On 25 May, one of the most famous dogs in the world turns 525 years old. Well, that’s in dog years of course (he is officially an anthropomorphic Dingo). In human years Goofy turns 75. He first appeared in the cartoon “Mickey’s Revue”, released on 25 May 1932. Directed by Wilfred Jackson, the short features Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Horace Horsecollar and Clarabelle Cow performing a song and dance show. In his first appearance Goofy (named “Dippy Dawg”; he later changed his name) is a member of the audience, irritating his fellow spectators by noisily crunching peanuts and laughing loudly.
In the comic strips he also first appeared as Dippy Dawg, but in 1936 his name was changed to Goofy. The comic strips drawn by Floyd Gottfredson for Disney were generally based on what was going on in the Mickey Mouse shorts at the time. But when Donald Duck’s popularity led to his own newspaper strip, Disney decided that he was no longer allowed to appear in Gottfredson’s strips. Accordingly Goofy remained alone as Mickey’s sidekick, replacing Horace Horsecollar as Mickey’s fellow adventurer and companion. Similarly in comics the Mickey Mouse world with Goofy as Mickey’s sidekick was usually very separate from the Donald Duck world and crossovers were rare.
In 1990, Goofy starred in his own comic series in the United States titled Goofy Adventures, which featured him starring in various parodies. In other countries he also had his own series, for instance Goofy from Spain, that was published by Primavera in the early 1990s. Goofy starred in many Disney comics alongside Mickey Mouse or by himself. In the late 1970s he starred in a series of Goofy history stories produced by the Jaime Diaz Studios that were reprinted all over the world. These 44-page stories feature Goofy as a famous historical person. Most recently the stories were reprinted in Goofy, ein Komische Historie in Germany.