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Howard the Duck Hardcover – Aug 6 2008

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 808 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel (Aug. 6 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785130233
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785130239
  • Product Dimensions: 19.7 x 4.4 x 28.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 2.7 Kg
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #638,155 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
Get down, America! Sept. 3 2008
By Johnny Heering - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This big fat book reprints most of the Howard the Duck comic books published in between 1973 and 1986. Notably missing are the stories from the Howard the Duck black and white magazine published from October 1979 to March 1981. The story of Howard the Duck concerns an anthropomorphic duck who ends up on our planet. He has trouble fitting in, of course, and has many misadventures. Howard's original writer, the late Steve Gerber, used Howard as an alter ego. Howard would rail against the things in society that irked Gerber. Pretty heavy stuff for a comic book, but it was done with a humorous touch and was frequently brilliant. The comic was fortunate enough to have several terrific artists work on it, with Gene Colon being the definitive Howard artist (Frank Brunner was great, too, but wasn't with the comic for very long). Alas, Gerber got into a dispute with Marvel Comics over the rights to Howard the Duck, and other people took over the writing of the comic. Some of these non-Gerber stories were downright awful. Still, they are here for the sake of completeness. I would recommend this book, but be perpared for the quality to drop near the end.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
A lasting Tribute to Steve Gerber's Genius Nov. 1 2009
By killjoy714 - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Pros: These near-complete collected comic books have never gotten old to me. Steve Gerber was a genius, and backed up by the incredibly beautiful and complex artwork by Gene Colan, Frank Brunner and Val Mayerik, Howard the Duck (the comic) has never looked better than in this Omnibus collection. It's a shame Steve didn't live to see it's release. The paper and color look fantastic. And all of the color books with HTD are included (not just Steve Gerber's duck).

Cons: I miss Steve Gerber a lot. Okay that's nothing against this book, I just had to add that. The hard cover binding is kind of cheap and flimsy. One could argue that not having the B&W magazine issues of the Howard the Duck comic books included in this collection is wrong. Then there is also the case of the missing HTD newspaper strips (which I'm probably to blame for a little bit).

Other thoughts: I have pulled out the original Howard the Duck books about every two years since it was canceled in 1979 to give it another read and every time I find something new or realize a joke/pointed sarcasm that I didn't get when I was a kid. This is a great read for comic fans and non-comic fans. Howard was the "most mainstream Marvel Comic that was actually an underground comic" ever.

If you can't afford this book (or if it's no longer available), check out the Howard the Duck "ESSENTIAL" book. It's $15, in B&W newsprint and still just the same humorous and poignant satire included in the Omnibus without the non-Gerber stuff included.
13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Howard the Duck Gerber's Masterwork Jan. 3 2009
By Amazon Customer - Published on
Format: Hardcover
As another viewer had mentioned I too had bought the Marvel Essentials Black and White reprints of Howard the Duck, and while a great buy for the money; something was lacking, and that was color (though I will contradict myself before I am through).

All Howard the Duck appearances in his own title are present, including his first appearances in Man-Thing; the Marvel Treasury new Material and the Foom Issue which went over his candidacy for President. The run is enjoyable as is the art. Kiss makes an appearance, as does Spider-Man; the Defenders,and the Son of Satan. However towards the end of the first run it starts to peter out; mainly after the divine Star Wars parody. Issues #32 and #33 are for the completists to read (if they must).

Physically the Omnibus series is a joy to read; it stays open flat and the colors on the paper are fantastic. The cover I have (as there are two for this edition) has Howard; Man-Thing; and a cheesecake shot of Beverly.

Glaring Omissions are the Black and White Magazine (due to nudity and adult content?) and the newspaper strip. These as they are in black and white would probably be better in the essentials format (see I did it).

I rate this a buy to be able to read this quirky and still relevant series, written by Steve Gerber the divine satirist is worth it.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Can you really do that in corporate comics?! Oct. 18 2010
By J. Maurer - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Howard the Duck is even more goofy and unpredictable than you'd imagine a comic book starring an anti-social, anti-authoritarian, anthropomorphic duck would be. Not only that, but for my money, H.T.D. is where Steve Gerber finally found the perfect vehicle for his now-legendary social commentary, political parody, pop culture critiques, and just plain mind-boggling `Can you really do that in corporate comics?!' experimentation. It mixes the personal and poetic soul-searching found in Gerber's Omega The Unknown with the caped kookiness of his run on The Defenders, often feeling more like an issue of the EC Comics MAD Magazine or Dan Clowes' Eightball than anything coming out of the Marvel Bullpen. Add to that the gorgeous art of Gene Colan, and you've got a book that literally inspires and exhilarates the reader.
14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Just to clarity on the B&W stories May 31 2009
By Dennis Morrigan McDonough - Published on
Format: Hardcover
The Omnibus includes the end of the color run so that the last Doctor Bong story can run completely. The B&W stories are not included for two reasons. First, the Omnibus is for the original, color Howard. Second, and more importantly, the B&W magazine was of much poorer quality and not written by Steve Gerber, who abandoned his masterpiece over ownership of Howard.

The obvious lesser quality of the later stories is demonstrated by the fact that they are not considered worth of inclusion in the Essential Howard the Duck volume - to the point that the Bong story is left incomplete there rather than sully a collection of Gerber's work by including the Bill Mantlo material.