The Complete Carl Barks Disney Library Vol. 24: Island in the Sky!

The Complete Carl Barks Disney Library

The Complete Carl Barks Disney Library began with Lost in the Andes in December of 2011 by Fantagraphics. The collection has been releasing two volumes each year, and although the order in which they have been released may seem odd the collection is numbered chronologically. Once complete, this collection will includes stories ranging from 1942 to 1966 in 30 volumes. Of course this collection is curated because all of these stories were crafted by the Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame creator, Carl Barks. If you love Disney Ducks or comic books, this collection is one you shouldn’t pass up.

Island in the Sky

The Complete Carl Barks Disney Library Vol. 24: Island in the Sky will be released by Fantagraphics on March 16, 2021. You can order it through your local book store, purchase a physical copy from Amazon or a digital Kindle/Comixology version. There will be an Amazon Affiliate link at the bottom of the review to purchase your own copy.

The cover for this volume is from Island in the Sky, a story that Barks once credited as his favorite. It is a fantastic cover with Scrooge and Donald in spacesuits near a commercial space station advertising for the ducks to make a stop for supplies.

This volume of the library contains 216 pages and includes 23 stories that were published in 1959-1960. Except for the final story “The Pied Piper of Duckburg” which was not completed until it was passed along to Don Rosa (with Barks permission, of course). The end of the edition includes a short biography on Carl Bark’s. The edition also includes behind the scenes stories and images to add commentary to the collection. We have enjoyed every edition of the Carl Barks Library, and this volume is no exception.

“The Carl Barks Library Volume 25: Balloonatics” will be the next volume available in the series, and it is currently scheduled for release on October 19th, 2021.

Included Stories

There are 23 Disney Duck stories included in Island In The Sky:

  • Uncle Scrooge and The “Paul Bunyan” Machine
  • The Money Hat
  • Fun? What’s That?
  • Uncle Scrooge and the Witching Stick
  • Gyro’s Workshop
  • Island in the Sky
  • Hound of the Whiskervilles
  • Pipeline to Danger
  • The Bird Camera
  • Yoicks! The Fox!
  • The Odd Order
  • All at Sea
  • Two-Way Luck
  • Gyro Gearloose and Gus Goose on the Dream Planet
  • The Gab-Muffer
  • The Stubborn Stork
  • The Lost Rabbit Foot
  • Milktime Melodies
  • Gyro Gearloose and the Inventors Contest
  • Oodles of Oomph
  • War Paint
  • Fishy Warden
  • The Pied Piper of Duckburg

In Uncle Scrooge and The “Paul Bunyan” Machine Scrooge McDuck attempts to hide his money from the Beagle Boys and their “Paul Bunyan” machine. The visuals in this story are fun and magnificent, even if the story itself is one that you may have read before.

The Money Hat is a short story that explains how Scrooge keeps his top hat on despite heavy wind.

Fun? What’s That! picks up with an overworked Gyro and Scrooge McDuck learning that they need to take some time off. The only problem, the workaholics don’t know how to have any fun!

If you like comics that spotlight the often humorous relationship between Scrooge McDuck and his nephew Donald Duck then Uncle Scrooge and the Witching Stick is a good read.

Gyro’s Workshop is a single illustration that could be a poster that any DuckFan would hang in their home.

In Island In The Sky Uncle Scrooge looks beyond the sky for a new hiding place for his money. When he finds a suitable location among the asteroid field between Mars and Jupiter. The story takes the ducks on a galactic adventure that brings them face to face with the inhabitants of the asteroid.

In Hound of the Whiskervilles Scrooge McDuck decides to earn his place in Duckburg’s high society by proving that he has “Background.” His quest leads him to his hometown of Glasgow to find a piece of his ancestral history, the Tartan of Clan McDuck! This is the first appearance of the tartan.

Pipeline To Danger tells the story of one of Scrooge McDuck’s entrepreneurial oil ventures that leads to a confrontation between “The Big Operator” and some little locals (very little locals)…

If you love Barks’s single page stories, then The Bird Camera will undoubtedly be a favorite Gyro story. Gyro lugs around his latest invention in search of a Curly-Tailed Woodpecker.

Yoicks! The Fox! Is another story in this volume that may seem familiar. Uncle Scrooge must join a fox hunt to earn an opportunity to buy a lucrative business. Things get a little sideways when Donald and the nephews decide to help.

In The Odd Order Gyro Geerloose treats Little Helper to a meal at a nice restaurant.

The Beagle Boys are again trying to steal a fortune from Scrooge McDuck, and this time the heist takes place on the sea in All At Sea.

What is Scrooge McDuck to do when he learns that he no longer owns the largest emerald in Duckburg? Why, go on an adventure to find a larger one, of course… Are you new? Check out this story in Two-Way Luck.

In Gyro Gearloose and Gus Goose on the Dream Planet the duo travel to Gus’s “dream planet.” A planet full of lazy ducks who spend all of their time waiting on fruit to fall from trees and feed them. But what happens when Gyro influences one of the inhabitants to get his own meal?

The Gab-Muffer tells a story about Gyro inventing something to help Donald with his loud nephews. Of course things go wrong.

The Stubborn Stork is another Gyro story. Gyro needs to sell some of his Bike-Saucers, and he finds a potential customer in Scrooge McDuck.

Gyro Gearloose is determined to adhere to the rule that the customer is always right, but will he be able to keep the rule when he is hired by Gladstone Gander to find his lost, luck rabbit’s foot in The Lost Rabbit Foot?

In Milktime Melodies Gyro Gearloose is hired by Grandma Duck to cure her cows of the jitters.

Gyro Gearloose attempts to win an inventors’ contest by building a better mousetrap in Gyro Gearloose and the Inventors’ Contest, but Little Helper is forced to save the day (again) when his rival attempts to cheat.

Helper must once again aid Gyro Gearloose in Oodles of Oomph. Gyro decides to boost his funds by entering a new invention in a boat race.

War Paint may be a difficult story to summarize. Gyro is hired by a movie director to provide war paint for his actors who are portraying Native Americans. Barks’s use of stereotypes would be inexcusable if written today. but Barks wasn’t making fun of the Native Americans. The jokes were aimed at the popular stereotypes supported by the film industry at that time.

Fishy Warden sees Gyro Gearloose appointed as a special game warden to catch salmon raiders who had so far remained undetected. When Gyro invents a solution to catch the crooks he ends up in over his head (literally).

The Pied Piper of Duckburg is an interesting edition to this volume. Carl Barks originally started the story before he gave up on it only a few pages in. Thirty years later he allowed Don Rosa to complete the story.

My Finale Thoughts

I have enjoyed each and every one of these volumes of Carl Barks masterful work on these Duck stories. Island In The Sky is no different. I was wonderfully surprised by the number of Gyro Gearloose stories in this volume, and the Duck stories range from adventure in outer space to escapades on the deep sea.

We love to point out that if you were to collect these stories today you could spend several hundred dollars. With Fantagraphics’ collection you not only get these stories, but they are in an amazing hardcover collection including added commentary, a biography on Carl Barks, images of original covers, and even the original rough for The Pied Piper of Duckburg. If you aren’t already collecting this series Island In The Sky is as good of a jumping on point as any. That is the great part about this collection. You could begin with this volume or any other and enjoy Barks’s stories.

I would like to thank Fantagraphics for providing our copy of Island In The Sky for review. These releases are amazing additions to my Disney Duck knowledge, and I enjoy every minute of my time with these classic stories.

You can purchase your copy of The Complete Carl Barks Disney Library Volume 24: Island In The Sky by following this link to Amazon: The Complete Carl Barks Disney Library Volume 24: Island In The Sky

*By purchasing from Amazon.com through this link above, you are supporting DuckTalks at no additional cost to yourself!

2 comments

  1. Note that the 10 page story “The Hounds of Whiskervilles” was later adapted as an episode of the original “Duck Tales” series entitled “The Curse of Castle McDuck”.

    Also, I’m not sure you would know or notice (truthfully, neither would I), but has there been any censorship this time in the book? A lot of Barks fans are on their toes and cautioned about this issue happening again.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Nic, that is a great question. I saw some of the comments about censorship in the last volume, so I looked online to see if I saw any comments and did not (But the book isn’t out yet). I have never seen the originals so I am not the beat source for that.

      Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s