When WaltDisney gave his cartoon star Mickey Mouse a spotlight in the animation world, the character's popularity rose and new opportunities arose for his company. Besides merchandising and endorsement, in 1930 Mickey was offered his own newspaper comic strip. That was the start of Disney's comic business, and over 80 years later, it's still around and publishing.

At first it started with just Mickey, but then other Disney characters and features began to have their own comic adaptations. When DonaldDuck's popularity [[EnsembleDarkhorse began to peak]], he was inevitably given his own comic to star in. All sorts of Disney characters began to appear in the comics, and before long, two main comic [[TheVerse continuities]] were defined.

Fans commonly refer to these two universes as the [[ComicBook/MickeyMouseComicUniverse Mouse]] and [[ComicBook/DisneyDucksComicUniverse Duck]] universes. Together, they form a neat ModularFranchise that has stood to this day.

The Mouse universe started out with the adventures of Mickey Mouse, hence the name. Over time, his friends and supporting characters came to star in comics of their own, but ultimately they're still a part of the Mouse universe. Besides Mickey, Goofy also has his own adventures in this universe, and the Mouse universe is home to famous villains like Peg-leg Pete and the Phantom Blot.

The Duck universe began with Donald Duck as the star. He has been partially eclipsed by Scrooge [=McDuck=], but he has not completely lost his former status.

Overall, people tend to agree that the Duck universe is more popular than the Mouse universe. But since the comics are produced internationally — more than in the United States, in fact — whether Mickey or Donald is more popular depends on where you look. In Italy, for example, Mickey Mouse is wildly popular as ''Topolino'', or "little mouse"; while in the Nordic countries, Donald Duck and Uncle Scrooge reign supreme. However, both comic universes are thriving in the modern day, so fans of both the Mouse and Duck comics have reason to be happy.

The Duck and Mouse universes are set in Duckburg and Mouseton, respectively. It's often been depicted that the two towns are actually next to each other on the map, and both exist in a fictional U.S. state named Calisota.

For the Mouse universe, see ComicBook/MickeyMouseComicUniverse; for the Ducks, see ComicBook/DisneyDucksComicUniverse. ''This'' page is about the ModularFranchise the two form. Examples specific to Mice or Ducks should go on their respective pages, but if a work concerns ''both'' universes or its characters, it can go here.

Now has a [[Characters/DisneyMouseAndDuckComics character page]], for those characters who are part of the franchise and sometimes appear in crossovers, but don't primarily belong to either Mouse or Duck universe. such as ChipAndDale, [[SongOfTheSouth Br'er Rabbit]] and the Disney/ThreeLittlePigs
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Noteworthy stories that use the Mice and Ducks '{{Verse}}:
* ''{{Ultraheroes}}''
* ''MickeyMouseFrontierChronicles''
* ''WizardsOfMickey''

Notable authors and artists:
* Ducks:
** CarlBarks
** Giorgio Cavazzano
** Massimo Fecchi
** Lars Jensen
** Daan Jippes
** Kari Korhonen
** Victor "Vicar" Arriagada Rios
** DonRosa
** Marco Rota
** Romano Scarpa
** Tony Strobl
** Al Taliaferro
** William Van Horn

* Mice:
** Andrea "Casty" Castellan
** Giorgio Cavazzano
** Byron Erickson
** César Ferioli
** FloydGottfredson
** Paul Murry
** Romano Scarpa
** Noel Van Horn
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!!The Mouse and Duck comics show examples of:
* BatFamilyCrossover: Not just between the Mouse and Duck parts of the franchise either. A ''lot'' of characters from the early DisneyAnimatedCanon make cameos and appearances, either in their own stories or as guest stars in a Mouse or Duck story -- or vice versa. Characters like Disney/{{Dumbo}} might show up on Gran'ma Duck's farm, DonaldDuck might swap houses with Disney/TheThreeLittlePigs, MickeyMouse might request the help of [[Disney/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarves The Seven Dwarves]] or [[Disney/{{Pinocchio}} Jiminy Cricket]], and several ChipAndDale comics have co-starred Disney/{{Bambi}} and friends (both the young and the adult versions), as well as [[Disney/SongOfTheSouth Br'er Fox and Br'er Bear]] as antagonists.
** The Dutch story ''70th Heaven'' (reprinted in ''Walt Disney's Comics and Stories #715'') presents what's probably the biggest crossover with these characters ''ever'', when characters from ''dozens'' of Disney works -- from [[Disney/TheGreatMouseDetective Basil of Baker Street ]] to [[Disney/PeterPan Tinker Bell]], from [[Disney/FunAndFancyFree Willie the Giant]] to [[Disney/SaludosAmigos Pedro the Plane]] -- show up for Donald's anniversary celebration.
* GeographicFlexibility: Duckburg and Mouseton both have the exact traits any story needs them to have -- in fact, if one story requires the Mice and Ducks to live in the same town, they do. (This is most notable in Scandinavian\Brazilian stories and translations, where Mickey and friends are specifically stated to live in Duckburg, just a different part of the town.)
* ModularFranchise
* PowerTrio: Mickey, Donald and Goofy, when they get together.
* VitriolicBestBuds: Mickey and Donald, whenever they get together, tend to be like this, constantly bickering and trying to one-up one another (though Mickey tends to come out on top, becoming more like TheAce to Donald's ChewToy), but at the end of the day they're still good buddies.
* WhereTheHellIsSpringfield: Mouseton and Duckburg, which are a part of Calisota — which is ''another'' Springfield in its own right.
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