Another Thanks To My Readers

Amazon’s Affiliate program is an easy way for blog readers to support bloggers: when you access Amazon from one of my links, and buy something, I get 4-6% commission from Amazon.

Over Christmas, this worked out pretty well, and I got my store credit last week. Here is some of what I’m enjoying thanks to you fine folks:

Faith of the Early Fathers, Volumes 1, 2, and 3

This one hurt, because I already have all the Fathers thanks to Verbum. The William Jurgens set, however, is a standard text, and I’m working directly from it for my class on Patristics. I just can’t do the assignments without it. It’s not a bad idea to have a shorter set of the Fathers for quick access to more important passages. Jurgens adds context and annotations, as well as better text than that found in the older public domain editions.


Morality: The Catholic View

Servais Pinckaers is an important figure among Catholic moral theologians, with his Sources of Christian Ethics standing as the central text of Catholic moral theology post-Vatican II. His Morality: The Catholic view is a less daunting book meant for a wider audience, tracing the history of moral theology from its classical and Patristic roots to modern times. I’ll be using it for my Moral Theology class this term.


Uncle Scrooge: Only a Poor Old Man

Donald Duck: A Christmas for Shacktown

My kids and I love Disney comics, especially the Donald Duck and Uncle Scrooge work done by Carl Barks and Don Rosa. These two books are part of a complete collection of all the works by the legendary Barks, who took an irascible duck and his penny-pinching uncle and wove and entire mythology around them. These aren’t just “funny animal” comics. Barks often did giant adventure stories, and proved to be an influence on a couple of kids named Lucas and Spielberg.  This is my light reading for those times when the brain just needs to coast. The books offer a generous selection of stories, handsomely recolored, and each includes supplemental material and background text. It’s grand stuff, and I recommend it for kids of all ages.


Popeye the Sailor: 1941-1943, Vol. 3

Finally, I completed my collection of Fleischer Studios Popeye cartoons. If you think Popeye shorts are just about two guys beating the tar out of each other for 7 minutes … well, you’re right. But the series is also packed full of visual style and imaginative gags, and displays some of the best artistry of the Golden Age of animation. This set includes the final Fleischer shorts and the early, lesser work from Famous Studios.

And that’s it for now. Some more credit should be flowing into the virtual coffers next month, and maybe I’ll finally finish off my collection of EC Segar Popeye reprints.

Thanks again for your support.


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  • victor

    Make sure you save enough Amazon credits next month for this, one of the few Amazon purchases I’ve never regretted.

  • Thomas L. McDonald

    That’s … utterly terrifying.

  • Alex Wainer

    You are so right about the Barks Duck tales. Working anonymously in the 1950s, young readers discerned how the Barks stories and art stood out from work by others. And Don Rosa’s modern take is reverent of the Barks canon while taking it to the next level of wit and creativity. I’m sure my teenage son began to read early because of the many books I read to him, doing the voices, as he sat in my lap as a little boy gazing at the pictures and word balloons.

  • Thomas L. McDonald

    I’ve lost track of how many times my kids have read Rosa’s “Life and Times” and all the Gemstone reprints. I love ‘em.

    I also recommend the Mickey Mouse series from Fantagraphics. Gottfredsen wasn’t as consistently strong as Barks, but there’s good material in there.

  • victor

    Our kids are used to it by now. The other neighborhood kids seemed generally entertained by the antics of ukelele-playing horse-head man this past Halloween, but some of the adults didn’t look quite so amused.