MastroNet Winter 2003
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"Back to the Klondike" was the cover story of the second Uncle Scrooge comic book. An extended telling of the background to the story and his first encounter with Glittering Goldie was edited from the original printed story. It may, however, be found in the classic The Fine Art of Walt Disney's Donald Duck by Carl Barks (Another Rainbow, 1981). Barks recreated Scrooge McDuck's first glimpse of the beaked strumpet in his fabulous original oil painting "She Was Spangled and Flashy." The extremely detailed scene is rife with characters and minutiae. A whiskey-guzzling rat, fly-covered sots and pundertful bottle label such as "Old Bowel Rust," "Sodden Comfort" and "Cold Duck" show us that Barks enjoyed himself in creating his tableaus. The original for this famous moment in Duck history would command six figures. But these masterpieces didn't merely spring from the brow of Barks. The master planned every last detail in wonderful finished-concept drawings that captured the feeling of the final work. This is the final concept drawing for the "She Was Spangled and Flashy" painting. The flies, the rat, the gems, the dollar bills, the jewelry and even a "crotch" shot of one of the Can-Can dancers that would never have passed the censors in the 1950's are all present. The work can easily stand on its own as a quality example of the genius that was Barks. The red and black pencil study measures 20" x 16" (same as the final painting) and is signed in the lower right by Barks.
"She Was Spangled and Flashy" Carl Barks Original Final Concept Drawing
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