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Howard the Duck Omnibus

(Marvel Omnibus)

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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, 808 pages
Published August 6th 2008 by Marvel
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Richard Guion
Apr 25, 2016 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
Aaron
Nov 30, 2016 rated it it was ok
I like Howard as a character and I can appreciate that there's probably a lot of quality satire here, but I just didn't get it. It was weird, which I like, but it was also confusing, boring, and not funny. I assume I'd appreciate it more if I understood all of the '70's references. Someone get me an annotated edition!
Dominick
Feb 22, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics, fantasy, satire
Had the entire run been written by Gerber, this would probably get four stars, as for the most part the Gerber-penned issues are amusing and innovative. However, the last hundred pages or so are by other hands, and the writers especially can't measure up to Gerber's offbeat sensibility--and, for that matter, the artists (even though I generally admire their work--Paul Smith's especially) can't measure up to Gene Colan, who drew the lion's share of the original run. According to an interview appe ...more
Jason
Jun 25, 2013 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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Brendan
Jun 23, 2015 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 here 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 t
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Timothy Boyd
Oct 30, 2017 rated it it was ok
I was never a fan of this series. I tried reading it off and on as it was published but just never seemed to get into the character. I does have some nice humor in it. Not recommended
James
Nov 23, 2014 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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Joe Deckname
Mar 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I’ll break from my ban on rating books in honor of the late, great Steve Gerber. My five star rating applies only to the first twenty-seven issues he authored; after he was pushed aside, the quality tanked — Gerber was the voice of Howard, and the last few issues of this omnibus feel like a cheap knock-off. I don’t think that his successors (or Marvel) understood what Gerber set out to accomplish.

But those twenty-seven issues, man... We’ve got those. They are funny, endearing, gloriously subver
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Sean
Sep 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I was really surprised by how topical and contemporary the writing (especially by Gerber) is. The first 20 or so issues of the Howard the Duck comic alone is well worth reading!
Paul Mirek
Aug 20, 2014 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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Kyle Burley
Jan 17, 2015 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
Matt Knippel
Dec 05, 2014 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
Matt Sautman
May 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A colossal tome consisting of the first run of Howard the Duck, this omnibus illustrates the rich character's Kafkaesque existentialism and Cadmusian absurdism. While many know this Marvel character from the nearly universally panned Lucasarts movie from the 1980s, it is not nearly as well known that the character has a complexity that his creator, Steve Gerber, used to satirizes Capitalism, comic book writing, censorship, and politics. The Gerber titles in the volume are the best, with the non- ...more
Jamie Holland
Jan 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars.
This was an interesting read. Id heard of howard the duck before but never read any anything about him. I got this as an impulse buy when i saw it for 75% off and im glad i did.
Steve Gerber is the creater and main writer of howard the duck. His work was very enjoyable and i really enjoyed what he wrote. He was the writer for the first 29 issues of this book before he left. but from that point it went downhill. Steve Gerber left write at the end of an arc which had lasted for many issue
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Ryan
Oct 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
Finally sat down to read this monster, and I do like it very much. I think I might enjoy Steve Gerber's weird stories, like Omega the Unknown or Man- Thing a bit more than Howard. While Howard stories are strange, they lean more toward self effacing humor which is well done, but tends to repeat the same themes time and again.

Another minor thing I had a problem with is Gene Colan's art. Don't get me wrong, Gene Colan was a genius. He is my favorite artist for Tomb of Dracula, Daredevil, and espe
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B
Nov 23, 2015 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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Etienne
Oct 31, 2016 rated it liked it
A few things:

1. The "Howard for President" arc is as relevant now as it was in 1976, if not more so. "Get down, America!"
2. I feel like I've gotten to know the young Steve Gerber by reading the adventures of his best-known protagonist. That being said, "Howard the Duck" is perhaps at its most poignant when it completely breaks down: when the author reveals his anxieties in his own voice, completely disregarding the conventions of the genre.
3. As for the plot, it is unaccountably inchoate for as
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Silas
Mar 20, 2015 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
Paul
Nov 24, 2012 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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Steven Matview
Dec 27, 2013 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.
Keith Bowden
Jul 29, 2008 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.
Rob
Sep 26, 2012 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.
Michael Sowinski
Jun 30, 2014 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)
Khairul Hezry
Oct 07, 2008 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.
Relstuart
Apr 22, 2016 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.
Thom Dunn
Aug 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is so much smarter and insightful and downright enjoyable than it has any right to be.
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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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