Carl Barks was an illustrator for the Walt Disney Company in the 1930s and 1940s. He became famous for the illustrations he did in print of Donald Duck and company. In addition for his work with Disney, Barks drew for several other comics. Among them were the "Barney Bear" stories for the "Our Gang" series published by Dell Comics based off the Warner Brothers cartoon shorts.
CARL BARKS BIG BOOK OF BARNEY BEAR is a collection of all the "Our Gang" comics #11-36. The comics feature Barney and his sidekick Benny Burro. Usually, Barney gets into some sort of trouble and Benny has to help him out of it. However, there are a few stories where Benny is the instigator of trouble and Barney is the person who gets them out.
The illustrations themselves are reproductions of the original comics with a slightly darker tint. The book also includes a detailed introduction, an essay about Barks work with Barney Bear entitled "Good Bear," and a biography about Carl Barks.
I like the look and feel of these comics because they are simple and playful. They are comics that kids of all ages could enjoy.
The stories themselves are somewhat repetitive and kind of bland. They aren't the best of Barks' work, but even if his name weren't on the book, there would be no doubt that these are Carl Barks illustrations.
Overall, CARL BARKS BIG BOOK OF BARNEY BEAR will appeal most to collectors and fans of Barks' work. Others who might be interested include fans of old-time cartoon-based comic books.
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