Marvel Comics Pin-up FRAMED # 1 Howard the Duck vs Man-Thing Frank Brunner

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Howard the Duck is a comic book character in the Marvel Comics universe created by writer Steve Gerber and artist Val Mayerik. The character first appeared in Adventure into Fear #19 (Dec. 1973) and several subsequent series have chronicled the misadventures of the ill-tempered, anthropomorphic, “funny animal” trapped on human-dominated Earth. Howard’s adventures are generally social satires, while a few are parodies of genre fiction with a metafictional awareness of the medium. The book is existentialist, and its main joke, according to Gerber, is that there is no joke: “that life’s most serious moments and most incredibly dumb moments are often distinguishable only by a momentary point of view.”1 This is diametrically opposed to screenwriter Gloria Katz, who in adapting the comic to the screen declared, “It’s a film about a duck from outer space… It’s not supposed to be an existential experience.” A smoking Duck-like creature who lived in New Stork City on the planet Duckworld in another dimension. He was transported to our world and became stuck there. He is close friends with Beverly Switzler. Most people of earth simply do not believe that he is a talking duck. Howard does not have any real powers other than the fact that he is somewhat good with magic and is a master of the little-known martial art “Quack-Fu”. Howard has used things to give him powers in the past, including a trident that was given to him by Damion Hellstorm and also an iron suit much like Iron Man’s. For years, legend had it that Disney had a problem with Howard the Duck. They literally didn’t like the look of him. He was way too Donaldy for their liking, with his penchant for hats and pantlessness. The story went that Disney threatened legal action, Marvel folded like a wet paper airplane, and that led to a redesign of the cranky quacker that continues to disfigure him to this day. (The fact that Disney now owns Howard and he is more unrecognizable than ever is not lost on the conspiracy theorist in me.)

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