Download Howard The Duck #1
The duck who inspired one of Hollywood's biggest turkeys, Howard entered comic books in 1973. He looked like a cigar-smoking funny animal fowl, but he was actually an extraterrestrial. After appearing in Marvel's Fear and Man-Thing, Howard won his own comic book in 1975. The world in which Howard had to function was a freely rendered version of Cleveland. He was confused and angry at being stranded on Earth and, as the cover blurb reminds readers, "trapped in a world he never made." Howard was as much an anti-hero as he was a comedy character.
Howard was talkative and cynical. Writer/creator Steve Gerber used him to comment on a wide variety of social issues. Gerber, who'd scripted such superhero titles as The Defenders, kidded the fairly rigid formats and formulas of the genre. Frank Brunner, the original artist, was succeeded by Gene Colon commencing with Howard the Duck #4. The book lasted for thirty-one issues and was canceled in 1979. Two additional issues that carried the original numbering appeared in 1986 to coincide with the movie Howard the Duck, still considered one of the all-time cinema follies.
The sarcastic bird also appeared in a nine-issue run of a black-and-white Howard magazine. Gerber and Colon turned out a cryptic and short-lived Howard newspaper strip. Howard made another minimal comeback in 2002 in a six-issue series. Gerber once more wrote the scripts, with Paul Winslade the artist. This time around, however, Howard had been reincarnated as a giant rat.
Characters: Howard the Duck; Beverly Switzler (first); Pro-Rata (first); Spider-Man; J. Jonah Jameson (cameo appearance).
Script: Steve Gerber
Pencils: Frank Brunner
Inks: Steve Leialoha
Colors: Frank Brunner
- in Marvel Treasury Edition (Marvel, 1974 series) #12.
- in Essential Howard the Duck (Marvel, 2002 series) #1.
Note: storyline continued from Giant-Size Man-Thing #5.