Eric T. Duckman

Created by Everett Peck

"What the hell are YOU staring at?"

A private eye parody most fowl, ERIC T. DUCKMAN is a perpetually horny single father suffering the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, trying to raise his his three sons, his comatose mother-in-law and his sister-in-law Bernice (his late wife's identical twin).

Quick to anger, slow to think, Duckman is alternately lazy, incompetent, egotistical, morally dubious, barely able to control his sexual urges, and prone to losing his temper and succumbing to gloriously offensive rants. He's also an incredibly bad detective; eternally clueless and able to leap to the wrong conclusion in a single bound. The humour lay in watching this buffoon crash and burn under the weight of his pretensions and prejuduces, whether it be while trying to crack a case or resolve some domestic crisis.

A graduate of the Don Galloway Drive-Thru Detective School and the holder of a Panamanian private investigator's license signed by Manuel Noriega, Duckman first appeared as a comic book character written and drawn by cartoonist Everett Peck in Dark Horse Presents way back in . Eventually was awarded his own television show on the USA Network, which ran for four years.

Duckman first appeared in Dark Horse Present, written and drawn by Everett Peck back in 1986, in a series of short surreal strips, but it soon developed a small but loyal group of followers. Spotting its potential, it was eventually developed into a cartoon, and ran for four seasons fon the USA Network in the nineties.

TRIVIA

  • Much like The Simpsons, the television show thrived on its cachet of cool, drawing a surprising number of "guest voices," a wide range of actors, musicians, professional wrestlers and other celebrities, ranging from James Brown to June Lockhart.

COMICS

  • DARK HORSE PRESENTS
    (1986-2000, Dark Horse)
    Various artists and writers.

  • "Love Me Tender" (September 1988; #22)
    Written and drawn by Everett Peck
  • "The Mime Murders" (May 1989, #29)
    Written and drawn by Everett Peck
  • "Duckman's in a Snit Today" (July 1990, #31)

  • DUCKMAN
    (1990, Dark Horse Comics)
    One shot
    Written and drawn by Everett Peck
  • "Airsteam"
  • "The Mime Murders"
  • "Duckman with Fluffy and Uranus"
  • "Duckman at Home"
  • "Party Animals"
  • "Chinatown Beat"

  • DUCKMAN
    (1994-95, Topps Comics)
    Based on characters created by Everett Peck
    Writers: Everett Peck, Stefan Petrucha
    Artists: Everett Peck, Clizia Erling, George Erling, Craig Yoe

  • "Duckman" (November 1994, #0)

Reprint of Duckman #1 from 1990

  • "Naked Duck" (November 1994, #1)
  • "Robo Duck" (November 1994, #2)
  • "Night of the Living Duck" (March 1995, #3)
  • "Think Duck" (March 1995, #4)
  • "The XXX Files" (May 1995, #5)'

  • DUCKMAN: THE MOB FROG SAGA
    (1994, Topps Comics)
    Based on characters created by Everett Peck
    Writers: Stefan Petrucha
    Artists: Jeff Lynch, Electric Crayon

  • "Dead Duck" (November 1994, #1)'
  • "Where's Grandma-Ma?" (December 1994, #2)
  • "In the Name of the Duck (February 1995, #3)

TELEVISION

  • DUCKMAN
    (1994-97, USA Network)
    Animated
    70 30-minute episodes
    Created by Everett Peck
    Developed for televison by Everett Peck, Ron Osborn, Jeff Reno
    Starring Jason Alexander as ERIC T. DUCKMAN
    Also starring Gregg Berger, Dweezil Zappa, Nancy Travis, Dana Hill, E.G. Daily, Pat Musick
    Guest stars: Ed Asner, John Astin, James Avery, Ed Begley Jr., Jim Belushi, Sandra Bernhard, Elayne Boosler, James Brown, John Byner, Dan Castellaneta (as Homer Simpson), Kim Cattrall, Margaret Cho, Coolio, Tim Curry, Dana Delany, Dom DeLuise, James Doohan, David Duchovny, Sheena Easton, Chris Elliott, Brendan Fraser, Janeane Garofalo, Teri Garr, Estelle Getty, Leeza Gibbons, Henry Gibson, Bobcat Goldthwait, Gilbert Gottfried, Bob Guccione, Pat Harrington Jr., Bret Hart, Phil Hartman, Ice-T, Kathy Ireland, Michael Jeter, Brian Keith, George Kennedy, Robert Klein, Lisa Kudrow, Vicki Lawrence, Eugene Levy, June Lockhart, Heather Locklear, Bernie Mac, Taj Mahal, Melissa Manchester, Joe Mantegna, Merrill Markoe, Kenneth Mars, Andrea Martin, Roddy McDowall, Laurie Metcalf, Lee Meriwether, Maureen McGovern, Michael McKean, Cathy Moriarty, Bebe Neuwirth, Leonard Nimoy, Ken Page, Ron Palillo, Ron Perlman, Sam Phillips, Jeremy Piven, Amanda Plummer, Carl Reiner, Burt Reynolds, Katey Sagal, Macho Man Randy Savage, Paul Sorvino, Ben Stein, Ben Stiller, Peter Strauss, Sally Struthers, Jeffrey Tambor, Dave Thomas, Jay Thomas, Courtney Thorne-Smith, Joe Walsh, Edward Winter, Jim Varney

VIDEOGAMES

A point-and-click game that, alas, was only released in Germany and South Korea.

RELATED LINKS

Some other gumshoes introduced in the comic anthology series.

Some Early P.I. Videogames (1988-2002)

Respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith.


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