By the late 1930s, Disney was having great success with irascible but entertaining Donald Duck and Warner Bros. was starting to do the same with irascible but entertaining Daffy Duck. Terrytoons responded with Dinky Duck — but tho they got the species and the surname right, they missed the "irascible" part. Dinky was so non-irascible, he was downright cute.

Dinky Duck made his debut in The Orphan Duck, which was directed by Connie Rasinski and released October 6, 1939. Terrytoons, never an innovator, was finally starting to experiment with color by then, but this was a black & white cartoon. Dinky made four more appearances during the next three years, all by Rasinski and only one, The Lucky Ducky (1940), in color. He was such a minor character that when, in 1942, Marvel Comics licensed the studio's properties for comic books, Dinky wasn't even included.

Dinky (a regular on The Heckle & Jeckle Show in the late '50s) finally made it into print, licensed by a couple of minor comic book companies, St. John and Pines. He was published in his own comic from 1951-58, 19 issues in all. He also appeared in the back pages of a few Dell and Gold Key comics during the early 1960s. The last time he even came close to having his own title was in Deputy Dawg Presents Dinky Duck & Hashimoto-San, which Gold Key published in 1965.