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Howard the Duck - Wikipedia This article is about the character and comic book series Comic Party The Final Page Vol 4 For the film adaptation see Howard the Duck film For the video game see Howard the Duck video game Howard the Duck is a fictional character appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics The character was created by writer Steve Gerber and artist Val Mayerik Howard the Duck first appeared in Adventure into Fear 19 coverdated Dec 1973 and several subsequent series have chronicled the misadventures of the illtempered anthropomorphic funny animal trapped on a humandominated Earth Howards adventures are generally social satires while a few are parodies of genre fiction with a metafictional awareness of the medium The book is existentialist and its main joke according to Gerber is that there is no joke that lifes most serious moments and most incredibly dumb moments are often distinguishable only by a momentary point of view 1 This is diametrically opposed to screenwriter Gloria Katz who in adapting the comic to the screen declared Its a film about a duck from outer space Its not supposed to be an existential experience 2 Howard the Duck was portrayed by Ed Gale and voiced by Chip Zien in the 1986 Howard the Duck film adaptation and was later voiced by Seth Green in the film Guardians of the Galaxy and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 Contents 1 Publication history 2 Fictional character biography 2 1 Heroes Reborn 2 2 Civil War 2 3 Secret Invasion 2 4 Marvel Zombies 5 2 5 Fear Itself 2 6 SpiderMan Back in Quack 2 7 Ducky Dozen 2 8 Wolverine and the XMen 2 9 Original Sin 2 10 Back to New York 2 11 Civil War II 3 Powers and abilities 4 Characteristics and associations 5 Other versions 5 1 Amalgam 5 2 Marvel Zombies 5 3 MC2 5 4 Ultimate Marvel 5 5 Universe X 5 6 SpiderGwen 5 7 Legion of Howards 6 In other media 6 1 Television 6 2 Film 6 2 1 Marvel Cinematic Universe 6 3 Video games 6 4 Other comics 6 5 Newspaper comic strip 6 6 Radio 7 Collected editions 8 Reception 9 References 10 External links Publication historyedit Howard the Ducks first appearance in Adventure into Fear 19 Dec 1973 Art by penciler Val Mayerik and inker Sal Trapani Howard the Duck was created by writer Steve Gerber and penciler Val Mayerik in Adventure into Fear 19 Dec 1973 as a secondary character in that comics ManThing feature 34 He graduated to his own backup feature in GiantSize ManThing 4–5 May and Aug 1975 confronting such bizarre horrorparody characters as Garko the ManFrog and Bessie the Hellcow before acquiring his own comic book title with Howard the Duck 1 in 1976 35 Gerber wrote 27 issues of the series for the most part ditching the horror parodies illustrated by a variety of artists beginning with Frank Brunner For Gerber Howard was a flesh and blood duck and that if Wile E Coyote gets run over by a steamroller the result is a pancakeflat coyote who can be expected to snap back to three dimensions within moments if Howard gets run over by a steamroller the result is blood on asphalt 1Gene Colan became the regular penciller with issue 4 3 Gerber later said to Colan There really was almost a telepathic connection there I would see something in my mind and that is what you would draw Ive never had that experience with another artist before or since 6 Sporting the slogan Get Down America the AllNight Party was a fictional political party that appeared in Gerbers Howard the Duck series during the U S Presidential campaign of 19767 and led to Howard the Duck receiving thousands of writein votes in the actual election 8 Gerber addressed questions about the campaign in the letters column of the comic book and as Mad Genius Associates sold merchandise publicizing the campaign Marvel attempted a spinoff with a shortlived Howard the Duck newspaper comic strip from 1977 to 1978 at first written by Gerber and drawn by Colan and Mayerik9 later written by Marv Wolfman and drawn by Alan Kupperberg 10 Gerber gained a degree of creative autonomy when he became Howard the Duck s editor in addition to his writing duties With issue 16 unable to meet the deadline for his regular script Gerber substituted an entire issue of text pieces and illustrations satirizing his own difficulties as a writer 11 In 1978 the writer and publisher clashed over issues of creative control12 and Gerber was abruptly removed from the series On August 29 1980 after learning of Marvels efforts to license Howard for use in film and broadcast media Gerber filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against Marvel corporate parent Cadence Industries and other parties alleging that he was the sole owner of the character 1314 This was one of the first highly publicized creators rights cases in American comics and attracted support from major industry figures some of whom created homageparody stories with Gerber to fund a lawsuit against Marvel these included Destroyer Duck with Jack Kirby 15 The lawsuit was settled on September 24 1982 with Gerber acknowledging that his work on the character was done as workforhire and that Marvel parent Cadence Industries owned “all right title and interest” to Howard the Duck and the Howard material he had produced On November 5 1982 Judge David Kenyon approved the motion and dismissed the case 131415 Around this time The Walt Disney Company threatened to sue Marvel for infringement of copyright claiming that Howard looked too similar to Donald Duck and enforced a different design including the use of pants as seen in the movie and some later comics 16 The series continued for four more issues with stories by Marv Wolfman Mary Skrenes Mark Evanier and Bill Mantlo Gerber returned briefly to write though not plot 29 as part of a contract fulfillment citation needed Issue 31 May 1979 announced on its letters page that it would be the final issue of Howard the Duck as a color comic Marvel then relaunched the series that year as a bimonthly magazine with scripts by Mantlo art by Colan and Michael Golden and unrelated backup features by others this series was canceled after nine issues Articles in these issues claimed that Howard was Mayeriks idea though this is contrary to statements by both Gerber and Mayerik In issue 6 Mantlo introduced the concept of Duckworld which Gerber loathed It depicted an allduck parallel earth in which there were equivalents of all famous people such as Ducktor Strange a parody of Doctor Strange who later appeared in The Sensational SheHulk 19 and Truman Capoultry Truman Capote who narrated the issue As Gerber told Mediascene Howards world which would never be depicted visually was inhabited by other anthropomorphized animals like himself Like the cartoon worlds of Disney and Warner Brothers Unlike the Disney and Warners worlds however Howards reality was beset with the same plethora of social ills and personal vicissitudes which human beings confront daily And the same or similar laws of nature applied there too 1 The first story of issue 9 written by Bill Mantlo had Howard walk away from Beverly Switzler and what happened to him next was documented in a story by Steve Skeates the same issue Steven Grant followed this with a story in Bizarre Adventures 34 in which the suicidal Howard is put through a parody of Its a Wonderful Life The original comic book series reappeared in early 1986 with issue 32 written by Grant Grant had in fact written the story as a topical humor four years before and as a result the jokes were outdated at the time it was published 15 Issue 33 a parody of Bride of Frankenstein written by Christopher Stager appeared nine months later along with a threeissue adaptation of the movie A text article in Howard the Duck 33 explained that Harvey Pekar himself a Cleveland resident was mentioned as a possible writer for that issue but he was unavailable and nothing came of it Issue 32 was originally written by Gerber 15 In the story Gerber explained that a Krylorian Cyndi Lauper named Chirreep had made up the events in the Mantlo stories much like the events in The Rampaging Hulk magazine were considered made up by Bereet Marvels theneditorinchief Jim Shooter considered this an insult to Mantlo and Gerbers story was never published He identified Howards parents as Dave and Dotty names that differ from the Mantlo stories in which his parents are named Ronald and Henrietta 17 Gerbers script lampooned Secret Wars written by Jim Shooter but Shooter has denied this played any role in choosing to reject the story insisting that he only took issue with the insults to Mantlo 18 Gerber brought back Howard in The Sensational SheHulk 14–17 again living with Beverly now working as a rentaninja How they got back together is never explained and Beverly is not involved as the SheHulk takes Howard on a trip through several dimensions with a theoretical physicist from Empire State University Gerber returned to Howard with SpiderMan TeamUp 5 around the same time he was writing a Savage DragonDestroyer Duck crossover for Image He had the idea to create an unofficial crossover between the two issues where the characters would meet momentarily in the shadows but which would not affect either story Soon after Gerber discovered that Howard was scheduled to appear in Ghost Rider vol 3 81 Jan 1997 alongside Devil Dinosaur and Moon Boy and issues of Generation X leading up to issue 25 and the Daydreamers miniseries by J M DeMatteis Gerber was not pleased with this development and changed the unofficial crossover somewhat 19 In SpiderMan TeamUp 5 SpiderMan Beverly and Howard meet Elf with a Gun and two shadowy figures presumed to be Savage Dragon and Destroyer Duck in a darkened warehouse grab a disc then leave shortly afterwards But in the Savage Dragon comic Elf with a Gun creates thousands of clones of Howard during a fierce battle volume & issue needed As Savage Dragon and Destroyer Duck escape the warehouse with Beverly and a Howard hidden in a bag they reveal that they rescued the real Howard while SpiderMan left with one of the clones volume & issue needed Howard has his feathers dyed green and is renamed Leonard the Duck and Beverly has her hair dyed black and is renamed Rhonda Martina which are now characters owned by Gerbercitation needed who went on to appear in Image Comics and Vertigo comics volume & issue needed Gerber considers this the real Howard and Marvels Howard an empty shell citation needed In 2001 when Marvel launched its MAX imprint of mature readers comics Gerber returned to write the sixissue Howard the Duck miniseries illustrated by Phil Winslade and Glenn Fabry Featuring several familiar Howard the Duck characters the series like the original one parodied a wide range of other comics and pop culture figures but with considerably stronger language and sexual content than what would have been allowable 25 years earlier The series has Doctor Bong causing Howard to go through multiple changes of form principally into a mouse as a parody of Mickey Mouse in retaliation for the earlier lawsuit and entering a chain of events parodying comics such as Witchblade Preacher and several others with Howard ultimately having a conversation with God in Hell Howard had cameo appearances in SheHulk vol 2 9 Feb 2005 and 3100 Feb 2006 the 100th issue of all the various SheHulk series He returned in a limited series by writer Ty Templeton and artist Juan Bobillo in 2007 This series is rated for ages 9 and up though it has been published with a Marvel Zombies tiein cover with a parental advisory claim In November 2014 Marvel announced an ongoing series starting in March 2015 featuring Howard as a private investigator on Earth The creative team will be writer Chip Zdarsky and artist Joe Quinones 20 Fictional character biographyedit Howard is abducted from his home planet and is dropped into the Florida Everglades by the demon Thog the NetherSpawn Overmaster of the realm of Sominus He meets the ManThing Korrek the Barbarian21Dakimh the Enchanter and Jennifer Kale but falls off the interdimensional stepping stones 22 He materializes in Cleveland Ohio and battles Garko the ManFrog23 for which he is arrested for disturbing the peace and mistaken for a mutant during a strip search Released because the police fear he has mutant abilities he encounters Bessie the Hellcow a vampire cow 24 Howard makes friends with an artists model named Beverly Switzler and a bizarre series of encounters follow He battles ProRata the cosmic accountant then meets SpiderMan at the end of the battle 2526 He battles TurnipMan and the Kidney Lady27 then learns Quak Fu28 encounters the Winky Man a sleepwalking alter ego of Beverlys artist friend Paul Same who would become a series regular and share the apartment29 and becomes a wrestler 30 Howard and Beverly hit the road seeking shelter in a gothic mansion where they battle a girl named Patsy and her animated gingerbread man 3132 They eventually end up in New York City where Howard is nominated for U S President by the AllNight Party 32 Howard battles the Band of the Bland Dr Angst Sitting Bullseye Tillie the Hun the Spanker and the Black Hole alongside the Defenders 33 A doctoredphoto scandal leads him to Canada and the defeat of the supervillain who caused it the Beaver who falls to his death 34 Howard then suffers a nervous breakdown and flees Bev and their situation on a bus Unfortunately the passengers are all believers in various weird cults and try to interest Howard in them His seatmates are Winda Wester afflicted with an Elmer Fuddlike speech impediment and S Blotte the Kidney Lady After the bus crashes Howard and Winda are sent to a mental institution There he meets Daimon Hellstrom and is briefly possessed by Hellstroms demonic soul becoming the Son of Satan 35 Beverly and Paul get them both back to Cleveland Later while on a cruise ship returning from scenic Bagmom Howard and Beverly are taken captive by Lester Verde who had a crush on Beverly in college and is now in the identity of the supervillain Doctor Bong36 who illegally marries Beverly against her will and transforms Howard into a human 3738 After escaping back to New York and being restored to his natural form Howard is hired as a dishwasher by Beverlys uncle and namesake who goes by Lee Howard battles Sudd39 and then battles S O O F I Save Our Offspring From Indecency 40 Howard is then reunited with Dakihm the Enchanter the ManThing Korrek and Jennifer Kale and they all battle the demon BzzkJoh 4142 After finally meeting up with the cruise ship that rescues Paul and Winda now befriended by socialite Iris Raritan he then attends her party on Long Island where he is abducted by the Ringmaster and his Circus of Crime Paul is shot and left in a coma and Winda abandoned by Paul and Iris is apparently raped by a hobo 4344 After defeating the Circus of Crime Howard plagued by pessimistic dreams goes his way alone as he had at the beginning of the series 45 Writer Bill Mantlo beginning with issue 30 returned the series to its former status quo bringing Beverly back into the picture and having her divorce Doctor Bong and getting Paul who has been shot by the Ringmaster out of the hospital Lee Switzler brings everyone back to Cleveland and employs Howard as a cab driver while Paul back to being a somnambulist after his release from the hospital seems to have become Windas boyfriend Howard dons a suit of Iron Duck armor made by Claude Starkowitz a man who has delusions of being related to Tony Stark and the personal armorer to Iron Man and battles Doctor Bong 4647 He encounters Dracula48 and even returns to Duckworld at one point 49 At the end of the magazine series Howard walks away from Beverly at her request After that he is mistaken for Duck Drake Private Eye meets CeCe Ryder when hitchhiking and battles the Gopher 50 and is later offered a genetically constructed mate whom he does not take to 51 SheHulk accidentally pulls him though a cosmic wormhole and along with theoretical physicist Brent Wilcox they prevent other universes from crowding out Earth616 By this point Beverly is working as a rentaninja Howard met the Critic traveled to the Baloneyverse and battled the Band of the Bland again 525354 In an encounter with Peter Parker Ben Reilly the thencurrent SpiderMan and a rematch with the Circus of Crime Howard and Beverly get stuck in a warehouse full of anthropomorphic ducks briefly meeting the Savage Dragon and Destroyer Duck The group leaves the warehouse believing that they have brought the correct Howard with them 55 The sorceress Jennifer Kale in a weekly attempt to return Howard a Howard with stubble who accuses her and Doctor Strange of being responsible for bringing him to this world to his home world inadvertently teleports Devil Dinosaur and Moon Boy into her New York apartment The disoriented dinosaur attempts to eat Howard but spits him out when shot with John Blazes hellfire gun then rampages through the city before being subdued by Ghost Rider Daniel Ketch Howard relates to the pair being trapped in a world he never made and wanders off 5657 Heroes Rebornedit After a series of adventures with Generation X58 Howard gets a job as a department store Santa Claus which gets him dragged to the North Pole where the real Santa Claus has sold out to Hydra 59 Howard goes through several dimensions apparently through the power of ManThing who can now talk but does not understand this ability and lands on a version of Duckworld where his parents are essentially Ward and June Cleaver he has a sister named Princess and he is regarded as a hero because his activities on Earth616 were recognized by Duckworlds version of Reed Richards This origin traces the source of these dimensions to be projections from Franklins mind though through the course of the adventure Howard has a romance with Tana Nile culminating in a kiss after which he apologizes and tells her of his attachment to Beverly 606162 When Franklin understands that he has shaped all these worlds they find themselves back in ManThings swamp While ManThing became a selfappointed guardian to Franklin Richards Howard went off on his own and was captured by the Cult of Entropy who wrapped him in swaddling clothes 63 Although we last saw him in the swamp he states that he was thrown into baggage and transported on a plane The cult wants him because he has part of the Nexus of All Realities which shattered during Heroes Reborn inside him which he knows because it is making him nauseous ManThing enters his gullet and Howard vomits him back out with the fragment but the former is left desiccated and practically dead 64 He then encountered Namor who thought he had slain the creature but Howard explains that he would not be lugging his friends body if that were the case Howard sets ManThing down in the water and he revives during the conversation with Namor Once he sees that ManThing is alive and well he bids Namor farewell and says he is returning to Cleveland 65 Back with Beverly he undergoes further shapeshifting experiments from Doctor Bong Beverly is hired by Verdes Globally Branded Content Corporation which manufactures boy bands from protein vats based on the sexual arousal of a focus group of gay men Attempting to destroy an escapee whom Beverly has taken in Bong inadvertently knocks Howard into a vat which changes him unstably into a mouse66showering changes his form multiple times Verde then goes to the press and claims that his building was attacked by Osama elBarka Osama the Duck in Arabic Howard and Beverly are sent back on the road after the junkyard office where they are living is destroyed by a S W A T team 67 Denied admittance to every possible shelter due to lack of funds the pair and their dog find a sign for the Boarding House of Mystery but are taken to the police station for questioning and strip searches by Suzy Pazuzu with whom Beverly had attended high school One of the officers on the case is the same beat cop who mistook Howard for a mutant many years before Suzy is the inheritor of the doucheblade which starts to take her over until in a skirmish the bracelet is caught by Howard The doucheblade causes its holder to grow enormous bare breasts and armor in a parody of Witchblade and possessed by this Howard kills the male lover of a businessman who works with Verde as he and Verde break into Suzys house 68 Arriving at the Boarding House of Mystery Howard and Beverly encounter Cain and Abel the latter with a rock stuck in his head that allows him only moments of lucidity There they are granted their every wish including Howards return to his true form and Beverly never being tight again and meet parodies of John Constantine Wesley Dodds The Endless Spider Jerusalem and Gerbers own Nevada called Utah all characters from DC Comics Vertigo imprint The downside is that everyone staying in the place gets their every wish so Che Guevara can have his revolution but someone else can easily slaughter him 69 One tenant a writer named Mr Gommorah a parody of Spider Jerusalem takes Beverly and Howard to be on the Iprah Show with the topic Why Women Give It to Men Who Dont Get It guest starring Dr Phlip Upon leaving the house Howard is once again transformed into a mouse Iprah has been merged with an experiment by the Angel Gabriel called Deuteronomy intended to replace God because God has been spending all his time in a bar in Hell since 1938 Deuteronomy is a creature half id and half superego while Iprah is an allego promoter of selfindulgent pop psychology Considering her dangerous Gabriel sends the cherub Thrasher to resurrect Sigmund Freud whose cigar blasts out half of Thrashers brains being immortal this just makes him act drunk Iprah destroys Freud but Howard blasts her with the cigar separating her from Deuteronomy Puffing on the cigar Howard disintegrates and arrives in Hell 70 He is eventually freed by Yah a being who claims to be God 71 A few years later he was reunited with his parents and brother at a baseball game in Dakvorlde volume & issue needed Civil Waredit Sometime later Howard attempts to register under the Superhero Registration Act during the Superhero Civil War but learns his socially disrupted life has created so many bureaucratic headaches that the governments official policy is that Howard does not exist This lack of government oversight delights him For the rest of my life no more parking tickets or taxes or jury duty Heck I couldnt even vote if I wanted to In this story Howard says he was pressured to give up his cigars 72 After he defeats the supervillain MODOTs scheme to control the public through mass media his attorney Jennifer Walters successfully restores his citizenship including all relevant responsibilities 73 Secret Invasionedit Howard the Duck is briefly seen as part of the superpowered army gathered to battle invading Skrull forces 74 He is seen armed with a pistol a Skrulls hand around his neck 75 He is later seen kicking a Skrull during interrogation after the invasion 76Brian Michael Bendis has commented when asked of Howard That character has shown up in six issues Ive done and Ive never typed the words Howard the Duck 77 Marvel Zombies 5edit Main article Marvel Zombies 5 In Marvel Zombies 5 Howard the Duck of Earth616 teams up with Machine Man to travel across the multiverse fighting zombies 78 Fear Itselfedit During the Fear Itself storyline Howard forms a team called the Fearsome Four with SheHulk Frankensteins Monster and Nighthawk to stop the ManThing when he goes on a rampage in Manhattan due to the fear and chaos he senses on the citizens They later discover a plot by PsychoMan to use ManThings volatile empathy to create a weapon 79 SpiderMan Back in Quackedit Howard and Beverly were brainwashed and forced to work for S O O F I as Cynical Duck and Swizzle They promoted S O O F I at a public speech held for them by J Jonah Jameson SpiderMan interrupted a S O O F I indoctrination at the New York Public Library and Beverly and the other S O O F I s saw Spidey as a semidemonic figure and attacked Spidey escaped with Howard and broke his brainwashing because Beverly was threatened Howard quickly explained S O O F I s goals to SpiderMan As SpiderMan publicly announced his longstanding support for S O O F I Howard confronted Bev as she stood by the Supreme S O O F I Howard broke through to Beverly reminding her of their past The leader ordered the S O O F I s to throw the pair into the special Blanditron at Guantanamo Bay and Beverly kept them at bay with her whip Spidey attacked them and unmasked the Supreme S O O F I while the others escaped though their teleporter Howard believed S O O F I would lay low for a while after such a defeat he also hoped their Florida Everglades base might lead them to meet up with the ManThing 80 Ducky Dozenedit Because of his experience with zombieinfested worlds and his leadership of Machine Man he was chosen as the leader of as he dubbed them the Ducky Dozen The team was composed of him several Golden Age heroes DumDum Dugan and Battlestar who is also a veteran of a zombie incident Upon entering Earth12591 the Ducky Dozen fought hordes of zombie Nazis and Asgardians but suffered grave losses as members were either killed or zombified in battle After successfully accomplishing their mission Howard Dugan Taxi Taylor and Battlestar were the only members left to survive and returned to Earth616 along with the Riveter the only survivor of Earth12591s resistance team the Suffragists 8182 Wolverine and the XMenedit Howard teamed up with his friend Doop to battle RoboBarbarians in Dimension ZZZ They beat the horde back with nothing but a broken sword a rubber chicken with nails in it and a gun that shoots bees 83 Original Sinedit After the death of Uatu the Watcher and the activation of the secrets buried in his eye Howard discovered that he had the potential to be the most intelligent being in Duckworld After evading a squirrel while driving he was thrown flying and used his intellect to calculate a way to land safely in a dumpster 84 Back to New Yorkedit Howard returned to his business as a private eye working in the same building as SheHulk in Brooklyn One of his first new clients was Jonathan Richards who hired Howard to retrieve a necklace stolen by the Black Cat With the help of Tara Tam his new friend and assistant Howard managed to recover the necklace But on his way to give it back to Richards he found himself kidnapped by the Collector and allied with the Guardians of the Galaxy to escape the villains collection Upon returning to Earth he confronted the Ringmaster who had been hypnotizing old people into robbing for him after he was robbed by May Parker SpiderMans aunt After recovering the necklace for a third time Howard was approached by Richards in the middle of his fight against the Ringmaster and Richards revealed himself to be Talos the Untamed who revealed that the necklace was part of a marginally powerful item known as the Abundant Glove With help from Doctor Strange Howard and Tara located the final piece of the Abundant Glove but were unable to put it all together when Talos grabbed it who proceeded to use it to wreak havoc on the city Talos was confronted by numerous heroes while Howard and Tara took cover He was able to point out that Tara who revealed to possess shapeshifting powers similar to that of a Skrull could help him defeat Talos Tara used her powers to impersonate Skrull Emperor Klrt SuperSkrull distracting Talos long enough for Howard to snatch the Abundant Glove from his hand Talos was later apprehended by the Fantastic Four and everything went back to normal 85 Afterwards with the help of new arrival Gwenpool Howard prevented Hydra from infecting the world with a deadly virus 86 He also has a crossover event with The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl 87 Howard the Duck was shown to be living in SheHulks apartment building when Patsy Walker moves out 88 Civil War IIedit During the Civil War II storyline Howard the Duck was among the building tenants that learn from Patsy Walker about what happened to SheHulk following the fight against Thanos 89 Powers and abilitiesedit Howard has no superhuman powers but he is skilled in the martial art known as QuakFu enough to defeat or to at least hold his own against far larger opponents He has shown some degree of mystic talent in the past to the point that Stephen Strange taught some spells to Howard and even offered to train him but Howard declined 33 On occasion Howard used a suit of powered armor known as the Iron Duck designed by Claude Starkowitz Besides its property as body armor the suit was equipped with footmounted leaping coils a chestmounted searchlight and flamethrowers in both arms 46 Characteristics and associationsedit This section possibly contains original research Please improve it by verifying the claims made and adding inline citations Statements consisting only of original research should be removed August 2010 Howard the Duck as his name suggests is a threefoottall anthropomorphic duck He generally wears a tie and shirt and is almost always found smoking a cigar Originally like many cartoon ducks he wore no pants Disney threatened legal action due to Howards resemblance to Donald Duck90 and Marvel redesigned that aspect of the character by writing into the script that Howard was the target of antinudity protests and was forced to do business with Wally Sidney a failed cartoonist who made his fortune through a chain of conservative clothing retailers known as Sidney World Howard tries on various outfits to include ones akin to Donald Ducks sailor uniform and Uncle Scrooges coat and top hat before settling on his new attire of a business suit complete with trousers Although Howard sulks that he has lost Beverly reassures him that she does not want him to be a victim of a mob and loves him no matter what he wears 91 Howard has an irritable and cynical attitude to the often bizarre events around him he feels there is nothing special about him except that he is a duck and though he has no goals other than seeking comfort and to be left alone he is often dragged into dangerous adventures simply because he is visibly unusual His series tagline Trapped in a world he never made played off the genre trappings of 1950s science fiction A common reaction to meeting Howard the first time is a startled You youre a DUCK His nearconstant companion and occasional girlfriend is former art model and Cleveland native Beverly Switzler Like Howard Beverly wants an ordinary life but is frequently singled out for her appearance though she is a beautiful and sexy woman rather than a duck Their only other friends are Paul Same a painter who briefly became a sleepwalking crimefighter named the Winky Man and Winda Wester a lisping ingénue with psychic powers he has worked with SpiderMan and the ManThing and associates on various occasions Howard found himself on Earth due to a shift in the Cosmic Axis from a world similar to Earth but where the