Book Description: Anchored by the Dickensian â€śA Christmas for Shacktown,â€ť this volume collects the universally beloved comics adventures of Donald Duck, his nephews Huey, Dewey and Louie, and his Uncle Scrooge. The second volume of Fantagraphicsâ€™ reprinting of Carl Barksâ€™s classic Donald Duck and Uncle Scrooge work, like last springâ€™s Uncle Scrooge: Only a Poor Old Man, focuses on the early 1950s, universally considered one of Barksâ€™s very peak periods. Originally published in 1951, â€śA Christmas for Shacktownâ€ť is one of Barksâ€™s masterpieces: A rare 32-pager that stays within the confines of Duckburg, featuring a storyline in which the Duck family works hard to raise money to throw a Christmas party for the poor children of the cityâ€™s slums (depicted by Barks with surprisingly Dickensian grittiness), and climaxing in one of the most memorable images Barks ever created, the terrifying bottomless pit that swallows up all of Scroogeâ€™s money. But thereâ€™s lots more gold to be found in this volume (literally), which features both the â€śThe Golden Helmetâ€ť (a quest off the coast of Labrador for a relic that might grant the finder ownership of America, reducing more than one cast member to a state of Gollum-like covetousness) while â€śThe Gilded Manâ€ť features a hunt for a rare stamp in South Americaâ€”two more of Barksâ€™s thrilling full-length adventure stories. But thatâ€™s less than half the volume! This volume also features ten of Barksâ€™s smart and funny 10-pagers, including a double whammy of yarns co-starring Donaldâ€™s insufferable cousin (â€śGladstoneâ€™s Usual Very Good Yearâ€ť and â€śGladstoneâ€™s Terrible Secretâ€ť), as well as another nine of Barksâ€™s rarely seen one-page Duck gagsâ€¦ all painstakingly recolored to match the original coloring as exactly as possible, and supplemented with an extensive series of notes and behind-the-scenes essays by the foremost Duck experts in the world. This is the second volume of Donald Duck, it's the official vol. 11 in the series chronologically.