Nightmare on Duck Street, also known by the unofficial title Nightmare on Webfoot Walk, is a comic story written & drawn by Marco Rota. It features Donald Duck, Gyro Gearloose, Daisy Duck, Gabby, the Beagle Boys, Scrooge McDuck, Elvira Duck & Gus Goose and the Little Helper. Goofy makes a cameo on a billboard, and Pinocchio serves as the model for one of Gyro's inventions.
Donald Duck's leisurely visit to Gyro Gearloose seems him discover that Gyro has mysteriously disappeared. This is only the start of a series of increasingly outlandish, nightmarish events that Donald must confront as he tries to find some help in Duckburg!
- Pinocchio is the model of Gyro Gearloose's “lie detector”, though Rota draws the character not as he appeared in Disney's Pinocchio (1940) but in a style resembling the illustrations of the original book by Collodi.
- One of the characters in Donald's nightmare is the titular canine from Carl Barks's The Talking Dog (1953).
- The DuckTales 2017 episode A Nightmare on Killmotor Hill (2019) would again feature a the characters trapped in a nightmare realm, with the title an allusion to the Nightmare on Elm Street horror film series.
Behind the scenes
This story was first printed in May the 9th, 1997 in the Swedish Kalle Anka & Co #1997-20.
It has never officially been printed in English, but Geoffrey Moses created a scanlation of it to go along with his review of it on Duck Comics Revue for Halloween 2019.
Moses also proposed an alternative ending for the story to give it a “horror stinger” to undermine the idea that it was all a dream, with Daisy Duck reflecting (in "nightmare font") on how odd it is that Donald really thinks he's escaped.