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    Carl Barks Walt Disney's Comics and Stories #165 Cover Original Art (Dell, 1954). Barks covers for the 1950s are just about impossible to acquire -- by one count, seven published originals from the 1950s are known to exist, plus a couple of alternative unpublished ones. Of course Barks was a prolific cover artist during that decade, but almost all of the original covers were destroyed by the publisher after the comics were printed.
    This is certainly a fine example of the artist's skill at characterization. Donald's expression is simply priceless as he sees his nephews race off. So many of us were the nephews' age when we first read this story, and now we sympathize more with Donald who just wants to read his paper in peace! And make no mistake: a lot of people bought this comic, as Comics and Stories was selling more than a million copies a month in those days.
    Note that Western Publishing did make slight changes when they printed this -- the bottom of Donald Duck's chair was moved up, and the shadows under the feet of Huey, Dewey, and Louie were eliminated such that they appeared to be walking briskly on the printed cover as opposed to running. Also the shadow under Donald's arm disappeared. Frankly we like the image better the way Barks drew it, but we also recall hearing that Western Publishing did not like shadows on their funny-animal covers in general.
    Margin notes indicate issue #167, however, the cover was used for #165. Ink over graphite on Bristol board with an image area of 11.25" x 16". Smudging outside the image area. Some pinholes just above Donald's head. Very Good condition.


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