Carl Barks (March 27, 1901 – August 25, 2000) was an American cartoonist, author, and painter. He is best known for evolving Donald Duck, creating of Scrooge McDuck, and heading the comic book Uncle Scrooge. He worked anonymously until late in his career; fans dubbed him The Duck Man and The Good Duck Artist. In 1987, Barks was one of the three inaugural inductees of the Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame.

Barks worked for the Disney Studio and Western Publishing where he created Duckburg and many of its inhabitants, such as Scrooge McDuck (1947), Gladstone Gander (1948), the Beagle Boys (1951), the Junior Woodchucks (1951), Gyro Gearloose (1952), Cornelius Coot (1952), Goldie O'Gilt (1952), Little Helper (1956), Flintheart Glomgold (1956), John D. Rockerduck (1961), Miss Quackfaster (1961), and Magica De Spell (1961). Cartoonist Will Eisner called him "the Hans Christian Andersen of comic books."

DuckTales episodes

Throughout the show, 10 episodes credits him as the original story writer, i.e. that he wrote the comic book story which was adapted into a teleplay by the show's writers. Other than sitting down with series key layout stylist Michael Peraza, who shared concept art with him, Barks himself was never personally involved with the show.

Additionally, the episodes "Down & Out in Duckburg" and "The Curse of Castle McDuck" is also based on Barks stories, although he remains uncredited for them.


  • According to Peraza, Barks was initially impressed with the show but lost interest due to the large amount of characters and complicated plots.[1]


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