While at Disney, cartoonist Carl Barks was no quack, although his characters were. Called “Duck Man” by many, Carl’s name is synonymous with Disney ducks, to whom he dedicated his comic book career, including Donald, his nephews Huey, Dewey, and Louie, and Uncle Scrooge McDuck.
Ironically, in 1935, when Carl joined The Walt Disney Studios and met Donald Duck for the first time, his initial impression of the cantankerous character was that he was “an unintelligible troublemaker that would find very few roles suitable for his temperament.” In time, however, Carl says he gained an affinity for Donald and never again judged the Duck by his ruffled feathers.
Born March 27, 1901 and raised on an Oregon farm, Carl worked a variety of jobs, ranging from logger to factory worker, before he became a freelance artist in the 1920s. A self-taught cartoonist, influenced by the Mickey Mouse newspaper strip, Carl caught wind that The Walt Disney Studios was hiring artists and beat tracks… read more