Duck Dodgers
First appearanceDuck Dodgers in the 24½th Century (1953)
First gameDaffy Duck: The Marvin Missions (1993)
Last appearance"Bonafide Heroes" (2005)
Created byChuck Jones
Michael Maltese
Based onLooney Tunes
Portrayed byDaffy Duck
Voiced byMel Blanc (1953, 1980)
Joe Alaskey (1990–1991, 1996, 2003–2005, 2014)
Jeff Bergman (1991–1992, 2018)
Greg Burson (1993)
Frank Gorshin (1996)
Jeff Bennett (2004)
Eric Bauza (2018–present)
In-universe information
Full nameDuck Edgar Dumas Aloysius Eoghain Dodgers

Duck Dodgers is the star of a series of cartoons produced by Warner Bros., featuring Daffy Duck in the role of a science fiction hero.

He first appeared in the 1953 cartoon short Duck Dodgers in the 24½th Century, directed by Chuck Jones as a spoof of the popular Buck Rogers in the 25th Century and Flash Gordon science fiction serials of the 1930s, casting the brash, egomaniacal Daffy Duck as the hero of the story.[1] The plot of the cartoon involves Duck Dodgers' search for the rare element Illudium Phosdex, "the shaving cream atom", the only remaining supply of which is on the mysterious "Planet X". Just after Dodgers has claimed Planet X in the name of the Earth, Marvin the Martian lands on the same planet and claims it in the name of Mars. The stage is set for a battle of wits, not to mention various forms of weaponry, most of which tend to backfire comically on Dodgers.

Considering the period in which the cartoon was produced (the Red Scare was in full swing during the 1950s era), some scholars have used the cartoon to parallel the supposed futility of the Cold War and the arms race.

Duck Dodgers sequels

The first sequel, also produced by Chuck Jones and with Mel Blanc reprising his roles, was titled Duck Dodgers and the Return of the 24½th Century and was released in 1980.[2] The plot of this sequel cartoon was nearly a carbon copy of the original though this time, Marvin says he is trying to solve the Earth's energy crisis (by blowing up the Earth); Marvin succeeds in launching his missile and at the end of the cartoon reminds everyone that it's only a cartoon.

The third short, titled Marvin the Martian in the Third Dimension, was a 3D cartoon released in 1996 to select venues, and had impressionist Joe Alaskey providing Duck Dodgers' voice. These included the flagship Warner Bros. Studio Store in Manhattan, and Warner Bros. Movie World theme parks on the Gold Coast, Australia and in Bottrop-Kirchhellen, Germany. It included a range of interactive effects including a splash with water. Unlike the other Dodgers cartoons, Porky Pig did not appear.

A fourth short, titled Superior Duck was released in 1996, with Frank Gorshin as Duck Dodgers. In this short, the character instead went by the name Superior Duck.

A fifth short, titled Attack of the Drones, was made in 2003 and featured Jeff Bennett as the voice of Duck Dodgers. This short was part of a series of new shorts, but because of the failure of Looney Tunes: Back in Action, it was not released theatrically. However, the short was included as a special feature on disc two of The Essential Daffy Duck DVD set.

Further appearances

Duck Dodgers as seen in the 2003 Duck Dodgers episode "Wrath of Canasta".
Duck Dodgers as a Green Lantern.

Use by the US Air Force and NASA

In 2003, both Duck Dodgers and Marvin the Martian were featured on separate 1st Space Launch Squadron mission patches for that year's Mars Exploration Rover missions.[6]

Dragon Con

The original Duck Dodgers cartoon is played during the Masquerade contest while the judges make their decisions annually. Dragon Con occurs every Labor Day weekend in Atlanta, Georgia. The tradition was taken on by Dragon Con when Atlanta Fantasy Fair, a preceding Atlanta convention, became defunct.

In 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Dragon Con shifted to its first ever virtual convention, Dragon Con Goes Virtual.[7] In keeping with tradition, the Masquerade was held, though in virtual form. A 'sweded' version was produced by DragonConTV for Dragon Con Goes Virtual and included Kirk R. Thatcher, Neil Grayston, Chris Gauthier, Eddie McClintock, Victor Yerrid, Mark Meer, Raymond Carr, Garrett Wang, K`Tetch, and Bob Bergen.


  1. ^ Korkis, Jim (2019-10-18). "The Many Lives of Duck Dodgers". Retrieved 2024-02-06.
  2. ^ Champlin Jr, Chuck (1979-09-03). "'Duck Dodgers' Flies Again". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2010-11-01.[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ Curtiss, Aaron (2000-10-26). "'Girl' Dangerously Cool, but Dodge the 'Duck'". The Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved 2010-10-20.
  4. ^ "Infogrames Zaps Looney Tunes: Duck Dodgers Starring Daffy Duck for Nintendo 64 Into Stores This Week". Business Wire. Berkshire Hathaway. August 15, 2000. Archived from the original on August 22, 2000. Retrieved June 17, 2019 – via
  5. ^ "FOR YOUNG VIEWERS; The First Duck in Space? That Is So Daffy". The New York Times. 2003-09-21. Retrieved 2010-10-20.
  6. ^ Marvin the Martian and Daffy Duck as Duck Dodgers Prepare for Upcoming NASA Missions to Mars[permanent dead link], press release from Warner Bros., Monday, June 2, 2003
  7. ^ "Virtual | DragonCon.TV". Archived from the original on 2020-09-02. Retrieved 2020-09-11.