It is impossible to over-estimate the massive influence Garé had on her husband, Carl's, comic book work! Not that she contributed with ideas, but she did, from the beginning in 1953, volunteer to carry out the tedious jobs that her husband hated so much - inking dialogue, panel backgrounds, and filling in the Ducks' black shirts and other large, black spots. When they first met, Garé had a brilliant career as a landscape painter, but this career was partly put on the backburner, until Carl retired from comic book work in 1966. Garé's outstanding and unselfish help has had an indisputably positive result; if Carl had had to make all the time-consuming inking himself, he would not have been able to make as many stories as he did!!! All us fans owe Garé a great thanks!

Carl was always very meticulate about monetary issues and he made precise lists of the couple's income and expenses. The presumably least known area is how he 'dealt' with Garé's invaluable help with inking. Of course, the couple upheld a common household account, but Carl also booked Garé's contributions in both manhours and salary! The latter was most probably done in order to officially register what Carl called 'deductible expenses' in order to inform the taxman. Still, it is very interesting to see just how much time Garé used at the inking board for each story (it varied greatly!), and how much money she earned on this parttime job. This page presents you to two examples from the early years.




Garé at her inking board in 1963



This is an overall account of Garé's earnings for inking throughout 1953. This listing is rather detailed, because Carl added both story titles (his own working titles because the stories never received official titles) as well as the number of hours spent on each story. It is remarkable to learn that Garé spent a widely different number of manhours on the individual stories, which, of course, is connected with how much or how little inking the stories needed.
Carl averaged Garé's time on each page to be approximately 1¼ hours, and she earned between 2.40 and 3.00 dollars per hour.

Carl starts off with a lump sum covering January to March for the issue FC0495 which contains several stories (The Horse-radish Story is one of them). He books 20 hours at a total of 48 dollars. Then the list continues (you can expand on Carl's information by turning to The Payments 1953 and The Payments 1954 to see what his publisher paid him for the mentioned stories):

Nephews' Bees 12 28.80
Will-O-the-Wisp 15 36.00
Xmas Camel 13 31.20
Fix-it Shop 12 28.80
Scrooge #4* 35 105.00
Station Master 27 81.00
Scrooge #5* 70 168.00
McDuck Flour 27 80.00
Midget Race Driver 25 73.00
3 gag pages 15 45.00
Scrooge #6* 50 130.00
Salmon Derby 27 80.00
Trailer Pet 27 80.00
* More stories

Carl also added a Christmas bonus of 45.95 bringing the year's earnings to more than 1,100 dollars.



Here is another type of booking that Carl made based on monthly earnings. It is an overall account of Garé's earnings for inking throughout 1954. As you can see the size of her monthly payments were erratic, because she was paid by page and Carl made a varying number of pages from month to month.

Feb 1 101.20
Feb 26 62.00
Mar 30 79.75
Apr 28 103.00
May 28 102.00
June 22 100.00
July 21 173.50
Sep 28 123.50
Nov 1 111.95
Nov 23 102.00
Dec 27 91.40

Again, this brings Garé's parttime inking earnings for 1954 to more than 1,100 dollars. In order to set the amount in a perspective understandable today the average yearly income for a US citizen (high, middle, and low wages) that year was 3,139 dollars, and the price level for basic consumer's goods were: A pound of bread 16 cents, a dozen eggs 70 cents, and a pound of potatoes 54 cents.
Or in other words: Garé upheld a pretty good pay for her invaluable work!



When it comes to Garé's earnings on her own work (spanning from sketches and book plates in her younger years to oil paintings and water colours later on) nothing much is known. It is presumed that her prices were fixed on a case-by-case basis, but you can see one of her early price lists HERE.