With this volume, The Complete Carl Barks Disney Library loops backto Barks's earlier days, collecting the entirety of Bark's (astounding) 1948output. The title story, The Old Castle's Secret , is notable not just forbeing the first full-length 32-page adventure instigated by Scrooge McDuck (inhis second-ever appearance), but for featuring some of Bark's spookiest, lushestsettings in old Clan McDuck castle of Dismal Downs. The other long story, TheSheriff of Bullet Valley , plunks Donald and the nephews in the Wild West,with Donald as an overconfident deputy having to deal with some high-techrustlers. The book also includes the less-known In Darkest Africa ,originally published in a giveaway and unreleased for decades. This volume alsofeatures an even 10 of Bark's dynamic Walt Disney's Comics and Stories 10-pagers, including Wintertime Wager (the first appearance of anot-yet-lucky-but-still-obnoxious Gladstone Gander); Spoil the Rod (inwhich the exquisitely named educational professor Pulpheart Clabberhead isbrought in to help tame the nephews); Rocket Race to the Moon (a rarefull-on adventure interplanetary, no less in the short form); GladstoneReturns and Links Highjinks (two more Gladstone yarns); and five morestories... plus a half-dozen hilarious one-page gags. Of course, once again allthe stories have been shot from crisp originals, then re-colored (and printed)to match, for the first time since their original release over 60 years ago, thecolorful yet soft hues of the originals and of course the book is rounded offwith essays about Barks, the Ducks, and these specific stories by Barks expertsfrom all over the world.