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The Wise Little Hen is a 1934 comic strip written by Ted Osborne with art by Al Taliaferro. It features Mrs Hen, her children (including Blackie), Peter Pig, and Donald Duck. Grandma Duck is mentioned.


Join the cheerful residents of Barnyard Village as they tackle the misadventures which befall them, learning the value of honesty and hard work through it all. First, Mrs Hen's son Blackie gets lost, and she enlists the help of Donald Duck and Peter Pig to find him. Once that situation is resolved, Donald and Peter find that they're in need of help themselves when a cold winter forces them to either work on their homes to make them warmer or try to find shelter elsewhere.


  • Mrs Cackle and her children, Donald Duck, and Peter Pig live in Barnyard Village, a locality apparently free of taxes and politics.
  • The exact number of Mrs. Cackle's children is confirmed to be 10, including a troublesome one named Blackie.
  • Mrs Cackle is called "Mrs Hen" several times over the course of the story.
  • Donald Duck refers to Peter Pig by the simple nickname of "Pete" multiple times over the course of the story.


  • This comic strip is an adaptation of the cartoon of the same name, which was released the same year that the strip ran. Other than sharing the same cast of character (sans Blackie, who was invented for the strip) and the same moral of the value of honesty and hard work, the cartoon and the comic strip actually have little in common, with their plots differing entirely.
  • Grandma Duck is mentioned in the second strip of this story in what seems to be the first ever mention of her. She wouldn't appear again until Buried Money (1940).

Behind the scenes

The Wise Little Hen was written by Ted Osborne with art by Al Taliaferro. It was originally printed in serialized format over the course of several months and in American newspapers. This serialized printing began on September the 16th, 1934 and ended three months later on December the 16th, 1934. It has been reprinted many times and in many different nations.[1]

Notably, this story served as the first appearance of Donald Duck in comic strips, as well as the first mention of Grandma Duck

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