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Cousin Gus Goose

GENUS PEDIGREE: Duckbill (anthropomorphized goose)
KNOWN ALIASES: unknown
KNOWN RELATIVES: Fanny Coot (mother); Luke Goose (father); Donald Duck, Daisy Duck, $crooge McDuck, Rumpus McFowl, Fred Goose, Huey, Dewey & Louie, April, May & June, Fethry Duck, Kildare Coot, Gladstone Gander, Shamrock Gander, Socrates M. Gosling, Abner "Whitewater" Duck, Gideon McDuck, Donna Duck, Daisy Duck, Ludwig von Drake, Matilda McDuck, Hortense McDuck, Quackmore Duck, Douglas Duck, Della Duck, Moby Duck, Dugan Duck, Webbigail Vanderquack, Buck Duck, Bubba Duck, Dimwitty (cousins); Gertie Goose (aunt); Cornelius Coot (founder of Duckburg; great-great-grandfather); Humperdink Duck (a.k.a. Grandpa Duck); Elvira Coot (a.k.a. Grandma Duck - Duck family matriarch).
KNOWN PETS: unknown
CITIZENSHIP: Duckburg, USA.
KNOWN CONFIDANTS: Grandma Duck; Donald Duck; Jaq & Gus.
KNOWN RIVALS: unknown
PARAPHERNALIA: Pocket watch (used to determine if it's time to eat or sleep).
1st PRINT APPEARANCE: "Donald Duck" comic strip (Apr. 6, 1938).
1st FILM APPEARANCE: "Donald's Cousin Gus" (May 19, 1939).
VOICE ACTOR: Mel Blanc, who worked primarily for the Warner Bros. Studio, recorded some lines for Gus in "Donald's Cousin Gus," but Disney thought Mel was too ubiquitous at the time and they were never used (Mel did do some hiccups in "Pinocchio"); Cam Clark (Gustav Goose in "Quack Pack").
SIGNATURE: unknown
BIOGRAPHICAL DETAILS: It seems that relatives were always dumping their problems in Donald Duck's lap. Upon the occasion of Cousin Gus' introduction he was accompanied by a note which read:

"Dear Nephew- This is your cousin Gus Goose. I am sending him to visit you -
  Love,
    Aunt Fanny
PS: He don't eat much."

Of course this turned out to be a lie. Donald Duck found Gus' bottomless-pit appetite exasperating. Gus' only other film appearance was a cameo in "Mickey's Christmas Carol" (1983). But his most consistent roll has been as Grandma Duck's slothful handyman on her farm. He has also starred with Goofy as Squire Gus in the "Mighty Knight" stories, where they often combat the villainous Robber Knight (though it could be said that both were actually ancestors of our heroes). As a member of the "Duck Family" he has appeared in many Donald, Huey, Dewey & Louie and Uncle $crooge stories as well.  The friend and neighbor Gustav Goose from "Quack Pack" is probably not the same as Cousin Gus since there are very few similarities (aside from the name and general size of the character).

HISTORICAL FACTS: Gus is a creation of the "Duck Man," Carl Barks.
LITTLE KNOWN SECRETS: unknown
WORKING THEORIES: none

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