Howard The Duck: The Master of Quack Fu!

This Saturday, September 25 is National Comic Book Day so in honor of the holiday, throughout the week, I’ll be looking back at some “classic” comics that relate to Asian and/or Asian American subject matter. 

If most people know about Howard the Duck at all, it’s probably from the 1986 George Lucas-produced movie, which starred a short man in a duck suit and was hailed as one of Hollywood’s biggest bombs. However, the fast-talking, cigar-chomping, “trapped in a world he never made” duck first started life as a Marvel comics character in 1973 courtesy of creators Steve Gerber and Val Mayerik before getting his own title in 1976.

Unlike the generic special effects-heavy film version, Gerber brought a satiric sensibility to the original comic. Whether running for President or contemplating suicide, Gerber used his fowl creation to comment on the social issues of the day. Which brings us to Howard The Duck issue #3 (dated May 1976) when our titular character becomes The Master of Quack Fu!