1970s

 


Garé and Carl in 1973
  September 4, 1976.
 
...big change in Carl's status-quo with the Disney Duck paintings. Some fool 'fan' published reproductions of one of Carl's paintings and sold a number of the prints at the San Diego Com. Convention without O.K. from Disney. When Disney got the word they told Carl - 'Paint no more Ducks. We can't be chasing the infringers on our copyrights around all the time.' So as of 2 weeks ago Carl's career as a high priced 'Duck' painter came to a sudden end. He had anticipated such action from Disney all thru the last five years. Since he's worked hard on the paintings for 5 yrs and made a good profit and since the pressure to do more and more paintings was getting heavier all the time, he is not sorry about the cancellation. It will give him a breather and a chance to paint something different - he's full of ideas and the orders for paintings are starting to come in. Guys wanting to get on his new list!!...
 
September 17, 1976.
Carl and Garé were investigating mobile homes; they needed one with LOTS of storage space for all their art equipment.
...What we want to do is continue painting - but not at such a pace as we have been. The work is good for both of us to a point - it's interesting - but we want to be able to relax a bit and enjoy life a bit, too, be able to take a few trips, etc. and not feel bound to the house...
 
December 11, 1976.
Carl and Garé had finally selected their new mobile home and were waiting for it to be delivered and set up. They were looking forward to less maintenance, particularly yardwork.
...Carl's back working on a new drawing and the orders are coming in - so he'll be able to do as much as he wants to...
 
December 31, 1976.
Carl and Garé put their house up for sale. Garé was looking forward to living in the mobile home, with the kitchen and her studio near each other.
...(Now) the kitchen is downstairs and the studios upstairs. And when I'm working, painting, and trying to cook it's impossible - I don't try to do both together anymore, burned too much stuff...
 

Silent Night
  October 2, 1976.
 
...Gotta go and get to finishing the last painting - till we get moved. It's one of those Xmas card things with a million animals in it. And it's awfully hard to concentrate when there are so many other things waiting to be done...
 
  September 19, 1977.
Carl and Garé responded to Dorothy's sending clippings from a Howard the Duck comic strip.
 
...Carl for diplomacy's sake always lets the guys think he likes all that stuff - underground comics - anything - it pays dividends for him to be diplomatic about it. They all adore him. And in many cases they sincerely think their work is inspired by having read his and they tell him so!...
 
  November 11, 1977.
 
...Carl sold his last King Painting - King Cole - to an art collector who buys paintings from the local gallery, which handles my work...
 
March 16, 1978.
...It's been many years since Carl 'gave' anything away except an autograph and quickie little stick-figure sketches, and if anyone pays big money for one of those he's askin' to be 'took.' He is selling off a lot of his old drawings these days and getting good money for them. Of course, someone will get more but that's the way it is - as they get advertised for higher prices - he gets more for what he sells...
...lots of work, Carl's and other's, has been stolen from publishers ... Carl knows the culprits and the work and the culprits never come near Carl and Carl has refused to autograph any of these pages several times. Once he did autograph one but charged a hundred dollars just to sign his name!...
 
August 8, 1978.
...Carl can't take time to be sick he's too busy working - God! what a fiend for work - if it's there to do it has to be done! And that's it!...
 
  November 13, 1978.
 
...Now, the producer of 'Star Wars' (Gary Kurtz - Editor's remark), who it seems is an Uncle Scrooge fan has succeeded in getting permission from Disney's to put out a deluxe edition (book) of a bunch of the Scrooge stories in their original form, plus a biography (short) and bibliography - plus a few paintings - in one big book (Uncle Scrooge McDuck - His Life and Times - Editor's remark). Carl is going to have to do a bunch of work for them for that for the next 2 or 3 months. The editor of the book, Ed Summer, will be out here from N.Y. some time late this month to stay out here at our local motel and work with Carl for several days on it. Carl will be paid for his time and work! (The first time any of these interviewers & book writers has volunteered such a thing.) The fact that Disney's has granted permission for such a work is what has floored everyone - but it's because of the status of this Gary Kurtz in the movie industry, no doubt. Anyway, I'm sure it will sell well - it's long overdue!...
 
February 9, 1979.
...Carl is in the throes of working on the big book that Disney O.K.'d. (We have one of the Abbeville Press editions of the Duck book to send you - the whole edition (10,000) sold out of the publishers within 10 days.) We had the young editor (Edward Summer - Editor's remark) here for 4 days picking Carl's brain - we were both exhausted when he left, all be it he was a real nice guy and easy to have around and thoroughly enjoyed being here - particularly some home cooked food. He's a bachelor out of N.Y. So Carl is now doing the preliminary drawings and will really have his hands full for a couple of months - thank god it's not football season!...
 
  November 12, 1979.
 
...Carl is working like a beaver on a large Xmas painting (Santa's workshop theme) (Santa's Christmas Mail - Editor's remark) for the Canadian, Richard Foster, who, as someone put it, goosed the market with a fire hose! It will be a beauty - very complicated - with dozens of little animal people working on different things with Santa in the middle...

 

 

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