Another Barks Reminiscence
rnjmvc at hotmail.com
Sun Mar 18 02:02:51 CET 2018
I loved the reminiscence about Barks by Lynne Burrett. Here is my contribution.
As Carl lay dying in 2000, I e-mailed him the following homage taken from a biography I had just written as part of an adoption process.
Despite my love of sports (which I shared with my brother but not my parents) I also loved to read — anything — science books, adventure stories, science fiction, historical novels, biographies and comic books. My mother was horrified at my love of comic books, but really couldn’t object because I was such a voracious reader of everything. My father actually liked to read comic books as well. My favorites were not Superman and Batman like most other kids. I found these comics infantile. I loved Donald Duck and Uncle Scrooge and I collect these comics to this day. Perhaps my single fondest memory from childhood is when Grandma would visit and dispense to my brother and I a neat little pile of change (always exactly the same amount for each of us) carefully wrapped in tissue paper. If I remember correctly the amount was about $ 1.
I would take 15 ¢ down to the corner store buy a bottle of ‘pop’ (soda) for a nickel, pay an additional 2 ¢ deposit. And while drinking my pop, I would peruse the comic shelves always looking for a new Walt Disney’s Comics & Stories, Donald Duck or Uncle Scrooge. If I found one I would be in heaven. I would drink my soda, reclaim my 2¢ deposit and take the dime I now had and buy that comic. The only thing that was better when there was two new Donald Duck or Uncle Scrooge comics, I would buy one immediately, rush home, beg my mother to allow me to spend another dime of Grandma’s money (she almost always said OK after 5 minutes of unrelenting begging), and I would rush back to the store to get the second comic. This was double heaven. Remember that in those days $ 2 would buy me 10 sodas and 15 comics!
Later I realized that best stories by far were all by the same artist/writer. Much later I learned that person was Carl Barks.
Thank you Mr. Barks for providing me the very best moments of a very happy childhood.
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