Daffy Duck


Genre: humor; anthropomorphic-funny animals

Created in: 1937?

Falling chronologically between Porky Pig and Bugs Bunny in the classic pantheon of cartoon stars created by the Leon Schlesinger animation studio for Warner Bros., Daffy Duck made his bombastic debut in “Porky’s Duck Hunt” (1937, directed by Tex Avery) as the totally out-of-control quarry of the titular hunt.

During his early years, Daffy was indeed a “daffy” duck before evolving, under the direction of Friz Freleng and especially Chuck Jones, into an egotistical, aggressive, resentful and cowardly type in a succession of character roles paired with Porky Pig (“Duck Dodgers”, “Drip-a-Long Daffy”, “Robin Hood Daffy”, “Doorlock Holmes”, etc.), and as the perfect patsy for Bugs Bunny in a number of animated shorts centered around “hunting seasons” and show business. His long run in theatricals wound down with the duck becoming a regular adversary for Speedy Gonzalez.

The Gold, Silver, and Bronze Age comic book version of Daffy Duck largely reflected the relentless pest seen in cartoons directed by Bob Clampett, Arthur Davis, and Robert McKimson, making life difficult for Elmer Fudd and Yosemite Sam. These comics were primarily drawn by Phil De Lara (a Warner Bros. animator), Fred Abranz, and later by Joe Messerli. In the Bronze Age, Daffy returned to some recurring “character roles” as detective “Armchair Daffy”, and frontier peddler “Tin-Pan Daffy”.

1937; Leon Schlesinger; Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies; Tex Avery; theatrical animation; Warner Bros.

Feature Logos

Logo Name Year Began Year Ended
Daffy Duck ? ?
Daffy Duck ? ?
Daffy Duck ? ?
Daffy Duck Dell Interior 1
Daffy Duck Dell Interior 2 Thick Lettering ? ?
Daffy Duck Dell/Western Interior 1 ? ?
Daffy Duck ["Daffy" Only Dell Interior 1]
Daffy Duck ["Daffy" Only Dell Interior 2]
Daffy Duck [Dell/Western Interior Logo 1 Two Tier] ? 1984
Daffy Duck Dell/Western Interior 2 Name in Lights 1962 1963
Daffy Duck Western (Gold Key) Interior 1 Lower Case 1962 1965
Daffy Duck Western 1963 1984

Feature Relations

as feature in other language: Daffy Duck (Dutch)
as feature in other language: Daffy Duck (Norwegian)
as feature in other language: Daffy Duck (German)
as feature in other language: Elmert Eend (Dutch)
as feature in other language: El Pato Lucas (Spanish)
as feature in other language: Patolino (Portuguese)