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2389: Howard the Duck #3 (v1)

" Four Feathers of Death! Or: Enter the Duck! "
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Howard the Duck #3 (v1)
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Cover Artists: Rich Buckler
Writers: Steve Gerber
Pencilers: John Buscema
Inkers: Steve Leialoha
Colourists: Michele Wolfman
Letterers: Annette Kawecki
Editors: Marv Wolfman
Cover Date: May 1976
Release Date: March 1976
Story Arc: -
Pages: 17
Cover Price: $0.25
Times Read: 195                 Times Rated: 133
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Universes:   Earth-616  
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Issue Blurb
After seeing the newest Kung-Fu movie, Howard is appalled. Howard tries to take his mind off of current events and is led to a training school for martial artists.
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Character Appearances
Main Characters
  Howard the Duck
Howard the Duck last appeared in Howard the Duck #2 (v1). Howard the Duck next appears in Howard the Duck #4 (v1).
Supporting Characters
  Beverly Switzler
Beverly Switzler last appeared in Howard the Duck #2 (v1). Beverly Switzler next appears in Howard the Duck #4 (v1).
  Master C'haaj
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Master C'haaj in the mainstream continuity.
Tompkins last appeared in Giant-Size Man-Thing #5b. Tompkins next appears in Howard the Duck #1 (v2).
  Count Macho
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Count Macho in the mainstream continuity. Dies in this issue.
Group Appearances
Cleveland Police Department
Cleveland Police Department last appeared in Giant-Size Man-Thing #5b. Cleveland Police Department next appears in Howard the Duck #1 (v2).
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Issue Review
   November 23, 2013
Very message-heavy, but rises above that flaw (?) with itís likable/proactive hero and dark tone. Definitely no other titles like this one. 8/10
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  Redsvetz Says:    
  2012-11-28 10:40:51  
  I know this s**t technically takes place in th MU, but as it is pure "satire," I don't think Howard really belongs in 616. I'm not arguing for expulsion from the list, I'm just considering that I may skip it in "my" universe.  

  leisch Says:    
  2014-03-10 08:27:42  
  As long as the satirical quality is maintained at a high standard and the MU connection is kept minimal, I'm ok with reading Howard.  

  CrangTheCimmerian Says:    
  2014-12-20 12:30:44  
  Howard should be given his team-up book. It would be a lot more interesting than Spider-Man team-ups.  

  go2shaw Says:    
  2015-01-12 12:26:58  
  I was 12 years old when these issues were originally on the newsstand. At the time, I was reading pretty much everything Marvel was publishing EXCEPT Howard the Duck, Conan, Shang-Chi and the horror titles. I doubt I would have appreciated the humor back in the day but I'm really enjoying these at the moment.  

  TheAmazingGatorMan Says:    
  2015-07-18 08:30:55  
  Silly, humorous and enjoyable. I wonder if Disney ever tried to sue Marvel over how Howad was drawn. Eerily similar to Donald.  

  heman0420 Says:    
  2015-07-25 15:56:11  
  This one was more ridiculous than the others.  

  megajake Says:    
  2015-10-23 14:56:33  
  Now that is dark humor. It seems that Howard's powers are great luck and the ability to learn things really fast through imaginary montages.  

  duncanm @ TheAmazingGatorMan (original post):    
  2016-02-02 22:23:22  
  Threatened to sue and won. In a couple of years you will see a character redesign (including pants) that Disney insisted upon to keep them out of court. Not that it matters now since Disney owns him.
Don't understand why people think this is too far out for 616. We're talking about a world that already includes Leapfrog, the Porcupine, and Stilt-Man with complete seriousness. Howard is no more silly, he's simply willing to point out how silly things are.
Some surprisingly dark subject matter in this one. On the bright side, no obvious ogling of Bev's body parts. On the flip side Howard calls a couple of kids (that appear to be Asian) that are playing martial arts "fortune cookies".
So far they have parodied Dracula, Conan, generic superhero (with a detour into Killraven), and now Shang-Chi. I'm actually very interested to see who's next.

  podgejeff Says:    
  2016-02-09 10:02:18  
  I'd read Howard and find it believable any day over the original Strange Tales run.

I'm shocked I'm enjoying this comic as much as I am.

  Durango55 Says:    
  2017-03-31 05:48:46  
  Master C'haaj. lol.  

  Russ Says:    
  2018-01-02 22:14:49  
  In this issue: Howard instantly masters the "Five Feather Death Punch."

Howard's been a breath of fresh air in the Order after all the heavier, and not very good, stories of the 1970s. I think this works as long as interaction with the rest of the 616 universe is kept to a minimum, as @leisch said.

3 stars.

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Date User Name Update
   April 13, 2018 TStarnes
   April 13, 2018 TStarnes
   November 23, 2015 fragsel Added Tompkins to the issue.
   November 23, 2015 fragsel Added Cleveland Police Department to the issue.
   November 23, 2015 fragsel Added Master C'haaj to the issue.
   November 23, 2015 fragsel Added Count Macho to the issue.
   May 30, 2014 Neskit Changed comic details.
   December 6, 2013 jfpj1991 Added blurb for this issue.
   October 11, 2013 Drax Changed comic details.
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