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2013 Eisner Award Nominee: Best Archival Collection/Project — Comic Books
Since Fantagraphics’ first release in this series focused on Donald Duck, it
is only right that the second focus on Carl Barks’s other great protagonist, and
his greatest creation: The miserly, excessively wealthy Scrooge McDuck, whose
giant money bin, lucky dime, and constant wrangles with his nemeses the
Beagle Boys are well-known to, and beloved by, young and old.
This volume starts off with “Only a Poor Old Man,” the defining Scrooge yarn
(in fact his first big starring story) in which Scrooge’s plan to hide his money in
a lake goes terribly wrong. Two other long-form classics in this volume include
“Tralla La La” (also known as “the bottlecap story,” in which Scrooge’s intrusion
has terrible consequences for a money-less eden) and “Back to the Klondike”
(Barks disciple Don Rosa’s favorite story, a crucial addition to Scrooge’s early history, and famous for a censored bar brawl
that was restored in later editions). Each of these three stories is famous enough to have its own lengthy Wikipedia page.
Also in this volume are the full-length “The Secret of Atlantis,” and over two dozen more shorter stories and one-page
Newly recolored in a version that combines the warm, friendly, slightly muted feeling of the beloved classic original
comic books with state-of-the-art crispness and reproduction quality, the stories are joined by another volume’s worth of
extensive “Liner Notes,” featuring fascinating behind-the-panels essays about the creation of the stories and analyses of
their content from a world’s worth of Disney and Barks experts.
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