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, and the series ended in 1960.
In 2020, however, it was announced that the series would be getting a new four issue mini-series, after lying dormant for almost 60 years. The new installment will be written by Frank Tieri and Ian Flynn.
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.
- Artefact Title: Why is a comic about a loser everyman anthro duck called "Super Duck"? Because he actually started as a superhero.
- Comically Cross-Eyed: Super Duck himself, which is even part of the full title.
- Expy: Super Duck is obviously one to Donald, and Fauntleroy to Huey, Dewey and Louie.
- 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.
- Human Like Foot Anatomy: The anthro ducks have humanoid white legs/feet, in contrast to Disney's ducks who (usually) have yellow webfoot legs.
- Ms. Fanservice: Uwanna usually looks and dresses very glamorous, and is often considered the highlight of the comic.
- Nice Hat: Supes wears a feathered hat.
- Off-Model: The art is not its strongest quality.