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2390: Howard the Duck #1 (v1)

" Howard the Barbarian "
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Howard the Duck #1 (v1)
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Editor-in-Chief: Gerry Conway
Cover Artists: Frank Brunner
Writers: Steve Gerber
Pencilers: Frank Brunner
Inkers: Steve Leialoha
Colourists: Frank Brunner
Letterers: John Costanza
Editors: Marv Wolfman
Cover Date: January 1976
Release Date: November 1975
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Pages: 19
Cover Price: $0.25
Times Read: 211                 Times Rated: 133
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Issue Blurb
Howard the Duck decides to kill himself by diving off the top of a tower. On his way up he stops in a window, and is besieged by a request for help which traps him a plot by the cosmic accountant.
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Character Appearances
Main Characters
  Howard the Duck
Howard the Duck last appeared in Giant-Size Man-Thing #5b. Howard the Duck next appears in Howard the Duck #2 (v1).
Supporting Characters
  Beverly Switzler
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Beverly Switzler in the mainstream continuity. Beverly Switzler next appears in Howard the Duck #2 (v1).
Spider-Man last appeared in Giant-Size Spider-Man #5. Spider-Man next appears in Amazing Spider-Man #147 (v1).
  J. Jonah Jameson
J. Jonah Jameson last appeared in Giant-Size Spider-Man #5. J. Jonah Jameson next appears in Amazing Spider-Man #147 (v1).
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Pro-Rata in the mainstream continuity. Pro-Rata next appears in Howard the Duck #1 (v2).
Group Appearances
Daily Bugle
Daily Bugle last appeared in Giant-Size Spider-Man #5. Daily Bugle next appears in Amazing Spider-Man #147 (v1).
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Issue Notes
  • A creation pushed by Steve Gerber, Howard the Duck was a non-traditional character for the Marvel Universe that was quickly placed in the Marvel "World", with appearances in Spider-Man, Man-Thin, the Defenders, and more.
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Issue Review
   November 9, 2013
Series hits the ground running with an epic barbarian tale. Which is also utterly ridiculous. And while it is nowhere near as funny as it thinks it is, the sheer madness of everything thatís happening makes it hugely enjoyable. 9/10
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  TStarnes Says:    
  2012-08-17 17:55:37  
  Seriously. Accountant for the universe and the cosmic calculator. Who would have thought the talking duck was not the most ridiculous part of the comic.  

  sewixo Says:    
  2012-10-03 03:40:39  
  I rather liked this first issue. It had everything I expected from this title, and I enjoyed the art also. Clearly it's the "funny" part of the universe. And Spider-Man calling Cleveland "the armpit of the nation" - priceless.  

  Calthor Says:    
  2013-01-31 07:16:22  
  I know why a lot of people will have a dislike for this stuff, but I guess this is an acquired taste. But honestly, when it comes to me, I dig this more than I should, much like I love weird Dr. Strange and weird Man-Thing - this is not much different than that, only the comedy has gone up a little.

Accountancy World Domination, baby!

  Utumieli Says:    
  2013-05-23 05:19:09  
  Sticks out as a sore thumb in the Chronology. But there are places in the Universe for sore thumbs. Then again, I rarely enjoy sore thumbs as much as these adventures of a duck.  

  Kez Says:    
  2013-07-19 01:12:11  
  Man, I don't get the hate for these comics. They're awesome!  

  Drax Says:    
  2013-10-11 09:19:49  
  That was a lot better than I expected. I kind of dig this non-sense absurdity. The question now is how long will it keep me entertain?  

  leisch Says:    
  2014-03-10 08:06:56  
  Judging it as a single issue, I love the Sword & Sorcery parody. I'm not sure how I feel about Howard interacting with the Marvel Universe (other than Man-Thing).  

  MediocreMan Says:    
  2014-05-19 08:24:28  
  Using the exact same maneuver, Spider-Man kills Gwen Stacy but saves Howard the Duck? Where is your God now?  

  mormegil4 Says:    
  2014-11-12 07:40:30  
  After seeing him in the new guardians movie I figured i would go read this first issue just to get an idea for the character. I wasn't expecting much and maybe that's why i like it so much. This is pretty funny all around. Some subtle Conan the barbarian parts as well.  

  CrangTheCimmerian Says:    
  2014-12-20 11:13:10  
  This issue proved to me that I was right to give up on rating comic books. Apart from a few exceptions the average star rating in no way relates to what I think about particular issues and whether it is bad or good it always tends to oscillate around 2 - 3 stars in rating. It's misleading.

This is a perfect example that people that are not into this kind of stuff should not rate it. I mean what did you guys expect from this book?
This reminds me about something I heard about first Terminator movie, many years ago, from a guy who didn't like science fiction at all:
"This is nonsense and s...t. This would have never happened in real life. Worst movie ever"
If you do not like particular genre of movies, books or comics - do not watch or read it.
For the record, if I still rated comics I would give it four and half stars because it is great in its genre of psycho-humorous-parody-adventure. It has good art and great, thoughtful writing.
...and no, I am not a fan of this kind of comic books. I much prefer regular superhero stuff but I am surprised how much I loved this issue.

  TheAmazingGatorMan Says:    
  2015-07-17 20:55:29  
  I'm so glad Howie is here! I've loved Howard since the 80's movie. I'm going to watch it tomorrow in fact!  

  GroovyGolem @ TheAmazingGatorMan (original post):    
  2015-07-17 21:07:54  
  Really? That's like saying "I've loved Deadpool ever since seeing him in 'Wolverine: X-Men Origins'!"  

  TheAmazingGatorMan @ GroovyGolem (original post):    
  2015-07-17 21:38:33  
  I was maybe in first grade when I first saw the movie, which led me to get into the comics. I think Howard is different than Deadpool in a multitude of ways.  

  GroovyGolem @ TheAmazingGatorMan (original post):    
  2015-07-18 09:28:20  
  Yeah, I getcha. My comment was more about how different Howard and Deadpool are in the comics vs. how they were portrayed on film.

No harm, no fowl! ;-)

  heman0420 Says:    
  2015-07-25 13:12:08  
  Definitely different.  

  megajake Says:    
  2015-10-23 10:38:35  
  An evil accountant. Looks like Gerber was a Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy fan.  

  duncanm Says:    
  2016-02-01 23:02:09  
  It's a good thing they gave Howard that loincloth to wear, so he can cover where he doesn't usually wear anything...
This actually skewed closer to the movie than I had imagined it would. Sexed up woman that flirts with duck-person that she is all to accepting of as being real, with lots of uncomfortableness. Page 18, bottom left panel, Howard looks excitedly up at her crotch like his eyes are about to pop out. She even calls him Ducky.
So the main point of this story is: F**k Cleveland?

  podgejeff Says:    
  2016-02-09 09:57:59  
  The main thing I took away from this story is that in Cleveland there's a massive tower made from credit cards that isn't a big deal, apparently.

Oh that wacky Steve Gerber.

  Johnny71181 Says:    
  2017-04-21 06:25:31  
  I loved Spider-Man pointing out the "convenient" helicopter.  

  Alen213 Says:    
  2017-10-04 16:32:21  
  First Howard's comic I read and honestly I liked it more that I thought and also the art was very good

The only think didn't convince me was Spider-Man's appearance but seems that in those years he had to appear in all comics-books

  Russ Says:    
  2018-01-02 21:19:59  
  Hey, if we thought that Gerber's imagination was wild when he did Man-Thing, those stories were tame compared to the three solo Howard stories. Especially here, the near randomness of ideas makes me think he drew ideas out of a hat or threw darts at a dartboard. At least those methods didn't yield any worse results than we could've gotten, like using Hank Pym or Johnny Storm!

This wasn't as good as the previous two stories with Man-Frog and Hellcow, but I still liked it. We also get his companion, Beverly. She was mostly just there to be eye-candy in her barely-there outfit, but there's hints of more dimensions to her character, too. I still wonder if Dakihm is nearby, however!

3 stars. Still a nice, absurd start for our feathered friend. But, a sword-and-sorcery tale with a wizard accountant? It doesn't add up (ba-dah-dum tishhhh)

  skywalker3880 Says:    
  2018-01-10 10:38:45  
  It's a Howard comic so it's weird. To be expected. Cleveland does kinda suck too. 3 stars.  

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   November 23, 2015 fragsel Added Daily Bugle to the issue.
   January 5, 2015 Neskit Changed comic details.
   December 6, 2013 jfpj1991 Added blurb for this issue.
   October 11, 2013 Drax Changed comic details.
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