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  1. 5 out of 5

    Johnny Andrews

    Sheer madness. If you want typical Marvel superheroes, tights and spandex then Howard is by far not for you. Thrown in at the deep end, lost and stuck on Earth. Cleveland, America to be exact. The very similar dimension to his own, except with the 'hairless apes' rather then walking, talking suited ducks. But Howard is no Donald Duck the only similarity is their fiery tempers. You get a good collection of his early stuff so you can get right into the bizarre and unorthodox world. Full of wit and b Sheer madness. If you want typical Marvel superheroes, tights and spandex then Howard is by far not for you. Thrown in at the deep end, lost and stuck on Earth. Cleveland, America to be exact. The very similar dimension to his own, except with the 'hairless apes' rather then walking, talking suited ducks. But Howard is no Donald Duck the only similarity is their fiery tempers. You get a good collection of his early stuff so you can get right into the bizarre and unorthodox world. Full of wit and biting satire. A few cameos and as bizarre as it sounds, even with the most random villains you could meet, a very down to Earth simpleness. Howard makes a friend with Bev and they need work to make money. But as a bonus you get the fill in issue. The truthful essay style of Gerber's writing. At stress level max. Deadline due and nothing to show. Rather then do the comic book industry cheat and reprint. Gerber takes on a bizarre look into his mind, I guess. An essay style talk between him and Howard. Odd, truthful and very funny.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Guilherme Smee

    Howard The Duck não era a típica história de heróis Marvel, afinal, ela tinha um pato antropomórfico como protagonista e não super-caras. Seus enredos eram bizarros, excêntricos. No primeiro número o Homem-Aranha faz uma aparição para alavancar as vendas, libertando a inocente, mas inabalável Beverly Switzler (que seria a sidekick de Howard) das garras de um mago da matemática e da contabilidade. A aparição do Aranha e os números envolvidos como vilões da edição são uma crítica de Gerber e do de Howard The Duck não era a típica história de heróis Marvel, afinal, ela tinha um pato antropomórfico como protagonista e não super-caras. Seus enredos eram bizarros, excêntricos. No primeiro número o Homem-Aranha faz uma aparição para alavancar as vendas, libertando a inocente, mas inabalável Beverly Switzler (que seria a sidekick de Howard) das garras de um mago da matemática e da contabilidade. A aparição do Aranha e os números envolvidos como vilões da edição são uma crítica de Gerber e do desenhista Frank Brunner à indústria dos quadrinhos e suas estratégias de alavancar as vendas. Os números conseguintes trariam a aparição de personagens ainda mais peculiares como Garkko, o Homem-Sapo, o Homem-Nabo Espacial, o Piscadela (um herói sonâmbulo), a vampira Vaca Demoníaca, o Mestre do Quack-Fu, a Incrível Criatura de Biscoitos, o psiquiatra com a cabeça de sino Doutor Bong, entre tanto outros como a reclamona e ameaçadora velhinha dos rins. No final dos anos 70, Howard era tão popular que chegou a concorrer à presidência - nos quadrinhos é claro -, mas isso não impediu que no mundo real algumas pessoas votassem nele na eleição de 1976 em que concorriam Jimmy Carter e Gerald Ford. Esta edição dos Clássicos da Marvel da Salvat também inclui a edição número de 16 que foi uma artimanha do roteirista Steve Gerber para conter os prazos de entrega dos roteiros e se chama O Zen e a Arte de Escrever Quadrinhos, que é mais um desabafo do autor do que qualquer outra coisa. História bem loucas que abriram caminho para outros personagens que quebram a quarta parede como a Mulher-Hulk, a Arlequina e o Deadpool.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Daniel

    One of the great comic series, brilliant satire of non conformity. And a sad reminder of what could have been. Would Howard — with his cigars and brusque chauvinistic manners which were improper even in rough world of 1976 — fit in with the current Marvel offerings. Maybe Howard could be a brave new world type character — cryogenically frozen in 1979 and thawed in the 2020s, to clash with the other characters.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Rodrigo

    Bastante inusual. Meio psicodélico. Crítico. Inovador. Interessante.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Mark Phillips

    For all that is pure and good in the world is was great to be reacquainted with Howard the Duck. I am not going to lie, the suck fairy has visited the good Duck. Howard's gum shoe approach and demeanour does wear thin. When first read I thought it was subverting Daffy the Duck and Donald Duck but to be honest he still has temper tantrums like the other two so he comes across more like the older more cynical and wiser brother. That said it was wonderful to be reacquainted with Garko, The Man-Frog! For all that is pure and good in the world is was great to be reacquainted with Howard the Duck. I am not going to lie, the suck fairy has visited the good Duck. Howard's gum shoe approach and demeanour does wear thin. When first read I thought it was subverting Daffy the Duck and Donald Duck but to be honest he still has temper tantrums like the other two so he comes across more like the older more cynical and wiser brother. That said it was wonderful to be reacquainted with Garko, The Man-Frog!; Bessie the vampire cow; Space Turnip; and the Cookie Monster. I loved rereading Howard the Duck's run for presidency back in 1976. It was at times absurdist even as it remained grounded in the mundane world and Howard and Beverley strive to get by living in Clevand, unemployed and running constantly late with bill payments. I also loved the wonderful bravura piece 'Zen and the Art of Comic Book Writing' written 12 years before Alan Moore wrote Watchmen. I would love it if another attempt was made to reboot the story in film, the tome was all wrong in the original movie and the special effects just did not match the concept but Who Framed Roger Rabbit has shown it can now be done.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Ian Williamson

    Steve Gerber is a unique voice in Marvel, whereas many creators use there work to push their own messages, it's unusual for it to be as in your face as Gerber. He will use the at time absurd adventures of Howard as a social commentary on life and politics at the time, to the point where Howard was the politician America wanted rather than what they got. Quite obviously having the star as a Duck allowed Marvel and the writer to ham it up with a gingerbread Frankenstein's monster or the vampire co Steve Gerber is a unique voice in Marvel, whereas many creators use there work to push their own messages, it's unusual for it to be as in your face as Gerber. He will use the at time absurd adventures of Howard as a social commentary on life and politics at the time, to the point where Howard was the politician America wanted rather than what they got. Quite obviously having the star as a Duck allowed Marvel and the writer to ham it up with a gingerbread Frankenstein's monster or the vampire cow, but still ensues a realism that explores the human condition and psychological issues with the turnip and a sleeping hero. The artwork still holds it own today. The additional issues #16 is quirky and shows how at the time some creators were really trying to push the boundaries, and at times can be quite profound, as shown with Howard describing the Grand Canyon.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Mr Muir HSoG

    I had a complete run of the original Howard The Duck comics that I lost (along with others) in the "The Great Roof Leak" of the 1980's. I was therefore very pleased to find this collection in a charity shop. Annoyingly, however, it only has issues 1 to 8 and (bizarrely) issue 16. Issue 16 is a particular weird choice since it is an essay rather than a comic... but Gerber was always a wordy writer; see for example the almost solid page of text in issue 2. More annoying is the absence of the Kiss I had a complete run of the original Howard The Duck comics that I lost (along with others) in the "The Great Roof Leak" of the 1980's. I was therefore very pleased to find this collection in a charity shop. Annoyingly, however, it only has issues 1 to 8 and (bizarrely) issue 16. Issue 16 is a particular weird choice since it is an essay rather than a comic... but Gerber was always a wordy writer; see for example the almost solid page of text in issue 2. More annoying is the absence of the Kiss storyline but since it does contain the election attempt for the "All Night" party I am willing to forgive it! Get Down America!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Phillip Berrie

    Mash Doctor Strange, Donald Duck, Millie the Model and the Wolverine (for the attitude and cigar smoking) together and add the sensibilities of the 1970s and you can imagine what this comic is like... It didn't work for me then and it still doesn't work for me now. Your mileage may differ, but if that's the case, then we're on the wrong trip. Mash Doctor Strange, Donald Duck, Millie the Model and the Wolverine (for the attitude and cigar smoking) together and add the sensibilities of the 1970s and you can imagine what this comic is like... It didn't work for me then and it still doesn't work for me now. Your mileage may differ, but if that's the case, then we're on the wrong trip.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Wedge Antilles

  10. 5 out of 5

    Marty

  11. 4 out of 5

    Sakis

  12. 5 out of 5

    James Batchelor

  13. 4 out of 5

    MatiBracchitta

  14. 4 out of 5

    Gabriela Martins

  15. 5 out of 5

    Strzelba

  16. 4 out of 5

    Torsten Scheib

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jon Arnold

  18. 5 out of 5

    Katrin Hüttemann

  19. 5 out of 5

    Edward Crawford

  20. 5 out of 5

    James

  21. 4 out of 5

    Lee Gannon

  22. 4 out of 5

    Laura Shibukawa

  23. 5 out of 5

    Juan Gaya

  24. 4 out of 5

    Paul O'Regan

  25. 4 out of 5

    Graham Muir

  26. 4 out of 5

    Cathy Holmes

  27. 4 out of 5

    Felix Zilich

  28. 4 out of 5

    Nefornia

  29. 5 out of 5

    Pablo Almeida

  30. 4 out of 5

    Dion Lay

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