Clarabelle doesn't seem to be a very-well known and
developped character, but she is just a little forgotten. Her family tree
has been a lot more filled than anybody could believe, and she shouldn't
be considered just as a simple character without importance. Cavazzano
is one of the autors who remind us about that with the comics series :"Les
années folles de Clarabelle", since 1989, in which she is the main
And now, let's go!...
|: to Rich Bellacera's profile of the character,|
|: to Per Starbäck's profile.|
|1||: one-shot character.|
àGenerations: I, II , III, IV.
|This hyperactive niece of Clarabelle first appeared in
the story "Triple-Sitter
Trouble", first published in "Walt Disney's Comics and Stories"
#346, from 1969.
|Elvire de BORCHELLE||In "Horsecollar's
Movie Star Cousin", from 1983, first published in the Brazilian
"Zé Carioca" #1665, Horace's star cousin comes and visit him.
This is her German name.
|Dorothy||She is Horace's other cousin, and is also a movie star.
She appears in "Recreation
Center", from 1986, first published in "Mega Almanacco" #354, and
then in the Brazilian "Zé Carioca" #1789, by the title "A prima
do Horácio". She could be the sister of Elvire de Borchelle,
and maybe she was intended to be Elvire herself, but I can't tell, as I
don't have Elvire's original name.
|This fiancé of Clarabelle, who is also one of
Mickey Mouse's best pals, first appeared in the 1929 cartoon "The
Beauty Queen", first published in "Topolino" #932, from 1973,
Goofy's is asked by Mickey to receive Clarabelle's cousin Carla (German
name) who is supposed to be ugly, but in fact she's beautiful. A strange
detail is that she ... is dogfaced !
|Bertie "The Jinx"
|Clarabelle's cousin, created by Hubie Karp and Bob Grant
in the Sunday "Silly Symphony featuring Pluto the Pup" from September
8, 1940, entitled "Horse
Play" by the name Calfie and he manages to terrorize poor
Pluto. Then he gets the name Bertie in his second appearance, in the tale
Bertie", first published in "Walt Disney's Comics and Stories"
#36, from 1943, by Vivie Risto, and the nickname "The Jinx" in "Bertie
the Jinx", by Ken Hultgren, published in the the very next issue
|Petunia||This cousin of Clarabelle apears in "La
Cugina Petunia", by Corrado Mastantuono and François Corteggiani,
and first published in "Minni & company" #34, from 1996.
|Clarabelle COW||First known member of the Cow Family Tree, she first
appeared by the name Carolyn, which could be her middle name, as
a farm cow in the cartoon "Plane
Crazy" from 1928, at the same time than Mickey and Minnie, but
a similar cow appeared before in the 1926 pre-Mickey Mouse Disney film
on the Farm", from Disney's "Alice Comedies" series. Then she got
the name Clarabelle and became anthropomised in the cartoon "The
Shindig", from 1930.
|Goofy||Goofy has been Clarabelle's boyfriend in several
stories and cartoons, but her real and first love is Horace Horsecollar.
(click here to see Goofy's family tree)
|Sarabelle||Clarabelle's sister appeared in the quarterly children's activity book "Mickey Mouse Magazine", looking exactly as Clarabelle but with a blond wig. She can also be the blond-haired cow in the original "Mickey Mouse Club" introduction theme and also at the end of the show "This is your life, Donald Duck".|
|Boniface||Clarabelle's cousin Boniface probably first appeared
in the Brazilian "Mickey" #427, in "O
dia em que Patópolis tremeu " from 1986, by Roberto O. Fukue
and Arthur Faria Jr. He brings bad luck, a little like Bertie does, excepted
that Bertie wants to bring it and that Boniface doesn't.
|Archibald COW||He is one of the two Clarabelle's uncles seen in
e i fantasmi neri", drawn by Carpi. He and his brother died in
their pumpkins field because of a bombing or, in a reprinted version of
the same story, a helicopter accident.
(his original Italian name is Arcibaldo)
|Theobald COW|| The second uncle of Clarabelle from "Topolino
e i fantasmi neri".
( his original Italian name is Teobaldo)
|Auntie||She is Clarabelle's handicapped aunt in wheel-chair,
living in Far West . Clarabelle and Horace visit her in "Le
Mauvais et les Méchants", only published in the French "Le
Journal de Mickey" #2328, from 1997, by François Corteggiani. She
is just called "Tata", which means auntie.
|Mayor Stang||He is Clarabelle's father, from the story "Two
Gun Sheriff", by Al Hubbard, first published in "One Shots" #468,
from 1953. In this story, Clarabelle lives with him in the small town of
(Danish name) out on the prairie, where her father is the mayor. In the
Danish version, he is called Mayor Stang, or in Danish "Borgmester Stang",
which is a wordplay, as "borgmesterstang" is the term for a certain type
of Danish pastry. I don't know his original name.
|Miss BOVINA||She is Clarabelle's wealthy socialite aunt and may have
first appeared in a strip from October 29, 1939, entitled "Mickey
Gets the Drift", by Manuel Gonzales, Ted Thwaites and Merrill De
|Durham COW||Durham Cow, Clarabelle's grandfather, from the 1935 story
for Riches", drawn by Floyd Gottfredson, was a pionneer who carried
the "Cow" name to the American West Coast, where he passed away, leaving
a treasure that Mickey Mouse and Horace will dig up later. We can't see
his face in the story.
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