Upcoming…. Barks' Donald Duck… but not here.

Published On August 5, 2011 | By Richard Bruton | Comics

Coming in October, Fantagraphics are starting a brand new reprint series, in affordable yet beautiful hardcovers of Carl Barks’ absolutely classic Donald Duck comics. For a little background I’ll pass you over to Fantagraphics’ PR:

“Barks 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 various members of the Duckburg cast. Barks’s duck stories, famously enjoyed equally by both children and adults, are both evanescent celebrations of courage and perseverance and depictions of less commendable traits — greed, resentment, and one-upmanship.

Our initial volume begins when Barks had reached his peak — 1948-1950. 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!”

Fantagraphics have produced a promotional brochure for the new release, with a new cover design, and some nice recolouring by Rich Tommaso. Go to the Fantagraphics blog for more, but not before we share some pictures…. and scroll to the bottom for the bad news.

And the bad news:

“NOTE: BECAUSE OF OUR CONTRACT WITH THE LICENSOR THESE BOOKS CANNOT BE SOLD OUTSIDE OF THE UNITED STATES AND CANADA. IF YOU RESIDE ANYWHERE OTHER THAN THESE COUNTRIES PLEASE DO NOT TRY TO ORDER THEM FROM OUR WEBSITE; YOUR ORDER WILL NOT BE PROCESSED.”

No. No. No. No. Not fair. Not fair. Not fair. Although this sort of thing has happened before (Langridge’s Muppets from Boom, Lost Girls from Top Shelf, The Black Dossier from DC) and copies made it through, one way or another……

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About The Author

Richard Bruton
- Started in comics retail aged 16 at Nostalgia & Comics, Birmingham. Now located in Yorkshire, he's written for the Forbidden Planet International Blog since 2007. Specialising in UK Comics and All-Ages comics, Richard's day job in a primary school allowed him to build the best children's graphic novel library in the country.

3 Responses to Upcoming…. Barks' Donald Duck… but not here.

  1. Richie says:

    Amazon.com is your friend.
    Hopefully FB will clean up its act and fix this, if not now, for future Barks’ releases. I mean, the Mickey Mouse books don’t have this warning, so the problem must not lie with Disney…

    • Richard says:

      Ah, we don’t know why we can’t get it outside the US yet – but we’ll try and find out. And yes, there are various sources you’ll be able to get it from. But as a comic retailer, I’ll always, always encourage you to have a word with your friendly neighbourhood comic shop – you never know, they’ll possibly be able to get some in!
      It happened with The Black Dossier – a UK ban seemed to be completely ignored by UK shops and it was amazing how many had it in.
      So please, please, support your local comic shop!

  2. Reuben says:

    Fantagraphics say a similar thing about their Peanuts & Tardi collections, but I’ve never had any problem getting them. I usually order them from FPI, but they seem readily available in all comic shops (that order them at all of course).