The Disney newspaper strips were produced at the Disney Studio itself and distributed by King Features Syndicate; the comic books, on the other hand, were made by Western Printing and Lithographing (later Western Publishing) who also published comic books for several other major animation studios (among them Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Warner Bros., and Walter Lantz). The newsstand distributor was Dell Publishing; bookstore publications, such as children's books, were distributed by Western's own company Whitman. In the early 1960's, Western decided to take over the distribution of the comic books themselves, for which the Gold Key label was launched.
In the mid-1960's the Disney Studio also began to produce comic books for the foreign market, a task which was later taken over by Danish publisher Gutenberghus/Egmont.
In the early 1980's Western stopped the comic-book production; the Disney license then went to Gladstone Publishing, who, after a short intermezzo when Disney produced the comic books themselves, served the U.S. market until late 1998. In the summer of 1999 Gemstone Publishing took over the Disney license and, after long negotiations, will probably begin production in 2003.
The following list is an overview of all series in which Carl Barks' works were first published.