- Cousin Boniface
- Defensive Back, Wide Receiver
- Current Team
- Wild Mavs
Cousin Boniface is a Brazilian creation and cousin to Clarabelle Cow. He appeared in a few stories from 1985 through 1986 (such as TOPOLINO libretto #1637, Mickey Mouse: “Topolino e i numeri del Lotto” TOPOLINO libretto #1676, Mickey Mouse: “Topolino e il passaggio in auto”, TOPOLINO libretto#1682, Mickey Mouse: “Topolino e gli ossicini della fortuna”, and TOPOLINO libretto #1703, Bonifacio e la sorte che non demorde”).
Boniface appears to be a grown-up version of Bertie, although rather than playing mean-spirited pranks, he seems to be a simple, but good-natured man, sort of a Goofy-esque character whose neivete unfortunately leads to havoc. His main Brazillian artist was probably Roberto Fukue. There must have been some major influence from Bertie in Boniface’s creation, perhaps even a borrowing of Bertie’s nick name “The Jinx” and applying it literally to the character of Boniface. On the surface Boniface appears to be an unnecessary duplication of effort, and the writers must have intended to use him in “Bertie-like” scenarios, but must have felt Bertie, himself, was too young for their plans. It is easy to see Bertie & Bonifacio as possibly being brothers (sharing a common genetic trait), though it would appear that while Boniface’s *bad luck* is a naturally occurring phenomenon, Bertie’s are intentionally inflicted. From the few stories I’ve seen, Boniface appears very genial, but by contrast, Bertie is a mean-spirited little brat, complete with angelic facade. Bertie calculates his mischief, and enjoys seeing the harm he causes. On the other hand, Boniface seems too simple minded to have planned any of the *natural disasters* that occur when he is around. In fact Boniface seems to be just as much of a victim as others. Apparently he is, along with everyone else, fully aware of his being a naturally occurring bad luck charm. It would seem the writers intended for Boniface to be an oxymonronic character… even his name, Boniface, can be understood as meaning “congenial,” even while he unwittingly brings a barrage of misfortune where ever he goes. Should a writer become inspired, posing a tale with both Bonifacio and Gladstone Gander together would be interesting. While Gladstone’s Good Luck only relates to himself, could it possibly be countered by Bonifacio’s Bad Luck which apparently is projected out onto others.
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