New book on Carl Barks's work tells of Scrooge McDuck and more

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Carl Barks and the Disney Comic Book:
Unmasking the Myth of Modernity
By Thomas Andrae
University Press of Mississippi
ISBN 1-57806-857-6, unjacketed cloth, $50.00
ISBN 1-57806-858-4, paper, $20.00
Book news for immediate release
The work of Scrooge McDuck creator Carl Barks told more than a Disney
Comic books have become highly priced collectors' items in a booming
nostalgia market. But Thomas Andrae argues that some comic artists have
merit beyond money.
"Comics are valued for more than sentimental reasons or monetary value,"
Andrae writes in Carl Barks and the Disney Comic Book: Unmasking the
Myth of Modernity (University Press of Mississippi). "They are now
celebrated as works of art, and an audience of aficionados has enshrined
a pantheon of artists as the medium's greatest auteurs. Chief among
these is Carl Barks."
Andrae's book, the first critical study of Barks's work in English, is
also the first book in the Great Comic Artists Series. From a cultural
studies perspective, the author analyzes all phases of Barks's career
from his work in animation to his postretirement years writing the
Junior Woodchucks stories.
For over twenty-five years, Disney artist Carl Barks (1901-2000) created
some of the most brilliant and funny stories in comic books. Gifted and
prolific, he was the author of over five hundred tales in the most
popular comic books of all time. Barks created the town of Duckburg and
a cast of characters that included Donald Duck's fabulously wealthy
Uncle Scrooge and many other memorable characters.
Andrae claims that Barks's work presents a vision strikingly different
from Disney's mainstream. Barks's tales offer a satire of Western
imperialism and America's obsession with wealth, success, consumerism,
and technological mastery. Although a talented visual artist, Barks was
also one of America's greatest storytellers and, Andrae contends, lifted
the comic book form to the level of great literature.
Thomas Andrae, an instructor in the cinema department of San Francisco
State University, is the senior editor and cofounder of Discourse:
Journal for Theoretical Studies in Media and Culture. He produced The
Duck Man, a feature-length documentary on Carl Barks, and was an editor
of the Carl Barks Library.
For more information contact Steven B. Yates, (601) 432-6205,
syates at . 
Read more about the book at
University Press of Mississippi
3825 Ridgewood Road
Jackson MS 39211-6492
Phone: (601) 432-6205
Fax: (601) 432-6217
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