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Sir Quackly McDuck was an anthropomorphic duck who is now a ghost.

DescriptionEdit

This ancestor of Scrooge McDuck helped Macbeth become King of Scotland and received, for payment, a chest full of gold and jewels. Soon after however, Macbeth's treacheries were exposed and he was dethroned; fearing for his treasure and his life, Quackly decided to conceal it within Castle McDuck. In his hurry, however, Quackly accidentally walled himself up with the treasure and presumably died of thirst and starvation soon afterwards.[2]

Sir Quackly, like all other McDucks after him, became a ghost and haunted Castle McDuck and the clouds above it. Unlike most of the other spooks, however, Quackly often interefered in mortal matters, trying (sometimes clumsily) to nudge things down the right path for the Clan. In 1879, it was he who inspired young Scrooge McDuck to set out for the Americas.[3] In 1885, he tried to help Scrooge McDuck in his swordfight against Argus Whiskerville; however, he accidentally caused Scrooge to die instead. After convincing the other McDuck ghosts that Scrooge's life was still worth living, they all found a way to bring him back to life.[4]

Acting as a sort of leader and spokesperson for the McDuck ghosts, Quackly was also tasked with welcoming newly deceased McDucks to the afterlife, as he did Fergus McDuck in 1902.[5]

In 1948, jewel thief Diamond Dick impersonated Quackly's ghost using a special spray that could make him invisible. Scrooge McDuck, Donald Duck and Huey, Dewey and Louie Duck happened to travel to Castle McDuck that very same year, also looking for Sir Quackly's lost treasure; they initially mistook Diamond Dick for the genuine ghost of Quackly, but finally found out the truth. The odd part was that this led them to stop believing in the reality of the genuine Quackly.[6]

Sir Quackly McDuck's ghost was last seen in 2004 among a crowd of ghosts partying in Donald Duck's house in Duckburg.[7]

Behind the scenesEdit

Sir Quackly McDuck was first mentioned in 1948 in Carl Barks's story The Old Castle's Secret; however, he would only appear in person in 1992 in The Last of the Clan McDuck.

The timeline suggests that Sir Quackly was the son of Sir Slye MacDuich. This would interestingly suggest that Sir Quackly was the first of the family line to call himself McDuck rather than MacDuich. 

Notes and referencesEdit

  1. https://nafsk.se/pipermail/dcml/1994-January/001503.html
  2. According to Carl Barks in The Old Castle's Secret and Don Rosa in The Last of the Clan McDuck.
  3. According to Don Rosa in The Last of the Clan McDuck.
  4. According to Don Rosa in The New Laird of Castle McDuck.
  5. According to Don Rosa in The Billionaire of Dismal Downs.
  6. All of this according to Carl Barks in The Old Castle's Secret.
  7. According to Gitte Zimmermann and Marco Rota in The Haunted Houses.
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