Marvel Comics has announced a reprint of all the classic “Howard the Duck” material in a new edition of the “Howard the Duck” omnibus, set for October release.
The omnibus will collect stories from “Adventures Into Fear” No. 19, “Man-Thing” No. 1, “Giant-Size Man-Thing” Nos. 4-5, “Howard the Duck” Nos. 1-33, “Marvel Treasury Edition” No. 12 and “Marvel Team-Up” No. 96. The issues of “Howard the Duck” also are available digitally, on Marvel’s Digital Comics Unlimited and via the Comixology platform.
Howard comes from a planet of talking ducks but finds himself trapped in the Marvel comics universe. The wisecracking character was created by Steve Gerber and Val Mayerick in 1973.
Gerber came to prominence in the 1970s, perhaps the most important of the second wave of Marvel creators. Gerber brought a quirky, absurdist outlook to the Marvel Comics of the early ’70s. His deconstructive run on “The Defenders” expanded the limits of what could be done with a Marvel comic book. In “Howard the Duck,” he created a runaway hit, expanding from comic book to magazine to newspaper strip.
When Marvel removed Gerber from the newspaper strip, Gerber fought one of the first battles for comic-book creator rights, filing suit against Marvel. The suit was eventually settled.
“Howard the Duck” was the subject of a 1986 film produced by George Lucas, which did very poorly; the film didn’t have much to do with Gerber’s original vision for the character.
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