Merrill De Maris

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Merrill De Maris
BornMerrill De Maris
(1898-02-26)February 26, 1898
New Jersey, United States
DiedDecember 31, 1948(1948-12-31) (aged 50)
Escondido, California, United States

Merrill De Maris (February 26, 1898, New Jersey – December 31, 1948, Escondido, California)[1] was an American writer who worked on Disney comic strips for King Features Syndicate.

De Maris helped Floyd Gottfredson with many of his early Mickey Mouse comic strips; they co-created famous characters like Phantom Blot,[2] Chief O'Hara and Detective Casey. In 1942, they gave Minnie Mouse a full name as Minerva Mouse,[3] for the four-month comic strip story "The Gleam".

De Maris also wrote for the Silly Symphony comic strip from December 1937 to October 1942, writing the comic strip adaptations of the feature films Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Pinocchio and Bambi.[4]

In 1943, De Maris abandoned a half-finished outline for a Donald Duck comic book story. The publisher gave the outline to Carl Barks, who polished it, made it longer, and published it as "Too Many Pets", in Donald Duck Four Color #29 (Sept 1943).[5]


  1. ^ Inducks biography at Inducks
  2. ^ Markstein, Don. "THE PHANTOM BLOT". Retrieved 20 May 2011.
  3. ^ As seen on the fifth strip of "The Gleam"
  4. ^ Duvall, Earl; Taliaferro, Al; Osborne, Ted; De Maris, Merrill (2016). Silly Symphonies: The Complete Disney Classics, vol 1. San Diego: IDW Publishing. ISBN 978-1631405587.
  5. ^ ""Too Many Pets"". A Guidebook to the Carl Barks Universe. Retrieved 23 September 2019.

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