Dogfaces (comics)

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Dogfaces is the name used by comic-book fans to designate the usual anthropomorphic characters and extras in comic books drawn by Carl Barks and other creators of comic books and comic strips. Dogfaces usually resemble cartoon human beings, but with some special characteristics:

  • They have four fingers on each hand and four toes on each foot.
  • They have the round black noses typical of dogs. In one Mickey Mouse comic strip, the statue of a Middle East ruler had a nose that was a giant black pearl.
  • They have ears that are either pointed or droopy, like a dog's.
  • They often have a prominent overbite.

The most famous Dogface is probably Goofy. (His son Max and his nephew Gilbert are of course also Dogfaces.) Children have argued for decades whether Goofy is a man or a dog. Bill Farmer, an actor who voices Goofy in cartoons, suggested that Goofy is "the Missing Link between Dog and Man."

Cartoonist Don Rosa apologized, tongue-in-cheek, for turning Theodore Roosevelt into a Dogface for the sake of consistency in the biography of Scrooge McDuck.

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