Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Heckle and Jeckle & Dinky the Duck

Let’s polish off this issue of Terry-Toons Comics No. 65, February 1948 with a story featuring those irascible magpies, Heckle and Jeckle; as well as a story featuring a Dinky – a one-time star but all but forgotten today.

I always thought Heckle and Jeckle a bit dark – even threatening somehow. When young, I read somewhere their names were meant as a play on the R.L. Stevenson story, The strange case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. As a boy, this bit of trivia no doubt shaded my view of the grinning pair. Together, they seemed capable of anything.

The name Dinky Duck is fairly lost to the ages, but this story is made worthy being the work of Connie Rasinski (signed), a principal director and animator with Terrytoons.


  1. Poor Marmaduke!!! At first I thought they were crows, but how fitting they are magpies. Those little scavengers!

  2. Jacque: I know! In my childhood mind, they were cackling, little monsters - always working in horrid tandem. -- Mykal

  3. Heckle and Jeckle ARE dark.

    All birds are evil anyway, Mykal. The predatory and scavenging direct descendants of dinosaurs.

    The terrible thunder lizards still walk the Earth...disguised as fluffy, pretty, feather beasties.

    Beaks and talons with a brain the size of a sunflower seed commanding them.


    Thanks for the Terry Toons BTW. :)

  4. Jeff: Excellent analysis. You're right - part of my dislike of H&K stems from my overall dislike of birds in general, I'm sure.

  5. Hey, since when was Dinky a yellow duck? Usually he's got black feathers—weird. Here he looks like Tom and Jerry's pal Little Quacker.


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