History ComicBook / HowardTheDuck

18th Aug '16 9:49:21 AM BloodRedMoon
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Gerber had the "duck" accidentally transported to UsefulNotes/{{Cleveland}}, where the "hairless apes" (humans, as Howard called them) refused to believe he was anything but a midget in a duck costume and treated him as a weirdo. "Trapped in a world he never made" (the series' catchphrase) Howard tried to live a normal life (and got a series of jobs, such as driving a taxi) but [[WeirdnessMagnet kept running into bizarre people and creatures]] and ended up having to confront them. The vast majority of these were just [[SuperZeroes wannabe supervillains with silly names and goals]] such as "Doctor Bong" or humorous menaces like a vampiric cow. More importantly, the series used the short-tempered and sarcastic duck as a way to snark on modern human society. At one point, Howard even runs for President of the United States (!) only to retire after a false accusation of having sex with his friend, a human woman named Beverly Switzer.

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Gerber had the "duck" accidentally transported to UsefulNotes/{{Cleveland}}, where the "hairless apes" (humans, as Howard called them) refused to believe he was anything but a midget in a duck costume and treated him as a weirdo. "Trapped in a world he never made" (the series' catchphrase) Howard tried to live a normal life (and got a series of jobs, such as driving a taxi) but [[WeirdnessMagnet kept running into bizarre people and creatures]] and ended up having to confront them. The vast majority of these were just [[SuperZeroes wannabe supervillains with silly names and goals]] such as "Doctor Bong" or humorous menaces like a vampiric cow. More importantly, the series used the short-tempered and sarcastic duck as a way to snark on modern human society. At one point, Howard even runs for President of the United States (!) only to retire after a false accusation of having sex with his friend, a human woman named Beverly Switzer.Switzler.
15th Jul '16 6:38:51 AM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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The character's popularity led to his being adapted into the live-action movie, but since other than the Beverly/Howard romance, nothing from the comics made it in, especially not the humor, fans of the character hated it. It was universally poorly-received among critics and fans alike, and was a major flop for Marvel, seemingly killing any chance of more stories involving Howard. Thankfully, time has been kind to him and he makes a cameo appearance in TheStinger of the hit and critically acclaimed film ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'', confirming him as a canon part of the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse continuity. He'll also be getting a new ongoing series --his first since TheEighties-- starting in March 2015, with Chip Zdarsky and Joe Quinones at the helm.

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The character's popularity led to his being adapted into the live-action movie, but since other than the Beverly/Howard romance, nothing from the comics made it in, especially not the humor, fans of the character hated it. It was universally poorly-received among critics and fans alike, and was a major flop for Marvel, seemingly killing any chance of more stories involving Howard. Thankfully, time has been kind to him and he makes a cameo appearance in TheStinger of the hit and critically acclaimed film ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'', confirming him as a canon part of the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse continuity. He'll also be getting He even got a new ongoing series --his first since TheEighties-- starting in March 2015, with Chip Zdarsky and Joe Quinones at the helm.
3rd Jun '16 9:32:01 AM Phoenixion
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* AnthropomorphicAnimalAdaptation: Inverted. He's a human named Howard T. Duck in Earth-65, ComicBook/SpiderGwen's home reality.
8th May '16 5:50:07 PM pepsimax
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[[AC:Notable Comics]]
* ''Howard The Duck:''
** vol. 1 (1975 -- 1986)
** vol. 2 (1979 -- 1981)
** vol. 5 (2015)
** vol. 6 (2015 -- present)
* ''Howard The Duck [[Creator/MarvelMAX MAX]]'' (2002)

[[AC:Film]]
* ''Film/HowardTheDuck'' (1986)
* ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'' (2014)

[[AC:Video Games]]
* ''[[LegoAdaptationGame LEGO Marvel Super Heroes]]'' (2013)
* ''VideoGame/MarvelPuzzleQuest'' (2016)

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23rd Apr '16 11:16:54 PM rwe1138
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** Until the MAX series, at least.
24th Feb '16 5:57:29 PM LentilSandEater
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[[caption-width-right:300:Not your usual FunnyAnimal.[[note]]Notice in the background: [[ComicBook/{{Thor 2014}} female Thor]], [[ComicBook/MsMarvel Captain Marvel]], ComicBook/SpiderMan, ComicBook/IncredibleHulk, [[ComicBook/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy Groot's twig form]], and ComicBook/BlackCat.[[/note]]]]

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[[caption-width-right:300:Not your usual FunnyAnimal.[[note]]Notice in the background: [[ComicBook/{{Thor 2014}} female Thor]], [[ComicBook/MsMarvel Captain Marvel]], ComicBook/SpiderMan, ComicBook/IncredibleHulk, [[ComicBook/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy Groot's twig form]], and ComicBook/BlackCat.[[/note]]]]
22nd Feb '16 3:16:15 PM LondonKdS
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* MsFanservice: Beverly, who particularly in the B&W illustrated magazine version of ''Howard the Duck'' was often shown in skimpy clothing. In addition, the character's backstory included time working as a nude model. Then there's the fact that she wore a skimpy two-piece suit in her first appearance.

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* MsFanservice: Beverly, who particularly in the B&W illustrated magazine version of ''Howard the Duck'' was often shown in skimpy clothing. In addition, the character's backstory included time working as a nude model. Then there's the fact that she wore a skimpy two-piece suit literal ChainmailBikini in her first appearance.appearance (a nerdy evil magician with a Conan complex put her into it).
21st Feb '16 10:09:44 AM LondonKdS
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* ArrogantKungFuGuy: "Quack Fu".

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* ArrogantKungFuGuy: "Quack Fu".The egotistical and HairTriggerTemper-afflicted Count Macho.


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** "Count Macho" is an extremely hostile parody of the real-world martial arts charlatan and frequent comic-book advertiser Count Dante.
24th Jan '16 6:33:54 PM SirSapphire
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* BreakingTheFourthWall: Early on Howard would do this on occasion. In one adventure he directly addresses the readers and tell them that he ''knows'' the story took a weird turn, but it beats the initial DrivenToSuicide plot.
23rd Jan '16 11:57:03 PM Anicomicgeek
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* ColbertBump: The main reason he got anew comic in 2015 was thanks to his cameo in ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy''.
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