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    Carl Barks July Fourth in Duckburg Oil Painting Original Art (1976). This painting set a new auction record for a piece of comic artwork when it was sold on July 4, 1976, for the then-staggering sum of $6,400. It remains one of the most desirable Barks works by virtue of being the only 1970s Barks painting with the complete cast of Duckburg characters, from Uncle Scrooge down to Cornelius Coot!
    Of Barks' 122 1970s oil paintings, just seven were in the oversized 18 x 24" format, with this being the last of the bunch (the others were "Vacation Panel," two versions of "Flying Dutchman," "Menace Out of the Myths," "Halloween in Duckburg," and "Snow Fun").
    As reported in on page 290 of The Fine Art of Walt Disney's Donald Duck (color plates 103 and 104), in 1976 Carl Barks wrote a commentary on his "bicentennial" painting as follows: "In a salute to the millions of reader people who made Duckburg possible, the artist has squeezed a few unprovable likenesses of non-animal folk into the spectator sections of the painting."
    The following is a list of the fans pictured, with Barks' descriptions when he provided them:
    Left side, top row:
    - Donald Ault ("...the Berkeley professor who first made study of duck comics part of a university's curriculum");
    - Bruce Hamilton, the future Another Rainbow/Gladstone publisher (wearing cowboy hat);
    - Michael Barrier ("the former Arkansas political writer who compiled the first bibliography of Duckburg folks' many tales");
    - conventioneer Don Phelps;
    - publisher/auctioneer Russ Cochran ("the Missouri entrepreneur whose sales catalog of original art has spread knowledge of duck oils and drawings to America's uttermost boondocks") and Cochran's son Vance (holding Donald Duck toy).
    Left, foreground:
    - Barbara Boatner ("the Boston photographer-writer who got the first lengthy article about the ducks into a national publication").
    Right side, top row:
    - Art dealer Tony Dispoto;
    - Jerry Osborne ("the disk jockey who owns the largest collection of Disney duck oil paintings");
    - collector Glenn Bray ("the Californian who bought the first oil painting of Donald and the nephews").
    Right side, bottom row:
    - Bookseller/distributor Bud Plant (note: shown with black hair here, as Barks hadn't yet met the fair-haired Plant and was working from photographs)
    - collector/comic store owner Burrel Rowe
    - Robert M. Overstreet ("the Tennessean, who with assistants such as the tall Arizonan [Hamilton], publishes a Price Guide that is the Dow-Jones of comic book collecting").
    As for the Duckburg denizens, the well-known likes of Donald Duck, Uncle Scrooge, Pluto, and the Beagle Boys are joined by Magica DeSpell, Gyro Gearloose, and Bombie the Zombie to name just a few. The true Duckburg enthusiast will also spot Gladstone Gander (drummer on the left), Gus Goose and Grandma Duck (sitting on float), Cornelius Coot (the huge statue in the background), Glittering Goldie (above the word Exchange at upper left), Flintheart Glomgold (at upper right, waving a Scottish flag on the Fourth of July), and others we may have missed!
    This was the last painting to sell at auction before Disney withdrew its original permission for Barks to do the paintings (the permission was not reinstated until the 1980s).
    Fandom at large saw the painting for the first time when it was pictured in The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide #7 (1977). This oil on board painting has been indexed by Barks scholars as painting #119L (Barks identification number 3-76). The image area of this piece measures 24" x 18", and it has been framed to an overall size of 33" x 27". The art is in Excellent condition. Signed by Carl Barks at the lower left. From the Kerby Confer Collection.

    More information about Carl Barks, also known as Barks, Carl, Carl Barks.

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    February, 2011
    24th-25th Thursday-Friday
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