Vol. 56 No. 1 (2008)
Research Article

Ethnic Marked Names as a Reflection of United States Isolationist Attitudes in Uncle $crooge Comic Books

Published 2008-03-01



This paper examines the ethnic-marked names created by Carl Barks, the writer/artist of one of the most popular Walt Disney comic book series of the 1950s and 1960s. My thesis is that, in the years following World War II, many Americans had isolationist feelings, and one of the reasons for the success of the Uncle $crooge comic books is that they fed into these feelings on almost a subconscious level.


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  6. Uncle Scrooge comic books written and illustrated by Carl Barks, published by Walt Disney Corporation, and consulted for this paper (listed chronologically)
  7. Christmas on Bear Mountain, 1947
  8. Ancient Persia, 1949
  9. Lost in the Andes, 1949
  10. The Mines of King Solomon, 1950
  11. Tralla La, 1953
  12. Chisel McSue and the Horse Radish Treasure, 1953
  13. Seven Cities of Cibola, 1954
  14. The Second Richest Duck, 1956
  15. A Cold Bargain, 1957
  16. Prize of Pizzaro, 1959
  17. Hound of Whiskervilles, 1960
  18. Boat Buster, 1961
  19. The Many Faces of Magica deSpell, 1964
  20. The Golden Helmet, 1964
  21. Monkey Business, 1965
  22. North of the Yukon, 1965
  23. Mystery of the Ghost Town Railroad, 1965.