Peter Pig was created in 1934 as a companion for Donald Duck
in the Aesopian cartoon
The Wise Little Hen (Donald's first
appearance). He also appeared in 1935's Mickey Mouse cartoon
The Band Concert.
Peter's role in comics is slightly more interesting. He first
appeared in a comic version of
Hen in late 1934.
He then went on to co-star with a mature Donald
in some stories produced in Europe, among them
Donald Duck, Foreign Correspondent and
Donald Duck in Redskin Country
(both by Federico Pedrocchi).
Peter is a rotund swine usually seen in a sweater and cap (and
nothing else). While fundamentally lazy and greedy, Peter will steel
his wits about him when necessary -- be it to outwit Mrs. Hen or
crooked reporter John Gatto. Peter's greatest moments of triumph come
when he is opposed to Gatto, particularly in
Donald Duck, Foreign
Correspondent. Peter does, however, have a slow temper and natural
hogly cowardice. Still, he can overcome them when necessary -- or
when prodded by the more impatient Donald. When the two get in an
argument that brings Donald to blows, the poor pig doesn't stand a
Peter had a treasure map tattooed on his chest at one point in
Donald Duck in Redskin Country. He didn't have it removed
before the story was over, but it may have occurred since then. For a
time, Donald and Peter held jobs working for Mr. Linus O'Type at the
(= other world)
It seems likely that Peter was a friend of Donald early in his life. Once Italian comics began using Huey, Dewey, and Louie, Peter Pig vanished -- perhaps for good (I am not certain of this).
Peter is not to be confused with Percy Pig.
[By David Gerstein]
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