DescriptionCarl Barks Uncle Scrooge #43 Hand-Painted Cover Original Art (Gold Key, 1963). Here's something we've never seen before, and are not likely to ever see again. If you thought you had seen all the Carl Barks Disney Duck paintings, guess again! In 1963, a Western Publishing executive, wanting a color piece to hang on his office wall, made a special request of Carl for an original Uncle Scrooge painting. Keep in mind this was years before Barks was granted permission by Disney to reproduce his earlier comic book work as fine art paintings, so he did the best thing he could at the time -- he took his original inked cover art for a then-recent issue, featuring a clever image of Scrooge tossing cash as if he was preparing a salad, and painted in background and details using a combination of oil paints and watercolors. The result is, as far as we can tell, the very first Uncle Scrooge painting; it's also one of the few remaining examples of original cover art by Barks still in existence (Western was notorious for trashing old artwork after it was photographed for reproduction).
The art is on Bristol board measuring approximately 10.5" x 12". It had at one time been glued to a backing piece of illustration board, which was recently removed using archival methods and materials. The dark green background oil paint has very slightly buckled the Bristol, leaving a small crease to the right of Scrooge's chef's hat, but in no way is this distracting to the image; when professionally framed, it will be a non-issue. There is also a bit of sticky residue left on the reverse, which could also be taken care of when framed.
For some lucky Barks fan, this historic and practically never-before seen painting will be the centerpiece of a first-class collection!
Barks, Carl:Carl Barks (American, 1901-2000): For the Disney Duck-loving world, it was Carl Barks who exploited the globe-trotting adventures of the Disney Ducks to their fullest, with nearly 500 stories to his credit. His colorful cast of creations includes Scrooge McDuck, Gladstone Gander, Gyro Gearloose , the Junior Woodchucks, the Beagle Boys, Magica De Spell, and Flintheart Glomgold. After Barks eased into his retirement from his heavy workload at Western Publishing, he supplemented his income with oil paintings sold at local art shows. Early subjects included humorous scenes of life on the farm and portraits of Native American princesses. After a few comic book fan/detectives discovered that Barks was the "Good Duck Artist," they commissioned Disney Duck scenes based on Barks' most memorable stories. The popularity and value of these paintings has grown enormously ever since. In 2000, the beloved "Good Duck Artist" died at age 99, only a few months shy of his 100th birthday. .
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