Sheriff of Bullet Valley

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"Sheriff of Bullet Valley"
Comic book cover by Barks
Story codeW OS 199-02
StoryCarl Barks
InkCarl Barks
DateOctober 1948
Layout4 rows per page
AppearancesDonald Duck
Huey, Dewey and Louie
First publicationFour Color #199

"Sheriff of Bullet Valley" is a 32-page Disney comics Western adventure/mystery story written, drawn and lettered by Carl Barks. It was first published by Dell in Four Color #199 (October 1948) with three one-page gag stories: "Sorry to be Safe", "Best Laid Plans", and "The Genuine Article". "Sheriff of Bullet Valley" and the gag stories have been reprinted many times.


Donald applies for a job as the Sheriff of Bullet Valley and his nephews plan on helping him despite how dangerous he tells them it is, they investigate the mysterious cattle theft from the Diamond Brand Ranch and find out that the thief is none other than Blacksnake McSquirt. It's a fight to the finish when Donald finally defeats Blacksnake.


Thomas Andrae writes in Carl Barks and the Disney Comic Book that Sheriff took its inspiration from the B western films of the period — especially Barks's favorite Hopalong Cassidy (1935). Barks used details from the film in his comic book parody. In 1,000 Comic Books You Must Read Tony Isabella describes the tale as "[a] masterful mix of action and comedy."

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  • Andrae, Thomas (2006). Carl Barks and the Disney Comic Book. University of Mississippi Press. pp. 81–84.
  • Barks, Carl (2012). Walt Disney's Donald Duck: "The Old Casle's Secret". Fantagraphic Books. pp. 98, 139–170, 171–172, 217, 219, 222.
  • Isabella, Tony (2009). 1,000 Comic Books You Must Read. Krause Publications.

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