Although Barks never owned the rights to his stories from the duck universe (nor to the characters he invented), he was able to earn handsome sums on the books that were later published with his stories as well as his duck paintings.

This is a presentation of 4 of the best known books. You can see more HERE and HERE.




  Uncle Scrooge McDuck - His Life and Times

This was the first substantial book published about Barks' work. It consists of 11 Uncle Scrooge stories and a number of articles as well as a personally signed and numbered lithograph of Barks' painting Wanderers of Wonderland. His 1968 story Go Slowly, Sands of Time! was also published for the first time ever!

In August 1982 Barks received the first royalty payment for the amount of 13,757 dollars, in January 1988 6,000 dollars, in July/August 6,680.49 dollars, in December 2,768.09 dollars. All in all a total of 29,205.58 dollars.



  The Fine Art of Walt Disney's Donald Duck by Carl Barks

The book came in one version but with two different cover colours. It contains images of the 122 officially known paintings (Barks made more but they are not officially known!) he made during his first painting permission from 1971 to 1976 given him by Disney.

Barks wrote his daughter Dorothy twice about the exciting prospects (excerpts):
Letter from July 1979: ...We still wait patiently for the OTHER Uncle Scrooge book to be published. That will be the one that reprints some of my paintings, and on which I will hopefully get some royalties.
Letter from August 1982: ...So far we have gotten very little financial reward (like royalties) from the books, but the future looks promising...

Indeed it did! Already in July Barks had received a partial payment of 4,700 dollars for his participation, in October he received an additional 4,350 dollars, and in January 1983 the balance of 4,700 dollars. This comes to a total of 13,750 dollars.



  The Carl Barks Library

This prestigious book series of books was made up of 10 boxed sets with 3 volumes in each. It was published over a number of years (from July 1984 to August 1990), so it is also logical that Barks received numerous royalty payments during several years. He also received a great number of fees for consultations and drawing of new pages but these are not discussed here.
In total Barks received a steady flow of royalties for a total of almost 360,000 dollars in 39 part payments covering the period between 1984 and 1995! The actual amount is a little smaller as Barks occasionally booked the CBL book and a few lithographs as one figure. Still...



  The Carl Barks Library in Color

For this series, published from 1992 to 1998, Barks only received a fraction of the handsome sum he got for The Carl Barks Library. This was quite logical, because the 141 albums in the new series mostly consisted of the same pages (but the stories were in colour). Also, the series comprises of a few new articles that did not involve Barks directly.
   Date 2010-09-17