Ludwig von Drake is an anthropomorphic duck.


Ludwig von Drake is Donald Duck's Austrian uncle, and he is the scholar of the family. Credited with at least 98 dilplomas, Von Drake claims to be an expert on everything. However, though his vast knowlegde is undeniable, he is also unbelievably wacky; whenever he tries to explain anything (which he often does, unfortunately, being fond of lecturing), he digresses about varyingly crazy subjects until even himself has forgotten what the lecture was supposed to be about to begin with. Ludwig is also vain, naive and very absent-minded.


Born to a a temperamental mother (sources disagree on his exact relation to the Duck family, with some naming Humperdink Duck his father), Ludwig spent his childhood with her in Vienna, Austria.

After various brilliant studies that earned him the aforementioned 98 diplomas, young Professor Von Drake moved to the United States, where he claims to have been responsible, in the following years, for the inventions of several types of popular music, starting with Charleston (he claims the first Charleston, Charleston Charlie, was a rip-off of his earlier Louisville Ludwig). He also lost much of his fortune during the Great Depression, though he allegedly did pull through thanks to a new composition of his.[2]

In 1961, he was invited by Walt Disney to give a lecture about color on television[3], and for that purpose moved to Duckburg; initially housed by his nephew Donald, Ludwig eventually settled in Duckburg for good, buying a luxurious villa to accommodate him and his personal library. At some point after 1961[4], he also married Scrooge McDuck's sister Matilda McDuck.

Known DiplomasEdit

  • "Degree in Names and Nicknames"[5]
  • "Degree in Labyrinthine Orientationology"[6]

Behind the scenesEdit

Ludwig von Drake debuted in 1961. Ludwig does not appear in Egmont stories, as the publishers have enforced a policy that he (like Fethry) is "legally dead" as far as they are concerned — in other words, non-canonical. Don Rosa was a long opponent of this policy, and managed too sneak cameos by Ludwig in two of his stories for Egmont. The ban has never applied to Italy, French and Brazil, allowing Ludwig's legacy to survive even beyond his regular appareances in animation. 

Ludwig's exact relation to the Duck family has long been a point of contention; early statements sugges that he really was Donald Duck's uncle (or "sort of uncle"), while others imply that he is a cousin of Elvira Duck or even an in-law of hers. There are even some fans to dispute the fact, introduced by Don Rosa, that he became the husband of Matilda McDuck (although that idea is only a failsafe to explain how he might be related to Donald, and does not contradict any of the other theories).

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Notes and ReferencesEdit

  1. The cartoon and the comic were released on the very same day.
  2. Ludwig von Drake gives all this information in A Symposium on Popular Songs.
  3. The lecture is shown in the animated made-for-TV film An Adventure in Color, Ludwig's first appearance.
  4. He still described himself as a bachelor in 1961's Kids is Kids.
  5. The Beagle Boys and the Last Pirate.
  6. The Beagle Boys and the Last Pirate.