When Walt Disney 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 Donald Duck's popularity 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 continuities were defined.Fans commonly refer to these two universes as the Mouse and Duck universes. Together, they form a neat Modular Franchise 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 Mickey Mouse Comic Universe; for the Ducks, see Disney Ducks Comic Universe. This page is about the Modular Franchise 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 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 Chip 'n Dale, Br'er Rabbit and the Three Little Pigs
Noteworthy stories that use the Mice and Ducks ''verse:
- Andrea "Casty" Castellan
- Giorgio Cavazzano
- Byron Erickson
- César Ferioli
- Floyd Gottfredson
- Paul Murry
- Romano Scarpa
- Noel Van Horn
The Mouse and Duck comics show examples of:
- Bat Family Crossover: Not just between the Mouse and Duck parts of the franchise either. A lot of characters from the early Disney Animated Canon make cameos and appearances, either in their own stories or as guest stars in a Mouse or Duck story — or vice versa. Characters like Dumbo might show up on Gran'ma Duck's farm, Donald Duck might swap houses with The Three Little Pigs, Mickey Mouse might request the help of The Seven Dwarfs or Jiminy Cricket, and several Chip 'n Dale comics have co-starred Bambi and friends (both the young and the adult versions), as well as 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 Basil of Baker Street to Tinker Bell, from Willie the Giant to Pedro the Plane — show up for Donald's anniversary celebration.
- Darker and Edgier: The comics in general have gained a reputation on the Internet of being this, due to several complicated factors that boil down to Disney itself not really caring about the comics and thus individual authors getting away with seriously mature plots and jokes, such as here, here and here.
- Geographic Flexibility: 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.)
- Modular Franchise
- Power Trio: Mickey, Donald and Goofy, when they get together.
- RPG Episode: There's at least one comic in the universe where Donald, Goofy, and Micky are playing a role-playing game as, respectively, a cowardly fighter, an inept mage, and a snarky thief to take back a magic orb from an evil wizard. The whole thing ends with Donald cracking under pressure during the climax and Mickey ultimately saving the day, but after Mickey and Goofy go home, Donald reimagines the ending with himself as a Marty Stu.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: 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 The Ace to Donald's Chew Toy), but at the end of the day they're still good buddies.
- Where the Hell Is Springfield?: Mouseton and Duckburg (and by extension St. Canard and Goosetown), which are a part of Calisota — which is another Springfield in its own right.
- Some hints put Duckburg near Eureka, California, which would mean that Calisota is essentially one chunk of northern California (strangely similar to the current idea for the State of Jefferson).
- The name Calisota itself is a portmanteau of California and Minnesota, so named for having summers as hot as California and winters as harsh as Minnesota.