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Friday, February 13, 2009

One Lucky Duck

2009 marks the 75th anniversary of the introduction of Donald Duck so I thought I would post about “the Duck” (as Walt and his artists referred to Donald) today. Donald has always been associated with the number 13 (after all, poor Donald has the darnedest luck—or as his theme song composed by Oliver Wallace put it, with a touch of irony, “Who gets stuck with all the bad luck? /Nobody but Donald Duck!”) and so Friday 13 is really the Duck’s day. To celebrate, here’s the "lucky" 13th issue of Donald’s comic-book showcase, Walt Disney’s Comics and Stories from October 1941. In this art from the Donald Duck newspaper comic strip drawn by Al Taliaferro (making a reference to the theatrical troupe of the Singer Midgets, who appeared as some of the Munchkins in the 1939 classic, The Wizard of Oz), it looks like the cigar-smoking nephews are the unlucky ones—but one way Donald is lucky is that this cover is not likely to be reprinted, for obvious reasons.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I don't know if you have heard this yet, but Gemstone Comics has ceased publishing the Disney Comics that have been doing for many years. Mickey Mouse Comics, Donald Duck Comics, Uncle Scrooge and Walt Disney Comics are all canceled now. Everything solicited through Diamond for the last 4 or 5 months is now all listed by Diamond as having been canceled by publisher. I talk to our rep at Diamond and he confirmed that Gemstone is ceasing publication of all Disney Comics. Sand news.