Scrooge McDuck is now such a fixture inthe Disney universe that fewremember Carl Barks had been writing anddrawing Donald Duck storiesfor half a decade before he cooked upthe miserly multiplujillionaire — forwhat he thought would be a one-timeChristmas yarn involving Donald,the nephews, Scrooge in a bearskin, and(inevitably) a couple of real bears.“Christmas on Bear Mountain” is one ofBarks’s funniest holiday stories anda true landmark in comics history, andoffers a fascinating look at a rough-edged,genuinely nasty character whom Barkswould soon soften...Scrooge aside, there’s plenty of fun tobe had in this volume. In “Volcano Valley” Donald and the Nephews endup stuck in Volcania, asouth-of-the-border country inhabited by sombrero-wearing, siesta-addictedVolcanians.Other long-form adventures include theself-explanatory “Adventure Down Under,” as well as one of Barks’s mostatmospheric thrillers, the WestIndies-based “Ghost of the Grotto,” which includes a lovely night-time sequencedrawnin Barks’s trademark silhouettes and agiantoctopus-vs.-hot-chili-peppers throwdown thatclimaxes in an explosive splash panel.The book is rounded off with seven ofBarks’shilarious 10-pagers, and as with thepreviousvolumes, Walt Disney’s Donald Duck: Christmason BearMountain has been scanned from crispvintage art and meticulously colored tomatchthe original printing’s warm, simplehues, andfeatures abundant critical andhistorical notespenned by some of duckdom’s finest experts.We are also offering a boxed set thatcombines the newWalt Disney’s Donald Duck:Christmas onBear Mountain with the 2012release Walt Disney’s Donald Duck: A Christmasfor Shacktown for a great Christmas-themedbox set (see following page).
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