed the shadows for the published comic. ( See all the red circles ). It is, still to this day a mystery why the publisher house did so..! Western publishing house removed all shadows from covers from the 1960`ies.                             Go to Matti Eronen`s study of missing shadows HERE


WDC 321 - June 1967

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December 15, 1966.

Published artwork

The original artwork are in private collection.

 

 

 



WDC 405 - June 1974

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Published artwork

The only survived cover completely inked by Gare`Barks.

The original artwork are in private collection.