FOUR COLOR #199 (DONALD DUCK) (1948)
CARL BARKS

An outstanding example of Carl Barks' ability to combine cartoon and dramatic elements (possibly the greatest purveyor of said combination after E.C. Segar), this cover follows the form of most of the images on this list: simple, dramatic figures framed against a solid background with no unnecessary clutter or information to get in the way. Donald is stalwart in protecting nephews Huey, Dewy and Lewy behind the badge of "The Sheriff of Bullet Valley." The boys stand behind, surprised but unruffled by the experience, expecting "Unca Donald" to make sure everything is okay in the end. A beautiful image, enhanced by the orange/yellow starburst behind which accentuates the ricochetting shells AND the boys' expressions of awe! What kid wouldn't want to see what this was all about?

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