Donald Duck in Ancient Persia

Disney illustrator's friendly incursion into the Land of Kings

by Darius Kadivar
Carl Barks (March 27, 1901 – August 25, 2000) was a famous Disney Studio illustrator and comic book creator, who invented Duckburg and many of its inhabitants, such as Scrooge McDuck (1947), Gladstone Gander (1948), the Beagle Boys (1951), Gyro Gearloose (1952), Flintheart Glomgold (1956) and Magica De Spell (1961). The quality of his scripts and drawings earned him the nick names The Duck Man and The Good Duck Artist. Fellow comic writer Will Eisner called him "the Hans Christian Andersen of comic books."...

Strangely "Donald Duck in Ancient Persia” grew out of interest in horror films. Though Disney illustrator Carl Barks was no great movie-goer, he saw several horror classics which contributed to the stories eerie atmosphere. A quest to raise the dead, spells muttered over a magic pool, a frustrated marriage, and honor slaked by death – these are all motifs from Boris Karloff’s classic Horror flick The Mummy (1933); and the spooky old mansion on the hill looks like The Old Dark House in another Karloff movie. Even the mad scientist, with his high forehead and deep-set eyes resembles that veteran horror actor >>>FULL TEXT


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The fact is the West does

by anybody (not verified) on

The fact is the West does not like the Middle East and plays a double edge sword with all countries in the Middle East. That and pinning everybody against each other.

The only thing people like Bush love is oil. They would screw over Dubai if given the chance too.

Last Stance

Nice find!   I can't

by Last Stance on

Nice find!


I can't believe the deep analysis in some of the comments here :o)


to loser in france

by Farhad2008 (not verified) on

zack znyder said the same ; The movie is for having fun! after he made the film 300. the film was based on a comic book ( cartoon just like this ). i know why ure here and why jews made the movie 300. He had fun just like you.


don't worry man, we don't

by Another lost iranian in France (not verified) on

don't worry man, we don't care about this cartoon. we're just killing time here my friend, just like you.


who the fuck cares about

by Anonymous sd232s (not verified) on

who the fuck cares about this cartoon? Is this the b iggest problem we are faci ng?


Raha Darband

by refresh our memory (not verified) on

Very interesting Video. Just let’s be fair and remember the reality:
maybe in one side there is a planet of Arab with guns and knives that are fighting for their rights, interests, land, and... but on the other side, there is high tech western civilized world, that for their own dehumanized interests stay in front of them with the most advanced destructive weapons. Of course that is not called barbaric because the destruction is high tech. Please let’s refresh our memory with tale of Iraq....


What Shit

by Anonymous-71 (not verified) on

This cartoon is revolting.


i forgot to say

by Raha Darband (not verified) on

Out of 1000 films that have Arab & Muslim characters (from the year 1896 to 2000)12 were postive depictions, 52 were even handed and the rest of the 90O and so were negative.


Thank u

by Farhad2008 (not verified) on

Thank you dariush,
and to u "lost iranian in france": dont worry everything is going back to moses and david star, dont be jealous for iranian great values even zack snyder couldnt change the history about Acient Persia:)


a video

by Raha Darband (not verified) on


This Proves WEST bent on velifying EAST

by shahhanshah (not verified) on

Most people always tell me that mullahs are the reason that "Iran/Persia" looks bad in media.

This proves that even before "islamic" revolution in iran, the West was already vilifying our countries.

We just forgot those times when the West would do that, and talk about the "glory days" when Shah gave celebration and many rich leaders of world came to see him. But at the same time they were vilifying our people anyway in the media.

This is because WEST IS RACIST. has nothing to do with islam, etc.


I really wonder why you are

by Another lost iranian in France (not verified) on

I really wonder why you are so obsesed by any sort of recognition of Iran, or Iranians in western medias ? Citibank, Donal Duck, and so on, and so on... Like you wanna show us or prove to yourself that we exist, sorry I mean''existed'', cause you always sound like everything was lost...

Une question M. Kadivar , depuis combien de temps n'avez pas mis les pieds en Iran ? Pas de panique, je ne suis pas de gauche, MPI, ou autre. Simple question.

D'ailleurs je suis sur que mis a part cela nous avons pas mal de points communs.



by Thanking you (not verified) on

Great Post!, this is very cool. Thanks!