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Barks Remarks is a podcast exploring the adventure stories of Donald Duck/Uncle Scrooge comics legend Carl Barks, in chronological order.

My guest hosts and I discuss the stories, their cultural background, and how they hold up today. Continue Reading >>
Barks Remarks is a podcast exploring the adventure stories of Donald Duck/Uncle Scrooge comics legend Carl Barks, in chronological order.

My guest hosts and I discuss the stories, their cultural background, and how they hold up today. << Show Less
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42 - Tralla La Guest Host: Patrick Block
Listener, has the pace of being a modern, 1950s zillionaire got you down? On the verge of cracking up? Don't go off to live with the squirrels, instead give our episode about one of Barks' all-time greats, "Tralla La" a listen! This fan favorite, widely-known as "the bottlecap story," is Barks' amazing take on the old Shangri-La/Shambala legend, popularized in the book "Lost Horizon" and in Frank Capra's film adaptation. The story is an incredible work of art that ponders identity, wealth, assimilation, and provides one of Barks' most fascinating economics experiments.
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42 - Tralla La Guest Host: Patrick Block
Listener, has the pace of being a modern, 1950s zillionaire got you down? On the verge of cracking up? Don't go off to live with the squirrels, instead give our episode about one of Barks' all-time greats, "Tralla La" a listen! This fan favorite, widely-known as "the bottlecap story," is Barks' amazing take on the old Shangri-La/Shambala legend, popularized in the book "Lost Horizon" and in Frank Capra's film adaptation. The story is an incredible work of art that ponders identity, wealth, assimilation, and provides one of Barks' most fascinating economics experiments.
41 - the Secret of Atlantis Guest Host: Ryan Bailey
Hello listeners, join us for an underwater adventure that starts out rather innocuously. "Atlantis" features a great, twisty tale that starts with a squabble over a debt, advances to the world's greatest 2-D pie fight, and ultimately ends up with the discovery of the lost city of Atlantis! The story also includes notable first appearance of Scrooge McDuck's Worry Room and the Junior Woodchucks guidebook (here: book of knowledge).
40 - the Menehune Mystery Guest Hosts: Warren Harmon & Sara Santiago. Aloha listeners, we are up to Uncle Scrooge #4, and the Menehune Mystery, a real departure for Carl Barks. This is arguably the first story in the Scrooge line not concerned with establishing Scrooge's origin and mythos. The story is an excellent example of one of Barks' frequent story typologies: Scrooge hiding his money somewhere. That somewhere ends up being Hawai'i, in a sort of vacation gone wrong. Apart from the tropical location, the story is notable for being Barks' first major artistic collaboration with new wife Garé, who helped with the background work and suggested the idea, based on knowledge of the folklore of her previous home state. It features some great Beagle Boy antics, fascinating cultural information about Hawai'i, and one of Barks' sappiest endings!
Ten-Page Podcast: Brittle Mastery Jobs, featuring the Master Wrecker (1962), the Master Mover (1959), the Master Glasser (1959), & Spare That Hair (1963) Guest Hosts: Mikkel Hagen & Ruben Olsrud
Listeners, we are back with a second episode devoted to Donald's jobs; in this case the "Brittle Mastery" jobs, unusual jobs that Donald masters only to have things go catastrophically wrong, and usually having to flee the country! Listen to us highlight the excellent "the Master Wrecker" and then debate how well other stories fit the mold.
Ten-Page Podcast: Donald's Jobs, featuring Fireman Donald (1947), Sagmore Springs Hotel (1957), & the Milkman Story (1974) Guest Hosts: Patrick Block & Warren Harmon
Greetings, listeners! Carl Barks extracted a lot of comedic potential out of Donald's many jobs! In this episode, we'll cover 3 of his many, MANY professions: volunteer firefighter, hotel manager, and milkman, as well as delve briefly into his many other jobs. "Fireman Donald" is an all-time classic ten-pager, while "Sagmore Springs Hotel" is an essential Donald-in-charge story. "The Milkman Story" is a special case; an underexposed story that was originally taken off the publication schedule; it is little-read and has a unique tone, so be sure to track it down!
39 - the Horseradish Story Listeners, we are back, with our take on this classic Uncle Scrooge adventure which delves into a bad business detail made by Scrooge's ancestor. Beware of scoundrels bearing contracts with fine print and looking to collect creepy gold teeth! We discuss the ducks' efforts to find and deliver a load of ancient horseradish in this strikingly sarcastic and violent maritime tale!
Ten-Page Podcast: Pool Sharks (1951) & Other Summer Stories (Swimming Swindlers (1946) & Houseboat Holiday (1952)) Guest Host: Austin Kelly
Happy summer! In this episode we tackle three summer themed stories focused on summer break, swimming, and vacations! "Pool Sharks" from 1951 is the standout story: one of Barks' all-time greatest ten-pagers, in which Donald replaces his backyard garden with a swimming pool, before things go horribly awry. Then, in "Swimming Swindlers," an early Barks story from 1946, the nephews attempt to cheat Donald in a swimming contest, where things go horribly awry. Finally, in "Houseboat Holiday," Donald tries to keep the nephews out of trouble during their houseboat vacation, only to have things...well, you probably guessed it!
38 - Back to the Klondike Listeners, we finally get to release our highly anticipated episode covering one of Barks' all-time classic, "Back to the Klondike!" This story, from Four Color #456/Uncle Scrooge #2 is one of Barks' most legendary stories, dealing with Scrooge's memories of his time in the Klondike gold rush! The story is famous for many reasons, including the first and only appearance of Glittering Goldie, the Star of the North, the only girl who ever gave Scrooge "that faraway look" in his eyes. The story is almost as famous for the content of the pages that were originally censored - a huge brawl in the Blackjack Ballroom, among others! But then, if you're reading this summary, you almost certainly know this story front-to-back, so trek through the Chillcoot Pass, look for four rocks marking a square, and give it a listen as my guest hosts and I discuss this all-time classic!
37 - Trick or Treat Trick or Treat! Trick or Treat! Trick or Treat for Halloween! Listeners, if we have to have the song stuck in our head, so do you! Join us as we talk about this Barks oddity: a story with a provided concept, one based on a contemporaneous animated cartoon short (and subject to some editorial snipping). This story is a departure, but has the very memorable Witch Hazel as well as her broom, the delightful Beelzebub, and her wonderful pet ogre, say it with me: Smorgasbard, also known as Smorgie the Bad (!). So when ghosts and goblins by the score, ring the bell on your front door, better not be stingy or your nightmares will come true!
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