Donald Duck
Editor-in-chiefDimitri Heikamp
Joan Lommen (dep.)[1]
Former editorsThom Roep (1984–2013)[2]
CategoriesComics magazine
Circulation285.000 (2012)[3]
PublisherDPG Media
De Geïllustreerde Pers
VNU Uitgevers
First issue25 October 1952; 71 years ago (1952-10-25)[4]
Based inAmsterdam

Donald Duck is the Dutch flagship weekly Disney comics magazine, first published on October 25, 1952.[5]

The magazine was originally published by the staff of the women's magazine Margriet, and every Margriet subscriber received the first issue for free.[6] The comic is mainly aimed at younger children, and includes a letters page from readers.[7] In 2019, the magazine reached its 3,500th issue.


A 2014 study by Nationaal Onderzoek Multimedia of comic book reading among Dutch children ages 6–12 during the past year, placed Donald Duck (81%) as most read comic book, and Donald Duck Extra (44%) as second place, before Kidsweek (33%), Nickelodeon magazine (33%), Tina (25%) and National Geographic junior (33%).[8][9] In 2014 it was read by 1.6 million Dutch citizens above the age of 13, out of which 940.000 men and 660.000 women.[10] In 2008, it was the most read magazine among Dutch students (10%).[11]

Media attention

In 2012, Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte appeared in Donald Duck. Rutte said that he was honored; he was a big fan during his youth.[12] In 2013, Donald Duck became a museum guard and was chased down canals, in honor of the reopening of the Rijksmuseum and the 400 year anniversary of the Canals of Amsterdam.[2]


  1. ^ "Colofon". Donald Duck Magazine (in Dutch). Archived from the original on 16 February 2015. Retrieved 21 November 2014.
  2. ^ a b "Donald Duck wordt beveiliger in het Rijksmuseum". De Volkskrant (in Dutch). 5 April 2013.
  3. ^ "Gecertificeerde jaarcijfers 2012" (PDF). HOI-online (in Dutch). Archived from the original (PDF) on 14 May 2013. Retrieved 21 November 2014.
  4. ^ Roy Sprangers (25 October 2012). "Eerste editie van Weekblad Donald Duck". Isgeschiedenis (in Dutch). Retrieved 31 May 2014.
  5. ^ "Walt Disney's Donald Duck, een vrolijk weekblad". National Library of the Netherlands (in Dutch). Archived from the original on 4 October 2013. Retrieved 21 November 2014.
  6. ^ "Weekblad Donald Duck". Duckipedia - Retrieved 16 July 2019.
  7. ^ "Donald Duck". Disney Comics Worldwide. Retrieved 16 July 2019.
  8. ^ "NOM Kids Monitor: 94% van 6 t/m12 jarigen leest tijdschriften". Magazines (in Dutch). 4 February 2014.
  9. ^ "Donald Duck meestgelezen onder studenten". De Volkskrant (in Dutch). 8 July 2008.
  10. ^ "NOM Print Monitor 2013-II - 2014-I". Sanoma Media (in Dutch). Retrieved 21 November 2014.
  11. ^ "Donald Duck meest gelezen onder studenten". NRC Handelsblad (in Dutch). 8 July 2008.
  12. ^ "Mark Rutte speelt gastrol in de Donald Duck". De Volkskrant (in Dutch). 20 April 2012.