Believe! is a comic story written by Pat & Shelly Block, and drawn by Santiago Scalabroni Ceballos. It features Donald Duck, Huey, Dewey and Louie Duck, Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, Cupid, and, in his debut, the Spirit of Innocence. Donald dresses up as the Tooth Fairy.
Huey, Dewey and Louie Duck don't take it well when Donald Duck, putting on his grownup hat, tries to get them to believe that pot of golds at the end of rainbows, Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny and such are mere fictions. Donald is soon proven very wrong by an appearance from the gnome-like Spirit of Innocence ("Spit" to his friends), who sentences him to become the new Tooth Fairy in punishment for trying to deny the wonder in the world!
- As early as Carl Barks's Toyland (1948), Donald Duck and his nephews were keenly aware of Santa Claus as a real supernatural entity in their universe, and were even fairly close acquaintances of his.
- Donald, who here encounters the Spirit of Innocence, presumably had dealings with the Spirit of Progress in Donald and the Wheel (1961), who, in the comic adaptation, already took a physical form much as Spit does here, and with the Spirit of Adventure in Donald Duck in Mathmagic Land (1959).
- Night Shift (2000) would establish, two years after Believe!’s release, that “Tooth Fairy” is in fact an occupation in the Prime Universe rather than an individual; originally carried out mostly by natural-born fairies, it proved harder and harder in the modern world, leading to most fairies refusing to take the job and mortals being hired instead. This seems generally to mesh with Spit making Donald a Tooth Fairy in Believe!, and alluding to the existence of others.
- In Top Secret Night Shift (2012), Donald would again get a job which involved dressing up as the Tooth Fairy, though under very different circumstances which no longer involved genuine magic.
Behind the scenes
This story was first printed in 1998 in the Norwegian Donald Duck & Co. #1998-51, and was printed in English in Walt Disney's Comics and Stories #672 in 2006.