Series :: The Complete Carl Barks Disney LibraryWhile Gottfredson established 'Mickey Mouse' as a comics character in the newspapers, Barks did the same for 'Donald Duck' in the comic books. Both combined high quality illustration work with a talent for captivating storytelling. Each artist enriched their characters' universe with colourful and recurring personalities, which are still used by many Disney comics artists today. Yet the admiration for Barks goes further, almost to cult levels. Compared with many other "funny animal comics" his characters feel more real, believable and relatable. Donald and his nephews are portrayed far more intelligent and sympathetically than their original cartoon versions.
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As a cartoonist, Carl Barks was no quack—although his characters were. Born March 27, , 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 s. A self-taught cartoonist—influenced by the Mickey Mouse newspaper strip—Carl caught wind that the Walt Disney Studio was hiring artists and beat tracks to Hollywood. He joined the animation department in Within a few months, Carl moved to the story department where he helped write stories for cartoons, including the Donald Duck shorts Modern Inventions and Timber. In , he began developing comic books, starting with Donald Duck Finds Pirate Gold , and continued creating comic books until his retirement in