The often-overlooked, under-appreciated but nonetheless great Carl Barks Uncle Scrooge one-pagers were efforts the Old Duck Man didn’t like to do, complaining that they were too much work for too little pay. But Barks’ work ethic wouldn’t let him compromise. He was never satisfied just “doing a gag.” Everything had to be plotted out, kept in character context and, of course, had to be funny. Barks once said -- an approximate quote -- “if I have any talent it is my ability to recognize something that is funny.” Two masterful examples are in this comic.
#260’s opening 17-page tale is one of the finest examples of European Disney art, miscredited, but actually by Scalabroni. A Vicar story rounds out the issue.