Donald's "real" father

Thierry Fernand favio31 at
Thu Apr 19 00:33:37 CEST 2001


>>>Most of the time they refered to Barks as "The *real*
>>>father of Donald" which is a statement I can't disagree
>Well, how *can* you *agree* with it? 

I can :-)

>Bruce Hamilton wrote something on the subject in the DD
>special 60th Anniversary issue (DD 286, Sept '94), "Will
>the First Donald Duck Please Stand Up?". Barks did a great
>job fleshing out the character. 
>But what about Taliaffero? Even his Donald remains a
>slapstick comic character, 
>he did a great job too.

At this point I think this is a matter of wordings and what 
people mean by "the real father of Donald Duck".
Donald's fathers are of course the authors of the first 
Donald cartoons (I don't mind about the earlier ducks that 
appear here and there in children books and such).

Carl Barks began to "build" his Donald Duck in 1943 
("Donald Duck Finds Pirate Gold" doesn't count IMhO, this 
is a cartoon recycled product).
In the meantime, Taliaferro made his own duck, and so did 
Federico Pedrocchi, and the British authors (William Ward?) 
in 1936.

BUT, these versions were not followed by the other artists. 
Taliaferro was a great artist, one of my favourite, but his 
duck remained strips only, with a few exception (the early 
Danish works by Rydhal, the early Italian works by 
Carpi/Bottaro/Scarpa who first didn't consider Barks' duck 
as the real duck).
If you except those versions, Barks' is THE version of 
Donald Duck that artists followed. In my opinion, it does 
not mind that Barks started to draw stories even 10 or 20 
years after the character was created, because he imposed 
his version like no other artist / author ever did.

I believed, that if Taliaferro had been allowed to make 
continuities, or draw more stories for the comic books, his 
version would be much more "canonical" nowadays.


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