Merrill De Maris

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Merrill De Maris (February 26, 1898, New Jersey – December 31, 1948, Escondido, California)[1] was a 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".

He also helped Carl Barks with one of his Donald Duck stories, titled Too Many Pets.[4] De Maris also participated at the Disney Studio on the story adaptation for 1937's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.[5]


  1. ^ Inducks biography at the INDUCKS
  2. ^ Markstein, Don. "THE PHANTOM BLOT". Retrieved 20 May 2011. 
  3. ^ As seen on the fifth strip of "The Gleam"
  4. ^ Too Many Pets at the INDUCKS
  5. ^ Young, R. G. (2000). The encyclopedia of fantastic film: Ali Baba to Zombies. Hal Leonard Corporation. p. 577. ISBN 1-55783-269-2. 

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