Born on August 29, 1905 in Montrose, Colorado, Charles Alfred Taliaferro was a Disney comics artist best known for his work on the Donald Duck (Paperino) comic strip from 1938 until his death in 1969 in Glendale, California. He co-created a number of characters, including Huey (Qui), Dewey (Quo) and Louie (Qua), Grandma Duck (Nonna Papera), Daisy Duck (Paperina), Bolivar, and The three little piggies (I tre porcellini).
The Taliaferros (originally Tagliaferro) trace their origins to Northern Italy and were one the early families who settled in Virginia in the 17th century. His family moved to Southern California in 1918 where he graduated from Glendale High School in 1924, and attended the California Art Institute.
At 26, he was working as a designer for a lighting fixture firm when a friend from high school told him that there was an opening at the Disney Studios for a cartoonist. Al always drew cartoons, it was his passion: he went for the interview and was hired right away, assigned to help Floyd Gottfredson with inking the Mickey Mouse strips.
He drew the Bucky Bug (Buci) comics in 1932 as well as Silly Symphonies Sunday comic strip that occasionally showcased the new Disney cartoon star, Donald Duck.
In 1935 he met Lucy, his wife, when they both worked for the Disney Studio.
On October 17, 1937, Donald Duck’s three nephews were introduced to the world, Huey, Dewey and Louie, created by Al Taliaferro.
While many of Taliaferro's strips were reprinted in Disney comic books, only in a few instances he did original artwork for comic books. Among these was the Cheerios Premium Giveaway Donald Duck: Counter Spy (1947) and the cover of Walt Disney's Comics and Stories #107 (August 1949). He illustrated two children's books with Disney characters: Donald and His Cat Troubles (1948) and Donald Duck and the Hidden Gold (1951) from Simon and Schuster.
Al Taliaferro died on February 3, 1969, two weeks after publishing his last comic strip.