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Ranked #1 on Paste magazine's "The Top 10 Best Comic-Book Collections and Reissues of 2012"
The third volume of Fantagraphics’ reprinting of Carl Barks’s classic Donald
Duck and Uncle Scrooge work, like the previous volume Uncle Scrooge: Only a Poor Old
Man, focuses on the early 1950s, universally considered one of Barks’s very peak
Originally published in 1951, "A Christmas for Shacktown" is one of Barks's
masterpieces: A rare 32-pager that stays within the confines of Duckburg, featuring
a storyline in which the Duck family works hard to raise money to throw
a Christmas party for the poor children of the city’s slums (depicted by Barks with surprisingly Dickensian grittiness),
and climaxing in one of the most memorable images Barks ever created, the terrifying bottomless pit that swallows up
all of Scrooge's money.
But there's lots more gold to be found in this volume (literally), which features both the "The Golden Helmet" (a
quest off the coast of Labrador for a relic that might grant the finder ownership of America, reducing more than one
cast member to a state of Gollum-like covetousness) while "The Gilded Man" features a hunt for a rare stamp in South
America — two more of Barks's thrilling full-length adventure stories.
But that's less than half the volume! This volume also features ten of Barks's smart and funny 10-pagers, including a
double whammy of yarns co-starring Donald's insufferable cousin ("Gladstone’s Usual Very Good Year" and "Gladstone’s
Terrible Secret"), as well as another nine of Barks's rarely seen one-page Duck gags… all painstakingly recolored to match
the original coloring as exactly as possible, and supplemented with an extensive series of notes and behind-the-scenes
essays by the foremost Duck experts in the world.
Praise for Walt Disney's Donald Duck: Lost in the Andes:
Ranked #1 on The A.V. Club's Best Comics of 2011: Graphic Novels & Art Comics – Archival Collections
Ranked #1 on The Ten Best Reissues/Collections of 2011 by Paste
"One of comics revered masters gets a fresh new reprinting worthy of his work and accessible to kids.... This volume finds [Barks] at a creative peak, combining the bold adventuring of Tintin with the wisely cynical view of human weakness of John Stanley.... Despite the dark undertones, the comic expressions and dialogue is still laugh-out-loud funny. A wonderful project that should put Barks’s name in front of new generations of admirers." – Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)
"Barks' duck stories have been reprinted several times over the years, in different formats of varying quality. Now, Fantagraphics has published the first volume of its new series of hardcover reprints, and there's much to be heartened by.... Even the silliest premise, when executed by an artist in perfect control of his gifts, can land with deftness and grace — that's something that strikes you again and again as you read Barks' work. And it's a lesson that won't get lost on any kid with whom you might choose to share it, which is convenient, as this collection makes a perfect introduction to one of the greatest all-ages comics artists of all time." – Glen Weldon, NPR - Monkey See
"Even now, Barks’ stories are clever and funny, as he leads the ducks into impossible situations and then gives them unexpected ways out. And they’re poignant in their own way, too.... What’s impressive about Fantagraphics’ Lost in the Andes is that it encourages both a fannish and an intellectual approach to the material." – Noel Murray, The A.V. Club
"Barks, the artist, is a master cartoonist, drawing lively, expressive characters with a graceful sense of movement. His beautiful, detailed backgrounds plant the ducks in a fully realized world that adds weight to his storytelling.... But besides the entertaining plots, Barks’ appeal is in his characters. He gives his ducks many human frailties and while they usually try to do the right thing, they make mistakes, get angry, frustrated, and even fail. Fantagraphics Books... does its usual high quality work here as well. The design and layout of the book is a handy comic-book size hardcover with bright, colorful reproductions of the comics. Besides the comics, there are articles on Barks and analysis on each story... For both newcomers to Barks' work and diehard fans, this is a book that any comic book reader would love..." – Rich Clabaugh, The Christian Science Monitor