Super Duck, or Super Duck: The Cock-Eyed Wonder is an obscure Funny Animal character who started in 1943 and got his own comic book series in 1944., edited by MLJ, now known as Archie Comics. As its title indicated, it was about a superhero duck. Super Duck would eat "A-Z pills" to gain powers to stop villains. The first issue's cover showed Supes grabbing Adolf Hitler and Hiro Hito in his hands, which kinda set him up as a Wartime Cartoon.
The comic got quickly Retooled, however. Carl Barks's Donald Duck comics were popular at the time, so Super Duck was reimagined as a gag comic with a suburban setting. Super Duck himself became an Unlucky Everydude character, with a girlfriend, Uwanna, a nephew called Fauntleroy and many Dog Face extras. It shows even more that it is a case of Follow the Leader: Fauntleroy looked very much like Donald Duck's nephews Huey Dewey and Louie, even had Donald Duck's middle name "Fauntleroy", and the anthropormorphic dog extras looked like weird Goofy clones). Nowadays, the series is best remembered for being a very transparent knock-off.
As the series went by, its art evolved to distance itself from Donald Duck, but it was still too obviously derivative.
This comic provides examples of:
- Animal Superheroes: Super Duck actually started as a superhero duck with a cape, who got strength from special pills.
- Art Evolution: The comic went through this starting from the first couple of issues. At the end of its run, it tried to not look as much as Donald Duck's adventures, but it didn't help much.
- Comically Cross-Eyed: Super Duck himself, which is even part of the full title.
- Genre Shift: From comedic superhero to suburban slice-of-life comedy.
- Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal: A notable aversion in that, despite being a Donald Duck clone, Super always wears trousers and shoes.
- Ms. Fanservice: Uwanna usually looks and dresses very glamorous, and is often considered the highlight of the comic.
- Off-Model: The art is not its strongest quality.