I am pretty sure my sense of humor came from Dad. He was very creative and made toys for the kids and little amusements for himself and his friends.

electric chainsaw by Marvin Baron

One day in the late 1970’s I sat down to make some Christmas gifts for my family and co-workers and inked out what would become the first of many images combining ducks and some associated puns. I think De Duck Shun was probably the first.

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The manager at the frame shop I worked in allowed the employees, mostly art students, to hang their work on a large center pillar in the store. We could sell it but only on our own time. I sold stuff from my illustration and life drawing classes.

Then I put some of these cartoons up there. And I remember one really nice lady, who had bought my life studies and disapproving of the cartoons asked if I needed to make money to sharpen my pencils?

The cartoons sold and I signed up for art shows and festivals in the area. As the area grew I traveled a bit more and the lifestyle on the road was not all it’s quacked up to be. Coming home to restock, a kiss goodbye and off you go for a week.

When the Walt Disney Company found I had trademarked DuckTales they asked me to come for a visit to Burbank. We worked out an agreement to peaceful coexistence and I was thrilled to see the studios and backlots.

While working one of the art shows at the time, a very nice man approached me and introduced me to a couple running a garment printing company. We clicked and the ducks took off. Many years of great sales in the U.S. and Canada !

Things change and the U.S. shop took on more investors. The sales force brought in more hollywood and the DuckTales on t-shirts just sort of fades to black. So I went skiing and worked at a local resort for a couple of seasons.

Meanwhile, my DuckTales actually got me an entrée into the Computer Games industry. I knew the future for commercial art was in computers. So with zero computer experience I somehow landed a job with Manley & Assoc.and just sold my DuckTales stuff on the side.

I am glad to continue doing what Dad did. Creating little amusements. I think of him a lot, especially in the garage taking the old toasters and making night lights out of them. I hope I can bring some simple amusement if not joy or laughter your way through my art.

Moving forward I am seeking to broaden my range of contact. DuckTales by John Baron are selling across the U.S. and into England and Australia. I would like to see more licensing opportunities and as long as it’s fun and I am able, I’ll keep on duckin’.