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Get down, America Vote Howard the Duck in 2008 That's right, folks. It's an election year, and what better way to celebrate than to cast your vote for the one candidate who'll tell it like it is. Born on a planet populated by talking waterfowl, Howard the Duck found himself trapped in a world he never made: ours Howard was the archetypal outsider, able to see through the a ...more
Hardcover, 800 pages
Published August 6th 2008 by Marvel Comics
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Relstuart
Apr 22, 2016 Relstuart rated it it was ok
Shelves: marvel-comics
A bit dated. Had some funny and thoughtful parts but the author didn't really try to build a long cohesive story.
Richard Guion
Apr 25, 2016 Richard Guion rated it really liked it
The Omnibus edition of Howard the Duck's 1970s comic run has been around in two different editions. I think the first was published around 2008. After this went out of print, the Guardians of the Galaxy movie with Howard's appearance in the post credits spurred a new printing. I resisted all of this until Rich Johnston reported that Marvel was clearing out many Omnibus' and letting them go out of print. I snapped it up for less than $50, not sure if I would keep it for selling later or reading. ...more
Jason
Sep 08, 2013 Jason rated it really liked it
I remember haggling with a vendor at a convention in Boston in the late 80s for a full run of Howard the Duck, offering up numerous other books to get the price down, and still ending up $5 short. So getting my hands on this book years later, containing better reproductions of all those issues, plus more, was a bit of a rush. Still, it took a while for me to get around to reading it.

First, be aware that the Howard the Duck comic only shares a few character names with its movie adaptation. The o
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James
Nov 23, 2014 James rated it it was amazing
Yes, it starts strong and then kind of peters out, but so what? It's still one of the most essential Marvel Omnibuses ever published. And I realize it's out of print, but again: that's why there's an internet.

I won't go into the specifics of the actual book: it's a Marvel Omnibus, so it sort of speaks for itself (though I know that later editions have been "cheaping out," this isn't one of them). And Steve Gerber was one of the best writers ever to work in comics--it's hard for me to choose betw
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Brendan
Jul 30, 2015 Brendan rated it it was amazing
My brief review to justify my rating:

The 5 stars are for Gerber's work and pretty much his alone. Outside the Status Quo issues every writer collected in her that isn't Gerber completely misses the point of Howard's character and is often at best cringe-worthy. If you're interested in reading this book or any Howard I strongly recommend reading only Gerber's issues, and supplementing with the Status Quo arc if you'd like to see a decent take on the character by someone who at least understood th
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Kyle Burley
Feb 01, 2015 Kyle Burley rated it really liked it
The 70's were a weird, experimental and incredibly underrated era for mainstream comics. Case in point, Steve Gerber's extraordinary "Howard The Duck" stories for Marvel which took a suspiciously Disney-looking anthropomorphised duck and turned him into an existential everyman. Originally created in Gerber's equally bizarre swamp-monster book "Man-Thing", Howard was originally intended as a short-term gag character and was quickly removed from the story. However, something in his irascible, sar ...more
Silas
Apr 03, 2015 Silas rated it it was amazing
Whew. This was a long one, and rather unlike most other comics of the era that I have read. There are a few nods to super-heroes and other comic book ideas, but mostly, this just does its own thing, looking at the absurdity of life and various genres of fiction along the way. Apart from a big change in direction at the end (which I am led to believe is because the comic was dropped for some time and then picked up again like nothing ever happened), it's witty, fast-paced, and profound. I'm sure ...more
B
Dec 06, 2015 B rated it liked it
Shelves: borrowed
As a whole, I thought the book was probably overrated. Howard the Duck fans do a better job of imagining the book than would appear. A lot of the really philosophical/social commentary parts of the book get written up, but they're not as strong as it would appear.

One of the book's strongest and weakest points is that it's clear that the authors/creative teams worked without a plan. So there are big jumps and unwillingness to get bogged down in certain details or plots. But it also means that thi
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Paul Mirek
Jun 17, 2015 Paul Mirek rated it it was amazing
I came across Howard the Duck in the usual way one does these days, through the George Lucas film, which most regard as an abomination or a grade-A midnight movie. I fell in between, but something there was so fascinating that I found myself tumbling down the rabbit hole, eventually shelling out the bucks for this hefty volume.

I don't know what I was expecting. Whatever it was, it's safe to say it's not what I found.

Gerber's run on the character (and his work is what I'm referring to through th
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Matt Knippel
Mar 18, 2015 Matt Knippel rated it it was amazing
it's tough to review a book this extensive b/c it spans pretty much the entire lifespan of a character w/ all its ups and downs. but I really did love this damn book. at 800 pages it's a whole lotta book but really worth your time (well, maybe not so much once Steve Gerber leaves the series but... ) and really truly Howard the Duck is an unbelievable series that must be experienced by comic book fans. the fact that something this subversive and weird and heady was published by Marvel at all is a ...more
Paul
Dec 15, 2012 Paul rated it really liked it
Poor Howard, born in a world he never made... But wait, aren't we all?
Steve Gerber was a genius. He created Howard the Duck, a duck, an actual duck, that couls talk, mind you, in a universe filled with velcro-clad super-heroes. He challenged the powers that be by making this duck fall in love with a woman, oh, excuse me, an hairless ape female. He inserted satire, wether it be against the super-hero genre or the political movement of the day and made it all entertaining.
No writer since has been
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Mike Sowinski
Jun 30, 2014 Mike Sowinski rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
Possibly the most important piece of literature from the last fifty years!(except for those last few non-Gerber issues)
Thom Dunn
Aug 10, 2014 Thom Dunn rated it really liked it
This is so much smarter and insightful and downright enjoyable than it has any right to be.
Steven Matview
Dec 27, 2013 Steven Matview rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
Howard the Duck will always have a bad rap because of the awful, Lucas-produced film. But the original, Steve Gerber series the movie was (loosely) based off holds up well. The series is an excuse for Gerber to satirize any and everything and made the book a big hit with college students upon its initial release.
Rob
Sep 26, 2012 Rob rated it it was amazing
These stories got me through adolescence. I mean who, as a teen, hasn't felt like a duck in a land of hairless apes, in a world you never made?... It's a damned shame that Howard the Duck's legacy in the memory of pop culture is that film.
Keith Bowden
Feb 14, 2013 Keith Bowden rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, satire, collection
Actually, I've read all these stories before - 30 years ago! Love the real Howard the Duck (ignore the movie). Steve Gerber died in early 2008 (after he wrote the introduction to this mega volume) and is sorely missed.
Khairul H.
Oct 07, 2008 Khairul H. rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
It's totally insane! I love it! Pokes fun at everything. Offensive only to those with no sense of humour.
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Steve Gerber graduated from the University of Missouri with a degree in communications and took a job in advertising. To keep himself sane, he wrote bizarre short stories such as "Elves Against Hitler," "Conversion in a Terminal Subway," and "...And the Birds Hummed Dirges!" He noticed acquaintance Roy Thomas working at Marvel, and Thomas sent him Marvel's standard writing test, dialoguing Daredev ...more
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