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Bizarro Back Issues: Donald Duck In ‘A Christmas For Shacktown’ (1952)

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If you're a regular ComicsAlliance reader, then you already know that I'm pretty fascinated by the weirder comics of the past, but at Christmastime, my thoughts turn to more heartwarming tales. As soon as that calendar flips over to December, 'tis the season for Santa Claus, presents, the occasional talking Christmas tree that Wonder Woman rescued from the Nazis by holding a door shut and talking about how it felt like being spanked. I mean, yeah, they're still pretty weird, but they've got that Christmas spirit!

Case in point: "A Christmas For Shacktown," the title story in the latest Fantagraphics collection of Disney Duck tales by the legendary Carl Barks. At 32 pages, it's a sprawling epic (By Barks' standards, anyway) that hits those beautiful Holiday themes of altruism and the spirit of giving. Although to be fair, it does get a little closer to cannibalism than most other Christmas comics.Our story begins as Donald Duck's three nephews, Huey, Dewey and Louie, are taking a shortcut home from school through Shacktown, the hard-luck side of Duckburg where Calisota's poor gather together in sub-Dickensian poverty. Now, you'd think that a city built around the most successful businessman in the history of the world would be prosperous enough that even the bad neighborhoods would be doing all right, but apparently McDuck industries isn't the proven job creator that you might expect. If I had to guess, I'd say it's probably because its owner keeps three cubic acres of cash in a gigantic bin on top of a nearby hill, but I'm no economist. That's a different Chris Sims.

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Capcom And WayForward Announce ‘DuckTales Remastered’ Game [Video]

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You know, much as I love video games, I could probably stop paying attention to PAX East new the rest of the weekend and be content. Why? Twenty long years since the release of DuckTales 2 on NES and Game Boy, Capcom and WayForward (and Disney) have announced DuckTales Remastered. Set to arrive on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Nintendo's Wii U for roughly

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Don’t Ask! Just Buy It! – June 22, 2011: Time Machines and Other Pseudoscience

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Reading Comics author Douglas Wolk runs down the hottest comics and graphic novels coming out this week.

KEY:
* Revival house
^ I guess Pop was right
% Coming of age

% ALL NIGHTER #1
This David Hahn project w

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‘DuckTales’ Goes Kaboom! in New Ongoing Comic Series [Preview]

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On sale now from kaboom! is the first issue of DuckTales, an all-new comic book series based on Uncle Scrooge and his supporting cast of beloved Disney characters. A companion to kaboom!'s Darkwing Duck title, DuckTales is

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Ask Chris #57: Uncle Scrooge vs. Superman: The Greatest American Icon

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Here at ComicsAlliance, we value our readership and are always open to what the masses of Internet readers have to say. That's every week, Senior Writer Chris Sims puts his comics culture knowledge to the test as he responds to your reader questions!

Q: Who's the better American icon: Superman or Scrooge McDuck? --

A: While my pick for the best American icon in comics would probably go to Wild Dog -- who drives a pick-up truck, wears a football jersey and ca

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Donald Duck’s Family Tree Highlights Interspecies Marriage and His Nephews’ Dubious Lineage

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Say what you want about the depth and history that come with super-heroes, but if you want to see the most complex, rich and rewarding backstory in comics, there's only one place to go: Donald Duck.

Under the pen of the

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‘Mickey Mouse,’ ‘Uncle Scrooge’ and ‘Donald Duck’ Comics Migrating from BOOM! to Marvel?

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Following migrations to Marvel Comics by comics based on Pixar films and The Muppet Show, it seems likely that Donald Duck, Uncle Scrooge, Mickey Mouse and Walt Disney's Comics and Stories will be t

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Don’t Ask! Just Buy It! – March 2, 2011: Glorp! Is the Sound of the Universal Solvent

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Reading Comics author Douglas Wolk runs down the hottest comics and graphic novels coming out this week.

KEY:
* Minor threat
^ Teen idles
¶ Embrace
% Egg hunt
¢ Pailhead
£ Fugazi

£ ¢ ANNIHILATORS #1
Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning's long-running, multi-series, q

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