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Top Five Carl Barks Money Bin Paintings!

Top Five Month continues (check here to see an archive of all the top five lists featured so far) with a look at the top five Carl Barks Money Bin paintings (he did 19 of them, I believe)!!

This time around, I’m changing things around, and I’m using the votes on Jim Love’s neat Barks’ site, where he surveyed 200+ Barks fans to pick their top five.

Here, then, are those top five!!


5. Danger, Tycoon At Play

4. Spoiling the Concert

3. Who’s Out There?

2. The Secret Safe

1. This Dollar Saved My Life At Whitehorse

If someone could get me bigger image files, that’d be neat! This is the best I could find of the bunch (well, I found, like, ONE better, but it seemed silly to have one good one and four bad ones).

That’s the top five! Agree? Disagree? Let me know!


damn, those are some beautiful images, would love to see them larger.


July 9, 2008 at 10:28 am


Every time I see those I wonder… WHY even bother having a DOOR on the vault.
It can’t possibly be shut.

Ahhhhh…. but, anyway… I’ve seen reproductions (lithos and such) of these over the many years and even though I am NOT a Disney fan, I always felt the warmth and lushness of the paintings and the love that Barks obviously had for these characters and their world.

Good stuff.


Inspired choice . I’ve always loved the idea of the Money Bin even if it does demonstrate a total lack financial acumen on the part of Scrooge.

Scrooge keeps lots of his money active in his companies, Dan. The stuff in the bin is just the profit he personally made starting with his gold strike in the Yukon up through his empire-building world tour of the early 20th century. Those coins, bills, and other items all have specific personal meaning to him, reminding him of the adventures he had on the way to becoming the Richest Duck in the World.

The first one’s a good start, but what I want to see is him diving around in it like a porpoise, and burrowing through it like a gopher, and tossing it up and letting it hit him on the head.

Annoyed Grunt

July 9, 2008 at 7:45 pm

As a kid i always liked when he’d take a big mouthful of coins and spit them out like it was water. As an adult I see that’s so unsanitary and it skeeves me out a bit.

VERY cool, hard to choose a favorite (Chuckled at buttler’s comment though). This might be more appropriate for CBUR, but I once heard Disney sued (or was planning to sue) Carl Barks over copyright infringement when he painted these but wasn’t in the employ of the company anymore. It always struck me as odd, not legally (nor did it surprise me from a company like Disney), but because many of these paintings have been printed as posters in the Donald Duck weekly magazine over here in The Netherlands. Any truth in the story?

Gorgeous. Now that is art worth framing.

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