Barks's "new" Daisy (DCML digest, Vol 1 #566)
Daniel van Eijmeren
dve at kabelfoon.nl
Mon Jun 30 18:17:37 CEST 2003
HALSTEN AASTEBOL to MARCO BARLOTTI, 12-06-2001:
>> The story W WDC 308-06 "The Beauty Business" ends with Donald
>> "creating" whith his beauty business a new Daisy. As a sort of
>> continuity, Daisy keeps the same look in the last stories written
>> and drawn by Barks in which she appears:
>> W WDC 312-01 "The Not-so-ancient Mariner" and W US 68-02 "Hall of
>> the Mermaid Queen". Maybe Barks wanted to leave us with a "modern"
>> Daisy, who knows?
> I've read somewhere that the editors wanted Barks to modernize Daisy
> and include her as title character in order to appeal to girls of the
> late 1960s. This was one of the efforts to try stop the drop in sales
> figures, thinking that if they could get just as many girls as boys
> to buy Disney comics they would sell a lot more. Of course it was a
> fiasco. Even more boys stopped buying them, and no girls started. At
> least this is what I think about this particular question. It would
> take a lot more than a simple (and silly) shift like this to reverse
> the general trend of dropping sales figures for American Disney comics
> in the sixties.
Halsten, your information sounds very interesting.
Do you (or others) remember the exact origin of this information?
And do you (or others) know more information about this subject?
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