A Christmas for Shacktown: by Carl Barks

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Carl Barks was one of the original "Duck Men" who worked for Walt Disney.

In the 1940's he was hired to create comic books for the Disney brand.

He created for the Donald Duck comic books a much more complex environment for Donald and his nephews, Huey, Dewey, and Louie), which included a deeper personality for Donald (e.g. single adoptive father struggling to support three grade-school nephews) and new characters with whom Donald could interact.

One of those characters was Donald's uncle, a Scottish immigrant, adventurer, and capitalist par excellence Scrooge McDuck.

One of the best stories composed by Carl Barks - he wrote and drew everything - was for December 1951, A Christmas for Shacktown.

This is not just a great comic-book story, it is a great story...period!  Barks wrote and drew such stories for nearly 25 years before his retirement in the late 1960's.

If you have children or grand-children or great-grand-children, read this story with them!

If you do not, read it for yourself: sly, witty, thoughtful, inventive, laugh-out-loud funny, and full of unexpected twists and turns.

You can buy it at Amazon in a hardbound collection.


It is available here on YouTube in a "scan-and-pan" with a soundtrack: the latter can be muted!   ;)

"Meet Miss Ruth Sherwood, from Columbus, Ohio, the Middle of the Universe!"

- Brian Aherne introducing Rosalind Russell in  My Sister Eileen (1942)