Collects further Carl Barks Uncle Scrooge/Donald Duck stories — including the one that inspired Raiders of the Lost Ark.
Uncle Scrooge takes Donald and the nephews on a perilous trek in search of the fabled seven cities of gold! This is the Scrooge story famous for providing Steven Spielberg and George Lucas with inspiration for parts of Raiders of the Lost Ark. Speaking of gold and movies, James Bond fans might recognize in “The Mysterious Stone Ray” a gimmick that was later used in Goldfinger — Uncle Scrooge’s pores fill with gold dust from his money bin. It makes him ill so he goes on vacation, which turns into a rescue mission for a sailor stranded on an island with some very mysterious baddies. Also, Scrooge decides to run for Treasurer of Duckburg, but it seems the only way to get votes is to spend a lot of money. (Sound familiar?) And you know what Uncle Scrooge thinks of that! Carl Barks delivers another superb collection of clever plot twists, laughout- loud comedy, and all-around cartooning brilliance.
About the Author
Carl Barks (1901-2000, b. Merrill, Oregon; d. Grants Pass, Oregon), one of the most brilliant cartoonists of the 20th century, entertained millions around the world with his timeless tales of Donald Duck and Barks’s most famous character creation, Uncle Scrooge. Over the course of his career, he wrote and drew more than 500 comics stories totaling more than 6,000 pages, most anonymously. He achieved international acclaim only after he semi-retired in 1968. Among many other honors, Barks was one of the three initial inductees into the Will Eisner Comic Awards Hall of Fame in 1987. (The other two were Jack Kirby and Will Eisner.) In 1991, Barks became the first Disney comic book artist to be recognized as a “Disney Legend,” a special award created by Disney “to acknowledge and honor the many individuals whose imagination, talents, and dreams have created the Disney magic.” He has been similarly honored in many other countries around the world.
[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 - Booklist
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) - Mental Floss
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 - Cartoon Research
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 - Mental Floss
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 - Multiversity Comics