Shonborn's Art Blog
January 16, 2010
I’m not too familiar with Howard the Duck, other than the movie. Which I like. Yeah. I said it. So what of it?
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Someone get this man an injection of Essential Howard the Duck! Right S.T.A.T now!
That was one of your pieces for the old Newsarama art group right? That was a good week.
Howard the Duck is one of my favorite comic characters, unfortunately its a rare writer that really understands what Howard the Duck is all about. RIP Steve Gerber, you were a satirical genius.
I tried reading the Howard the Duck MAX series Gerber wrote, but couldn’t get into it. Perhaps I’ll check out the Essentials at some point.
BTW, I did read “Truth, Justin, and the American Way”, and really did enjoy it. Thanks for tellin’ me about it.
Hey no prob. Always here to help.
I liked the Howard MAX series. I particularly liked what it was trying to do; namely take the piss out of Vertigo. (also Boy Bands and Post-9/11 hysteria and Disney’s lawsuit that made Howard wear pants. You know, late 90s/early 00s trends). I will admit, it was a little heavy handed in a few things (mostly religion and politics). But I think it really used the MAX label (which was still very new at the time) to good effect. Where other efforts felt wasted on it.
But, yeah, the 70s Era Howard stuff is very cool. But you kind of have to have a nose for contemporary 70s social issues and pop culture to really get the most out of it. That’s really the trouble with Howard, he’s a wonder-horse of social satire, but by the same token it dates his stories rather rapidly, which can make him a hard sell to new readers.
I’ve never seen the movie. Or read the comics. Does Howard give people the finger in the movie? Because that would be worth watching.
Not sure, but he does play a rockin’ guitar solo and makes out with Lea Thompson in her prime. And pre-pedophile Jeffrey Jones is in it too.
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