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Howard the Duck [Hardcover]

Steve Gerber , Val Mayerik , Gene Colan , Frank Brunner , John Buscema , Carmine Infantino


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Book Description

Aug. 6 2008 Omnibus
Get down, America! Vote Howard the Duck in 2008! That's right, folks. It's an election year, and what better way to celebrate than to cast your vote for the one candidate who'll tell it like it is. Born on a planet populated by talking waterfowl, Howard the Duck found himself trapped in a world he never made: ours! Howard was the archetypal outsider, able to see through the absurdities of human society in the 1970s with uncanny accuracy and an acerbic wit. His adventures presented writer Steve Gerber with a platform from which to engage in an ongoing critique of contemporary fools and pretenders, from power-mad capitalist wizard Pro-Rata to cult leader Reverend Joon Moon Yuc to the dreaded Doctor Bong! Experience for yourself the complete comic adventures of Howard in this Omnibus collection, reprinting his first appearances and the entire run of his first series. Collecting stories from Adventures Into Fear #19, Man-Thing #1, Giant-Size Man-Thing #4-5, Howard the Duck #1-33, Marvel Treasury Edition #12, and Marvel Team-Up #96.

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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: 28.2 x 19.6 x 5.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 2.7 Kg
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,102,014 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com: 4.6 out of 5 stars  11 reviews
18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Get down, America! Sept. 3 2008
By Johnny Heering - Published on Amazon.com
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.
13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Just to clarity on the B&W stories May 31 2009
By Dennis Morrigan McDonough - Published on Amazon.com
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.
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Howard the Duck Gerber's Masterwork Jan. 3 2009
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A lasting Tribute to Steve Gerber's Genius Nov. 1 2009
By Joseph R. Brusky - Published on Amazon.com
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.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Overkill? Or just desserts? April 18 2009
By DJ Joe Sixpack - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
"Howard The Duck Omnibus"
by Steve Gerber, et. al.
(Marvel Comics, 2008)
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This massive volume, printed on high-quality stock with great color separation, and thick enough to fell Dr. Bong in a single blow, reprints all of the (full-color) adventures of Howard The Duck, the misanthropic/anthropomorphic cartoon duck who was plucked from his own universe and placed in the Marvel Universe in the 1970s. The character first appeared in the "Man-Thing" horror title, which had been taken over by Steve Gerber, one of the weirdest scriptwriters of the 'Seventies (and a big favorite of mine back at the time...) Howard appeared in the "cosmic nexus" of Man-Thing's swamp, and swiftly was awarded a book of his own which, despite its ultimate shortcomings, was one of the most interesting mainstream comics of the era. The issue in which Gerber staged his own phantasmagoric, multidimensional nervous breakdown, introducing himself a character (or entity) inside Howard's continuity, was one of the weirdest and most challenging things I read as a kid. Nice to see all this stuff back in print again!

PS - Although I first thought the "Omnibus" format was super-cool, I have to admit that I find them hard to read. I like to read comics while laying flat on the couch, and these suckers will cut off the feeling to your lower limbs if you try that. But since I long ago lost my HTD originals, I'm willing to risk a little bodily harm to revisit the weirdness of my youth. Anyone know if the Howard-inspired "ground-level" series, "Quack!" is slated for reissue any time soon? (Joe Sixpack, ReadThatAgain book reviews)

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