Monday, August 09, 2004

Duck tales: To mark the 70th birthday of Donald Duck, Canada's National Post offers 70 facts about the blustery bird:

"(30) In 1942, Donald began appearing in comic books, (31) where an artist named Carl Barks (32) turned the incomprehensible, short-tempered ne'er-do-well into an bumbling but articulate adventurer with a short temper. (33) Barks created the town of Duckburg, (34) which is located in the fictional American state of Calisota, (35) and introduced new ducks like rich Uncle Scrooge McDuck, inventor Gyro Gearloose and the terrible Beagle Boys. (36) This Donald continues today in the work of such artists as William Van Horn and Don Rosa, (37) and is particularly popular in Europe. (38) In Norway, Donald Duck still sells more copies that any other publication and (39) one out of four people read the comic every week in Finland. (There is a story that Donald Duck comics were once banned in Finland because the main character wears no pants, (40) but that is simply untrue.)"

Meanwhile, the Kansas City Star (registration required) previews today's ceremony in which Donald will get a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.