March 14, 2015

DARKWING DUCK



DARKWING DUCK
(Disney Channel, Syndication, ABC, March 31, 1991-December 12, 1992)

Walt Disney Television Animation



MAIN CAST:
Jim Cummings – Darkwing Duck/Drake Mallard, Herbert “Herb” Muddlefoot, Sr., Negaduck, Posiduck, Professor Moliarty, Horatio, Newt Blemmer, Cousin Globby, various
Terry McGovern – Launchpad McQuack
Christine Cavanaugh – Gosalyn Mallard
Katie Leigh – Herbert “Honker” Muddlefoot, Jr.
Susan Tolsky – Binkie Muddlefoot
Dana Hill – Tankard H. “Tank” Muddlefoot


He was the terror that flapped in the night. He was the jar of pickles you just couldn’t open. He was…DARKWING DUCK!


Darkwing drives Gosalyn and Launchpad up the Audobon Bay Bridge in the Ratcatcher.

Darkwing Duck was Disney Television’s first animated series to feature completely original characters not before seen in Disney media (eg, comic books, movies and theatrical shorts) and the first to be a genre parody. Darkwing focused on the titular character (played by Jim Cummings): an egocentric little-known hero who resided in a tower of the Audubon Bay Bridge in the city of St. Canard. He desired the fame and glory being a hero should have brought him, and finally got his chance when the villainous Taurus Bulba (Tim Curry) sought the Ramrod: a device that would allow him to easily steal all of the city’s money. That caper united him with his sidekick and uber-fan Launchpad McQuack (Terry McGovern), a good-hearted and clutzy pilot who could fly anything…and crash it (with immense pride), and his adopted daughter and granddaughter of the inventor of the Ramrod, Gosalyn Waddlemeyer (Christine Cavanaugh). Of course, the story began before the beginning.



DuckTales was Disney’s second major television animation success following The Adventures of the Gummi Bears. Developed by Jymn Magon, who also worked on Gummi, the series followed the wealthy Scrooge McDuck (Alan Young) who was created by Carl Barks for the comic book Four Color #178, 1947, by Dell Comics. Scrooge lived in the town of Duckburg and often embarked on adventures around the world to increase his wealth or to protect it from villains at home. Joining him on his adventures were his great-nephews Huey, Dewey and Louie (all Russi Taylor), who were placed in his care by his nephew, well-known Disney character Donald Duck (Tony Anselmo). First appearing in the Donald Duck comic strip by Ted Osborne and Al Taliaferro, they were a trio of siblings who resembled each other. The only way to tell them apart was by the colors of their black-striped caps and shirts (red for Huey, blue for Dewey and green for Louie). Launchpad was Scrooge’s personal pilot, created for the show and often standing in for Donald in episodes adapted from Barks’ work.


Launchpad plays at being a spy.

            The series aired in syndication for a total of four seasons over 100 episodes and a movie before being rerun on The Disney Afternoon 2-hour weekday programming block. Executives took note of the success and sought to duplicate it with a spin-off series. In particular, they focused on the episode “Double-O-Duck” in which Launchpad was a secret agent. Tad Stones was directed to develop a series around the concept. Stones was reluctant as he felt it would have “no heart” or “sense of family,” but set to work on it anyway. His initial pitch featured Launchpad as the agent and his sidekick was the DuckTales superhero Gizmoduck. Gizmoduck was Scrooge’s accountant Fenton Crackshell (Hamilton Camp) who wound up possessing the super-powered armor developed by inventor Gyro Gearloose (Hal Smith and occasionally Barry Gordon) by uttering the activation phrase “blathering blatherskite” (actually, only blatherskite was needed—but no one ever corrected Fenton). The pitch was rejected and he was ordered to try again. 


Scrooge McDuck as The Masked Mallard.

Taking it a bit more seriously on the next pass, Stones decided to ditch the spy angle and moved Launchpad to the sidekick of an all-new character. Taking inspiration from the episode “The Masked Mallard,” in which Scrooge became a masked vigilante in a purple costume, as well as the characters of The Shadow and Doc Savage, Stone envisioned an ego-fueled man of mystery that used duck-headed vehicles inspired by Batman’s and a motorcycle based on Judge Dredd’s Lawmaster. The result was Darkwing’s motorcycle, called the Ratcatcher, with a duck-billed front fender and sidecar, and the Thunderquack, a jet designed and built by Launchpad that resembled Darkwing’s face. Darkwing also used a gas gun that fired large gas canisters that performed various functions. The most-used one was a smoke pellet, which Darkwing constantly used to make an entrance when confronting a criminal and uttering some variation of the paragraph that opened this entry (and don’t forget his other catchphrase/battle cry: “Let’s get dangerous!”). Gosalyn was conceived to further complicate Darkwing’s life, based on what Stones imagined his then two-year-old daughter would be like as she grew older. Gosalyn was made a head-strong and free-spirited character with a lot of spunk, who sometimes thought she knew best (even when she didn’t) and would find ways to tag along on Darkwing’s adventures, adopting several of her own occasional alter egos. Gosalyn had her own catchphrase: “Keen gear!”
 
Darkwing model sheet.


When it turned out that the estate of Ian Fleming, creator of the James Bond character, owned the “Double-O” title, the “Double-O-Duck” name had to be scrapped. A competition was held for a new name, and Alan Burnett ended up supplying the “Darkwing.” Stones added the “Duck” to the name and revised the character’s appearance as well. Gone was the white tuxedo and black domino mask of their original spy plans, instead making way for a purple jacket over a blue-green turtleneck, cape, wide-brimmed hat and purple mask. 
 
Darkwing character study model sheet.

With Gosalyn now in tow, Darkwing moved into a quiet suburban neighborhood under the guise of his alter-ego Drake Mallard. Their neighbors were the annoyingly friendly Muddlefoots: barbequeing Herb (Cummings), housewife Binkie (Susan Tolsky), and their kids the brainy Herb Jr. aka “Honker” (Katie Leigh) and the older Tankard aka “Tank” (Dana  Hill). While Darkwing detested his neighbors, Gosalyn became best friends with Honker, whom she defended against his bullying brother and eventually became privileged to know Darkwing’s identity. Drake had rigged two lounge chairs in his living room that, when activated by bopping the head of a statue of Basil from The Great Mouse Detective, spun around and deposited him and Luanchpad into the Ratcatcher in a tunnel below. Taking a cue from the Batman television series’ bat-poles, Drake would instantly become costumed during the spinning. 


The Fearsome Five: Bushroot, Megavolt, Negaduck, Liquidator and Quackerjack.

Like any good superhero (of course, being “good” is subjective in this case), Darkwing had his own rogues gallery largely inspired by and spoofing established comic book villains. Darkwing’s arch-nemesis was Negaduck (Cummings), an evil version of Darkwing clad in yellow, red and black that hailed from an alternate universe known as The Negaverse where bad was good and good was bad (note: another Negaduck appeared in the episode “Negaduck,” which was Darkwing’s bad side made real). Dr. Reginald Bushroot (Tino Insana) was a scientist who transformed himself into a half-duck, half-plant being with control over plants. His constant companion was a walking small Venus flytrap-like creature called Spike (Frank Welker). Bud Flud, aka The Liquidator (Jack Angel) was a crooked bottled water salesman who fell into the vat of a competitor’s water that he had added a corrosive chemical to, turning him into living water and allowing him to control it as well. Elmo Sputterspark, aka Megavolt (Dan Castellaneta), was a former classmate of Darkwing’s who gained the ability to control electricity when one of his experiments was sabotaged by a bully. Quackerjack (Michael Bell) was a toymaker who went insane and used his dangerous toys to commit crimes and cause general chaos. His sidekick was Mr. Banana Brain; an anthropomorphic peeled banana doll that Quackerjack made talk with some bad ventriloquism.


Justice Ducks: Gizmoduck, Morgana, Stegmutt and Neptunia.

The show wasn’t above evolving its characters and changing the status quo here and there. Several characters first appeared as villains, but were reformed to become heroes and occasional Darkwing allies (much to his chagrin as it meant having to share credit). Neptunia (Susan Silo) was a fish who was exposed to a barrel of radioactive waste and mutated into a humanoid, becoming defender of the sea and tried to flood the city until Launchpad convinced her there were some good “surface-dwellers.” Stegmutt (Joey Camen) was a janitor transformed into a dinosaur to become the unwitting henchman of Dr. Fossil (Gordon) as part of his plan to bring dinosaurs back until Gosalyn and Honker convinced Stegmutt that Dr. Fossil was evil. The most prominent changeover was with Morgana MacCawber (a play on macabre and macaw and voiced by Kath Soucie). Morgana was a sorceress who frequently mixed up her spells. Initially starting as a villain, she helped Darkwing on his cases before reforming and becoming his girlfriend. She was accompanied by her pet bats Eek and Squeak and spider Archie (all Welker) that resided in her high hairdo. These three teamed-up with Gizmoduck (who made several appearances on the show) and a reluctant Darkwing to become the Justice Ducks (a play on DC ComicsJustice League).


Darkwing and J. Gander Hooter.

Occasionally employing Darkwing’s services was the super-secret spy agency S.H.U.S.H. (a play on Marvel ComicsS.H.I.E.L.D.), run by J. Gander Hooter (named after J. Edgar Hoover and voiced by Danny Mann), much to the chagrin of their by-the-book top agent Vladmir Grizzlikoff (Ron Feinberg). Their primary foes were the counter-agency F.O.W.L. (The Fiendish Organization for World Larceny, playing on S.P.E.C.T.R.E. from the Bond novels) run by a trio known as The High Command who are always hidden in shadow. Their main agent was the dapper 1920s gangster-like Steelbeak (Rob Paulsen), who had a metal beak as his name implied. Other agents included the evil cleaning-lady Ammonia Pine (Mitzi McCall) and her dirt-loving sister Ample Grime (Ellen Gerstell), military man Major Synapse (John Stephenson), and a legion of Eggmen: foot-soldiers in egg-shaped helmets.



The series first aired on The Disney Channel as a preview run beginning on March 31, 1991 through July 14. It was originally advertised to be a new show exclusive to the channel, but it in fact entered syndication on The Disney Afternoon that September. The series officially launched with the hour-long premiere episode “Darkly Dawns the Duck” as part of the special The Darkwing Duck Premiere/Back to School with the Mickey Mouse Club on September 6, 1991. After its initial airing with a special opening, “Darkly Dawns the Duck” was edited into two episodes and broadcast with the standard Darkwing intro with the theme by Steve Nelson and Thom Sharp every airing since (of which there are several versions varying in length and clips used).


Darkwing and Quiverwing Quack take on Splatter Phoenix.

A total of 90 episodes were produced, with 65 running in syndication as part of The Disney Afternoon and two seasons of 13 episodes running on ABC Saturday mornings. Despite airing concurrently, Disney kept the syndicated and network runs of the show were kept separate for distribution purposes. The series was aired largely out of production order, resulting in characters appearing before their actual debut episodes. After its initial run, the series reran on The Disney Afternoon until 1995 when it finally fell out of the block’s line-up. They were picked up by The Disney Channel as part of their weekday two-hour Block Party programming block. Darkwing reruns returned to The Disney Afternoon for its final season in 1996 when it was dropped from Block Party.

 
Tying into the series, Playmates released a series of action figures and both of Darkwing’s vehicles, as well as a 12” fully-articulated “collector figure” and Darkwing’s gas gun. A second wave of figures was planned, but never released due to poor sales of the first wave. Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes offered a mail away version of Darkwing’s magnifying glass in 1992 and a bubble-blowing gas gun in 1994.In 1993, McDonald’s released a series of four toys featuring Darkwing in the Thunderquack, Launchpad on the Ratcatcher, Gosalyn in the sidecar and Honker in a box, followed by four figurines from Kellogg’s replacing Honker with Megavolt in 1994. Applause also had their own set, which included Tuskernini and Steelbeak. 1994 also saw Darkwing being offered as part of a Disney Afternoon promotion from Burger King. Beginning in 2011, Disney Vinylmation, a line of character figures available from Disney Parks made to resemble Mickey Mouse despite the character depicted, produced a series of Disney Afternoon figures. Darkwing and Gosalyn were released together while Launchpad was made available with Scrooge McDuck in a DuckTales set.



Capcom produced a video game in 1992 for the Nintendo Entertainment System, and later ported a stripped-down version of it to the Game Boy the following year. Interactive Designs and Radiance Software also released their own game for the TurboGrafx-16 the same year. In 2010, a mobile game was released, and Darkwing was featured as a mission-giving townsperson in Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes 2.0.


Darkwing Duck/DuckTales crossover from BOOM! Studios.

In 1991, Disney Comics published a four-issue mini-series adapting the pilot episode intending to lead into an ongoing series before Disney Comics folded. Darkwing Duck became a regular comic feature in Disney Adventures magazine and in Marvel Comics’ Disney Afternoon comic. “Just Us Justice Ducks” was adapted into comic form in Disney’s Colossal Comics Collection issues 5 and 6. In 2010, BOOM! Studios launched a four-issue mini-series called “The Duck Knight Returns.” After positive fan reaction, the series was expanded into an ongoing series that ran 18 issues and an annual until BOOM! lost the Disney license. The comic, unlike the show, had stronger ties to the DuckTales universe (whose comic BOOM! also published at the same time) and featured several character crossovers; including the final arc which ran across the final issues of both series. The first 16 issues of the series were remastered and repackaged into a collected edition in 2014, which was intended to lead into a new ongoing series by Aaron Sparrow (who is credited with reviving the property at BOOM!) and James Silvani, who had drawn the previous series.


Ad for the Darkwing VHS tapes.

In 1993, four VHS collections of 2 episodes each were released as Darkwing Duck: His Favorite Adventures in America, with an additional two volumes produced in Australia. Notably “Darkly Dawns the Duck” featured the pilot episode in its original format. “It’s a Wonderful Leaf” was released with the Goof Troop episode “Have Yourself a Goofy Little Christmas” on the Happy Holidays with Darkwing and Goofy VHS. In 1996, “Ghoul of My Dreams” and the Chip n’ Dale Rescue Rangers episode “Good Times, Bat Times” were released together on a VHS called Witcheroo! In 2006 and 2007, Walt Disney Home Entertainment released two DVD collections of 27 episodes each with no immediate plans to release the remainder.


Darkwing on Bonkers!

            In 1991, Darkwing and Launchpad became part of Mickey’s Magical TV World live stage show at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom, replacing the Gummi Bears. On Raw Toonage in 1992, Gosalyn and Launchpad both made appearances as guest stars. Goof Troop would feature Quackerjack on Max’s (Hill) watch in the episode “Axed by Addition.” On Bonkers, the title character (also voiced by Cummings) received an award from Darkwing in a dream sequence. On Disney’s Aladdin in 1994, Genie (Castellaneta) transformed into Darkwing in the episode “My Fair Aladdin.” In 2011, Robot Chicken’s episode “Kramer vs. Showgirls” featured a segment that showed where the Darkwing characters were after the show. In 2013, Funny or Die posted an April Fool’s sketch where Jim Cummings tried to crowdfund a movie based on the show.
 



EPISODE GUIDE (airdates before September '91 are original Disney Channel showings):

Syndication:
“Darkly Dawns the Duck (Part 1)” (9/6/91) – DW finds himself having to protect orphaned Gosalyn from the evil Taurus Bulba.

“Darkly Dawns the Duck (Part 2)” (9/6/91) – In order to defeat Bulba, DW destroys the Ramrod and seemingly both Bulba and himself.

“Beauty and the Beet” (5/5/91) – Ridiculed for his love of plants, Dr. Reginald Bushroot experiments on himself and turns him into a half-plant, half-duck mutant.

“Getting Antsy” (6/22/91) – Lilliput Gooney invents a shrink ray to shrink St. Canard monuments and a helmet to communicate with ants to bring them to his miniature golf course.

“Night of the Living Spud” (6/15/91) – When Bushroot tries to grow himself a wife, he ends up with a mutant potato instead.

“Apes of Wrath” (5/19/91) – SHUSH sends DW and crew to Africa to find a missing scientist and they stumble on Major Trenchrot’s plans to open a villa for villains.

“Dirty Money” (4/28/91) – SHUSH tasks DW with finding who’s stealing the ink off of the city’s money.

“Duck Blind” (9/16/91) – DW is accidentally blinded by Megavolt, and his arrogance in dealing with it almost gets his friends killed.

“Comic Book Capers” (9/17/91) – Unsatisfied with his portrayal in his comic, DW decides to writ it himself—unfortunately, everyone else has their own ideas.

“Water Way to Go” (9/18/91) – SHUSH sends DW to stop Steelbeak from flooding a country, and unfortunately he promised Launchpad to play sidekick on this mission.

“Paraducks” (9/19/91) – DW and Gosalyn go back in time and in failing to stop a gang of greasers from robbing a record store return to an altered future.

“Easy Come, Easy Grows” (9/20/91) – Bushroot creates a money tree as money and vaults disappear around the city.

“A Revolution in Home Appliances” (9/23/91) – Megavolt’s latest invention allows him to animate inanimate appliances.

“Trading Faces” (6/1/91) – DW’s computer causes the adults to switch minds with the kids just as FOWL plans to stop the Earth’s rotation to blackmail the planet.

“Hush, Hush Sweet Charlatan” (4/21/91) – DW investigates a movie production plagued by accidents and being directed by Tuskernini.

“Can’t Bayou Love” (5/12/91) – Hearing the city is “easy pickings,” Jambalaya Jake and his alligator Gumbo leave the bayou for St. Canard.

“Bearskin Thug” (9/27/91) – Steelbeak sets a bear loose to terrorize a park, the same park Drake took Gosaylin camping.

“You Sweat Your Life” (5/25/91) – DW goes undercover at a health spa to root out museum thieves, but unfortunately the Muddlefoots tag along.

“Days of Blunder” (10/1/91) – Quackerjack poses as a psychiatrist and convinces DW to give up being a hero.

“Just Us Justice Ducks (Part 1)” (10/2/91) – Negaduck, Bushroot, Quackerjack, Megavolt and Liquidator team-up as the Fearsome Five to take over St. Canard.

“Just Us Justice Ducks (Part 2)” (10/3/91) – Unable to take on the Five alone, DW rescues the Justice Ducks—Neptunia, Gizmoduck, Morgana and Stegmutt—to save the city.

“Double Darkwings” (10/4/91) – Jake has his Granny hex DW, but she nails Launchpad in a DW disguise instead turning him into Jake’s unwitting accomplice.

“Aduckyphobia” (6/29/91) – DW gains spider-powers and four extra arms to become Arcahno-Duck.

“When Aliens Collide” (10/8/91) – Gosalyn finds a cute space alien and frees him of his collar, which was the only thing keeping this actual space criminal in check.

“Jurassic Jumble” (10/9/91) – Scientist-turned-dinosaur Dr. Fossil plans to use a passing comet to enhance his de-evolution ray to bring back the age of dinosaurs.

“Cleanliness is Next to Badliness” (10/10/91) – Steelbeack and Ammonia Pine team-up to go on a crime spree.

“Smarter Than a Speeding Bullet” (10/11/91) – DW’s life gets difficult when intergalactic superhuman Comet Guy comes to Earth looking for a hero to train him.

“All’s Fahrenheit in Love and War” (10/14/91) – DW wants to go on a tropical vacation, but first must solve how banks are being mysteriously robbed.

“Whiffle While You Work” (10/15/91) – DW and Quackerjack end up trapped in the Whiffle Boy video game and it’s up to Gosalyn to save DW.

“Ghoul of My Dreams” (10/16/91) – Nodoff has Morgana use his sleep sand to put the entire city to sleep.

“Adopt-a-Con” (10/21/91) – Drake takes in Tuskernini who proves to not be able to reform when he disguises himself as Bushroot and takes the family hostage to fish out DW.

“Toys Czar Us” (10/22/91) – Drake gives up being DW to become a better parent as Quackerjack creates a toy utopia for children where he’ll rule.

“The Secret Origins of Darkwing Duck” (10/23/91) – In the future, two kids trapped in the DW museum hear about his “secret origin” from the janitor that works there.

“Up, Up and Awry” (10/24/91) – Gizmoduck comes to town to stop Megavolt’s latest scheme, showing up DW at every turn.

“Life, the Negaverse and Everything” (10/25/91) – DW ends up cast into the Negaverse where Negaduck is king.

“Dry Hard” (10/28/91) – DW accidentally knocks Bud Flood into a vat of water he contaminated, turning him into Liquidator: a water-powered super villain.

“Heavy Mental” (10/29/91) – Launchpad gains psychic powers while Major Synapse uses SHUSH’s Nora Ray on his underlings to give them the same abilities.

“Disguise the Limit” (10/30/91) – When Negaduck frames DW for his crimes, SHUSH provides DW with a device that changes him into anyone he looks at.

“Planet of the Capes” (10/31/91) – Ordinary Guy brings DW to his home planet in order to provide the super hero inhabitants with someone to rescue.

“Darkwing Dubloon” (11/1/91) – In the days when pirates roamed the high seas Darkwing Dubloon had to take on the villainous pirate Negaduck.

“It’s a Wonderful Leaf” (11/4/91) – Bushroot decides to run Christmas by taking over all the Christmas trees in town.

“Twitching Channels” (11/5/91) – Megavolt’s device sends him and DW to the “real world” where DW is only a cartoon character.

“Dances with Bigfoot” (11/6/91) – When Drake goes missing it’s up to Gosalyn as the Crimson Quackette to find him.

“Twin Beaks” (11/7/91) – Honker tracks his missing parents to the town of Twin Beaks, where a mutant race of cabbages begin to conquer Earth.

“The Incredible Bulk” (11/8/91) – Bushroot’s new fertilizer makes plants big and strong.

“My Valentine Ghoul” (11/11/91) – When DW refuses Morgana’s help, Negaduck sees her anger as an opportunity.

“Dead Duck” (11/12/91) – Megavolt finally kills DW, but DW refuses to retire to the afterlife easily.

“A Duck By Any Other Name” (11/13/91) – Launchpad is exposed as DW and Tuskernini plans to use that information to his advantage.

“Let’s Get Respectable” (11/14/91) – Gosalyn helps change DW’s image after he’s told he has a poor reputation with the public.

“In Like Blunt” (11/15/91) – J. Gander teams-up with DW to retrieve a list of SHUSH’s secret agents before its auctioned off to its enemies.

“Quack of Ages” (11/18/91) – Quackerjack journeys back in time to stop the invention of the yoyo.

“Time and Punishment” (11/19/91) – Gosalyn is accidentally sent into the future where she learns her disappearance has turned DW into Darkwarrior Duck; a cold-hearted engine of justice.

“Stressed to Kill” (11/20/91) – Feeling stressed, DW checks into a clinic run by Megavolt and Quackerjack where they brainwash him.

“The Darkwing Squad” (11/21/91) – DW is asked to train a group of SHUSH agents and ends up turning them into versions of himself.

“Inside Binkie’s Brain” (11/22/91) – Binkie is hit on the head, changing her into the Canardian Guardian.

“The Haunting of Mr. Banana Brain” (11/25/91) – Gosalyn frees a spirit named Paddywhack who possesses Mr. Banana Brain and causes trouble alongside Quackerjack.

“Slime OK, You’re OK” (11/26/91) – Gosalyn accidentally drinks Bushroot’s formula and DW has to find a cure before she turns into a puddle of slime.

“Whirled History” (11/27/91) – Megavolt uses a sleepwalking Gosalyn to set a trap for DW.

“U.F.Foe” (11/28/91) – Aliens kidnap Launchpad in order to make him the ruler of the universe.

“A Star is Scorned” (11/29/91) – DW’s TV producer wants to skim money from his show by replacing DW with the cheaper Bushroot.

“The Quiverwing Quack” (12/2/91) – After defeating Negaduck with her new hobby of archery, Gosalyn becomes the Quiverwing Quack.

“Jail Bird” (12/3/91) – Negaduck uses a diamond to steal the powers of his allies, turning him into Mega Negaduck.

“Dirtysomething” (12/4/91) – FOWL teams up Ammonia Pine with her dirty sister Ample Grime, while Gosalyn recycles some of DW’s gear for money for a new video game.

“Kung Fooled” (12/5/91) – DW’s chase of Moleiarty to the city of Kung Pow reunites him with his instructor Master Lee.

“Bad Luck Duck” (12/6/91) – Believing he stole their jewel, a tribe’s leader curses DW.

Season 1:

“That Sinking Feeling” (9/7/91) – Moleiarty leads his people on a takeover of the surface world by blocking out the sun.

“Flim Flam” (9/14/91) – Tuskernini uses a special camera to pull characters out of movies and recruits them to his needs.

“Negaduck” (9/21/91) – Megavolt’s tron-splitter splits DW into two parts: the good Posiduck and the evil Negaduck.

“Fungus Amongus” (9/28/91) – Supernatural pizza topping thefts leads DW to MacCawber Mansion, where he falls for the head of the company Morgana MacCawber.

“Slaves to Fashion” (10/5/91) – Drake heeds Binkie’s advice to make Gosalyn more lady-like while Tuskernini uses a spray on a masquerade party to make people act as they’re dressed.

“Something Fishy” (10/12/91) – Neptunia, a fish mutated by pollution, intends to wash out the surface world in retaliation.

“Tiff of the Titans” (10/19/91) – Gizmoduck comes to the city after Steelbeak, but Steelbeak diverts his attentions by framing DW for a crime.

“Calm a Chameleon” (10/26/91) – Chameleon plots to take over Howl Publishing to print her own money while Honker undergoes a personality change in response to bullies.

“Battle of the Brainteasers” (11/2/91) – Alien hats land on Earth and use their wearers to take control of nuclear weapons to demand to be made rulers of the universe.

“Bad Tidings” (11/9/91) – DW and Grizzlykof’s personality conflicts prevent them from focusing on stopping FOWL’s control of the tides.

“Going Nowhere Fast” (11/16/91) – Negaduck hits DW with a particle accelerator, which gives DW super speed and super aging.

“A Brush With Oblivion” (11/23/91) – No one believes Honker that there’s a villain named Splatter Phoenix going through the museum inside the paintings.

“The Merchant of Menace” (11/30/91) – SHUSH has DW investigate Quackerware coming to life on Herb’s sales route.

Season 2:

“Monsters R Us” (9/12/92) – Morgana brings DW to meet her family.

“Inherit the Wimp” (9/19/92) – Goaslyn uses Quackerjack’s time top to bring DW’s relatives into the present, only to discover they’re not as great as he claimed they were.

“Revenge of the Brainteasers, Too” (9/26/92) – The alien hats get free and seek revenge on Honker.

“Star Crossed Circuits” (10/3/92) – Launchpad and Gosalyn hate DW’s new super computer, and Gosalyn exposing it to soap operas causes it to fall in love with DW.

“The Steerminator” (10/10/92) – FOWL rebuilds Taurus Bulba who wants only revenge on DW, while DW is stuck in a wheelchair after an accident.

“The Frequency Fiends” (10/17/92) – DW’s new device accidentally hits Gosalyn and creates three look-a-like beings with different powers.

“Paint Misbehavin’” (10/24/92) – Splatter Phoenix returns to improve boring art while DW is set to appear at a comic book convention.

“Hot Spells” (10/31/92) – DW and Gosalyn accompany Morgana to school deliver her thesis paper and Gosalyn tries to take a shortcut into learning magic.

“Fraudcast News” (11/7/92) – A news reporter follows DW on his adventures, but finding him too boring becomes a villain for him to face and improve her ratings.

“Clash Reunion” (11/14/92) – Drake attends his high school reunion and discovers that Megavolt was one of his former classmates.

“Mutantcy on the Bouncy” (11/21/92) – Gosalyn covers DW battling the Rubber Chicken and Cement-Head for her school paper.

“Malice’s Restaurant” (12/5/92) – DW forgets to cancel an appearance of the Cute Little Lost Bunnies at Morgana’s restaurant while Negaduck wants to turn them evil.

“Extinct Possibility” (12/12/92) – DW is asked to investigate why the museum has a strange find: DW encased in amber.

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