Howard the Duck Hardcover – Aug 6 2008
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About the Author
Steve Gerber breathes new life into the character he developed in the 1970s. He previously collaborated with artist Phil Winslade on the comic Nevada.
James Wyatt won an Origins award for "City of the Spider Queen"(TM). He also wrote "Oriental Adventures"(TM) and co-authored numerous roleplaying game products, including the Eberron(TM)" Campaign Setting, Sharn: City of Towers"(TM), "Draconomicon"(TM)": The Book of Dragons," and "Book of Exalted Deeds"(TM). He lives in Washington State.
Frank Brunner has been working in the game industry for four years and has written several articles for "Dragon"(R)" Magazine" and adventures for "Dungeon"(R) "Magazine."
Stephen Schubert, has written for "Dragon"(R)" Magazine, Star Wars"(R)" Gamer, "and the Wizards of the Coast website. He also cowrote "Heroes of Battle"(TM). He now works as a developer for roleplaying games and miniatures at Wizards of the Coast, Inc.
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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.
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.
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.