October 17, 1937 – Donald’s Nephews Huey, Dewey, and Louie First Appear
“I am sending your angel nephews, Louie, Huey and Dewey, to stay with you while their father is in the hospital. A giant firecracker exploded under his chair.”
On October 17, 1937, the characters Huey, Dewey, and Louie first appeared in the Donald Duck Sunday comic strip. They made their first appearance after Donald’s cousin Della sent them to him while their father was in the hospital thanks to one of their pranks. The triplets and their antics would prove popular enough to transition onto the screen in the short film Donald’s Nephews, released on April 15, 1938. Seen as one entity throughout most of their career, the choice to make them wear different colors for distinction came about when they were given their own show in 1987, DuckTales. Huey was to wear red (the brightest “hue”), Dewey would wear blue (the color of water and dew), and Louie would wear green.