Beyond The Moon is a comic story written by Vic Lockman, penciled by Tony Strobl and inked by Steve Steere. It features Donald Duck, Huey, Dewey and Louie Duck, Professor Pintail, and, in their debuts, Professor Hermit, Doctor Drake, General McQuack and the Hermit Dragons. Daisy Duck is also mentioned.
Donald Duck, who has recently taken up yo-yo, is hired by the Duckburg Space Exploration Academy to venture into space, beyond the Moon, in search of the disappeared Professor Hermit. He accepts, only to find Huey, Dewey and Louie Duck have stowed away with him… and that's only the first of Donald's troubles!
- Professor Pintail, Doctor Drake and General McQuack are well-known public figures in Duckburg, being employees of the Duckburg Space Exploration Academy. Professor Hermit was also a member of the Academy, but was lost in space on a test flight a year prior to the events of the stories.
- It turns out that, much like Donald and the end up doing, Hermit had crash-landed on a tiny, uncharted planet orbiting the Sun between Earth and Mars. The planet seems inhabitable, and even heavenly, although it soon surfaces that its only mountain is actually a small but fearsome volcano, and that the planet is home to dragon-like alien creatures.
- Huey, Dewey and Louie end the story with the resolution of selling their story to "some magazine".
- Professor Pintail previously appeared in The Mysterious Pyramid (1961) as an archeologist; he would reappear as an astronomer in Injun Expert (1964).
- The story was remade in October of 1963 for a Brazilian audience as Parrots in Orbit (1963), with José Carioca and his nephews replacing Donald Duck and the triplets.
Behind the scenes
This story was only ever published in the United States of America in the 1963 Donald Duck #87. It was, however, reprinted in Australia in Donald Duck #82 and in South Africa in Donald Duck #87.