Uncle Scrooge #253 is an all-ages book, in the best sense of the term. It’s drawn and written by the comics legend Carl Barks, a man who worked for Disney making comics for several years. Carl Barks first caught my attention when I watched the documentary The Cartoonist: Jeff Smith. If you haven’t heard of him (I talk about his work all the time on this site), Jeff Smith was the writer and illustrator for Bone, another great all-ages book. Jeff Smith says on the documentary that he cut his teeth studying Carl Barks. After going through a stack of comics from when I was much younger, I found I not only owned but also greatly enjoyed Carl Barks’ series Uncle Scrooge.
Now, I’m betting all the Carl Barks Disney comics are good, but this one was particularly enjoyable. It involves Uncle Scrooge, Donald Duck, Huey, Dewey, and Louis all searching for the famous philosopher’s stone, and their search takes them all the way to the minotaur’s labyrinth. By using as much as eight panels on a page (most comics now feature 7 at the most), Barks manages to tell an entire adventure story in one issue. I’d highly recommend this issue for kids maybe 9 & up (there’s nothing objectionable in the book, but there’s a lot of reading involved so young kids might not like it). For more info, check out my short guide to helping your kids pick out comics.