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Not Ponytails or Cottontails -- No, Duck Tales

The announcement of a new DuckTales cartoon is likely to send a cheer among those who grew up with the original Disney cartoon and its infectiously catchy theme song. Did you know the show has roots in some of the best comics Disney ever published? Richland Library has several hardcover collections of the original series by legendary cartoonist Carl Barks, whose work was a major inspiration for Osamu Tezuka, one of the minds behind the birth of manga and anime. While created ostensibly for kids, many elements from Barks' stories can be seen in modern forms, from the dream-robberies of the movie Inception to the discovery of methylene to the temple chase in Raiders of the Lost Ark to raising sunken ships using ping pong balls. That's a lot of influence for a family of ducks!

Check out the comics below, or relive the animated series on DVD. Also, a remake of the original Nintendo game is available for checkout for the Wii U and Xbox 360, featuring almost all of the original voice actors from the cartoon.

If that's not enough, be on the lookout for author/illustrator Don Rosa's excellent take on the ducks' legacy as his books are reprinted by Fantagraphics throughout 2015.


Amazon Says: The world's wealthiest duck is back for more thrills and laughs in the second installment of Disney's DUCKTALES. Scrooge McDuck may have an uncanny knack for making money, but more...
Amazon Says: The world's wealthiest duck is back for more thrills and laughs in the second installment of Disney's DUCKTALES. Scrooge McDuck may have an uncanny knack for making money, but he's in over his head trying to keep up with nephews Huey, Dewey and Louie. Along with their friends Launchpad McQuack, Gyro Gearloose, Mrs. Beakley and Webby Vanderquack, the DUCKTALES gang criscrosses the globe in a never-ending search for adventure. Whether battling otherworldly plant creatures, being mistaken for a super-spy or racing to find a lost treasure ship, Scrooge and the rest of the crew never lose sight of the fact that true friendship is the greatest fortune of them all. And see how it all begins with the five-part pilot episode "Treasure of the Golden Suns." Experience some of the most memorable DUCKTALES adventures ever made in this three-disc set. It's a wealth of fun and adventure that you and your family can bank on. less...
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Amazon Says: Return to Duckburg, USA with Scrooge McDuck and his smart-alecky nephews Huey, Dewey and Louie in this exciting three-disc set! This hilarious collection finds them on a journ more...
Amazon Says: Return to Duckburg, USA with Scrooge McDuck and his smart-alecky nephews Huey, Dewey and Louie in this exciting three-disc set! This hilarious collection finds them on a journey to an African jungle, stowed away on a secret aircraft carrier, and rocketing into space to search for a lost "Money Bin." But wherever their zany adventures take them, Uncle Scrooge and his crew, including the energetic pilot Launchpad McQuack, never forget that their greatest treasures are family and friendship! They may battle the Beagle Boys and tangle with Magica DeSpell, but when it comes to laughs, the DuckTales gang always comes out on top. Fans of all ages will love this collection of fine-feathered fun! less...
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Amazon Says: Bring home the adventure of a lifetime as Uncle Scrooge and a comical cast of characters star in DUCKTALES THE MOVIE: THE TREASURE OF THE LOST LAMP. Huey, Dewey, Louie and Web more...
Amazon Says: Bring home the adventure of a lifetime as Uncle Scrooge and a comical cast of characters star in DUCKTALES THE MOVIE: THE TREASURE OF THE LOST LAMP. Huey, Dewey, Louie and Webbigail Vanderquack accompany their wealthy uncle Scrooge McDuck on a trip to Egypt in search of the long-lost riches of Collie Baba's ancient pyramid. After an epic battle with Merlock the evil sorcerer over a magic lamp, Scrooge and his companions discover that friendship and family are far more valuable than even the most fantastic fortune. less...
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Amazon Says: Ring in the holidays with a new 30th Anniversary Special Edition of Mickey’s Christmas Carol on DVD plus Digital Copy. Disney’s timeless tale shines like never before with more...
Amazon Says: Ring in the holidays with a new 30th Anniversary Special Edition of Mickey’s Christmas Carol on DVD plus Digital Copy. Disney’s timeless tale shines like never before with fun, fully-restored classic holiday shorts. Make the season merry as Mickey, Goofy, Donald and all their pals star in a heartwarming retelling of Dickens’ unforgettable holiday tale. Ebenezer Scrooge (Scrooge McDuck) is far too greedy to understand that Christmas is a time for kindness and generosity. But with the guidance of some wise ghosts (Goofy and Jiminy Cricket) and a bunch of newfound friends, Scrooge learns to embrace the spirit of the season. Share this wonderful holiday treat with the whole family. less...
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Amazon Says: With this volume, The Complete Carl Barks Disney Library loops back to Barks's earlier days, collecting the entirety of Bark's (astounding) 1948 output. The title story, The O more...
Amazon Says: With this volume, The Complete Carl Barks Disney Library loops back to Barks's earlier days, collecting the entirety of Bark's (astounding) 1948 output. The title story, The Old Castle's Secret, is notable not just for being the first full-length 32-page adventure instigated by Scrooge McDuck (in his second-ever appearance), but for featuring some of Bark's spookiest, lushest settings in old Clan McDuck castle of Dismal Downs. The other long story, The Sheriff of Bullet Valley, plunks Donald and the nephews in the Wild West, with Donald as an overconfident deputy having to deal with some high-tech rustlers. The book also includes the less-known In Darkest Africa, originally published in a giveaway and unreleased for decades. This volume also features an even 10 of Bark's dynamic Walt Disney's Comics and Stories 10-pagers, including Wintertime Wager (the first appearance of a not-yet-lucky-but-still-obnoxious Gladstone Gander); Spoil the Rod (in which the exquisitely named educational professor Pulpheart Clabberhead is brought in to help tame the nephews); Rocket Race to the Moon (a rare full-on adventure interplanetary, no less in the short form); Gladstone Returns and Links Highjinks (two more Gladstone yarns); and five more stories... plus a half-dozen hilarious one-page gags. Of course, once again all the stories have been shot from crisp originals, then re-colored (and printed) to match, for the first time since their original release over 60 years ago, the colorful yet soft hues of the originals and of course the book is rounded off with essays about Barks, the Ducks, and these specific stories by Barks experts from all over the world. less...
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Amazon Says: Uncle Scrooge classics for all ages!Since Fantagraphics’ first release in this series focused on Donald Duck, it is only right that the second focus on Carl Barks’s other more...
Amazon Says: Uncle Scrooge classics for all ages!Since Fantagraphics’ first release in this series focused on Donald Duck, it is only right that the second focus on Carl Barks’s other great protagonist, and his greatest creation: The miserly, excessively wealthy Scrooge McDuck, whose giant money bin, lucky dime, and constant wrangles with his nemeses the Beagle Boys are well-known to, and beloved by, young and old.This volume starts off with “Only a Poor Old Man,” the defining Scrooge yarn (in fact his first big starring story) in which Scrooge’s plan to hide his money in a lake goes terribly wrong. Two other long-form classics in this volume include “Tralla La La” (also known as “the bottlecap story,” in which Scrooge’s intrusion has terrible consequences for a money-less eden) and “Back to the Klondike” (Barks disciple Don Rosa’s favorite story, a crucial addition to Scrooge’s early history, and famous for a censored bar brawl that was restored in later editions). Each of these three stories is famous enough to have its own lengthy Wikipedia page.Also in this volume are the full-length “The Secret of Atlantis,” and over two dozen more shorter stories and one-page gags.Newly recolored in a version that combines the warm, friendly, slightly muted feeling of the beloved classic original comic books with state-of-the-art crispness and reproduction quality, the stories are joined by another volume’s worth of extensive “Liner Notes,” featuring fascinating behind-the-panels essays about the creation of the stories and analyses of their content from a world’s worth of Disney and Barks experts. Full color throughout less...
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Amazon Says: After serving a stint at the Walt Disney Studios, Carl Barks began drawing the comic-book adventures of Donald Duck in 1942. He alternated between longish, sprawling 20- or 30 more...
Amazon Says: After serving a stint at the Walt Disney Studios, Carl Barks began drawing the 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 shorter stories that usually revolved around crazily ingenious domestic squabbles between Donald and members of the Duckburg cast. Highlights include: • The title story, "Lost in the Andes" (Barks's own favorite). Donald and the nephews embark on an expedition to Peru to find where square eggs come from only to meet danger in a mysterious valley whose inhabitants all speak with a southern drawl, and where Huey, Dewey, and Louie save Unca' Donald's life by learning how to blow square bubbles! • Two stories co-starring the unbearably lucky Gladstone, including the epic "Race to the South Seas," as Donald and Gladstone try to win Uncle Scrooge's favor by being the first to rescue him from a desert island. • Two Christmas stories, including "The Golden Christmas Tree," one of Barks's most fantastic stories that pits him and the nephews against a witch who wants to destroy all the Christmas trees in the world. • In other stories, Donald plays a TV quiz show contestant and ends up encased in a giant barrel of gelatin, a truant officer who matches wits with his nephews, and a ranch hand who outwits cattle rustlers. less...
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Amazon Says: Scrooge McDuck is now such a fixture in the Disney universe that few remember Carl Barks had been writing and drawing Donald Duck stories for half a decade before he cooked up more...
Amazon Says: Scrooge McDuck is now such a fixture in the Disney universe that few remember Carl Barks had been writing and drawing Donald Duck stories for half a decade before he cooked up the miserly multiplujillionaire for what he thought would be a one-time Christmas yarn involving Donald, the nephews, Scrooge in a bearskin, and (inevitably) a couple of real bears. Christmas on Bear Mountain is one of Bark's funniest holiday stories and a true landmark in comics history, and offers a fascinating look at a rough-edged, genuinely nasty character whom Barks would soon soften... Scrooge aside, there's plenty of fun to be had in this volume. In Volcano Valley Donald and the Nephews end up stuck in Volcania, a south-of-the-border country inhabited by sombrero-wearing, siesta-addicted Volcanians. Other long-form adventures include the self-explanatory Adventure Down Under, as well as one of Bark's most atmospheric thrillers, the West Indies-based Ghost of the Grotto, which includes a lovely night-time sequence drawn in Bark's trademark silhouettes and a giantoctopus- vs.-hot-chili-peppers throwdown that climaxes in an explosive splash panel. The book is rounded off with seven of Bark's hilarious 10-pagers, and as with the previous volumes, Walt Disney's Donald Duck: Christmas on Bear Mountain has been scanned from crisp vintage art and meticulously colored to match the original printing's warm, simple hues, and features abundant critical and historical notes penned by some of duckdom's finest experts. We are also offering a boxed set that combines the newWalt Disney's Donald Duck: Christmas on Bear Mountain with the 2012 release Walt Disney's Donald Duck: A Christmas for Shacktown for a great Christmas-themed box set. less...
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Amazon Says: 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 peri more...
Amazon Says: 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. Full color less...
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