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.
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 announcedDuckTales Remastered...
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 written by Warren Spector, creator of the popular Epic Mickey video game, and features artwork by Leonel Castellani, Jose Massaroli and Miquel Pujol...
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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 the next Disney comic books to leave BOOM...
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Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning's long-running, multi-series, quasi-weekly-for-a-while cosmic Marvel serial seemed to have come to a close with the recent Thanos Imperative miniseries (which is collected this week as a hardcover), but now it seems to be starting up again. Tan Eng Huat and Tom Gree...
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