Four Color #189 - Donald Duck in The Old Castle's Secret
(June 1948)

Dell, 1942 Series
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Price
0.10 USD
Pages
36
On-sale Date
1948-04-30
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Dell Publishing Co., Inc.
Brand
A Dell Comic
Printer
Western Printing and Lithographing Company
Editing
Eleanor Packer (editor); Alice Nielsen Cobb (story editor); Tom McKimson (art director)

Issue Notes

Indicia title is "Walt Disney's DONALD DUCK IN THE OLD CASTLE'S SECRET, No. 189." Code number is D.D.O.S. #189-486. Copyright 1948 by Walt Disney Productions. Credits for this issue based upon Alberto Becattini's "Disney Index - Dell Comic Books" Vols. 1 and 2 (Italy, 1992 and 1994).

The on-sale date is the publication date reported in U. S. Copyright Office filings.

The Old Castle's Secret (Table of Contents)

Donald Duck / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Carl Barks
Inks
Carl Barks
Colors
Western Publishing Production Shop
Letters
?

Genre
adventure; anthropomorphic-funny animals; humor
Characters
Donald Duck; Huey; Dewey; Louie
Synopsis
Donald and his nephews explore an old castle, where they are menaced by a ghostly skeletal arm with a sword.
Reprints
Keywords
castle; fright; ghost; mystery; skeleton; sword; treasure

Indexer Notes

Carl Barks' first front cover for any comic book. Art submitted January 16, 194. New version of cover in The Best of Donald Duck and Uncle Scrooge (Gold Key, 1964) #1. http://www.comics.org/issue/18839/

[Bird Watching] (Table of Contents: 1)

Donald Duck / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
Carl Barks
Pencils
Carl Barks
Inks
Carl Barks
Colors
Western Publishing Production Shop (black, white, and red only)
Letters
Carl Barks

First Line of Dialogue or Text
I'll take you kids into the woods and teach you about nature!
Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals; humor
Characters
Donald Duck; Huey; Dewey; Louie; bobolink; chickadee; nuthatch; worm; two angry old ladies
Synopsis
Donald takes his nephews birdwatching, and provides one description too many.
Reprints
Keywords
best of intentions; birds; birdwatching; forest setting; wrong impression

Indexer Notes

Inside front cover; black, red, and white. Art submitted on January 6, 1948. Synopsis by Michael Barrier from "Carl Barks and the Art of the Comic Book" (1982).

Barks provides some very detailed and realistic illustrations of the various birds observed by Donald and the boys.

The Old Castle's Secret (Table of Contents: 2)

Donald Duck / comic story / 32 pages (report information)

Script
Carl Barks
Pencils
Carl Barks
Inks
Carl Barks
Colors
Western Publishing Production Shop
Letters
Carl Barks

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Hey, kids, our rich old uncle Scrooge McDuck wants us to drive over and see him!
Genre
adventure; anthropomorphic-funny animals; humor
Characters
Donald Duck; Huey; Dewey; Louie; Uncle Scrooge (second appearance); Diamond Dick
Synopsis
Uncle Scrooge and the ducks go to Scotland to find the treasure hidden in the walls of the old McDuck castle, and there they encounter a "ghost" that is invisible except for the shadow cast by its skeleton. The "ghost" soon steals the treasure and traps the ducks on a balcony a hundred feet above the ground. The nephews get down safely, find a secret entrance to the castle through an old graveyard, and expose the ghost as a thief.
Reprints
Keywords
castle; early version of a famous character; exploring; frequently reprinted story; fright; ghost; graveyard; mystery; Scotland; secret passage; skeleton; suits of armor; sword; treasure

Indexer Notes

Art submitted on December 3, 1947. Synopsis by Michael Barrier from "Carl Barks and the Art of the Comic Book" (1982).

This early version of Scrooge may not yet be "The World's Richest Duck", as he says to Donald: "The McDuck fortune is is bad shape! I must raise several million dollars immediately!"

[Horseshoe Luck] (Table of Contents: 3)

Donald Duck / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
Carl Barks
Pencils
Carl Barks
Inks
Carl Barks
Colors
Western Publishing Production Shop (black, white, and red only)
Letters
Carl Barks

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Well, well, a horseshoe!
Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals; humor
Characters
Donald Duck; Huey; Dewey; Louie; doctor
Synopsis
Donald refuses to believe that finding a horseshoe brings good luck.
Reprints
Keywords
hard lesson learned; horseshoe; luck

Indexer Notes

Inside back cover; black, red, and white. Art submitted January 6, 1948. Synopsis by Michael Barrier from "Carl Barks and the Art of the Comic Book" (1982).

[Bean Taken] (Table of Contents: 4)

Donald Duck / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
Carl Barks
Pencils
Carl Barks
Inks
Carl Barks
Colors
Western Publishing Production Shop
Letters
Carl Barks

First Line of Dialogue or Text
I know how to win that prize!
Genre
anthropomorphic-funny animals; humor
Characters
Donald Duck; Huey; Dewey; Louie; crowd of contestants
Synopsis
Donald devises a system for guessing the number of beans in a jar.
Reprints
Keywords
beans; contest; jar; unwelcome surprise

Indexer Notes

Back cover. Art submitted on January 6, 1948. Synopsis by Michael Barrier from "Carl Barks and the Art of the Comic Book" (1982).

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Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. The Old Castle's Secret
    Donald Duck
  2. 1. [Bird Watching]
    Donald Duck
  3. 2. The Old Castle's Secret
    Donald Duck
  4. 3. [Horseshoe Luck]
    Donald Duck
  5. 4. [Bean Taken]
    Donald Duck
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