by Michael Brown, staff writer
Building on the popularity of the surprise cameo of Howard the Duck in the recent Guardians of the Galaxy film, Marvel is set to reprint the Howard the Duck Omnibus, collecting all 33 issues of the original series, as well as other appearances of the foul-mouthed fowl, from Marvel Team-Up, Man-Thing, and Marvel Treasury Edition. This will mark the first time since 2008 that the collected adventures of the Master of Quack-Fu has seen print. It’s an important piece of Marvel history, and a great resource for anyone just wanting to know more about Howard the Duck.
Created by Steve Gerber and Val Mayerik in 1973, Howard the Duck was transported to our Earth from Duckworld, a world populated by talking waterfowl, and found himself, as his tag line would say, trapped on a world he never made. After crash landing in Cleveland, Ohio, Howard, along with his new companion and occasional girlfriend, model Beverly Switzler, would travel to all corners of the Marvel Universe, armed with his razor-sharp wit, treating more mature fans to his satirical social commentary and tackling the occasional super-villain along the way. Howard the Duck was a staple of Marvel Comics in the 1970s, and since then, the cigar-chomping duck has made some minor, and often uncredited, appearances in modern Marvel lore.
Howard the Duck has been held in low regard since the doomed 1986 release of the Howard the Duck movie by Lucasfilm and Universal Pictures. The film took Howard too seriously, leaving his satirical roots out of the mix, and instead using him too literally as a duck from outer space trapped on Earth. His recent appearance in the post-credits scene of Guardians of the Galaxy has generated some interest, making Howard buzz- (or rather, quack-) worthy to a whole new legion of Marvel fans, and to those older Marvel fans who fondly remember Howard’s sometimes edgy adventures .
The Duck will come home to roost when the Howard the Duck Omnibus hits shelves this October.
Michael Brown is a comics nerd and a father who lives in small town Tennessee. When he’s not making his players mad in his “Shadowrun” RPG or experimenting with new and inventive uses of duct tape on his children, you can find him checking out the latest comics and movies for SCIFI.radio!