History ComicBook / HowardTheDuck

14th Mar '17 6:02:28 PM pepsimax
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** Played with in an issue of ''Sensational She-Hulk'' - when one of the characters says this, he replies "That ain't the half of it, toots," as he pulls out a cigar. "I'm also a smoker."

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** Played with in an issue of ''Sensational She-Hulk'' ''ComicBook/SensationalSheHulk'' - when one of the characters says this, he replies "That ain't the half of it, toots," as he pulls out a cigar. "I'm also a smoker."
29th Jan '17 2:35:13 AM Xtifr
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'''Howard The Duck''' is one of the strangest comic book characters ever published by Creator/MarvelComics, [[AdaptationDisplacement best known today because of]] [[Film/HowardTheDuck its movie adaptation]], believed by many to be one of the worst films ever made; this is unfortunate, as the comic was both funny and full of social criticism, and was one of Marvel's best known titles during the [[TheSeventies 1970s]]. While not an [[UndergroundComics underground comic]] in of itself, ''Howard the Duck'' is widely cited as an example of the underground comix movement's influence on mainstream media.

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'''Howard ''Howard The Duck''' Duck'' is one of the strangest comic book characters ever published by Creator/MarvelComics, [[AdaptationDisplacement best known today because of]] [[Film/HowardTheDuck its movie adaptation]], believed by many to be one of the worst films ever made; this is unfortunate, as the comic was both funny and full of social criticism, and was one of Marvel's best known titles during the [[TheSeventies 1970s]]. While not an [[UndergroundComics underground comic]] in of itself, ''Howard the Duck'' is widely cited as an example of the underground comix movement's influence on mainstream media.
7th Jan '17 10:28:06 PM LBHills
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* TheFriendNobodyLikes: Howard is widely known in the superhero community, but he's not particularly ''liked.'' ComicBook/SheHulk is practically a SitComArchNemesis. The only known exceptions are Beverly Switzer, [[Franchise/SpiderMan Aunt May,]] Tara Tam, ComicBook/DoctorStrange and [[ComicBook/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy Rocket Raccoon]].

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* TheFriendNobodyLikes: Howard is widely known in the superhero community, but he's not particularly ''liked.'' ComicBook/SheHulk is practically a SitComArchNemesis. The only known exceptions are Beverly Switzer, [[Franchise/SpiderMan Aunt May,]] Tara Tam, ComicBook/DoctorStrange and [[ComicBook/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy Rocket Raccoon]].Raccoon]]... is it me, or is Howard's next birthday party going to be awkward?
30th Dec '16 8:20:30 AM LBHills
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* UsefulNotes/{{Cleveland}}: Where most of the series takes place.

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* UsefulNotes/{{Cleveland}}: Where most of the original series takes took place.



* CosmicPlaything: Quite aside from being trapped on a planet full of apes (no, not ''that'' Franchise/PlanetOfTheApes: we mean Earth), Howard is perpetually being swept up in surreal and dangerous events. Unlike most superheroes - or, indeed, most Cosmic Playthings - the stress this involves creates appropriate {{Angst}} in Howard.



* TheFriendNobodyLikes: Howard himself. He knows a fair number of superheroes, but none of them particulaly ''like'' him all that much. Especially ComicBook/SheHulk, who has an office next door to his in the 2015 run. Exception being Beverly and Tara Tam.

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* TheFriendNobodyLikes: Howard himself. He knows a fair number of superheroes, but none of them particulaly ''like'' him all that much. Especially ComicBook/SheHulk, who has an office next door to his is widely known in the 2015 run. Exception being superhero community, but he's not particularly ''liked.'' ComicBook/SheHulk is practically a SitComArchNemesis. The only known exceptions are Beverly and Switzer, [[Franchise/SpiderMan Aunt May,]] Tara Tam.Tam, ComicBook/DoctorStrange and [[ComicBook/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy Rocket Raccoon]].
19th Dec '16 3:28:05 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* NoRespectGuy: Invoked for laughs (and to keep him a 'joke character' within the Marvel Universe). Even NiceGuy Spider-Man has urged Howard to 'lose my number!' When he crosses paths with ''ComicBook/TheUnbeatableSquirrelGirl'' for the first time, she looks him up in her set of 'Deadpool's Guide to Super-Villains' trading cards, only to discover that [[TheyJustDidntCare the usually reliable (...sorta) author just didn't care.]]

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* NoRespectGuy: Invoked for laughs (and to keep him a 'joke character' within the Marvel Universe). Even NiceGuy Spider-Man has urged Howard to 'lose my number!' When he crosses paths with ''ComicBook/TheUnbeatableSquirrelGirl'' for the first time, she looks him up in her set of 'Deadpool's Guide to Super-Villains' trading cards, only to discover that [[TheyJustDidntCare the usually reliable (...sorta) author just didn't care.]]
14th Dec '16 11:58:58 PM LBHills
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Gerber had the "duck" accidentally transported to UsefulNotes/{{Cleveland}}, where the "hairless apes" (as Howard [[PersistentTerminology always refers to 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 Switzler.

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Gerber had the "duck" accidentally transported to UsefulNotes/{{Cleveland}}, where the "hairless apes" (as Howard [[PersistentTerminology [[InsistentTerminology always refers to 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 Switzler.
14th Dec '16 11:58:41 PM LBHills
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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 Switzler.

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Gerber had the "duck" accidentally transported to UsefulNotes/{{Cleveland}}, where the "hairless apes" (humans, as (as Howard called them) [[PersistentTerminology always refers to 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 Switzler.
6th Dec '16 10:35:55 PM LBHills
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* RealitySubtext: During a guest appearance in ''The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl,'' we learn that Disney (the version in the Marvel Universe) has demanded that Howard wear pants.
--> '''Mrs. Sugarbaker:''' You're a duck, so '''legally''' you don't even need to wear pants, and yet -\\
'''Howard:''' Uh, actually, Disn -\\
'''Mrs. Sugarbaker:''' - and yet, you still dress up!
6th Dec '16 10:35:26 PM LBHills
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* DeadpanSnarker: Howard.

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* DeadpanSnarker: Howard.Howard's usual coping mechanism (aside from the long-suffering "Waaaugh!")



* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Howard is arrogant, opinionated and selfish and doesn't hesitate in insulting people or throwing snarky comments on them... but he also helps those that have been wronged and is very loyal to his friends.
** JerkassWoobie: As Howard himself is quick to point out, he was plucked from his home and thrown into a world where he does not belong, doesn't understand, and more often than not, isn't ''wanted.'' Anyone would be cranky in that situation

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* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Howard is arrogant, opinionated and selfish and doesn't hesitate in insulting to insult people or throwing throw snarky comments on at them... but he also helps those that have been wronged and is very loyal to his friends.
** JerkassWoobie: As Howard himself is quick to point out, he was plucked from his home and thrown into a world where he does not belong, doesn't understand, and more often than not, isn't ''wanted.'' Anyone would be cranky in that situationsituation.



* KnightInSourArmor: Howard due of his jaded attitude and total lack of interest in involving with supernatural affairs.

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* KnightInSourArmor: Howard due of his has a jaded attitude and a total lack of interest in involving with supernatural affairs.


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* RealitySubtext: During a guest appearance in ''The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl,'' we learn that Disney (the version in the Marvel Universe) has demanded that Howard wear pants.
--> '''Mrs. Sugarbaker:''' You're a duck, so '''legally''' you don't even need to wear pants, and yet -\\
'''Howard:''' Uh, actually, Disn -\\
'''Mrs. Sugarbaker:''' - and yet, you still dress up!
6th Dec '16 10:17:14 PM LBHills
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* NoRespectGuy: In most comic incarnations, Howard suffers from a drastic lack of respect. When he crosses paths with ''ComicBook/TheUnbeatableSquirrelGirl'' for the first time, she looks him up in her set of 'Deadpool's Guide to Super-Villains' trading cards, only to discover that [[TheyJustDidntCare the usually reliable (...sorta) author just didn't care.]]

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* NoRespectGuy: In most comic incarnations, Invoked for laughs (and to keep him a 'joke character' within the Marvel Universe). Even NiceGuy Spider-Man has urged Howard suffers from a drastic lack of respect. to 'lose my number!' When he crosses paths with ''ComicBook/TheUnbeatableSquirrelGirl'' for the first time, she looks him up in her set of 'Deadpool's Guide to Super-Villains' trading cards, only to discover that [[TheyJustDidntCare the usually reliable (...sorta) author just didn't care.]]
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