Happy Easter from the Golden Age of Comic Books! Easter is celebrated by many for the resurrection of Jesus Christ, but it is also the delight of millions of children as they wait anxiously to see what goodies the Easter Bunny left in their Easter baskets. How would you feel if it was revealed that the Easter Bunny was really Donald Duck in disguise?
This is the cover of Walt Disney’s Comics & Stories #32 (May 1943) featuring Donald as the Easter Bunny. Unfortunately, Donald’s version is not so charitable, as it appears that our favorite Duck donned this costume in order to steal a few eggs! Whatever the case may be, it’s fun to see this early Golden Age Easter Themed cover by Carl Buettner.
Also of note, this issue marks the great Carl Barks’ second work in this title, his first appearing in the immediately preceding issue (#31, April 1943). The Barks story in issue #32 is credited as the first Donald Duck story both written and drawn by Barks, and is aptly titled, “The Rabbit’s Foot”. It has been reprinted in several Gladstone issues over the years.