Friday, February 24, 2023

"Howard The Duck"

February 2023 marks 50 years of "Howard the Duck", with Marvel Comics paying tribute to the 'social satirist' with a year-long series of variant comic book covers:

"...'Howard the Duck' was created by writer Steve Gerber and illustrator Val Mayerik, debuting in Marvel's 'Adventure into Fear' #19 (Dec. 1973), as a 'Man-Thing' back up story. 

"Marvel's 'Howard the Duck #1 was published  in 2015.

"He is abruptly abducted from his home planet by an unseen force and randomly dropped into the Florida Everglades by the demon-lord 'Thog the Nether-Spawn'. 

"He meets the 'Man-Thing', who had been attacked by 'Korrek of Katharta' and the three of them are confronted by warriors of the 'Congress of Realities'.

"He then meets 'Dakimh the Enchanter' who banishes the warriors and transports Howard, Man-Thing, and Korrek to his castle, where they are joined by 'Jennifer Kale'. They then travel to the realm of 'Therea' and destroy Thog.

"Howard then accidentally falls off the inter-dimensional stepping stones that the group were traveling on and suddenly materializes in Cleveland, Ohio, where he battles 'Garko the Man-Frog'. 

"Howard is arrested at this time for disturbing the peace and is mistaken for a mutant during a strip search, but is released because the police fear he has mutant abilities. Howard also briefly encounters and kills a vampiric cow named 'Bessie the Hellcow'. Howard then makes friends with artists' model 'Beverly Switzler' and his earthly adventures begin..."

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