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This is our Encyclopedia to the Universe that was created by American Duckman writer and artist Carl Barks, and that was continued by American writer / artist Don Rosa, and the TV series DuckTales.

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April, May & June

Born in Duckburg about 1940, they First appeared in "Flip Decision / Flipism" from 1943. These ducklings were created by Carl Barks. Their mother is obviously a sister of Daisy Duck, but their father is unknown. Once, when Don Rosa was asked if the mother of April, May and June is Donna Duck who appeared in a few stories before Daisy had appeared, he said "that is a good idea." Also, according to Don Rosa, Huey, Dewey and Louie are their cousins. They attend School regularly, live in Duckburg, but they do not appear too often in the stories of either Carl Barks or Don Rosa.

 

Arpin Lusène: a.k.a. The Black Knight

He lives in his castle in Portofino on the French Riviere. First appearance: 1997 in The Black Knight. He also appears in Attaaaaaack! from 2000. Created by: Don Rosa. He is a French count and gentleman that lives a double life as a master thief. Member of The French aristocracy.

Nothing much is known about Arpine Lusène: a.k.a. "le chavalier noir" (the black knight). What is known is that he is a French count and gentleman that lives a double life as the famous master thief "le chavalier noir" who only steals from rich people.

Barks, Carl

American Artist and author of the Duck Universe. Please CLICK HERE for more information about Mr. Barks.

 

Beagle, Blackheart

He apparantly lives together with the rest of the Beagle Boys in their headquarter in Duckburg. Born in the late 1800's, he died sometime after 1952 in Duckburg. His first appearance was 1957 in "The Fantastic River Race." He was created by Carl Barks. In "Lo$, part 10, The Invader of Fort Duckburg," Don Rosa shows a Grandma Beagle who was supposed to look after the Beagle's hideout when Blackheart and his sons stole cattle and other values. Blackheart has at least three sons, and his grandsons are Scrooge's most famous enemies. He was a river pirate-captain on a river-boat and thief.

 

Beakley, Mrs.

Maid to Uncle Scrooge in the TV series DuckTales, and aunt to Webagail Vanderquack.

Coot, Casey

He grew up in Duckburg, and probably returned there after his unsuccessful adventure in the Klondike. He was born around 1860 in Duckburg and died sometime before 1970. First appearance was in 1987 in Last sled to Dawson, Created by: Don Rosa. His father was Clinton Coot, and his mother was Gertrude Gadwall. Siblings: Elvira "Grandma Duck" Coot (sister). Spouse: Gretchen Grebe Children: Cuthbert Coot (son); Fanny Coot (daughter - the mother of Gus Goose). Other close relatives: Gus Goose (grandson).
Occupation: We don't know more about him than that he was a gold prospector in the Klondike in the 1890s.

In the late 1890s he went to Klondike in search for gold. He didn't succeed, and the only reason he still could afford to buy his ticket back home to Duckburg was that he - in December 1899, sold the deed to Kill Mule Hill and Fort Duckburg (a total of 10 acres of land) for $200 to Scrooge McDuck, who also was in the Klondike by then. Kill Mule Hill, being in California, was the future site of the Money Bin, set dead in the middle of Duckburg.

 

Clinton Coot

He used to live in or near Duckburg, perhaps in the farm later owned by Grandma Duck. Born: Ca. 1830 in Duckburg? Died: Ca 1910 in Duckburg? First appearance: 1992, in Guardians of the Lost Library (mentioned by name).
1993, in Don Rosa's Duck Family Three. (picture). Created by: Don Rosa Father: Cornelius Coot Mother: Unknown Siblings: Unknown Spouse: Gertrude Gadwall Children: Elvira "Grandma Duck" Coot (daughter)
Casey Coot (son) Other close relatives: Unknown Occupation: Storekeeper at Coot's Emporium. He also became the founder of the Junior Woodchucks.

When Don Rosa created Clinton Coot he named him after the president of the USA at that time (Bill Clinton).

Clinton Coot was born ca. 1830 in Duckburg? In A little something special Don Rosa shows that Clinton Coot during the second half of the 19th century, ran his own store called "Coot's Emporium". From there he sold ice-cream, etc.

Clinton Coot was very interested in the nature - an interest probably inherited from his mother who Don Rosa says probably was an Indian squaw, and in science. He also learned very much from a book he once got from his father Cornelius Coot, who once found the book in a tight box in a secret room beneath Fort Duckburg.

In 1901 he founded The Junior Woodchucks organisation to promote his interests for the nature and to ensure that the book ended up in safe hands after his death. The organisation was named after the Woodchuck militia which was disbanded shortly before. Like the old militia The Junior Woodchucks were supposed to use Fort Duckburg as their headquarters.

 

Cornelius Coot (Founder of Duckburg)

Since 1818 he used to live in or near Duckburg, perhaps in the farm later owned by Grandma Duck. It is still unknown where he lived before his arrival to Duckburg in 1818, but since he was a hunter, he may have moved around a bit. Born: Ca. 1790 in ? Died: 1880 in Duckburg? First appearance: 1952, in Statuesque Spendthrifts. Created by: Carl Barks Father: Unknown Mother: Unknown Siblings: Unknown Spouse: Unknown Children: Clinton Coot (son) Other close relatives: The Coot Kin Occupation: He used to be a hunter. Later he became the founder of Duckburg. Member of: He seems to have been a member (and perhaps the first leader) of the Woodchuck Militia.

In hope of doing a good trade with the British, Cornelius Coot - by then a hunter, arrived Fort Drake Borough in 1818. While staying in the fort the British garrison were attacked by Spanish troops who tried to conquer it. During the battle the British forces gave the fort over to Cornelius so that they could escape without risking to be sent back by their king. Afterwards Cornelius succeeded to frighten the Spanish troops away by a trickery with some popping popcorn. Shortly after he renamed the place "Duckburg". To defend the area from all kind of enemies he later founded the Woodchuck Militia.

There is as of yet not much known about what happened to Cornelius after this. In The Day Duckburg Got Dyed / Gyro's Super-Dye Carl Barks tell us that once Cornelius Coot piped mountain water to Duckburg, and in Guardians of the Lost Library, Don Rosa shows that Cornelius also revealed the secrets of the fort - like the secret room with the lost library. There he found the box that contained the essence of the ancient library of Alexandria. At some later point he passed that stuff overt to his son Clinton Coot.

There are yet not much known about Cornelius Coot's origin. What is known though, is that the Coots had already been in America for a long time at the time of Cornelius Coot. The first Coots in America probably came over on the Mayflower or to Jamestown. Don Rosa has once described the Coots as "melting-pot" American.

Twice, in Statuesque Spendthrifts from 1952 and in The Day Duckburg Got Dyed / Gyro's Super-Dye from 1957 Barks shows that the city of Duckburg still honour his memory by erecting monuments.

When asked why he did not give Cornelius Coot a wife in his Duck Family Tree, Don Rosa says: "I treated Cornelius the same way as the early ancestors on all 3 Trees. Notice that only the characters who appear in the upper branches have fully defined family relationships, and there is no room left for additions. The characters shown on the trunk are simply ancestors and there are many other possible relatives in those areas. Still, I don't think there were any other sons or daughters of Cornelius other than Clinton. And in American pioneer spirit, I'd say that the wife that Cornelius took was probably an Indian squaw... and I doubt if they were married."

 

Daisy Duck

Address: She lives in a house in Duckburg. Born: Ca. 1920 in Duckburg? Died: ? First appearance: November 4, 1940 in the Donald Duck daily strip. In the 1937 cartoon Don Donald there was a Donna Duck who was very similar to Daisy
Created by: Al Taliaferro Father: Unknown Mother: Unknown Siblings: A sister who is the mother of April, May and June.
A brother who according to Don Rosa, is the father of Huey, Dewey and Louie.
Spouse: None. She dates Donald Duck. Children: None Other close relatives: April, May and June Duck (nieces),
Huey, Dewey and Louie Duck (nephews), Matilda and Drusilla (aunts). Occupation: Unknown Member of: A ladies-club in Duckburg. Drives: She is normally transported by Donald or Gladstone.

Born ca. 1920 in Duckburg? We don't know much about her family, but Barks has mentioned two aunts of her Matilda and Drusilla and then that she has a sister who is the mother of her three nieces April, May and June.

As Don Rosa sees it she also has a brother who is the father of Huey, Dewey and Louie. In Don Rosa's view the reason that so many persons are named Duck is that Duck is a rather common name in Duckburg, like Smith or Jones in America.

At some moment Daisy started to write diaries. She probably do so every day. Her involvement with the Ladies-club in Duckburg also seems very important to her. In the Barks classic "A Christmas For Shacktown" her club in an alliance with the Junior Woodchucks, take the responsibility to arrange a Christmas-party for the poorest children in Duckburg.

Daisy is dating Donald, but he has continuous competition from his cousin Gladstone Gander.

 

Daphne Duck

She grew up at The Duck-farm at the country-side outside Duckburg. Where she lived later together with her family, is unknown. Born: 18?? in Duckburg. Died: 19?? First appearance: In the early 1950s in Carl Barks' Duck Family Tree (by name).
1993 in Lo$ part X - The Invader of Fort Duckburg. Created by: Carl Barks / Don Rosa Father: Humerdink "Grandpa" Duck Mother: Elvira "Grandma Duck" Coot Siblings: Quackmore Duck (brother)
Eider Duck (brother Spouse: Goostave Gander
(In Carl Barks' Duck family tree she was actually married to "Luke the Goose" with whom she had one son, Gladstone, who was orphaned when Daphne and Luke overate at a free-lunch picnic. Gladstone was then adopted by Matilda McDuck and Goosetave Gander! In that version of the tree Gus Goose was a nephew of Luke the Goose. However Barks later changed his mind about this matter). Children: Gladstone Gander (son)
Other close relatives: Donald Duck (nephew)
Della Duck (niece) Occupation: Unknown, since she was born with the same unbelivable luck as her son Gladstone Gander she probably didn't have to work.

There is not much known about Daphne Duck. In The Sign Of The Triple Distelfink Don Rosa shows that on the day she was born a painterman painted a triple Distelfink sign above the barn doors. For some reason that sign provided Daphne with an extreme luck. Some time after 1902 she married Goostave Gander. Together they had one son Gladstone Gander who indeed inherited his mothers luck.

 

Della Duck

Don Rosa says it's very plausible that her twin-brother Donald nicknamed her "Dumbella" in their young years. Address: Unknown, but she don't live in Duckburg. Born: Ca. 1920 in Duckburg? Died: ? First appearance: On October 17th, 1937 in the Donald Duck newspaper "Sunday page". There she's mentioned by name in a letter where she told Donald that she had sent Huey, Dewey and Louie to stay with him. That letter was signed "you cousin Della". In The early 1950s she was presented in Carl Barks' Duck Family Tree as Donald's sister (then called Thelma Duck). In 1993 she appeared in person (as a little child) in Lo$ part XI - The Empire Builder from Calisota. The same year she was also shown as adult in "Don Rosa's Duck Family Three". Created by: Ted Osborne, Al Taliaferro, Carl Barks, Don Rosa Father: Quackmore Duck Mother: Hortense McDuck Siblings: Donald Duck (twin-brother) Spouse: His name is unknown, but Don Rosa says that he is a brother of Daisy Duck. Children: Huey, Dewey and Louie Duck (sons). Other close relatives: Scrooge McDuck (uncle)

Born ca. 1920 as one of two twins. Daughter of $crooge McDuck's sister Hortense McDuck and Quackmore Duck, son of Elvira "Grandma" Duck and her husband Humperdink Duck. Della Duck thus is a descendant from both the Clan McDuck and the Coots.

In 1930 or some time later, she left Duckburg, probably together with her parents. In a young age (around 18-20 years) she married a brother of Daisy Duck with whom she got the triplets Huey, Dewey and Louie. The kids showed a really wild behaviour and when they finally blown a firecracker underneath their fathers chair (and thus sending him to hospital) Della sent them to her brother Donald who was by then living in Duckburg.

 

Dismal Downs

Dismal Downs is located in the middle of Rannoch More in the western part of central Scotland. First appearance: 1948 in The old Castle's Secret Created by: Carl Barks Description: Dismal Downs is the name of the place where the McDuck castle is located. The entire Dismal Downs area is included in the McDuck estate.

It's known that the clan McDuck lived at Dismal Downs for a very, very long time. But in 1675 "the hound" started to terrorise the area and the clan found it best to flee it's home. The ownership to the estate however was remained on the clan's hands. You can read more about the history of Dismal Downs and The Clan McDuck

 

Donald Duck

He lives together with his three nephews Huey, Dewey and Louie in a house in Duckburg. Born: Ca. 1920 in Duckburg? Died: ? xFirst appearance: On June 9th, 1934 in the movie "The wise little hen". Created by: Walt Disney Father: Quackmore Duck Mother: Hortense McDuck Siblings: Della Duck (twin-sister) Spouse: None. He dates Daisy Duck. Children: None Other close relatives: Huey, Dewey and Louie Duck (nephews)
Scrooge McDuck (uncle) Member of: "The Three Caballeros" Occupation: Various. He often work for his uncle, $crooge. Drives: 313, a car he (according to Don Rosa) built himself from spare parts.

Born ca. 1920 as one of two twins. Son of $crooge McDuck's sister Hortense McDuck and Quackmore Duck, son of Elivira "Grandma" Duck and her husband Humperdink Duck. Donald Duck thus is a descendant from both the Clan McDuck and the Coots. In Back To Long Ago! Barks shows that Donald seems to be the rebirth of the 16th century sailor Pintail Duck.

In Lo$ part 11 Don Rosa shows that Donald's first meeting with Scrooge took place in 1930. When the family leaves Scrooge Donald, still a child, for a moment return to his Uncle Scrooge and gives him a kick in his back.

Very little is known about Donald's life from 1930 to the early 1940's. At some point his family leaves Duckburg. If he stayed in Duckburg all the time (at Grandma Duck's farm?) or left with his family, and then returned at later point is still unknown. What we know is that at some time in the mid-1940's his three nephews Huey, Dewey and Louie moved in with him.

Donald Duck has trough the years tried all kinds of jobs without much success. This is though more caused by constant bad luck and stubbornness than a lack of talent. It however seems that his Uncle $crooge always has something for him, like shining his coins.

In An eye for detail and more recently in The Dutchman's Secret Don Rosa shows that Donald is an expert in detecting very small details. This is why he so easily can separate HD&L from each other while for instance the people in "Plain Awful" think that the boys are totally alike each other.

Once Donald built his own car (registered with the number 313) from spare parts. He has used it ever since.

Donald has a rumour for being a "difficult" neighbour. His fights with his neighbour J. Jones are matter of discussions all over Duckburg. Donald is also known for fights with his own cousin Gladstone Gander over Donald's girlfriend Daisy Duck.

In the private Donald raises his three nephews Huey, Dewey and Louie Duck, with great success. He's also known as a good cook with pancakes as his speciality.

 

Downy O'Drake

She used to live in Glasgow, Scotland. Born: 1830 or 1840, probably in Ireland. Died: 1897 in the McDuck Castle at Dismal Downs? First appearance: 1991 in The last of the Clan McDuck. Created by: Don Rosa Father: Unknown Mother: Unknown Siblings: Unknown Spouse: Fergus McDuck Children: Scrooge McDuck
Matilda McDuck
Hortense McDuck Other close relatives: Unknown Occupation: She probably was a housemother. Member of: ? Drives: She probably handed all driving over to her husband Fergus McDuck.

Nothing much is known about Scrooges mother. She was born, probably somewhere in Ireland, in 1830. Her pre-marriage name O'Drake sound Irish. When asked if she's Irish Don Rosa says: "I guess. I was just trying to think up another ducky sounding name, but didn't want to use "Mc" again. Ireland is nearby, and I didn't have any "O'" names yet.".

Latest in 1867 he married Fergus McDuck of the old Scottish clan McDuck.

Her death in 1897 is mentioned in a letter from her husband Fergus addressed to their son Scrooge, in The King of the Klondike from 1992.

 

Drake Borough

Drake Borough was located where, Duckburg is located today. First appearance: 1989 in His Majesty McDuck. Created by: Don Rosa Description: Drake Borough is the old name of the English settlement which Cornelius Coot renamed Duckburg in 1818.

Drake Borough was the name Sir Francis Drake gave his Settlement in the land of Nova Albion in 1579. In 1818 the place was renamed Duckburg by the hunter Cornelius Coot.

A more detailed presentation of the history of Drake Borough is found at: The lives and times in Duckburg.

 

Duckburg

Duckburg is located in the state of Calisota at the American Pacific coast. The name Calisota was first mentioned by Barks in 1952 in the story The Gilded Man. Founded: In His Majesty McDuck Don Rosa shows that Duckburg was founded by Cornelius Coot in 1818. Before then the place was called Drake borough. Drake borough was an English settlement founded by Sir Francis Drake in 1579. First appearance: The name Duckburg probably first occurred in the last panel of the Barks story The tight-wire Artist / High-wire Daredevils from 1944. Where a sign along the railway (in the last panel) says "Duckburg 2096 miles". Created by: Carl Barks Description: Duckburgs is a medium sized city. It's not a small town or a village nor is it a big metropolis.

Duckburgs known history started in June 1579 when British colonists and adventurers led by Sir Francis Drake and Malcolm McDuck landed in a land then called Nova Albion (which has later become known as Calisota). Fort Drake Borough (later known as Fort Duckburg was built the same year. The very first commander on Fort Drake Borough was (according to Don Rosa) Malcolm McDuck.

In the 20th century the city has been shaped by it's no.1 citizen Scrooge McDuck.

A detailed presentation of the history of Duckburg is found at The lives and times in Duckburg.

Duckworth

Scrooge's butler and driver in DuckTales. Duckworth is very proper and has an Enlish accent. With his nose lifted in the air he may seem to be a snob, but he is not.

 

Fergus McDuck:

He used to live in Glasgow, Scotland. Born: 1830 in Glasgow?, Scotland. Died: 1902 in the McDuck Castle at Dismal Downs. First appearance: In the early 1950's he appeared in (though he was there called Scotty McDuck and was only mentioned by name).
1991 in Of Ducks, Dimes and Destinies. Created by: Carl Barks and Don Rosa Father: "Dirty" Dingus McDuck Mother: Molly Mollard Siblings: Angus "Pothole" McDuck
(brother)
Jake McDuck (brother) Spouse: Downy O'Drake Children: Scrooge McDuck
Matilda McDuck
Hortense McDuck Other close relatives: The Clan McDuck
Occupation: He was a mill worker in Glasgow. Member of: ? Drives: He had a horse and carrier.

Fergus McDuck was born in Glasgow?, Scotland in 1830 as number two of three siblings. In page 7 of his unpublished sketches for chapter I of Lo$ Don Rosa shows that Fergus worked as a mill worker in Glasgow.

Latest in 1867 he married Downy O'Drake
that probably came from Ireland.

His death in the McDuck Castle at Dismal Downs is shown in The Billionaire of Dismal Downs from 1993. Showing the death of a character is very special in a Disney comic. Don Rosa says: "...the death of a character, much less a main character, was something never before seen in an American Disney issue. I knew from the start that the storyline would have to involve the death of $crooge's parents -- and I think I handled the death of his father fairly tastefully by using the final scene in "The ghost and mrs.Muir" as my inspiration. I could hear that glorious Bernard Herrmann score playing in my head as I drew those final panels".

 

Flintheart Glomgold

He lives in his Money Bin in the Limpopo Valley in South Africa. Born: 18?? Died: 19?? First appearance: 1956 in The Second-richest Duck Created by: Carl Barks Father: Unknown Mother: Unknown Siblings: Unknown Spouse: Unknown, however he seems to be alone. Children: Unknown Other close relatives: Unknown Occupation: He is a business man with a rather low morale. Member of: Unknown, however in some stories (not Barks or Rosa) he has been a member of the Billionaires Club in Duckburg. Drives: Various?. Most of the time he has a chauffeur.

When Flintheart Glomgold first appeared in 1956 Barks showed that he lives in the Limpopo Valley in South Africa. However because of was the apartheid system that ruled that country until 1989, many later Duck-story creators have seen away from that fact. However in Lo$, part 6 The Terror of the Transvaal Don Rosa shows that Scroges first meeting with Flintheart was around 1880 when Scrooge went to South Africa in search of gold. In a comment Don Rosa says: "Now, I know we've seen various European Duck stories telling of how $crooge and Flintheart Glomgold were partners in the Yukon, or that Glomgold lives in Duckburg and sits beside $crooge at the "Millionaires' Club"; but we Barks fans all know that $crooge's "evil twin" lives in South Africa. And knowing that this chapter would be set in that region, how could I resist having $crooge encounter "Flinty" in the days before either of them had a dollar (or rand) to their name? Yet notice that $crooge never learns Flintheart's name, since his African rival is unknown and unrecognized by him in their later "first" meeting in "The Second Richest Duck"... On the other hand, we have no indication that Flintheart doesn't already know $crooge in that tale -- in fact, the cool manner in which Flintheart receives $crooge could be inferred as a sign that Flintheart knew who he was, and knew he was on his way to Africa, having met him on the ship coming over... I see Flintheart as a match for $crooge (his youthful inspiration) in every way -- they both started from nothing and made their fortunes by "being sharper than the sharpies and smarter than the smarties"... but the difference is that Flintheart didn't "make it square". He's dishonest, and perhaps downright murderous (as opposed to the Beagle Boys who are more good-natured baddies)".

Barks never said anything about where Flintheart has his origin, so he may have been born in Scotland and emigrated to South Africa at a young age, like $crooge emigrated to America. Anyway, in "The Terror of the Transvaal" Glomgold sasy he's a Boer. Translators have sometimes confused him with John D. Rockerduck.

 

Fulton Gearloose

Duckburg. Born: 18?? in Duckburg? Died: 19?? First appearance: 1992 in Guardians of the Lost Library (just by name). First appearence in person was in 1993 in Lo$ part X - The Invader of Fort Duckburg. Created by: Don Rosa Father: Ratchet Gearloose Mother: Unknown Siblings: Unknown Spouse: Unknown Children: Gyro Gearloose (son). Other close relatives: Unknown Occupation: Repairman in Duckburg. Member of: He was one of the pioneer members of The Junior Woodchucks. Drives: Like his father and his son he probably had various vehicles which he invented hiself.

In Gyro's First Invention Don Rosa shows that Fulton Gearloose was a repairman who used to repair anything for people, and that he had a workshop in Duckburg which he ran until he handed it over to his son, Gyro in 1952. In Lo$ part X - The Invader of Fort Duckburg, he appear among the very first Junior Woodchucks. His involvement with The Junior Woodchucks is also shown in the Junior Woodchucks museum in he beginning of Guardians of the Lost Library where he is mentioned as the "inventor of the Junior Woodchucks merit badge". Fulton Gearloose as a member of JW in 1902.

General Snozzie

Address: He stays together with The Junior Woodchucks somewhere in Duckburg. Born: Around 1950 in Duckburg? Died: After 1965 in Duckburg? First appearance: 1958 in Dodging Miss Daisy / Spring Cleaning. Created by: Carl Barks Description: He is a bloodhound. Occupation: He is the official bloodhound of The Junior Woodchucks.

General Snozzie is the official bloodhound of the Junior Woodchucks. His nose can detect any substance on command.

In W.H.A.D.A.L.O.T.T.A.J.A.R.G.O.N. he does appear as a puppy, so we can assume that he was born around 1950. In The Phantom of Notre Duck we can see that he is still alive in 1965.

 

Gladstone Gander

He lives in a house in Duckburg. Born: 19?? in Duckburg? Died: ? First appearance: 1948 in Wintertime Wager.
Created by: Carl Barks Father: Goosetave Gander Mother: Daphne Duck
Siblings: Unknown
Spouse: None. He sometimes dates Daisy Duck
. Children: None Other close relatives: Occupation: None, he hates to work and lives from anything his extreme luck can give him. Member of: A lazy man's-club in Duckburg? Drives: He usually drives an open car.

There have been some uncertainties connected to the origin of Gladstone Gander. In Carl Barks' first version of the Duck Family Tree which he made for his own reference in the early fifties, Gladstone was the son of Luke the Goose and Daphne Duck, and was later adopted by Matilda McDuck and Goosetave Gander. (Daphne and Luke died by overeating at a free-lunch picnic). Barks probably came up with this because Gladstone had appeared to be related to both Scrooge and Grandma Duck in his stories. It is said that Barks did away with this adoption in a later version of his tree, that isn't published anywhere.

In Don Rosa's version of the family tree, Daphne instead married Goosetave Gander, and they were Gladstone's parents, so there was never any adoption. Even though it's not shown in his family tree, Don Rosa also think that Matilda McDuck instead is married to Ludwig Von Drake.

Barks has shown that Gladstone has tried only one job in his entire life. Afterwards he was so ashamed that he was hiding his salary (one single coin) in a safe that he probably won some time.

In The Sign Of The Triple Distelfink Don Rosa shows that the extreme luck that is connected to Gladstone (and also to his mother Daphne) is caused by a Triple Distelfink sign that old Humperdink Duck hired a man to paint ahead of one of the barn doors the day Daphne was born. On one of his birthdays when he was still a kid (sometime in the 20's), Gladstone was almost hit by a lightning after Donald had him hang after a rope, ahead of the opposite barn door with an upside down Triple Distelfink sign painted ahead of it. Because of this he always experienced an extremely bad luck on each birthday. However this curse was ended when Gladstone was almost hit by another lightning when hanging after a rope (again caused by Donald) ahead of the barn door with the normal Triple Distelfink painted ahead of it. From then on Gladstone has been followed by extremely luck every single day during the entire year.

 

Goldie O'Gilt

Her last name indicates that her family is of Irish origin. Address: She used to live in Uncle Scrooges old cottage nearby Dawson, Canada together with her tame bear, but in Last sled to Dawson Don Rosa shows that she runs a hotel in Dawson and thus lives there. Born: 18?? in ? Died: 19?? in Dawson? First appearance: 1953 in Back to the Klondike. Created by: Carl Barks (her last name by Don Rosa. Father: Unknown Mother: Unknown Siblings: Unknown Spouse: None, at least not in the Barks/Rosa Duck-universe. Children: None, at least not in the Barks/Rosa Duck-universe. Other close relatives: In some Italian stories she has a granddaughter called Dickie Duck, but she doesn't exist in the Barks/Rosa Duck-universe. Occupation: She runs a hotel in Dawson. In her younger days she started the place up as the Blackjack Saloon that after a while was improved into the Blackjack Ballroom. Member of: ? Drives: She doesn't seem to have any vehicle.

"Glittering" Goldie O'Gilt is in many ways a mystery. We don't know when or where she was born or why she appears in Dawson if she's not born there. We can however assume that she came to Dawson some time in the mid- or late 1890s, to start a saloon in the hope of profiting from the rush for gold, and perhaps also to find a nice and tough gold-prospector. Based on her last name O'Gilt, we can assume that her ancestors came from Ireland.

In
Lo$ part 8 - The King of the Klondike and Hearts of the YukonDon Rosa shows that "Glittering" Goldie O'Gilt was in Dawson in the late 1890's. In Last sled to Dawson
he shows that she still lives in the north in the 1950s.

A link for "Glittering" Goldie fans:
Welcome to Duckburg!

by Katie Sullivan.

 

 

 

Eider Duck

He grew up at The Duck-farm at the country-side outside Duckburg. Where he lived later together with his family, is unknown. But it has to be in some distance from Duckburg since he once (in 1944) sent a falcon to his nephew Donald, by postage. Born: 18?? in Duckburg? Died: 19?? First appearance: 1944 in Farragut the Falcon / The fighting Falcon (by name).
1993 in Lo$ part X - The Invader of Fort Duckburg. Created by: Carl Barks / Don Rosa Father: Humerdink "Grandpa" Duck Mother: Elvira "Grandma Duck" Coot Siblings: Quackmore Duck (brother)
Daphne Duck (sister) Spouse: Lulubelle Loon
Children: Abner "Whitewater" Duck (son)
Fethry Duck (son). This is only for those who think he does exist in the Duck-universe. Don Rosa added him because his publisher said so - not because he wanted to. Other close relatives: Donald Duck (nephew)
Della Duck (niece)
Gladstone Gander (nephew) Occupation: His occupation is unknown, but it could be something related to birds since he once (in 1944) sent his nephew Donald a falcon.

There is not much known about Eider Duck. Eider Duck was not included in Carl Barks' Duck Family Tree even though Barks already had mentioned him in a story where he sent Donald a falcon. He was later included in Don Rosa's Duck Family Tree because Don Rosa (as always) included all Barksian facts).

Sometime after 1902 Eider Duck married Lulubelle Loon and had one son "Abner 'Whitewater' Duck" (Don Rosa says that Fethry Duck doesn't belong in Barks' and his universe, and thus Don Rosa don't regard him as a son of Eider Duck). Where ever Eider Duck and his family are living it is not in Duckburg., because once (in 1944) sent a falcon to his nephew Donald, by postage.

 

Elvira "Grandma Duck" Coot (some times called "Elviry")

Address: She lives atThe Duck-farm at the country-side outside Duckburg, together with her grand-nephew Gus Goose. Born: Ca. 1855 in Duckburg? Died: Before 1970 in Duckburg? First appearance: 1940, on a picture on Donald's wall.
1943, in person. Created by: Al Taliaferro, with his mother-in-law, Donnie M. Wheaton, as the inspiration. Father: Clinton Coot Mother: Gertrude Gadwall Siblings: Casey Coot
(brother)
In some European stories Uncle Scrooge has wrongly been presented as her brother. Spouse: Humperdink Duck Children: Quackmore Duck
(son)
Daphne Duck
(daughter)
Either Duck (son) Other close relatives: Gus Goose
(grand nephew)
Occupation: Housemother and farmer. Member of: ? Drives: An old Detroit Electric
, sometimes she also drives a tractor.

Born ca. 1855 in Duckburg? as the oldest of two siblings. She was sometime around 1873-1875 married to Humperdink Duck. They lived at a farm outside Duckburg. Together they had 3 children, Quackmore, Daphne and Either. They used to be called Mother and Father Duck, later that changed, off natural causes, to Grandma and Grandpa Duck.

Some time after Scrooge McDuck first appeared in Duckburg in 1902 she sold him most of her land except for the farm.

At some point after 1920 her husband Humperdink died and left her a widow. After that she ran the farm by herself. At some point her brother Casey's daughter's son Gus Goose started to "help" her at the farm.

Grandma Duck is in many ways the head of the Duck-family. She is normally the one who arranges the family's Christmas celebrations and she's known as an excellent cook with pies as one of many specialities.

Grandma Duck died in Duckburg? before 1970 at a very high age.

 

 

 

Hortense

Address: She used to stay together with Scrooge in Montana, Indonesia and other places. Born: Around 1880 in Montana, USA? Died: After 1890 First appearance: 1992 in Lo$, part 3 The Bucharoo of the Badlands. Created by: Don Rosa. Description: She was a horse. Of nature she was somewhat wild, but Scrooge managed to tame her very well. Don Rosa has also shown that she was very clever.

Hortense is the horse, by then called "The Widow Maker", on which scrooge was tested when he was to be hired as a Cowboy by Murdo MacKenzie in 1882. The reason Scrooge wasn't thrown of the horse immediately was that his money-belt was hanged up in the saddle. Scrooge tamed her and renamed her Hortense after his youngest sister (he said they had the same bad temper).

In the period from 1882-1885 she followed Scrooge everywhere, first on the Texas-Montana Trail, then to Indonesia and finally back to Montana.

In 1885 Scrooge returned to Scotland in a hurry. Whatever happened to Hortense when Scrooge was absent in the years from 1885 to 1889 is still unknown. One possibility though, is that she stayed with her previous owner and Scrooges former boss, Murdo MacKenzie.

When Scrooge returned to America in 1889 he and Hortense was reunited and appear together in 1890 in
The Vigilante of Pizen Bluff
.

Hortense has not been seen since Scrooge left his Uncle Angus after the adventure in Bluff. Her further faith is thus unknown.

 

Hortense McDuck

Address: After leaving Scotland she lived in Duckburg at least until 1930. What happened to her after that is of yet unknown. Since Donald is the only family member shown in histories covering the period after 1930 one can assume that she and the rest of the family, left Duckburg some time after leaving Scrooge in 1930. Perhaps she and her husband Quackmore live at the same place as their daughter Della and her husband. Born: 1876 in Glasgow, Scotland? Died: 19?? First appearance: The early 1950s in Carl Barks' Duck Family Tree (by name).
1991 in Lo$ part I - The last of the Clan McDuck (in person). Created by: Carl Barks / Don Rosa Father: Fergus McDuck Mother: Downy O'Drake Siblings: Scrooge McDuck
(brother)
Matilda McDuck (sister) Spouse: Quackmore Duck

Children: Donald Duck
(son)
Della Duck (daughter) Other close relatives: Huey, Dewey and Louie Duck
(grandsons) Occupation: We don't know much about her, but it seems that she often worked for her brother $crooge in her younger days. Later on she probably was a house-mother. Member of: ? Drives: She has never been seen driving any vehicle, perhaps her housband Quackmore handled the driving?

Hortense McDuck was born in Glasgow, Scotland? in 1876 as the youngest of three siblings. She was thus a very young child when her 9 years older brother Scrooge left Scotland for America. But even then she had developed her image - a somewhat wild mood. So when Scrooge got a horse with a wild temper in America he named it after her.

In 1902 she left Scotland and went to America together with the rest of her siblings. On her way to America she dreamt about meeting nice American cowboys. When the McDucks first arrived in Duckburg she was a bit disappointed that there were no cowboys there. Soon after her arrival in Duckburg she however met Quackmore Duck (a descendant of The founder of Duckburg, Cornelius Coot) with a temper very similar to her own. In The Sharpie of the Culebra Cut Don Rosa shows that she was still very interested in "cowboys" during her, Scrooges and Matildas stay in Panama in 1906. In the beginning of
Lo$ part XI - The Empire-Builder from Calisota
that takes place in 1908 Don Rosa shows that she and Quackmore Duck were engaged. They finally were married some years later.

In The Vigilante of Pizen Bluff and in The Dutchman's Secret
Don Rosa shows that Hortense used to paste photos, etc. into some photo books.

From 1902 to 1930 she and Matilda worked for Scrooge. Around 1908 while Scrooge was abroad they hired Miss Emily Quackfaster
as Scrooges new secretary.

When Scrooge finally returned to Duckburg in 1930 she and the rest of the family prepared for nice reunion, but because of Scrooges unpleasant behaviour when he returned she, and the rest of the family left him...

Whatever happened to Hortense, Quackmore and their kids after that incident is for the mostly unknown. What we know is that Donald appeared in Duckburg in the 1940's and that Della lived elsewhere.

Hugh "Seafoam" McDuck.

Address: He used to sail on the seven seas. Born: Around 1710 in Scotland? Died: 1776 in the war? First appearance: In the Barks classic Chisel McSue and the Horse Radish Treasure from 1953.
Created by: Carl Barks Father: Unknown Mother: Unknown Siblings: Unknown Spouse: Unknown Children: Unknown Other close relatives:
The Clan McDuck
Occupation: He used to be an officer at sea. Member of: ? Drives: When he was ashore he was probably riding a Horse.

Capt. Hugh "Seafoam" McDuck was born around 1710. He grew wealthy sailing his "Golden Goose" on the trade route to the West Indies! But in 1753 one Swindle McSue tricked him into a contract to deliver some horse radish to Jamaica - then scuttled the "Goose"! Seafoam forfeited the McDuck home and belongings to McSue, and escaped with only the heirloom watch in his pocket, and the golden dentures in his mouth!

According to Don Rosa, "Seafoam" died in 1776, perhaps in the Anglo-American war.

 

Humperdink "Grandpa" Duck

Address: He used to live at The Duck-farm at the country-side outside Duckburg, together with his family. Don Rosa says that it was Grandma Duck's family, the Coots, who owned the farm before that, so Humperdink must have come from elsewhere. Where he came from is however still unknown. Born: Since he was a father in 1875 he must have been born before 1860. Died: Unknown, but in The Sign Of The Triple Distelfink Don Rosa shows that he was still alive in the mid 1920s. It however seems that Grandma Duck is a widow by 1940. First appearance: 1993 in Lo$ part X - The Invader of Fort Duckburg. Created by: Don Rosa Father: Unknown Mother: Unknown Siblings: Unknown Spouse: Elvira "Grandma Duck" Coot Children: Quackmore Duck (son)
Daphne Duck
(daughter)
Eider Duck (son) Other close relatives: Gus Goose
(grand nephew)
Occupation: Farmer. Member of: Perhaps a farmers assoiation? Drives: Perhaps he was the first one to drive the old
Detroit Electric
, Grandma Duck later drives. In the Dutch version of Don Rosa's Duck Family Tree he is shown driving a tractor.

There is not much known about Humerdink Duck. He was born before 1860 and married latest in 1875 to Elvira Coot, daughter of Clinton Coot, and granddaughter of Cornelius Coot the founder of Duckburg. The farm they took over belonged to her family so he must have come from elsewhere. He is shown alive in the mid 1920s, but seems to be dead before 1940. When it comes to his origin Don Rosa says that the Duck family came from the British Isles, probably England.

 

 

 

 

 

 

McDuck, Angus "Pothole"

He used to live nearby the Mississippi-river in the USA. Born: 1829 in Glasgow, Scotland. Died: 19?? in New Orleans, USA. First appearance: 1955 in The Great Steamboat Race Created by: Carl Barks. Father: "Dirty" Dingus McDuck. Mother: Molly Mollard. Siblings: Fergus McDuck (brother) Jake McDuck (brother). Occupation: He used to be a riverboater on the Mississippi. Later on he arranged western-shows. He used to sail a steamboat on the Mississippi.

 

 

 

Jake McDuck

Address: It seems that he used to live in Scotland. Born: 1832 in Glasgow?, Scotland. Died: 19?? in Scotland? First appearance: He was first mentioned in 1952 in the Barks classic A Christmas For Shacktown when Donald went to Scrooge dressed as him, in the hope that Scrooge would give him some money for a toy-train for the poor children in Shacktown. Donald's attempt failed because Scrooge remembered that his uncle Jake once borrowed some money from him and had never paid back. Created by: Carl Barks Father: "Dirty" Dingus McDuck Mother: Molly Mollard Siblings: Angus "Pothole" McDuck (brother)
Fergus McDuck (brother) Spouse: None Children: None Other close relatives: The Clan McDuck

Occupation: He was a stockyard hand in Glasgow?

Jake McDuck was born in Glasgow?, Scotland in 1832 as the youngest of three siblings. In page 7 of his unpublished sketches for chapter I of Lo$ Don Rosa shows that Jake worked as a stockyard hand, probably in Glasgow.

In page 7
of his unpublished sketches for chapter I of Lo$ Don Rosa shows that Jake never married.

Jake McDuck died, probably somewhere in Scotland, sometime after 1900.

John D. Rockerduck

Address: He lives in Duckburg. Born: From Lo$, part 4 The Raider of the Copper Hill it seems that John must have been born sometime in the second half of the 1870's. In Of Ducks, Dimes and Destinies Don Rosa shows that his father Howard Rockerduck looked for girls in Glasgow in 1877 and that he returned to the USA without success. This means that his father probably, was still single at that time. He must however have married soon after. John is thus probably born around 1878 in the USA. Died: 19?? First appearance: 1961 in Boat Buster Created by: Carl Barks Father: Howard Rockerduck Mother: Unknown Siblings: Unknown Spouse: None Children: None Other close relatives: Unknown Occupation: He is a business man with a rather low morale. Member of: He is a member of the Billionaires Club in Duckburg. Drives: Various?. Most of the time he has a chauffeur.

The Duckburg billionaire John D. Rockerduck doesn't appear often in the stories of Barks and Rosa, but he has become a major character in the Italian Duck Universe. Don Rosa has shown that the very first meeting between Rockerduck and Scrooge took place in Anaconda, Montana in 1885. In a comment about this Don Rosa says:

"In my story I try to show Rockerduck as being quite different from $crooge (and Flintheart Glomgold, for that matter) in that he inherited all his wealth rather than working for it like $crooge and Flinty. I also make John a few years younger than $crooge so that I can further insult him by having his own father, Howard Rockerduck, be one of the long line of mentors from whom $crooge gains advice in the course of my series."

José "Joe" Carioca

Address: Vila Xurupita in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Born: 19?? in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Died: ? xFirst appearance: 1943 in the Disney movie Saludos Amigos. Created by: Walt Disney Studios Introduction to the Barks/Rosa universe: He was introduced to the Barks/Rosa universe by Don Rosa in 2000 in the story The Three Caballeros ride again. Father: Unknown Mother: Unknown Siblings: He has two nephews, Zico and Zeca, so, we can imagine that he has at least one brother, or sister. Spouse: None, but some sources mention a girlfriend called Rosinha ("Little Rose") a.k.a. Aurora Children: None Other close relatives: Some sources mentiones two nephews Zico and Zeca and a lot off counsins, every one from a specifc region in Brazil:
Zé Paulista (from São Paulo)
Zé Queijinho (from Minas Gerais)
Zé Pampeiro (from Rio Grande do Sul)
Zé de Itu (from a city called "Itu", on the countryside off São Paulo, were everything is "big", including Carioca's cousin)
Zé Baiano (from Bahia)
Zé Jandaia (from the north off the country) Occupation: He is an Entertainer. In Brazil, he usually don't do NOTHING! He HATE working! Member of: "The Three Caballeros" Drives: ? Other information: José Carioca was created during World War II as a part of an American campaign to gain goodwill in Latin America. His first name is believed to have been inspired by the popular Brazilian cartoonist José Carlos de Britto e Cunha. His last name, Carioca, is a Brazilian word used to describe a native of Rio de Janeiro. José Carioca has become very popular in Brazil where he is now called Zé for short.

Paul Murry drew his firsts comic strips and after the War he disappeared from the USA .He was reintroduced in Brazil, on the covers off "Pato Donald"during the 50's by Luis Destuet, that came from Argentina to teach the Brazilian drawers how to draw the Disney style. Jorge Jato was the first Brazilian Disney drawer, and the "Zé Carioca"comic came in the 60's. After Kato, Waldyr Igayara carried the first Carioca comics. Later Herrero, Renato Canini, Cláudio de Souza, Elí Leon, Euclides Miyaura, Arthur Faria Jr, Fukue, Paulo Borges, Aluir Amâncio, Gérson Borlotti Teixeira, Aparecido Norberto, Átila de Carvalho and lot's off others Brazilian writters and drawers have carried the Carioca's Brazilian comics up today. The best off all: Renato Canini, that draws the most cartooning, and the most realistic Zé Carioca off all!.

In 1945 José "Joe" Carioca formed the trio "The Three Caballeros" together with his good friends Panchito and Donald Duck. In the late 1950's he appeared in Mexico where he worked as an entertainer and looked for pretty women. During those days "The three caballeros" were reunited.

 

 

 

 

Kill Motor Hill

is located in, Duckburg. First appearance: 1951 in The Big Bin on Killmotor Hill. Created by: Carl Barks Description: It is the hill on where Sir Francis Drake built his Fort Drake Borough in 1579 and where Scrooge McDuck raised his Money Bin in 1902.

Kill Motor Hill has been a very central place during the entire history of Duckburg, In 1579 Sir Francis Drake built his fort on top of the hill which at one point was named "Kill Mule Hill". When it comes to the origin of the old name of the hill, "Kill Mule Hill", Don Rosa says: Barks named the hill that the Money Bin sits on as "Killmotor Hill" in the story where he first used the Money Bin. I decided in the "Life of $crooge" that it must have had a different name in the 18th and 19th centuries before they invented cars.

In 1902 Scrooge McDuck tried to drive his car to the top of the hill, but that effort was too much for the car's motor and it stopped. Immediately after that incident
Humperdink Duck
renamed the hill and gave it its present name. During a period of six months the same year Scrooge raised his Money Bin on the hill.

A more detailed presentation of the history of Duckburg is found at:
The lives and times in Duckburg.

 

 

The Helper

Address: He stays together with Gyro Gearloose in a house or perhaps in Gyro's workshop in Duckburg. Constructed: 1952 in Duckburg. First appearance: 1956 in The Cat Box. Created by: Carl Barks Description: He (it) is a kind of microbot. Invented by: Gyro Gearloose with some help from Donald Duck. "Siblings": Gyro once made a big helper. Occupation: He (it) is Gyro Gearlooses' mechanical helping hand.

In Gyro's First Invention Don Rosa shows that the Helper was constructed in 1952. He is built out of a lamp previous owned by Donald Duck. Some mysterious way the lamp became alive and intelligent when Donald accidentally hit Gyro in his head with it so that Gyro's head hit his unfinished mindbox. Later Gyro gave the main part of the lamp mechanical legs and arms so that it could be able to cross obstacles. To avoid vibrations while moving it was also equipped with dolls shoes (The same type Gyro had previously done for April, May and June), and finally Donald put on a light-bulb so that it could light up it's surroundings.

Don Rosa also shows that the Helpers first mission was to enter the badger's hole where $crooge previously (in the Barks classic A Christmas For Shacktown
) used a toy-train to get back his money.

In The Duck Who Never Was
. Don Rosa indicates that the Helper needs some kind of maintenance from Gyro to function. In some stories by Barks, the Helper switches his light-bulb himself, so this necessary maintenance is probably some kind of energy-transmission.

In The Once and Future Duck Don Rosa shows that the Helper was the one that drew King Arthur's sword "Excalibur" out of the stone.

 

 

 

 

Ludwig Von Drake

Address: He lives in Duckburg. Born: 18?? in Vienna, Austria? Died: 19?? First appearance: 1961 on television, in An Adventure in Color. Created by: ? Father: Unknown Mother: Unknown Siblings: Unknown Spouse: According to Don Rosa he is married to Scrooges sister Matilda McDuck Children: Unknown Other close relatives: Unknown Occupation: He is an intelligent professor and a Scientist. Member of: ? Drives: He probably has a car.

Ludwig Von Drake is very seldom used by Carl Barks and Don Rosa, and there is nothing much known about him. What we know is that he is said to be an Austrian from Vienna and that he is a professor. He is usually seen as Donald's uncle. In Don Rosa's view he is that by being married to Scrooge's sister "Matilda McDuck", but he wasn't allowed by his publisher, to show that on his Duck Family Tree.

 

 

Magica De Spell

Address: She lives at Mt. Vesuvio, Italy together with her black raven. Born: Unknown Died: ? First appearance: 1961 in The Midas Touch Created by: Carl Barks Father: Unknown Mother: Unknown Siblings: Unknown Spouse: None Children: None Other close relatives: Unknown Occupation: She's a sorceress. Member of: Sometimes she seems to be a member of an association for witches and sorcerers. Drives: She flies a broom.

Ever since Magica for the very first time, walked into Scrooges office in 1961, Scrooges first dime has been in the utmost danger. The reason for this is that Magica all the time tries to steal the dime in order to melt it, and create an amulet that she expects will make her the richest person in the world.

In Of Ducks, Dimes and Destinies
from 1991 Don Rosa shows that the very first meeting between Magica and Scrooge took place in Glasgow in 1877 at the moment Scrooge earned his first coin. This happened because Magica used a time candle to go back in time.

When it comes to the question if Magica is a witch or a sorceress Don Rosa says: "I (and Egmont-editor Byron Erickson) regard Magica as a totally normal "human being" who dabbles in sorcery using spells and potions, but has no supernatural abilities of her own without such tools. That was Barks' original version."

 

Malcolm McDuck.

Address: He used to sail on the seven seas. Born: Around 1530 in Scotland? Died: After 1579 First appearance: In the Barks classic Back To Long Ago! from 1956 there is mentioned a Matey McDuck that can be seen as his first appearance.
The name Malcolm McDuck is probably first used in 1991 in some unpublished sketches by Don Rosa. Created by: Carl Barks and Don Rosa Father: Unknown Mother: Unknown Siblings: Unknown Spouse: Unknown Children: Unknown Other close relatives: The Clan McDuck
Occupation: He used to be an officer at sea and became the very first commander of Fort Drake Borrough in 1579. Member of: ? Drives: When he was ashore he was probably riding a Horse.

Malcolm McDuck was born around 1530.

In the Barks classic Back To Long Ago! from 1956 there is mentioned a Matey McDuck who was a British naval officer in the Caribbean. Once Matey McDuck and a sailor named Pintail Duck buried a treasure that actually consisted of potatoes. In that same story Barks also shows that Matey McDuck seems to have been reborn as Scrooge McDuck
.

And In page 5
of his unpublished sketches for chapter I of Lo$ Don Rosa mentions that "Records show that in the 1560's a McDuck served aboard the HMS "Falcon Rover" under Capt. Loyal Hawk as he raided the Spanish Caribbean trade routes!"

Once Don Rosa have said that Malcolm McDuck died in 1564, but in pages 5 and 6
of his unpublished sketches for chapter I of Lo$ he shows that in 1579 Malcolm McDuck sailed together with Sir Francis Drake as the "first mate" of "The Golden Hind". Shortly after he became the first commander of the new Fort Drake Borough and thus became the first McDuck in what later became known as Duckburg.

The easiest explanation of all this is to see Matey and Malcolm McDuck as two separate McDucks, probably brothers who both went to sea. Matey drowned when "The Falcon" sunk in 1564 and Malcolm died sometime after he ended up in Drake Borough in 1579.