By Associated Press - Friday, May 11, 2018

MERRILL, Ore. (AP) - The tiny town of Merrill is dedicating a new park to the Walt Disney animator who’s known for drawing Donald Duck and creating the characters in DuckTales.

The Herald and News reported Friday that Carl Barks died in 2000 but he’s now considered one of the most influential comics of all time.

Workers are planting trees and flowers at a new park that will be called Good Duck Park in Barks’ honor.

Barks worked as an animator for Walt Disney Studios from 1935 until 1942.

He helped develop a basic Donald Duck sketch into a superstar Disney character.

Barks later drew a number of comic books, including one that led to the DuckTales comic book franchise and TV cartoon.

In all, Barks would draw more than 500 stories.

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