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Howard the Duck 6 (November 1976)

Howard the Duck #6Part of me desperately wishes Gerber and Mary Skrenes (who helped with plotting) just gave Colan a scary house script and then had the absurdism added later. Because if you took out the word balloons and the narration boxes, it would seem like Howard and Beverly had ended up in a twisted Marvel horror comic. Tomb of Dracula almost, though the scene where fundamentalist Christian cult kids threaten Howard is scarier than anything in Dracula.

The beautiful part of the script–all of the art is beautiful; Colan does some great work–but the script’s beauty is in how little humor Gerber goes for. He doesn’t make any of the obvious jokes. He plays everything straight, which just makes it funnier.

He does some nice character development on Beverly this issue. She and Howard are on the outs over a cigar squabble.

Gerber changes up Howard; it works out great.


The Secret House of Forbidden Cookies!; writers, Mary Skrenes and Steve Gerber; penciller, Gene Colan; inker, Steve Leialoha; colorist, Glynis Wein; letterer, John Costanza; editor, Archie Goodwin; publisher, Marvel Comics.

3 responses to “Howard the Duck 6 (November 1976)”

  1. Reading these issues as a kid, I think I felt the same way towards them that children in the 60s felt watching the TV Batman: on an obvious surface level you knew it was absurd, but I was still young enough to still take Howard’s adventures, perils, and pathos all at face value. His rainswept roadside breakup with Bev is one of my favorite comics scenes ever.

    1. I love Howard’s physical repulsion to her. That idea–that Howard isn’t just macking on any species–gives him a lot of depth in just a panel or two

  2. You’d think Chip “lol boners” Zdarsky would’ve wanted to include Bev in his new series but I’m glad he’s left her alone. For now.

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