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Howard The Duck Paperback – September 23, 2002

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel Comics (September 23, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785109315
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785109310
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 0.3 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,921,777 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By RJ Buck on December 6, 2002
Format: Paperback
Howard the Duck was written by Steve Gerber at the height of his powers. And Steve Gerber, for my money, stands on the pinnacle of comic creators (and this is coming from someone who has read thousands of comics over the last thirty years). If I had to list one feature of Gerber's writing that stands out above all others, it would be characterisation. This may be a comic book about a talking duck and his girlfriend, but these two are more vivid and realised than nearly all the characters you'll find in comics, film or TV. However, characterisation is just for starters - Gerber puts more care and intelligence into his comics than you'll find arguably anywhere. Howard the Duck is no exception, and in addition to all of the above, you'll find a weird, penetrating and possibly disturbing take on the decadence of modern society, pop psychology, religion and a lot of other issues not usually addressed in the comics. Phil Winslade and Glenn Fabry's art is also gorgeous. Very, very highly recommended for anyone who still likes comic books, but wishes they were more intelligent. The Essential Howard the Duck and Nevada are likewise very highly recommended.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Matt Gilbert on December 7, 2002
Format: Paperback
Yes, I agree the movie was awful. It sucked rocks! But the original comic book was The Greatest Work Of Literature In The Latter Half Of The 20th Century. Steve Gerber's writing is better than ever in this new book, which is a compilation of a series that was released under the Marvel MAX line earlier this year. MAX is a special line of comics Marvel publishes especially for adults, featuring naked female breasts, curse words, and (especially in the case of HTD) captiousness, cynicism, political incorrectness, and a general lack of respect for everything society holds dear. We need more books like this. Marvel -- how about another Gerber-authored HTD series? Heck -- just sell him the gosh-darned character already! It's not worth anything without him!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By N. Durham HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on March 21, 2007
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Years after the funniest character to come out of Marvel comics disappeared off the face of the Earth after the ungodly George Lucas produced film tanked, original creator Steve Gerber brings back Howard the Duck under Marvel's mature readers MAX line. Giving Gerber complete freedom to do what he wants, this relaunch of Howard the Duck finds our cigar chomping hero and his human girlfriend Beverly down and out and living near a junkyard. Things change however after Beverly lands a high paying job, only to learn that it's run by her ex-husband and Howard's arch nemesis Dr. Bong, and a devious plot is uncovered. Loaded with scathing satire, Gerber spares no expense at poking fun at boy bands, modern politics, Oprah and Dr. Phil, and religion; while even going a step further in spoofing other comic characters. After doing a wonderful spoof of Witchblade, Gerber orchestrates Howard and Beverly checking into the Boarding House of Mystery where he deliriously pokes fun at Vertigo comics like Preacher, Hellblazer, Transmetropolitan, and Sandman. Look around and you'll even find John Constantine, Spider Jerusalem, and Morpheus and his family; which frankly is surprising that Marvel agreed to go along with Gerber's ideas. There's art by Phil Winslade and a guest spot by Preacher cover artist Glen Fabry to boot, which makes an already great package even sweeter. All in all, Gerber's MAX look at Howard the Duck is one of the best things to carry the MAX banner, and this is a real treat for older readers who have fond memories of Gerber's old comics, and maybe, just maybe, we can all put those old bad memories of that movie to rest.
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