Sunday, December 4, 2016

Comic ID-ing

I received an email asking the following:

Sorry to bother you -- my mother has loved Carl Barks comics ever since she was young, but there is one story she remembers from her youth that she's never been able to find since.  I don't know anything about it except that Huey, Dewey, and Louie all paint their faces, or possibly their heads.  It probably would have appeared in the later 1950s or the early 1960s, but I'm not certain about that.  

Does this ring any bells?  I'm writing because you clearly love these comics too, and my mother would very much enjoy reading it again; the other lost comic from her youth was the one with the skiploaders, which we found a few years back . . .

Can anyone help this dude?  Let it be noted that it's not even necessarily a Barks story, inasmuch as people familiar with fifties Western material may remember "the one with the skiploaders" as being non-Barks.  Seems like one should be able to find all KINDS of stories that fit this vague recollection, but I'm having trouble!  Help out, people!


Blogger Achille Talon said...

Well… The Nephews paint their heads like pineapples to sneak into Donald's basket in Barks's maharajah story, but it's all that comes to mind at the moment.

December 4, 2016 at 2:47 PM  
Blogger Achille Talon said...

(And I'll check out that 'skiploader' thing.)

December 4, 2016 at 2:48 PM  
Blogger GeoX, one of the GeoX boys. said...

Don't expect to be exactly bowled over by the skiploader story. I suppose it's okay as far as non-Barks Western stuff goes (the denouement is somewhat clever), and I can see how one might develop a nostalgic attachment to it,'s not much.

December 5, 2016 at 12:06 AM  
Blogger Anders E said...

It sounds like it could be this one. HDL paint their heads green to trick Donald into thinking he is overworked and needs to take a vacation trip. And, of course, bring HDL with him. It's pretty bad.

December 8, 2016 at 2:05 PM  
Blogger GeoX, one of the GeoX boys. said...

Ooh, good call. It's a bit earlier than specified, but the face-painting is a sufficiently major element that it could easily be the one thing one would remember from it. Whaddaya think, Simon?

December 10, 2016 at 1:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks very much! I think that 'Seeing Things' is very, very likely to be the comic my mother is thinking of.

I appreciate this very much.

March 4, 2017 at 12:38 PM  

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