- 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: #541,062 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Essential Howard The Duck Paperback – March 11, 2002
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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.
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.Read more ›
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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great satire but these stories have since been reprinted in color in better format where you can actually see the line work. Get those editions. Read morePublished 4 months ago by thirdtwin
Came in excellent condition, I'm very pleased with my purchase.Published 19 months ago by Carol Marie Palkow
This series does dip a bit in the middle before finishing strong, but on the whole it's the one comic book series that I think stands up alongside fine literature in quality. Read morePublished on July 17, 2013 by Scott McFarland
The main reason why I think I enjoyed Howard the Duck growing up during the 70s and buying comic books was the fact that it really was unique. Read morePublished on July 21, 2012 by abrnt1
In the beginning there was Howard The Duck...these words are completley true and this book has all the evidence you need. I would rate this for everyone. Read morePublished on April 18, 2012 by James
I got this as a valentine's day gift for my husband. He loves it and it is great condition as expected, shipped quickly.Published on March 6, 2011 by Jemmy Delva
I read an article recently that described Steve Gerber's Howard the Duck as the "first above ground, underground comic." I like that description. Read morePublished on July 19, 2010 by Hwy61Joe