History ComicBook / HowardTheDuck

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.]]
6th Dec '16 10:13:56 PM LBHills
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* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: The Supreme SOOFI is a never-named Anita Bryant (a singer who became a HeteronormativeCrusader) -- she even mentions having her epiphany in Dade County, where the real Bryant then lived -- while Donny and Marie Dearth are based on the Osmonds who share their first names. See also TakeThat

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* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: The Supreme SOOFI is a never-named Anita Bryant (a singer who became a HeteronormativeCrusader) -- she even mentions having her epiphany in Dade County, where the real Bryant then lived -- while Donny and Marie Dearth are based on the Osmonds who share their first names. See also TakeThatTakeThat.
* 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.]]
--> ''Howard the Duck:'' (completely inaccurate picture) ''Look at this guy! I guess he's a weird... duck... man?'' [...] ''Anyway I'm pretty sure his powers include a) talking to ducks b)controlling ducks c) teaming up with 100 regular-sized ducks to form one giant duck - That's all I know (and all I care to know) about this guy, so here's a joke to fill up the rest of this card...''
4th Dec '16 2:42:07 PM harryhenry
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** The character of Soos from WesternAnimation/GravityFalls can be seen in one scene.
21st Nov '16 10:37:18 AM ScrewySqrl
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** Also inverted in the ''Howard The Human'' one-shot, where Howard is the only human in a world of anthropomorphic animals.
15th Nov '16 8:31:51 AM MarkLungo
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The character was apparently created as a sight gag; in ''"Adventure into Fear''" #19 (December, 1973), in a ''ComicBook/ManThing'' story involving the "Nexus of All Realities" characters from several [[AnotherDimension universes]] appeared, many of them being obvious homages to fictional characters such as Franchise/ConanTheBarbarian and (in Howard's case) WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck. However, writer Creator/SteveGerber, known for both his love of strange characters and playing with reader's expectations, decided to continue using Howard, and convinced Marvel to give the character his own series. Although Marvel [[HilariousInHindsight had to strike a deal with]] Creator/{{Disney}} in order to use the character, including such things as requiring Howard to wear ''pants'', the character proved popular, most likely due to Gerber's writing.

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The character was apparently created as a sight gag; in ''"Adventure into Fear''" #19 (December, 1973), in a ''ComicBook/ManThing'' story involving the "Nexus of All Realities" characters from several [[AnotherDimension universes]] appeared, many of them being obvious homages to fictional characters such as Franchise/ConanTheBarbarian and (in Howard's case) WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck. However, writer Creator/SteveGerber, known for both his love of strange characters and playing with reader's readers' expectations, decided to continue using Howard, and convinced Marvel to give the character his own series. Although Marvel [[HilariousInHindsight had to strike a deal with]] Creator/{{Disney}} in order to use the character, including such things as requiring Howard to wear ''pants'', the character proved popular, most likely due to Gerber's writing.
15th Nov '16 8:30:47 AM MarkLungo
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* BigApplesauce: The fifth run had him move to New York. He sub-lets office space from Jennifer Walters (better known as ComicBook/SheHulk).

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* BigApplesauce: The fifth run had him move to New York.UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity. He sub-lets office space from Jennifer Walters (better known as ComicBook/SheHulk).



* ButtMonkey: In the 2015 series, Spider-Man goes through a series of {{Heroic BSOD}}s thanks to Howard that culminates in issue #5 with Howard "saving" him by pulling his foot out of a tiny amount of rubble. Spidey is so distraught over "owing Howard one" that the end of the issue has him hugging [[TheFantasticFour Johnny Storm]] for emotional support.

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* ButtMonkey: In the 2015 series, Spider-Man goes through a series of {{Heroic BSOD}}s thanks to Howard that culminates in issue #5 with Howard "saving" him by pulling his foot out of a tiny amount of rubble. Spidey is so distraught over "owing Howard one" that the end of the issue has him hugging [[TheFantasticFour [[ComicBook/TheFantasticFour Johnny Storm]] for emotional support.



* CelebrityParadox: As if the franchise didn't have enough PostModernism, the 2016 run features Lea Thompson hiring Howard. While [[Film/HowardTheDuck the 1986 movie doesn't exist]], it's revealed there were moments where X-Men villain Mojo kidnapped Thompson and had her play Bev against someone in a Howard costume, to fill in the gaps where Howard had no adventures (i.e. when he did not have a dedicated title) and "[his] life was the equivalent of [[Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy a post-credits cameo]]".

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* CelebrityParadox: As if the franchise didn't have enough PostModernism, the 2016 run features Lea Thompson hiring Howard. While [[Film/HowardTheDuck the 1986 movie doesn't exist]], it's revealed there were moments where X-Men ''ComicBook/XMen'' villain Mojo kidnapped Thompson and had her play Bev against someone in a Howard costume, to fill in the gaps where Howard had no adventures (i.e. when he did not have a dedicated title) and "[his] life was the equivalent of [[Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy a post-credits cameo]]".
15th Nov '16 7:44:32 AM LBHills
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* BigApplesauce: The fifth run had him moving to the same Brooklyn building as She-Hulk.

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* BigApplesauce: The fifth run had him moving move to the same Brooklyn building New York. He sub-lets office space from Jennifer Walters (better known as She-Hulk.ComicBook/SheHulk).



* CaptainErsatz: In the 2015-6 series, Biggs the cyborg cat is a blatant take-off of 2 the cat from ''ComicBook/{{WE 3}}''.

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* CaptainErsatz: In the 2015-6 series, Biggs the cyborg cat is a blatant take-off of 2 "2," the cat from ''ComicBook/{{WE 3}}''.



* FictionalPoliticalParty: Howard ran for President in 1976 for the All Night Party, as noted in the (former) picture at the top of this page.

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* FictionalPoliticalParty: Howard ran for President in 1976 for the All Night Party, as noted in the (former) picture at the top of this page.Party.
13th Nov '16 9:40:59 AM Malitia
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** In the ''ComicBook/UnbeatableSquirrelGirl'' crossover of the 2015-6 series, the villainous Mrs. Sugarbaker calls Kraven a "[[TabletopGame/{{Paranoia}} commie traitor]]".

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** In the ''ComicBook/UnbeatableSquirrelGirl'' ''ComicBook/TheUnbeatableSquirrelGirl'' crossover of the 2015-6 series, the villainous Mrs. Sugarbaker calls Kraven a "[[TabletopGame/{{Paranoia}} commie traitor]]".
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