The Beauty Business is a comic story written and drawn by Carl Barks. It features Donald Duck, Huey, Dewey and Louie Duck, Daisy Duck, April, May and June and Mrs Crowfoot Dryskin.


Unbeknownst to Daisy, Donald Duck has become a beautician as 'M'sieur Duck'. After succeeding in finally fixing up the ugliest woman in town, wealthy hag J. Crowfoot Dryskin of Turkeyneck-on-the-Mohawk, Donald becomes respected and famous, bringing his outlandish and honestly quite garish idea of beauty to all the women in Duckburg… save for plain old Daisy who ends up feeling inadequate and reluctantly asks Donald for a makeover as well.

Behind the scenesEdit

This story was first printed in May of 1966 in Walt Disney's Comics and Stories #308. It was then reprinted in Daisy and Donald #1, Daisy and Donald #32, Walt Disney's Comics in Color #2, Gladstone Comic Album #12, and, of course, in all versions of the Carl Barks Library. It was also printed in English in the Australian Walt Disney's Comics #241 and Giant #571, and in the British Donald and Mickey #89 (in a remounted version).

The story was based around the editors' requet for Barks to redesign Daisy Duck into a more 'modern', attractive appearance (complete with make-up and a full head of hair). Barks was obviously reluctant to comply and made his story into a brutal postmodern satire of cosmetics and the beauty industry in general, making the 'revamped' Daisy the as garish and unpleasant as possible. He was nonetheless forced to stick by his decision for two of his later stories, The Not-So-Ancient Mariner and Hall of the Mermaid Queen. However, for obvious reasons, the redesign didn't stick and Daisy was soon officially switched back to her traditional bow-wearing self.

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