If it walks like a duck…and, uh, has an acerbic wit, solves weird cases as the Marvel Universe’s only white-feathered Private Eye, and has the unenviable reputation of starring in one of the worst films in cinematic history…it’s got to be Howard the Duck.
Yeah, you probably better know him as the snappy, martini-sipping, duck-billed alien during the end credit scene of last year’s blockbuster film, Guardians of the Galaxy.
Well, after a long spell away, Howard’s finally back in the pages of his own monthly comic book, appropriately titled, Howard the Duck #1.
Howard the Duck #1
Written by: Chip Zdarsky
Illustrated by: Joe Quinones
Published by: Marvel Comics
Howard the Duck, created by Steve Gerber and Val Mayerik, first appeared within the pages of the horror series Adventure into Fear #19 in late 1973 as a device to satirize human existence. Funny enough, to do this, Gerber and Mayerik had the character running alongside other strange creations like Man-Thing, Hellcow and Man-Frog – and famed Dracula artist, Gene Colan would go on to become the regular Howard the Duck solo series illustrator in 1976.
That’s a lot of “horror” for a cigar-smoking, sharp-witted duck. But Howard quickly became a fan favourite and a cult hit. Although he hasn’t had his own comic book series in, well, forever, it seems, Howard still pops up from time to time in the Marvel Universe (as well as in all sorts of Marvel-related mediums like films, toys, games, and video games).
With Howard the Duck #1, fun-loving if slightly irreverent writer, Chip Zdarksy (better known as the illustrator of the Image Comics hit series Sex Criminals) and fan-favourite artist Joe Quinones, have everyone’s favourite alien, Private-Eye duck going up against both the Black Cat and strange and mysterious forces from outer space! The series promises to be a fun romp through the Marvel Universe, with no character out of contention to guest star!
Make the run to your local comic book shop today and pick up Howard the Duck #1. And expect the series to be replete with the duck’s famously acerbic wit. We fans wouldn’t want it any other way.
“Why do you let him lick you like that for? Gross.” Ah, Howard!