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2388: Howard the Duck #2 (v1)

" Cry Turnip! "
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Howard the Duck #2 (v1)
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Editor-in-Chief: Gerry Conway
Cover Artists: Frank Brunner
Writers: Steve Gerber
Pencilers: Frank Brunner
Inkers: Steve Leialoha
Colourists: Michele Wolfman
Letterers: Tom Orzechowski
Editors: Marv Wolfman
Cover Date: March 1976
Release Date: January 1976
Story Arc: -
Pages: 18
Cover Price: $0.25
Times Read: 197                 Times Rated: 133
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Universes:   Earth-616  
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Issue Blurb
While on patrol as a security guard, Beverly's friend Arthur comes across a sentient turnip. After making a deal with the turnip to get super powers, the turnip begins to take control of him.
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Character Appearances
Main Characters
  Howard the Duck
Howard the Duck last appeared in Howard the Duck #1 (v1). Howard the Duck next appears in Howard the Duck #3 (v1).
Supporting Characters
  Beverly Switzler
Beverly Switzler last appeared in Howard the Duck #1 (v1). Beverly Switzler next appears in Howard the Duck #3 (v1).
  Kidney Lady
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Kidney Lady in the mainstream continuity. Kidney Lady next appears in Howard the Duck #5 (v1).
  Space Turnip
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Space Turnip in the mainstream continuity. Space Turnip next appears in Howard the Duck #1 (v2).
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Issue Review
   November 16, 2013
Some off-the-wall ideas here, but - for some reason - it never quite gels. Seeming more stupid than amusing. 4/10
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  fragsel Says:    
  2012-09-14 23:21:36  
  ok, so first issue was bad, but this one I really like. especially that part making fun of killraven's macdonalds issue or the secret identity problems.  

  Redsvetz Says:    
  2012-11-26 16:14:24  
  "...a vast panorama of banal humanity..." I didn't say it, Turnip-Man did.
I guess felching was not a widely known term in '76, because surely they wouldn't have named a character "Phelch" if it was.

  Calthor Says:    
  2013-01-31 07:55:37  
  "Dressing up as a turnip seems to have CHANGED you somehow."

Well, yeah, that's what happens when a man gets in touch with his inner turnip.

  Kez Says:    
  2013-07-19 01:12:58  
  I was so entertained by this that I laughed aloud while reading it.  

  leisch Says:    
  2014-03-10 08:13:51  
  Turnip Man is such a great satire of Marvel's worst villains that I fully expect to see him show up in Daredevil.  

  illcom94 Says:    
  2014-10-22 08:59:04  
  This issue was a little boring for me.  

  CrangTheCimmerian Says:    
  2014-12-20 11:49:23  
  I want Howard to be depicted with a cigar all the time and I want him to team-up with Nick Fury in cigar smoking contest under water.
Man... how I miss Nick Fury with cigar in Marvel Cinematic Universe. I would kill for Special Smoky Blu-Ray Edition of those movies with digitally added cigars in Fury's teeth.

  TheAmazingGatorMan Says:    
  2015-07-17 21:16:03  
  Brilliant script and concept. Perfect escape from the normal superhero stories.  

  heman0420 Says:    
  2015-07-25 14:57:58  
  This issue includes a member of a race of space-spanning go-getters. What else do you need to know?  

  megajake Says:    
  2015-10-23 14:10:38  
  Steve Gerber thus proving that his weed is far superior to anyone else's.  

  duncanm Says:    
  2016-02-02 21:45:42  
  You know, with my only prior exposure to Howard before the Order being the 80's movie, I have to say that I am surprised at how close the movie stayed to the tone and feel of the comics. Whenever people bash the movie they always talk about how it is so silly and random, but my gods, they obviously held back. They had him fighting an inter-dimensional demon rather than a guy wearing a space turnip hat. Still no excuse for duck-tits though.
Continuing from last issue's panel of Howard staring lovingly at Beverly's crotch, this issue he has moved his way up, as on the first panel of page 7 he is staring lovingly at her boobs. Bestiality was a thing people knew about in the 70s, yeah?

  jwerth @ megajake (original post):    
  2016-03-29 21:18:17  
  Steve Gerber was notoriously anti-drugs. All of his trippy ideas were generated without any mind-expanding substances. Which is maybe the craziest thing about his stories.  

  gumchewspit Says:    
  2017-01-24 21:01:00  
  First trans, or at least cross-dressing, character in the order? Even has a pink flamingos storefront.  

  Durango55 Says:    
  2017-03-30 07:32:12  
  Mid-70's Marvel is getting subversive!

First Detective Blumkenn, now we have Phelch.

Also noticed the _megma in the background when Howard and Beverly are riding the bus.

  Russ Says:    
  2018-01-02 21:45:59  
  In this issue: Arthur as Turnip Man and Beverly make out in a park in a scene from "The Blue Legume".

Gerber may have been anti-drug as @jwerth noted above, but even he resorted to smoking some leaves as a solution to this issue's problem (pg 31 pn 3). Guess he got to the root of that problem easy enough.

3 stars.

  dadoodoflow Says:    
  2018-04-12 22:40:18  
  Graduate school didnít quite prepare me for parsing the male gaze as filtered through buoyant water fowl

I feel like Iím reading the twin births of Flaming Carrot and Arthur from The Tick

Was felch even a slang term in the 70s?

One with the turnip

Ha, finally a hero who strangles a granny!

I wish to touch this meat female!


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