Hello all!!! A new episode of What the Duck a podcast most fowl but with a “w” ‘cause he’s a duck (that’s the full name of the show) is up for our patreon.com/ttwasteland donors! Is the Howard the Duck story enough to turn this Giant Sized Man-Thing into a tiny piece of bread? Listen to find out! #titanupthedefense#hellcow#howardtheduck#stevegerber
Howard the Duck takes the bus back to Cleveland (and bonus points for the first use of the word “grok”!). And just like that, Gerber’s run on Howard the Duck is over. It’s been a good time! Not sure I’ll survive much longer without him writing. #marvel#howardtheduck#stevegerber
After getting through all of She-Hulk’s series... and I do mean all (she’s actually been the lead or co-lead in a shit ton of titles) within a couple weeks, I turned my attention to some of Marvel’s horror titles. Or horror related titles. Growing up as a) a horror fan and b) gay, it’s not too big of a surprise I gravitate towards the characters that even in a world where everyone is a little different, they still manage to be even just a bit more different lol. It’s also the reason I get pulled to more B/C/D list characters and not so much A list. Growing up, being gay WAS the B/C/D list. In a world of Captain America’s, you either had to pretend to be Cap or forge your own way. So I can relate to Man-Thing, the dim witted creature who literally could burn almost every person, good or bad, to ash with only his touch, but somehow always manages to do the right thing while paving his own way, even if that way isn’t the smartest or easiest. I believe this is the first time the character was seen in color (he debuted in a black and white magazine and not your typical Marvel comic). Got through his first two series and fell even more in love with this dude. One of the best characters in Marvel’s roster. Cool trivia, Howard the Duck debuted in a Man-Thing story 🙌🏻 🦆 •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••
Captain America 221, 1978. Written by Steve Gerber and David Kraft, pencilled by Sal Buscema, inked by Mike Esposito. Cover by Gil Kane & Tony DeZuniga. “In a secret laboratory somewhere in Newfoundland,” ex-Nazi scientist and special effects whiz Lyle Dekker successfully transplants his mind into a 12-foot Ameridroid, his old body dying as a result. Cap is on the scene researching his own past, and the robot manages to take him out, but with this out-of-the-way he immediately suffers an unusual (for superhero comics in 1978) existential crisis, for with that one job done what’s left for him to do in his now and less life? He throws his dead body around until Kat talks him down, then wonders out to live in the Newfoundland woods until he can get himself together. Every poor bastard out hunting moose is guaranteed a heart attack. In a backup story (written by Scott Edelman, pencilled by Steve Leialoha and inked by Al Gordon) Rick Jones, perpetual sidekick to the Hulk, then Captain America, then Captain Marvel, hits his head and dreams he has the powers of all of the Avengers and manages to defeat Baron Zemo, then wakes up to find he’s as useless as ever (though he did so well in the Kree-Skrull War) and even more tragic things will continue to happen to him in the following 30 years. Nothing like the scene on the cover occurs in this issue.
#inktober day 8: the #star prompt made me want to draw this unforunate villain, from Marvel Treasury Edition #12 , where the inimitable Steve Gerber teamed Howard the Duck with the Defenders. I have Gene Colan's Howard figure from the cover tattooed on my arm. I miss Steve. He was a singular talent. #stevegerber#howardtheduck#marvelcomics#inktober2018
So now that i've finished Countdown to Mystery, let's talk about the author for a minute shall we. Steve Gerber was a famous comic book author famous for co-creating Howard the Duck and writing a fantastic run on Man Thing. He also wrote Countdown to Mystery, the Doctor Fate mini series that was meant to be an ongoing book, but was turned into a mini series due to Gerbers health issues. On Feburary 10th, 2008, Gerber passed. The last issue of CDTM was written by Mark Waid, Gail Simone, Adam Beechen, and Mark Evanier. R.I.P Steve Gerber.