Barks drew only one story
about the mouse universe. It is titled FC0079
The Riddle of the Red Hat from 1945, and he
just drew it unchanged from Western's manuscript. It was probably
written by the then editor Eleanor Packer. Barks faithfully
completed the task but afterwards he asked to be excused from
such undertakings in the future. His request was granted and he
returned to his beloved duck universe...
||It is plausible that Barks was
inspired by Floyd Gottfredson's newspaper strips
when preparing for the story.
And it is more than
plausible that he modelled the villainous lady
from a Gottfredson story titled Love Trouble,
which ran from April 14, 1941, to July 5, 1941.
In the story Mickey was visited by his cousin
Madeline Mouse (left).
Barks, by his own admission, did not put much
feeling into the story, he revealed a few of his
coming gimmicks for use in his duck universe in
some of the panels. Surely, the script did not
mention neither the man on the unicycle nor the
interested looking cat; those must have been the
brainchildren of Barks. The script did probably
not describe to him how the red hat should look,