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Duck Dodgers is a character from four Looney Tunes short films and the Duck Dodgers TV series. He is a spoof of the classic sci-fi character Buck Rogers. He debut in the short Duck Dodgers in the 24½th Century (a reference to Buck Rogers in the 25th Century) 1953, scripted by Michael Maltese and directed by Chuck Jones for the Merrie Melodies series.
A poor, helpless soul that was accidentally frozen for about 351 years, Duck Dodgers was later revived by Dr. I.Q. Hi in the 24½th Century (around the year 2372). Through scheming and lies, he managed to trick most of the populace into believing he was a 21st Century hero, when in reality, he was only the water-boy for a football team (incidentally, however, Commander X-2 accidentally caused Dodgers to win a championship football game, so he was not technically lying concerning that). He mainly relies on luck and the work of the Eager Young Space Cadet, but has occasionally shown fairly high levels of heroism and competence, leading to the conclusion that sometimes, he isn't as daft as previously thought.
Duck Dodgers is a parody of the hero Buck Rogers, created by Philip Francis Nowlan for Armageddon 2419 AD novel, published in the August issue 1928 of Amazing Stories magazine and adapted in January next year for the newspaper strips scripted by own Nowlan and illustrated by Dick Calkins. Later, Buck Rogers was adapted for the cinema, television, among others. The space heroes were very popular in the 50's.
Though he is rather incompetent and an idiot, Duck Dodgers is still no washout. He is durable enough to survive lasers, climb electrical fences with no signs of injury, and survive planetary explosions like it is nothing. Duck Dodgers is also skilled with his Laser Nunchucks to the point of creating a statue of himself just by swinging them and was capable of holding his own against Queen Tyr'ahnee in combat. Dodgers is also proficient with his laser pistol and is shown to clever at times; one example being the time he snuck into the Sergeant's quarters and changed his Grade from and F to an A without even tripping an alarm. Another interesting thing to point out is that Dodgers is somewhat skilled with other weapons such as a laser sabre and a metal rod but it is nowhere near his ability with the nunchucks. And on top of that, Dodgers knows how to do a spinning aerial attack, can fight against robots and win, has snuck into places without getting detected, was able to fly his space ship through an asteroid field (With heavy damage) and shot down Commander X-2 ship, and he actually defeated Commander X-2 in a gun fight despite having the disadvantage in terms of cover.
- Duck Dodgers in the 24½th Century (1953) (debut appearance)
- Duck Dodgers and the Return of the 24½th Century (1980)
- In August 2015, DC Comics announces 25 cases variants of superheroes of DC with characters from Looney Tunes. In January 2016, Dodgers appears in a cover variant Batman Beyond #6 series which is happening in the not too distant future.