Darkwing Duck is an American animated action-adventure comedy television series produced by Walt Disney Television Animation that first ran from 1991 to 1992 on both the syndicated programming block The Disney Afternoon and Saturday mornings on ABC. It featured the adventures of Darkwing Duck, who is the superheroic alter-ego of an ordinary suburban person named “Drake Mallard”.
On April 2, 2015, a rumor surfaced that Disney would be rebooting the series for a 2018 premiere. This has since been debunked, instead it has returned as a comic book published by Joe Books, which premiered on April 27, 2016.
Though originally believed by some fans to be a spin-off of the 1987 DuckTales series, creator Tad Stones stated in a 2016 report that he believes the two shows exist in different universes, despite DuckTales supporting character Launchpad McQuack appearing on the series in a similar role to that the character plays in DuckTales, and the fact that Scrooge McDuck, the main character of DuckTales, is mentioned in Darkwing Duck episode “Tiff of the Titans”. Additionally, the 2011 comic series DuckTales makes reference to Darkwing Duck and features various villains from the series. A crossover between the Darkwing Duck comic series and the DuckTales comic series occurs respectively in the seventeenth and eighteenth issues and the fifth and sixth issues of the series.