Real Name: Peter Parker
Identity/Class: Extradimensional/alternate reality
(see comments) anthropomorphic
former film adviser
Group Membership: Formerly Duckfilms
Affiliations: Dewey Duck, Huey Duck, Louie Duck, Spider-Duck (Donald Duck), unidentified Duckfilms employers
(Gus Goose), Barbed Hatter (Scrooge McDuck)
Known Relatives: None
Base of Operations: Unrevealed (see
First Appearance: Donald Duck Superhelden Special#1 (May, 2015)
Powers/Abilities:Spider-Man has superhuman
strength, agility, and he can stick to solid surfaces. He also has a
spider-sense that warns him of imminent danger and spider-sight
("spider-eyes") that allows him to see that which ordinary beings can't
see such as radiation emissions.
Spider-Man uses mechanical
web-shooters to move around the city on lines of chemical webbing.
Height: 5'10" (by approximation) (see comments)
Weight: 167 lbs. (by approximation) (see comments)
History: (Donald Duck
Superhelden Special I#1 (fb) - BTS) - Peter Parker was a dog, one of
the many anthropomorphic animals that inhabited his world. At some
point, he gained superpowers and became a superhero, Spider-Man. When
Duckfilms started the development of a Spider-Man film, Parker became
an adviser. The announced film attracted the attention of Donald Duck,
who was eager to get the main role, training himself to websling in
costume using web-shooters created by Gyro Gearloose.
(Donald Duck Superhelden Special#1) - While visiting the Duckfilms building in Duckburg, Peter Parker told the studio executives that his spider-sense had warned him of danger. The executives, however, did not take his words seriously and began to joke, noticing that Parker was often distracted, and they advised him to focus on the film. Peter stated that the day was very hot outside as a huge comet approached Earth. He commented that with his spider-sight, he was able to see the radiation that the comet emitted. Donning his Spider-Man costume, Parker announced his intention to try to prevent a catastrophe by slinging the approaching comet into a different orbital path. The studio bosses considered the superhero's plan stupid, commenting that his web couldn't hold the "giant fireball" and would not bring any results, so they contacted the army via telephone. The army general refused to cooperate with Spider-Man, however, calling him "a little amateur" and claiming that "the army eats comets for breakfast." Mockingly recommending Parker to go help grannies cross the road, the general hung up the phone.
The army subsequently split the comet into two pieces with the help of a rocket, but the comet fragments fell into Duckburg and, due to their radioactive nature, mutated Gus Goose and Scrooge McDuck into rampaging monsters, the Barbed Hatter and Pillowpal. An attempt to stop them was made by Donald Duck in his "Spider-Duck" costume.
While unrest reigned over the city, Huey, Dewey and Louie Duck went to the Duckfilms building to persuade Spider-Man to intervene. Having dumped the responsibility onto the army, the superhero refused to help, expressing his opinion that the mutates appeared only because the army refused his help and figuring the army could deal with their own consequences. The children then showed Peter Parker a video of their uncle Donald in the similitude of Spider-Duck. Spider-Man, realizing that Duckburg could not cope without him, decided not to stand aside. He then came to the rescue of Donald and provoked a fight between the mutated Gus and Scrooge, causing the mutates to smash each other and return to their former appearances.
Comments: Created by Evert Geradts, Jordi Alfonso and Comicup Studio.
Donald Duck Superhelden Special was a
licensed Netherlands-exclusive comic published by Sanoma, Disney's old
Spider-Man's physical stats were approximated from his Earth-616 counterpart.
Spider-Man was apparently normally based somewhere other than Duckburg, since a character watching the battle on TV expresses surprise that he fighting monsters "En dat in onze eigenstad" ("And that in our hometown"). Presumably he was in Duckburg visiting the studio.
It's interesting to note that Spider-Man
is apparently not the only Marvel character with a counterpart in this
reality. At the film studio there is a poster for an Iron Man (Iron
Duck?) film (see image at right).
And it's nice to see that there is also the obligatory Stan Lee cameo, when Spider-Duck accidentally crashes through his window while battling Barbed Hatter (see image at left).
The subprofiles in this profile are reflective of the characters' interactions with Spider-Man. Obviously, each of them have considering more appearances in their own books outside of any direct ties to Marvel. --Proto-Man
Which reality is this? Like
Marvel, Disney has been published across the world and has had new
stories created by and for local audiences. Unlike Marvel, there's been
zero effort to try and keep these consistent/a single reality. To make
it harder to be sure which reality a given story is in, stories created
in one country are frequently reprinted in many others, and all
feel free to cherry pick characters and ideas introduced in other
continuities while gleefully ignoring or contradicting any elements
that don't suit. The two most notable continuities are the Barks
Universe, named for Carl Barks, the writer/artist whose work was most
influential on US comics, introducing characters such as Scrooge McDuck
and Gyro Gearloose, and the Italian Duck Universe, which originated
Donald's superhero alter-ego Papernik and introduced supporting cast
members such as Fethry Duck who were later adopted into American
comics, but many more countries than just these two produce new
material. The US Disney comics reality would probably be considered the
"main" Disney comic reality, in terms of where Disney is based if not
in terms of which countries originate the most stories. Originating in
the Netherlands, this story arguably only happened in the Dutch Disney
Profile by Mike Castle.
This reality's Spider-Man should not be confused with his alternate reality counterpart:
A resident of Duckburg, Donald Duck is the grandson of Grandma Duck, the nephew of Scrooge McDuck, the cousin of Gus Goose and the uncle of the triplets Huey, Dewey, and Louie Duck. Hearing that Duckfilms were planning a Spider-Man movie, Donald became eager to win the title role of Spider-Man, asking his scientist/inventor friend Gyro Gearloose to design web-shooters, then practicing webslinging, wall-walking and acrobatics with them. He even made friends with spiders, communicating via a flute.
At the same time as Donald was training, his girlfriend Daisy Duck had
her own concerns, noticing that her flowers were wilting despite her
watering them. Believing Donald more computer savvy than herself and
thus better suited to researching a solution online, she visited
Donald's house, but once inside she knocked over a box releasing a
torrent of spiders. Terrified, she ran out screaming, and was rescued
from the pursuing arachnids by Donald in his Spider-Man costume, who
snared her with webbing, threw her to the roof, and then hooked her to
a tree branch until he could direct the spiders back indoors with his
flute. Lowering Daisy to the ground, he explained his bizarre get-up
and actions to Daisy. Unimpressed, she insisted he sort out her problem
first, dressed as himself and with no "Tarzaning around." Putting his
Spider-Man suit in his backpack, Donald accompanied Daisy back towards
her house, but on the way he witnessed a flash in the sky. Unknown to
either Donald or Daisy, this was a comet that had been on a collision
course for Earth being blown up by an army missile. Two remaining comet
chunks landed in Duckburg, mutating Scrooge McDuck and Gus Goose into
monsters, Barbed Hatter and Pillowpal respectively, who began rampaging
through the city streets. Encountering first Pillowpal's snoozing
victims and then Pillowpal himself, Donald and Daisy fled only to come
upon Barbed Hatter. Seeing the second monster easily defeat the police,
Donald concluded that he would have to stop the creatures, donning his
costume and rebutting Daisy's fear that he was putting his life at risk
by pointing out that this would prove he deserved to play Spidey in the
movie. Calling himself Spider-Duck, he rushed into battle, but Barbed
Hatter sent him flying with one hit. Though he broke through an
apartment window to the resident (Stan Lee)'s shock, he stopped himself
with webbing and swiftly returned to the fight, his heroics caught on
bystanders' phones and uploaded live to YouToob. Military fighter jets
also tried to stop the rampage, but Barbed Hatter used the webbing left
from Spider-Duck's attempts to restrain him to snare one, and another
crashed into Pillowpal's arm when Spider-Duck inadvertently tugged the
monster's appendage into its path with his webbing. Undaunted,
Spider-Duck kept fighting until the real Spider-Man came to his aid
after being contacted by Huey, Dewey and Louie. While Spider-Duck used
webbing to redirect Barbed Hatter, Spider-Man did the same with
Pillowpal, redirecting the monsters towards one another. The pair
immediately attacked one another, while the heroes stood aside and let
them duke it out until they burned themselves out and reverted to their
After the fight, Donald had a dialogue with the Duckfilms bosses, asking if he had won the role. Complaining that everyone had now seen him fighting two monsters, the producers stated that no one would now be satisfied with the single monster planned for the film, meaning they would have to rewrite it from scratch and include at least four monsters just to compete. Telling Donald to maybe come back in a year, they sent him on his way. When Spider-Duck was returning home, Daisy called him and told him to come by her house and bring his spiders. As it turned out, Daisy's flowers were "sick" due to an infestation of Brutopian springbeanlice, which spiders would swiftly devour. With Daisy filming and uploading to YouToob as he directed the spiders with his flute, Spider-Duck consoled himself that at least this meant he would still be starring in a movie.
Comments: In Disney Comics' continuity it
isn't a huge stretch for Donald to become an acrobatic costumed
adventurer using gadgets created for him by his inventor friend Gyro
Gearloose, because all of that is already the case, and has been since
1969, when Italian Disney Comics introduced his alter ego Papernik,
known in English translations as the Duck Avenger. So basically this
story is in some respects like revealing that Bruce Wayne has decided
to audition to play Spider-Man.
--(as Spider-Duck) Donald Duck Superhelden Special#1
Gustave "Gus" Goose is Donald Duck's country cousin,
a member of the extended Duck family, and is employed as a farmhand on
Grandma Duck's farm; to say he "works" there, would, however, be
inaccurate, due to his extreme laziness and fondness for sleeping on
Gus was snoozing under a tree on Grandma's farm, resting his head against its hard trunk and dreaming of having something softer to lean on, when he was woken by Grandma Duck; annoyed at his laziness, she sarcastically asked if he wanted a pillow, but missing the mockery, he merely accepted her offer, prompting her to storm off determined to teach him a lesson. He instantly fell asleep again, and before she could return a piece of comet crashed to Earth in front of Gus. Rather than shock or fear, Gus was annoyed to have his slumber again disturbed, mere seconds before Grandma, having missed the comet's arrival, returned and blasted him with a hose. Soaked by both cold water and strange comet radiation, the enraged Gus transformed into a giant pillow monster driven by the single-minded desire to make everyone sleep. Though a terrified Grandma managed to hide from him, Gus wandered into the streets of Duckburg, his slightest touch putting everyone he encountered instantly to sleep. Now calling himself Pillowpal and growing ever larger, he soon ran into Donald and Daisy with him in pursuit. After seeing a second monster, the Barbed Hatter, Donald became Spider-Duck and tried to stop both of them. Standing atop a building, Spider-Duck snagged Pillowpal's arm with webbing, finding him incredibly light despite his immense size, but this accidentally caused a military jet sent to destroy the monsters to crash into Pillowpal's arm; though his body cushioned the impact, it also incapacitated the aircraft. Assisted by the newly arrived Spider-Man, Spider-Duck lured Pillowpal in Barbed Hatter's direction. Instant enemies on sight, the pair's resultant battle burned out their powers, returning them to normal, with no recollection of their actions while transformed. Gus returned to the farm, where to his surprise Grandma immediately greeted him with pillows and told him he should rest.
--(as Pillowpal) Donald Duck Superhelden Special#1
Scrooge McDuck was a businessman and multi-billionaire.
In his Money Bin, the vault that housed his vast
wealth, Scrooge reflected that his life was extremely hard, beset as it
was by the constant fear of being robbed by criminals such as the
Beagle Boys, forever trying one method or another to breach his vault.
Exhausted by several days without sleep due to the stress, he concluded
he really should just surround the entire building with barbed wire,
but worried that even that would not suffice. Moments later a fragment
of comet smashed through the roof, initially causing the paranoid
Scrooge to assume it was a fresh robbery attempt. Calming upon
realizing this was not the case, Scrooge examined the brightly glowing
rock, and was mutated by the energies it was emitting. Shaped by his
recent thoughts, he transformed into a living creature composed of
barbed wire, dominated by the single-minded desire to protect his Money
Bin by scaring off all potential intruders. Leaving the vault and
calling himself the Barbed Hatter, he began snaring everyone he
encountered with his wires, which he could prehensilely project. A
police car proved no match for the ever growing monster, the vehicle as
easily ensnared in wire as individual people had been, trapping the
cops inside. Witnessing the rampage, Donald Duck tried to stop the
Barbed Hatter as Spider-Duck, but the Hatter shrugged off his webbing
and batted Spider-Duck away. When a military jet subsequently tried to
attack him, Barbed Hatter trapped it in the remains of Spider-Duck's
webbing and wandered off, carrying it like it was merely a toy. Eventually however, the newly arrived Spider-Man lured Barbed
Hatter towards another rampaging comet mutate, Pillowpal, with
Spider-Duck's help. Instant enemies on sight, the pair's resultant
battle burned out their powers, returning them to normal, with no
recollection of their actions while transformed.
Returning to his vault, a suitably shielded Scrooge was delighted to be informed by a scientist that the comet fragment was full of the extremely rare Newdiscoverium, and thus worth a fortune, a discovery enhanced further by the news that there was another, similar chunk on his sister Dora's farm (see comments).
Comments: The comet on Dora's farm is the one
that mutated Gus into Pillowpal. Scrooge's comment that this is his
sister Dora's farm is slightly confusing for those used to the American
continuity, where Scrooge and Grandma are unrelated (his sister
Hortense is married to Grandma's son, Quackmore; Hortense and Quackmore
are Donald's parents), and Grandma's given name is variously Elvira or
Abigail, not Dora. However, in the slightly different European
continuity, Grandma is Dora and Scrooge's older sister.
--(as Barbed Hatter) Donald Duck Superhelden Special#1
Huey, Louie and Dewey
Huey, Dewey, and Louie Duck saw their Uncle Donald's
battle with the monsters on the internet and rushed to call Spider-Man
for help, since Duck could not defeat them. Spider-Man initially
refused, since the army had already rejected his aid in the rudest
terms, but he later agreed. Taking the kids with him, he swung towards
the battle. While the superhero, along with Spider-Duck, pitted the
mutates against each other, Huey, Dewey, and Louie watched the battle
until the mutates seemingly vanished. The boys were shocked to find Gus
and Scrooge lying among the monsters' remains, but didn't question a
cameraman who had also witnessed the conflict when he suggested the
pair must have been victims of the creatures.
-- Donald Duck Superhelden Special#1
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Donald Duck Superhelden Special#1, p13 pan2 (Main image)
Donald Duck Superhelden Special#1, p5 pan3 (Peter Parker)
Donald Duck Superhelden Special#1, p13 pan5-8 (Spider-Man and Spider-Duck vs. Gus Goose and Scrooge McDuck)
Donald Duck Superhelden Special#1, p14 pan6 (aftermath of battle)
Donald Duck Superhelden Special#1, p13 pan4 (Iron Duck poster)
Donald Duck Superhelden Special#1, p12 pan6 (Stan Lee cameo)
Donald Duck Superhelden Special#1, p4 pan6 (Spider-Duck)
Donald Duck Superhelden Special#1, p12 pan2 (Spider-Duck unmasked)
Donald Duck Superhelden Special#1, p17 pan7 (Spider-Duck with flute, controlling spiders)
Donald Duck Superhelden Special#1, p10 pan7 (Pillowpal)
Donald Duck Superhelden Special#1, p8 pan6 (Gus Goose)
Donald Duck Superhelden Special#1, p11 pan3 (Barbed Hatter)
Donald Duck Superhelden Special#1, p9 pan4 (Scrooge McDuck)
Donald Duck Superhelden Special#1, p16 pan6 (Huey, Dewey, Louie)
Donald Duck Superhelden Special I#1 (May, 2015) - Evert Geradts (writer), Jordi Alfonso (penciller), Comicup Studio (inker), Dimitri Heikamp, Joan Lommen (editors)
First Posted: 07/31/2020
Last updated: 08/11/2020
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