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A cartoon story of Donald Duck was later published as… Jetsons story?!

In the latest Comic Book Legends Revealed, discover the bizarre story of how a Donald Duck the comic book story was remade as a story featuring the Jetson

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A Donald Duck comic book history has been remade as a Jetson cartoon story.



In a relatively recent Comic Book Legends Revealed (of course, when you’re reviewing for over 17 years, “relatively recent” can sometimes mean, like, five years ago), I wrote about how MLJ Comics (now Archie Comics) often reused the same stories for its various comic book characters. In this caption, it was even funnier than normal, because there was a story starring Archie Andrews who literally just had the faces redrawn to make it a story about ANOTHER of MLJ’s teenage characters, Wilbur.

While it’s kind of silly (seeing the exact same story, just with swapped heads), at least with these comic book stories you’re dealing with a teenage humor character swapped with a teenage humor character. The very fact that they made the swap is why the swap made sense, because they’re all basically the same kind of character, so in the grand scheme of things does it really make much difference if he is this a story starring Archie or Wilbur? The story concept works the same for both.

However, this sort of thing has happened in other comic companies for other properties, and sometimes these remade stories involve VERY different characters, like the story we’re going to be looking at today, where a story Donald Duck cartoon story has been remade as…a Jetsons cartoon story!

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In 1967 Donald Duck #114, Vic Lockman wrote a story called “The Forget-Me-Duck”, which was drawn by the great Tony Strobl (with inks by Steve Steere). You may have heard the stories of how, in the 1960s, when there were no creator credits on Disney comic books, fans loved the work Carl Barks so much caused them to come to refer to the then unnamed Barks as “The Good Duck Artist.” Well, Tony Strobl was the OTHER “Good Duck Artist”, because he was a great artist. If he wasn’t as good as Barks, he was damn close. Lockman, meanwhile, was the primary writer for the Disney and Hanna-Barbera Western comics. Archie’s lead writer) as the most prolific comic book writers of all time (Chuck Dixon recently claimed he’s surpassed these four writers, and heck, maybe he’s got it done, beat me).

The story begins with Donald bringing an old classmate to him and Daisy to impress him, but it’s not the duck he had in mind!

He also forgot it was Daisy’s birthday. We see other problems with Donald’s memory, like forgetting a pan on the stove that started a fire…

Fortunately, Donald’s friend, the brilliant inventor, Gyro Gearloose, has an invention that can give Donald the memory of an elephant…

It works and Donald’s memory is amazing now. Of course, he remembers right away that Gyro owed him money (with interest) since they were kids. Donald also recalled that he wanted to spank Huey, Dewey and Louie for something that happened a few years earlier.

The biggest problem is when he gets Daisy excluded from his aunt’s will by embarrassing his aunt…

Donald wants to get rid of his new memory and so does Gyro, because the experiment has convinced the elephant that it is a cat! So Gyro reverses the effects, and Donald then has a new method of labeling the pieces of string he attaches to his fingers to remind him of things…

Strobl, among his many other talents, was also the regular performer on the futuristic Jetson comic when Western had the license. Charlton comics then got the Hanna-Barbera comic license in the 1970s and that then leads to a little bit of fun…

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The aforementioned Joe Gill and artist Ray Dirgo were Charlton’s main creative team Jetson comic series, but I don’t know who “wrote” this comic or who drew it, but Jetson “Forgetful George” from #6 in 1971 is literally just a remade version of the Donald Duck story!

It opens with George Jetson bringing an old classmate to him and Jane, but he’s NOT the guy he thinks he is!

George also forgot that it was Jane’s birthday. We see other issues with George’s memory, like leaving a device on at work that caused a fire…

George meets a scientist who wants to experiment on George and give him the memory of an elephant…

It works and George’s memory is amazing now. Of course, he immediately remembers that the scientist had owed him money (with interest) since they were children (it was probably the laziest scam of the whole thing, because George didn’t even seem not know the guy when he met him!) George also remembered that he wanted to spank his daughter Judy for something that had happened a few years earlier.

The biggest problem is when he electronically cuts Jane off from her aunt’s electrowill by embarrassing her aunt…

George wants to get rid of his new memory and so does the scientist, because the experiment has convinced the elephant that it is a cat! So the scientist reverses the effects, and George has a new way to label the pieces of string he attaches to his fingers to remind him of things…

Man, it took guts to be so cheeky, right? But hey, maybe it was Lockman writing for Charlton on the side? I don’t know if it wasn’t safe. Anyone else have an idea?


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