Giant-Size Man-Thing #4 (Howard the Duck)
Issue(s): Giant-Size Man-Thing #4 (Howard the Duck story only)
...eventually lands on earth...
...and helps some children fight off a giant evil frog.
He is subsequently arrested.
Howard's first appearance was too chaotic for me to "get", and i didn't really understand the appeal that caused so many readers to write in demanding a second appearance of what seemed to be a throwaway character (almost literally). This story is a little more enjoyable but still feels like Gerber's early forced wackiness.
Quality Rating: C-
Chronological Placement Considerations: N/A
Continuity Implant? N
Reprinted In: Essential Howard The Duck vol. 1
I take it you only have the TPB reprint? The main story, "The Kid's Night Out", is about a fat kid who is bullied and abused and eventually dies a poignant, horrible death. Man-Thing fries the guilty, of course, but it's too little, too late.
That was classic Gerber (as was the ensuing "A Book Burns in Citrusville" in the regular Manny mag); Howard was just a means of relief at this point.
Howard's early appearances in Man-Thing's book were included at excerpts in the Howard trade and they're very weird in isolation.
I'll be adding the full issues as part of my current back issue add.
|SuperMegaMonkey home | Comics Chronology home|