Howard the Duck (Marvel)
Real Name: Howard
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Howard the Duck has no superhuman powers, although it is suggested that he possesses a high degree of as yet undefined magical powers.
Duckworld, a planet in another dimension where intelligent life evolved from waterfowl, resembles Earth in an astounding number of ways, including the fact that ducks speak English. (In fact, Howard mistook Earth for Duckworld on his arrival, until he saw the “hairless apes” wandering around.) Howard was born the eldest son of Dave and Dottie, but beyond enjoying his rocking horse on Christmas as a baby, he disappointed them in every other way. He couldn’t hold down any job, be it serious or frivolous, and couldn’t fit in to any group. Instead, he figured he had no use for society, despite his ability to adapt to any situation and society, and found content as a malcontent.
Howard found himself trapped in a world that he never made when the power-hungry demon, Thog the Nether-Spawn, used his magic to shift the interdimensional Cosmic Axis in hopes that all realities could be collapsed into one under his control. Howard was plucked from Duckworld and dropped into the middle of the Florida Everglades on Earth--the site of this world's Nexus of All Realities. Reluctantly, Howard joined the similarly-dislodged Korrek the Barbarian and Earth’s Jennifer Kale, Dakimh the Enchanter, and the Man-Thing in stopping the forces of Thog. When the battle was over, Howard accidentally fell off the otherdimensional Stepping Stones of Oblivion and landed in the city of Cleveland, Ohio.
In Cleveland, Howard was almost immediately arrested for believing to be disrupting the peace. (Actually, the culprit was Garko the Man-Frog who had stumbled into an encounter with Howard.) However, the police soon released him, not wanting to face the public ridicule for having booked a duck. Howard then hoped to find a job, perhaps by solving a series of murders, and instead found himself in an encounter with the vampiric Hellcow.
Despondent that he might never get home or even a job, Howard happened upon the castle of the costumed criminal accountant Pro-Rata. He rescued young life model Beverly Switzler, escaping with the timely arrival of Spider-Man. Bev invited Howard to stay with her, and the two even fell in love.
Although Howard has attempted to live as normal a life as possible, considering that he is a talking duck on a world of human beings, he has continually run afoul (so to speak) of various unusual menaces, most notably the members of the Band of the Bland and his arch-nemesis Doctor Bong. However, through cleverness, persistence, and (perhaps most of all) good luck, Howard has always managed to defeat or escape his adversaries.
Howard came to public notoriety when he became a candidate for the United States Presidency on a very minor party ticket known as the All-Night Party. However, the general populace refused to believe that Howard is a real talking duck, thinking of him instead as a small person in a duck suit, and the public dismissed his candidacy as a joke.
Bev eventually asked that she and Howard separate. Howard, despite his feelings for her, agreed but embarked on a series of wanderings that took him around the country, from Chicago, to New York, and San Francisco. His adventures finally led him back to Cleveland, whereupon he and Bev reunited. After this Howard faced several different and strange foes such as Ducktor Doom (Larval Earth), Spider-Ham (Larval Earth), Captain Americana, Jackpot, Grey Panther, Kidney Lady, Mister Chicken, Pinball Lizard, and several other creatures and people with fantastic (and sometimes lame) powers.
When Howard’s nemesis Doctor Angst attempted to “squish” all realities into a universal state of inertness, Howard was chosen by the cosmic entity called the Critic to join She-Hulk in confronting Doctor Angst and the Band of the Bland, and the universes were restored to their rightful order.
Later, Howard encountered the young mutants Chamber and Skin, who were on the run of the mutant-hunting X-Cutioner. Howard helped them escape and make their way back to their team, Generation X, at the Massachusetts Academy. Howard stayed at the Academy briefly, forming a friendship with the children Artie, Leech, and Franklin Richards. About the same time, the Academy was targeted by the villain Black Tom, and Man-Thing rescued the children, Howard, and an alien refugee Tana Nile. This unlikely band of heroes helped Man-Thing restore balance to the Nexus of All Realities before being returned to the Academy, and Howard soon parted company.
When a group of heroes was restored to reality after being shunted to Franklin Richards' Counter Earth, the Nexus of Reality was damaged. Howard, because of his experiences passing through the Nexus, found a fragment of it became lodged within him. The Cult of Entropy, led by Mahapralaya, hoped to kill Howard in the Man-Thing's swamp and thus destroy the Nexus, Howard was rescued by the Man-Thing and Ellen Brandt. The Man-Thing merged with the Nexus fragment by pouring itself down Howard's throat and being regurgitated. Mahapralaya and the cultists were forced to flee, and Howard left for Cleveland.
More recently, Bev found a new job at a dot com company, only to find it was run by Dr. Bong and was captured. Howard rescued Bev, but in the process was thrown into a vat of chemicals that transformed him into a humanoid rat, and in revenge, Dr. Bong destroyed Howard and Bev’s house. They found refuge in the Boarding House of Mystery, but were still pursued by Dr. Bong. Finally, by using the Amulet of Pazuzu, Howard was able to defeat Dr. Bong. Afterward, he was asked to go on the Iprah talk show, but Iprah was possessed by the demon-angel hybrid Deuteronomy. Howard destroyed Deuteronomy by using the cigar from the Saint of Therapists, but a puff on that same cigar instantly disintegrated Howard. In the afterlife, Howard had a conversation with God about the meaning of life, and God allowed Howard to return to the body of duck and return to Earth. He was most recently seen at the trial of She-Hulk and vouched for her not to be erased from history.
First Appearance: Fear (1970) #19
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All-New Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z (2006)
Amazing Heroes (1981)
Amazing Heroes Swimsuit Special (1990)
Avengers Unconquered (2009)
#22 Back Issue (2003)
- 'The Final Battle!'
#31 Bizarre Adventures (1981)
- 'Steve Gerber Tribute Issue'
Captain Marvel (1999)
Civil War: Battle Damage Report (2007)
Civil War: Choosing Sides (2006)
Countdown to Mystery (2007)
TPB Daydreamers (1997)
- 'Dr. Fate: Countdown To Mystery'#8
#1 DC/Marvel (1996)
- 'Once Upon a Time...'#2
- 'Across the Universe'#3
- 'Dark Eyes'
Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe (2012)
Deadpool Team-Up (2010)
#885 Der Unglaubliche Hulk Comic-Taschenbuch (1980)
- 'Guest Starring: Hell Cow'
Fantastic Four (1998)
Fantastic Four Roast (1982)
#1 Fear (1970)
- 'When Titans Chuckle!'
#19 Fear Itself: Fearsome Four (2011)
- 'The Enchanter's Apprentice'
#1 Generation X (1994)
- 'Part One: Fight Fear with Fear'#2
- 'Part Two: Stranger Bedfellows'#3
- 'Part Three: Overcome'#4
- 'Part Four: The Only Thing We Have to Fear Is...'
#20 Ghost Rider (1990)
- 'Bodies In Motion'#21
- 'To Live and Die and Molt in L.A.'#23
- 'For All This... We Give Thanks'#25
#81 Giant-Size Man-Thing (1974)
- 'Caught Between a Duck and a Hard Place'#82
- 'The Duck and the Amok'
#4 Glenn Fabry Sketchbook (2013)
- 'The Kid's Night Out!'#5
- 'Fear Times Three!'
Howard the Duck (1976)
Annual 01 Howard the Duck (1979)
- 'Thief Of Bagmom!'#1
- 'Howard the Barbarian'#1 (UK Version)
- 'Howard the Barbarian'#2
- 'Cry Turnip!'#3
- 'Four Feathers of Death!'#4
- 'The Sleep...Of the Just!'#5
- 'I Want Mo-o-oney!'#6
- 'The Secret House of Forbidden Cookies'#7
- 'The Way the Cookie Crumbles!'#8
- 'Open Season!'#9
- 'Scandal Plucks Duck'#10
- 'Swan-Song...Of the Living Dead Duck!'#11
- 'Rock, Roll Over, and Writhe!'#14
- 'A Duck Possessed!'#14 (35 Cent Variant)
- 'A Duck Possessed!'#15
- 'The Island Of Dr. Bong!'#15 (35 Cent Variant)
- 'The Island Of Dr. Bong!'#16
- 'Zen And The Art Of Comic Book Writing: A Communique From Colorado'#17
- 'Doctor Bong!'#17 (35 Cent Variant)
- 'Doctor Bong!'#18
- 'Howard The Human!'#20
- 'Scrubba-Dub Death!'#21
- 'If You Knew Soofi...!'#21 (UK Edition)
- 'If You Knew Soofi...!'#22
- 'May The Farce Be With You!'#23
- 'Star Waaugh'#24
- 'Where Do You Go... What Do You Do... The Night After You Save the Universe'#25
- 'Getting Smooth!'#26
- 'Circus Maximus'#28
- 'Cooking with Gas'#29
- 'Help Stamp Out Ducks!'#30
- 'If This Be Bongsday!'#31
- 'The Final Bong'#32
- 'Going Underground'#33
- 'Material Duck'
Howard the Duck (2002)
#1 Howard the Duck (2007)
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- 'Endangered Species'#3
- 'Bad Girls Don't Cry'#4
- 'Boarding House of Mystery'#5
- 'Gone To Ohio'#6
- 'Creation's Rights'
#1 Howard The Duck Holiday Special (1997)
- 'The Most Dangerous Game Fowl'#2
- 'They Shoot Ducks, Don't They?'#3
- 'Media Culpa'#4
- 'Sliding Into Home'
#1 Howard the Duck: The Menace from Outer Space (1986)
- 'Wreck The Malls With Hydra's Folly'
nn Howard The Duck: The Movie (1986)
- 'The Menace from Outer Space'
#1#2 J2 (1998)
- 'Of Ducks And Men!'#3
- 'Duck Day Afternoon'
Magazineland USA (1977)
nn Man-Thing (1974)
- 'Magazineland U.S.A.'
#1 Man-Thing (1997)
- 'Battle for the Palace of the Gods!'#22
- 'Pop Goes The Cosmos!'
#5 Marvel Age (1983)
- 'An Empty House'#6
- 'The Duck And The Muck'#7
- 'In The Waters Of Eternity (Part 1)'
Marvel Comics Presents (2012)
Marvel Fanfare (1982)
Marvel Super Special (1977)
Marvel Tales (1964)
#237 Marvel Team-Up (1972)
- ''Tis Better To Give!'
#96 Marvel Treasury Edition (1974)
- 'Panic in the Park'
Marvel Two-In-One (1974)
#46 Marvel vs. Capcom: Official Complete Works (2012)
- 'Battle In Burbank!'
Marvel Zombies 5 (2010)
#1 Marvel Zombies Destroy! (2012)
- 'The Dead And The Quick'#2
- 'The Humblest Things'#3
- 'Isle Of Wights'#4
- 'Bad Torrent'#5
- 'A Plague of One'
#1 Marvel: Portraits (1995)
- 'Zombie Invaders'#2
- 'Dead Dead Dugan'#3
- 'A World Upside Down'#4
- 'Into The Belly Of The Beasts'#5
#3 Michael Wm. Kaluta Sketchbook Series (2012)
- 'Book Three: Triumph and Tragedy'
Neal Adams Sketch Book (2005)
New Avengers Finale (2010)
Original Sins (2014)
Secret Invasion (2008)
Silver Surfer vs. Dracula (1994)
Spider-Man Team-Up (1995)
The Amazing Spider-Man: Back in Quack (2010)
#1 The Comics Journal (1977)
- 'Human Slavery for Beginners'
The Gene Colan Treasury (1996)
nn The Marvel Encyclopedia (2006)
- 'The Gene Colan Treasury'
HC The Neal Adams Treasury (1976)
- 'The Marvel Encyclopedia'
The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe (1983)
The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Deluxe Edition (1985)
#5 The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Master Edition (1990)
- 'Gardener to the Hulk'
The Official Marvel Index To Marvel Team-Up (1986)
The Savage Dragon/Destroyer Duck (1996)
The Savage Hulk (1996)
The Sensational She-Hulk (1989)
#14 Web of Spider-Man (1985)
- 'A Baloney Place of Dying'#15
- 'Secret Warts'#16
- 'The Lowbrow Hunters'#17
- 'Acts of Peevishness'
#129.2 What If...? (1989)
- 'Brooklyn Avengers Part Two'
#34 Wolverine & The X-Men (2011)
- 'What If... No One Was Watching The Watcher?'
#17 X-Men (1991)
- 'Wolverine's Secret Weapon'
X-Men: First Class Finals (2009)
Howard the Duck (1986)
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