This past weekend Guardians of the Galaxy officially became the highest grossing August film ever - it's not only the biggest film of this summer, but it's already made more money than last year's Man of Steel. That is crazy. Nothing to bring the crowd in besides an excellent trailer, and the Marvel brand. Talking trees, rocket raccoons. What's next? Doctor Strange? Black Panther? How about Howard The Duck? As we saw in the post credits tag of the James Gunn movie, Seth Green brought voice to a new Howard. The first time I saw the film, the tag brought a few "Wha??"s & a couple "WTF??"s from the crowd. Me? A big fanboy grin. I've always been a fan. I dig the George Lucas flick. It's a awkward whackjob flick, perfectly encapsulating the confusion of the 80s. But I understand the disdain. I just wish that disdain didn't block fanboys from exploring the original comic book. However, now's the time folks. Howard The Duck is cool again.
Created by Steve Gerber & Val Mayerik, Howard The Duck first appeared in the pages of Adventures into Fear #19 when Marvel's Man-Thing fell into the Nexus of Realities, encountering both Howard and The Peanut Butter Barbarian....yeah, you read that right, The Peanut Butter Barbarian. Eventually Howard The Duck got his own title, and it allowed for Steve Gerber to write some scathing satire amongst the webslingers and fantastic families. It's a goofy, weird, and immensely fun book. If all you know about the character is the Lucas flop, then I encourage you to snatch up a few of those early issues. They run fairly cheap at cons, but maybe not for long. Do I expect Howard The Duck in Marvel's Phase 3 or 4? Doubtful. The James Gunn tag is pretty much a one-shot joke. Still, it's possible that Howard pops up in Guardians 2 or some other cosmic outing. Right now, Marvel's testing the waters. They're re-releasing the omnibus in October, Funko is adding him into their Pop Vinyl line, nd artist Val Mayerik is finding himself in the spotlight once again.