Baby Huey, the Baby Giant
Baby Huey, the intellectually dense and stubborn duck lives in Duckville with his diminutive (in comparison) parents, Mama and Papa Duck. A very large duck, Huey hatched from his egg able to talk and fully-clothed (depending on which account you see, animated cartoon or comic book). The first appearance and origin of Huey is documented in St. John's "Casper, the Friendly Ghost" #1, in 1949.
But the character achieved its greatest success with the Famous/Paramount animation studios. His first animated appearance occured in 1950 with the animated short, "Quack a Doodle Doo". Syd Raymond provided the voice for the dimwitted duck, who also was the voice for Katnip, the cat. The series had two main storylines. One was Huey tormenting his parents and the other was when Huey tried to fit in with the three Huey, Dewey and Louie rip-offs, and the wolf. In all, Huey appeared in 12 animated cartoons from 1950-1959, when the character rights were purchased by Harvey. These adventures were subsequently aired on "Matty's Funday Funnies" beginning in 1959.
Marty Taras is generally credited with the creation of Baby Huey, but as usual, this is open to debate. What is true, is that Marty Taras drew and helped animate virtually all of Huey's adventures, as well as Herman and Katnip's and Wendy's.
After appearing in "Casper, the Friendly Ghost", Huey graduated to "Paramount Animated Comics" ("Harvey Comics Hits" #60), which was also Huey's first Harvey Comics appearance. "Paramount Animated Comics" lasted for 22 issues, before being replaced by "Baby Huey, the Baby Giant".
Huey eventually spun-off into "Baby Huey in Duckland" and "Baby Huey and Papa", but by 1972, all Huey titles were cancelled. Huey did not appear in comics again until 1990, except for one-shot appearances in 1980 and 1987.
But Huey has remained popular as evidenced by New York DJ/comedian Don Imus. He pulled a phone call prank in which he portrayed a Mr. Huey and phoned a diaper service where he proceeded to order very large diapers the size of bedsheets. After successfully fooling the person on the line, she asked the name of the baby in question. Mr. Huey responded "Baby". The lady at the diaper service finally realized that she had been the victim of a practical joke. This comedic gem is available on the long out-of-print Don Imus album, "1200 Hamburgers to Go".
Though no new comic books are being produced currently, Baby Huey was recently alive and well in syndication in station break bumpers on "The Richie Rich Show". This comes hot on the heels of the recently-cancelled "Baby Huey Show", which aired from 1994-1996 and featured 26 new cartoons.
Plans are now afoot to bring Huey back a la "Barney and Friends" in a live-action children's program. He recently appeared in a direct-to-video feature "Baby Huey's Great Easter Adventure" and also appears on Fox Family Channel's "The Harveytoon Show" and in "The Harvey Magazine".
Click here for a"Baby Huey Show" Episode Guide.
Bibliography of comics featuring Baby Huey:
Other appearances include:
First appearance: Casper, the Friendly Ghost #1 by St. John, 9/49
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