Walt Disney’s Comics and Stories (WDC) was published by Dell and ran an amazing 264 issues from 1940 to 1962. The series was the continuation of Mickey Mouse Magazine, which itself began publishing in 1933. By the 1950s WDC was the highest circulation comic book in the United States, at roughly three million per issue.
Initially consisting of reprints taken from the Disney newspaper comic strips, original stories initiated with Walt Kelly‘s “The Flying Gauchito” in issue #24 on August 1942.
The issue #138 shown here was published March 1952 with original Carl Barks cover art titled “House Snowed In.” Carl Bark’s also has an original 10 page story inside “Statuesque Spendthrifts” where Uncle Scrooge and the Maharajah of Howduyustan compete to see who can build the biggest statue of Cornelius Coot, the founder of Duckburg.
In addition to being Carl Barks art, #140 below is known as being the 1st appearance of Gryro Gearloose, just the 2nd Barks Uncle Scrooge cover and 3rd Uncle Scrooge cover ever.