Carl Barks: Conversations

Carl Barks: ConversationsDonald Ault

University Press of Mississippi, 2003
ISBN: 1578065011

Carl Barks (1901–2000) was the creator of one of Walt Disney’s most famous characters, Scrooge McDuck. He produced work of such exceptional quality that he was accorded the greatest autonomy of any Disney artist and was the only comic book artist ever to receive a Disney Legends award. Although the images he created are known virtually everywhere, he was an isolated storyteller, living reclusively in the desert of California and preferring to labor without public fanfare during most of his career. His influence, however, on such filmmakers as George Lucas and Steven Spielberg and on such artists as Gottfried Helnwein has extended Barks’s significance far beyond the boundaries of comics. After his death at the age of ninety-nine, Roy Disney praised him for his “brilliant artistic vision.”

Carl Barks: Conversations, the only comprehensive collection of Barks’s interviews, reveals previously unknown information about the life, times, and opinions of one of the master storytellers of the twentieth century. His work is ranked among the most widely circulated, best-loved, and most influential of all comic book art.

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