Ratface made his debut in The Unsafe Safe (Uncle Scrooge #38, 1962), written and drawn by Carl Barks. In early appearances, the raven is still unnamed and assists Magica alongside other animals, such as cats and spiders. However, Ratface soon became Magica's only assistant, and still frequently appears in comics.
Ratface is a non-anthropomorphized black raven, who, quite notably, has the ability to speak with his mistress. In some stories, rather than speaking, his thoughts can be read, allowing him to give his opinion on Magica's evil plans or to go in conversation with Magica herself.