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Disney comics: books, fanzines, clubs
An overview of books and fanzines about Disney comics
as well as clubs for fans and other fan activities around Disney
comics in the Real World (outside the computers).
Sources in English are mentioned first.
- Carl Barks and the Art of the Comic Book
- Michael Barrier's book on
Carl Barks is still the
book about him and includes an extensive index of Barks's
comic book works.
New York 1981.
ISBN 0-9607652-0-4 (Hardbound),
ISBN 0-9607652-1-2 (Paperback).
- An Informal Biography of Scrooge McDuck
- An account of Scrooge McDuck's life with facts
gathered from stories in Uncle Scrooge written by
Jack L. Chalker.
- How to Read Donald Duck:
Imperialist Ideology in the Disney Comics
- By Dorfman and Mattelart.
Review by Dana Gabbard in The Duckburg Times #8 (1980).
- Carl Barks' Surviving Comic Book Art
- By Matti Eronen.
That's the ones in English I know of. There are of course also
general Disney fanzines and general comics fanzines with occassional
items on Disney comics.
- The Barks Collector
- Published by Bear Mountain Enterprises, Box 616,
Victoria VA 23974.
Presently on hiatus, but some back issues or available.
[Which ones? At what cost?]
[The last issue I can find now is #42, but I think there's
at least one more which I have mislaid somewhere.
Which issue is the last one?]
Devoted to the works of Carl Barks.
John Garvin made several covers to TBC,
and he has made
them available on the web.
- The Duckburg Times
Published by Dana Gabbard, 3010 Wilshire Bl. #362,
Los Angeles CA 90010. Irregularly published, sample copy $3. Back
Emphasis on Disney comics with news, articles, interviews and reviews.
The latest issue is #24/25 with a focus on DuckTales. #26 will
include a profile on Italian artist Marco Rota,
an article by Ken Bausert titled
The World According to Carl
Barks and an installment of Andy Lendacky's series on Barks's
use of language, among other things.
Issue #27 will probably be a special issue devoted to the Carl Barks
- The Duck Hunter
- This is put out by one Patrick Hanifin.
His address is Pat Hanifin, 6500 N.W. 112th St., Oklahoma City,
OK 73162, USA.
The premier issue has 52 pages and contains an interview with
Don Rosa at a cost of $11.
The second issue (spring 1996) is described by John Lustig in
The third issue was to have featured Barks' 95th birthday party,
but Hanifin has decided not to do any more issues of it.
- Number 1 was published by Dan McIntyre in 1982(?).
I don't know if there were any more issues of it.
Interesting items in more general publications
- The Comics Journal
- A magazine of comics news and criticism with
its own web page.
- #73 (July 1982)
- has a feature on
Carl Barks by Dwight Decker.
Carl Barks and the Art of the Comic Book
- contains an interview with Floyd Gottfredson.
An ultra-rare sketchbook by Uncle Scrooge creator
- contains a long interview with Don Rosa.
An excerpt is available on the web.
- Comic Book Marketplace
- A monthly magazine about the Golden and Silver Age of comic books.
Items on Disney comics have been:
Ducks in Flux in #24 (politically correct Disney);
Collecting Junior Woodchucks by Michael Naiman in #27;
Big Little Barks in #28;
Disney's Ousted Ogre in #29;
Duckburg's Most Wanted in #31.
Issue #34 higlights Carl Barks and celebrates his
95th birthday with
Gyro's Gizmos by Michael Naiman,
The Golden Age of Carl Barks by Rob Jaiven, and more.
Contact Michael Naiman
for more information.
- #7 (June 1984) contains features on both
Carl Barks and Floyd Gottfredson.
German Donaldists are organized in
D.O.N.A.L.D. (Deutsche Organisation Nichtkommerzieller Anhänger
des Lauteren Donaldismus) since 1977.
They have their own pages
D.O.N.A.L.D. publishes a fanzine (Der Donaldist) which
started with issue #52 in 1985. (Following up on the earlier
Der Hamburger Donaldist #1--51, 1976--1985.)
The address for subscribing to Der Donaldist is:
Thorsten Bremer, Alter Ebsdorfer Weg 20, 35039 Margurg, Germany;
Price is EUR 16 for one year (four issues) for members
and EUR 18 for non-members.
The Sonderhefte (specials) have to
be subscribed to separately; inquire about conditions.
Books in German:
- Wer ist Carl Barks
by Gottfried Helnwein.
Published by NEFF Verlag, 1993.
- Disney von Innen :
Gespräche über das Imperium der Maus
by Klaus Strzyz and Andreas C. Knigge.
Published by Verlag Ullstein GmbH, 1988.
It's mostly about Disney comics but also about Disney animation
and contains interviews with
Carl Barks, Tony Strobl,
Jack Bradbury, Bob Foster,
Floyd Gottfredson, Paul Murry,
Art Babbitt, Ward Kimball,
Del Connell, Dave Smith,
Daan Jippes, Freddy Milton,
Marco Rota, Luciano Bottaro,
Giorgio Cavazzano, Volker Reiche,
Jan Gulbransson, Ulrich Schröder,
Erika Fuchs, and Hans von Storch.
- Das Erika-Fuchs-Buch : Disneys deutsche Übersetzerin von
Donald Duck und Micky Maus ; ein modernes Mosaik
by Klaus Bohn.
Published by Verlag Dreidreizehn, Lüneburg, 1996.
189 pp. : illustrated.
ISBN 3-929746-10-7 ; Price: DEM 29.80.
(The publisher' s address is: Dreidreizehn, Moorweg 49, D-21337
Phone: (Germany) 04131/ 52305; Fax: 04131/82251.)
- Die Ducks -- Psychogramm einer Sippe
by Grobian Gans.
- Das wahre Leben des Donald D.
by Martin S. Gans.
- Walt Disney's Dritte Welt", Berlin 1977.
Translation of How to Read Donald Duck.
- Carl Barks -- Die Biographie
Translation of Carl Barks and the Art of the Comic
Book by Barrier.
- Carl Barks: Dagobert und Donald Duck -- Welteroberung aus
Entenperspektive, Frankfurt am Main 1990.
By David Kunzle.
- DUCK 2000 Nr. 5 - Die große Donaldismus-Lesekunde
By Klaus Bohn. Hamburg 1990.
A Donaldistic Bibliographie.
- Der Bücherdonald - Die große Lesekunde des
Band I ("Sekundärliteratur") and II ("Register"),
New edition of DUCK 2000 Nr. 5 above.
- Carl Barks -- Werkverzeichnis der Comics.
By Johnny A. Grote. Stuttgart 1995.
Friday June 13, 1997, Italian newspaper
- Disney Index
by Alberto Becattini. Containing an extensive index of all
the Disney Dell comics. Even though some text is in Italian,
the main part of the book is quite readable even if you don't
know Italian. It's published in two volumes.
It's still available (May 1996) at 40,000 ITL per volume
from the publisher
Al Fumetto S.A.S.
Telephone: +39 55 717049 for those who speak Italian.
via Giovanni da Montorsoli, 55
I 50142 Firenze FI
- Introduzione a Paperino:
la fenomenologia sociale nei fumetti di Carl Barks
by Marovelli, Paolini and Saccomano.
Published in Florence, 1974.
- I personaggi della Banda Disney.
A catalogue for the exposition at Falconara Marittima (1993).
It contains a little on Gottfredson and Barks, and a lot on
Scarpa, Carpi, Cavazzano, etc., some interviews (with Gaudenzio
Capelli, former editor of Topolino, G. B. Carpi,
R. Santillo, R. Scarpa, etc.)
featured the 50th anniversary of Scrooge McDuck.
There was a cover by Marco Rota,
clearly inspired by a drawing by Don Rosa
(Scrooge in his dressing gown flipping a coin with old
photographs in the background of himself as a young lad and of his
parents); and an 11-page essay, the full reproduction of Rosa's
Duck Family tree, and much more.
Swedish Donaldists are organized in
NAFS(k) -- National Donaldist Society of Sweden (quack).
(The link is to their own pages.)
NAFS(k) publishes the fanzine NAFS(k)uriren for their
- Andeologien by Jon Gisle.
Translated from the Norwegian, and published by Runepres.
- Den gode tegner -- Om Carl Barks og Anders And
by Jakob Stegelmann.
There's a fanzine Carl Barks & Co.
I think there has also been a fanzine Dafinyt.
There is an organization DDF(R) = Dansk Donaldist-Forening (RAP).
See their webpages (in Danish)!
- Donaldismen -- en muntert-videnskabelig studie
over Donald Duck og hans verden
by Jon Gisle, Oslo 1973.
The book that coined the terms
Donaldist, and was very influential in Scandinavian
The first Donaldist fanzine was Donaldisten (= the
Donaldist). There were 20 issues published between 1973 and 1978,
then it went on hiatus for a while. The subscribers received
Duckmite instead, of which only one issue was published.
In 1981 another fanzine Duckburg started, published
by Henning Bødtker. [How many issues? When was the last one?]
Later [when?] Donaldisten was resumed.
Universitetets tegneserieforum (Utf),
which is a part of Norsk tegneserieforum (NTF),
has a Donaldist group, Donaldistene, that publishes
The latest issue of Donaldisten was #26, which also
was FanzineTegn #3/95.
It was published by NTF in collaboration with
Venner (GDV) with editor-in-chief Jan P. Krogh.
The address is Donaldistene, Westye Egebergsgt. 8c, 0172 OSLO, Norway.
is an association at the University of Oslo with a Donaldist section.
Realistforeningen has a page
(in Norwegian) on the net.
Another Norwegian fanzine was
Carl Barks and the old master's secret. [Details?]
Last updated February 25, 2004.
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