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Essential Howard The Duck Paperback – March 11, 2002

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 592 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel Comics (March 11, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785108319
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785108313
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 0.9 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,514,304 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
If you've ever loved a book and then seen it butchered by a movie version, then you'll understand. What was arguably the most brilliant comic of the 70s, Howard The Duck, was not immune to the Hollywood treatment that most comic-book-- and indeed book adaptations are subject to...
As I've said this was a brilliant comic, very adult for its time. Filled with both parody and satire about the times and all time, and funny without being forced, both experimental and freewheeling-- writer Steve Gerber found a singular voice in Howard the Duck, and spewed forth with wit and wisdom rarely seen in comics-- ...
This affordable black and white edition collects the complete Steve Gerber Howard The Duck from the 1970's, and includes the debut material from Fear #19 as presented in Marvel Treasury Edition #12 (along with the Treasury's meeting with the Defenders), Giant-Size Man-Thing #4 (Man-Frog) and 5 (Hell cow), Howard The Duck Annual #1, and Howard The Duck #1-27. It's all here in one convenient place! No more searching for back issues in smelly stores. This is a beautiful easy-to-read volume that makes a great story even more of a pleasure to read.
Don't let stories about mutated frogs, turnips, and cows bitten by Dracula who rise from the grave to stalk the country-side as vampire-cows stop you from picking this up, there is an undercurrent to the stories that transcends the subject matter and yet never ignores or belittles it. ...Wauuugghhhh!!! You just have to read it for yourself.
Artists include: Val Mayerik, Frank Brunner, John Buscema, Gene Colan, Carmine Infantino, Klaus Janson, Tom Palmer and Steve Leialoha.
Highest recommendation!
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At least, that verdict is my opinion after thirty years of reading everything from Eisner to Barks to EC to Miller to Lee and Kirby and a whole lot more. Twenty five years after they first appeared, these Howard the Duck stories by Steve Gerber continue to move me like no other comics I have read. Explaining why isn't easy. Certainly what I wrote about the other Howard volume applies equally here: "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." But there is so much more: great satiric insight into 1970's America, weird humour and fabulous artwork by Gene Colan. And that still doesn't capture it. Ultimately, I really can't say why Howard the Duck remains so meaningful after all this time - beyond suggesting Gerber exposed something of his soul here in a very special way. The only drawbacks to this volume are that it's not in colour and the great HTD newspaper series does not appear(Marvel take heed!). Very, very highly recommended for anyone who likes comics with thinking - as is the other Howard volume available and Steve Gerber's Nevada.

Postscript from ten years later: 2012 ... What I wrote then was sincere. At the time, no other comic series meant as much to me as this. But 10 years later, I have found one that shakes me to my core.
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...Howard the Duck looks for a good cigar whilst he ponders the significance of Beverly Switzler's latest rantings at him.
Howard, see, is from another world where ducks rule and hairless apes, well, they do whatever it is hairless apes do. He fell to earth after he, Man-thing, a sorcerer, and the space princess saved the universe from certain doom. It seems Howard slipped from a dimensional stone of some sort...and after a few months in a fantabulous cosmic descending..

He winds up right in Cleveland, USA, where he fights a Manfrog,
a Count Cow, Pro Rata (he and Beverly are left by Spiderman in a tower of plastic charge cards while the Cuyuhoga River burns--again!), and the Turnip Superhero (Bev's boyfriend, Arthur who may or may not have been fashioned after Steve Gerber himself): he later ends up a "Master of Quack-Fu", he fights alongside the Defenders, he runs for President against Jimmy Carter and is even transformed into a man! Also, there's the time when--well, just let me say the story is entitled "Star Wauughs!"
This collection covers the classic Howard stories issue by issue (#1-27) and for new and longtime Marvel Comics fans alike it will surely become one of their favorite anthology style collections. How can you not dig a duck who upon introspection goes--"Who am I kiddin'? I gotta do something!" and winds up saving the universe?
One of my favorite scenes/lines is in the aforementioned "Howard the Barbarian" when Howard's ingenuity is able to un-ensnare a gem-key much desired by the nefarious Pro-Rata--at the price of Howie's LAST cigar. "Don't get misty-eyed." Says Bev. "They'll be other cigars."
It has a delicioso cover by the great Brian Bolland and the infamous "Deadline" story (#16) with art by the Marvel Bullpen. This is classic Steve Gerber and friends at their best...ya gotta read it!
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