Carl Barks

Carl BarksDisney cartoonist Carl Barks was an expert at sketching poultry in motion, drawing Donald Duck, uncle Scrooge and other Disney characters for decades. Born in 1901, Barks loved to draw from an early age, when he lived on the family ranch in Merrill, Oregon. He even sent away for a course called "London School of Cartooning" when he was about 15.

In 1918 with just one hundred dollars in his pocket Barks moved to San Francisco in order to start as a comic artist in the newspaper, but soon realized that they had too many good artists to take a beginner.

Barks moved moved back to Oregon and experienced drought and hard luck. He relocated to Sacrament, California, and Minneapolis, Minnesota besides living in Oregon for a number of years. Eventually he applied for a job with Disney in 1935 during the Great Depression, and moved back to California near Los Angeles.

Donald Duck

As well as being a great cartoonist, Carl had wonderful ideas for stories. Walt Disney soon moved him to the story board department where Carl helped with 35 short cartoons.

His first co-produced comic story, with Jack Hannah, was called "Donald Duck Finds Pirate Gold". It was published in 1942. He soon left Disney to draw stories for Western Publishing, beginning with "The Victory Garden" which appeared in 1943.

In 1947 Barks invented Uncle Scrooge in his legendary tale "Christmas on Bear Mountain". Later characters to appear on the scene were Gladstone Gander, the Beagle Boys, and Gyro Gearloose.

After retiring in 1966, Barks created many timeless oil paintings of his characters. In his home in Grants Pass, Oregon he continued as an artist until his death in August, 2000 at the age of 99.