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.
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.
Fine Art of Walt Disney's Donald Duck by Carl
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
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.
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
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...
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.