CM Podcast 285 – Howard the Duck (comic 1976)

Another week and a new episode of the Comics Misremembered Podcast is created. It is just me, Jim doing the podcast this week. Jon will hopefully be joining us in some later podcasts but for the month of November, it will be me.

November is also my birthday month so I will be celebrating all month long with comics that are near and dear to me that we haven’t covered yet.

Week 1 of the month long celebration, we are covering Howard the Duck (the 1970s run).

This is the facsimile cover that came out earlier this year. It is so hard to get the original cover.

Howard the Duck was created by writer Steve Gerber and artist Val Mayerick on the pagers of Adventure into Fear featuring The Man-Thing #19 (Dec. 1973) published by Marvel Comics.

I started collecting comics in the early 80s. I started with titles like ROM and Captain Carrot and the Amazing Zoo Crew (look – I was young, okay!). The comic shop I was going to at the time had a back issue room and I discovered Howard the Duck! These issue excited me because they were old (at least 10 years!) and I could buy large chunks for close to cover price. I bought up the majority of the run there. I thought the art was great and the stories were pretty funny too.

A few years would pass and there was news that a Howard the Duck Movie would be coming out and it would be directed by George Lucas! This guy did Star Wars!! The Howard movie is going to be awesome!

Well, it wasn’t but now re-reading the Howard comic run, I can see how they got some of the ideas for the movie. I break this down in the podcast.

The comic also had lots of philosophical sub-text that I did not pick up on as a child that I see while reading as an adult. This was a well made, smart comic that appeals to kids and adults. If you never read the original comics, I highly recommend picking them up in collected trades.

Jim

Comics Misremembered Podcast 285

CM Podcast 16 – What’s so funny about these books?

Last podcast, we talked abut John Byrne and one of the many books that he worked on was Sensational She-Hulk.  This book was not a serious book.  In fact, it was very funny.  Each month, it poked fun at superheroes, the comic industry and even John Byrne.

This book ran for 50 issues and then it was cancelled.  That got me thinking – what was the longest funny comic book run?  Jon and I debate in the podcast.

We go over some long runs on humor comics and highlight some books that were cancelled and you should invest your time and money in picking up the tradepaper backs.

So let the debate begin over the longest run of funny comics!

– Jim

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