The Press Release:
For over thirty years, the Marvels Masterworks line has collected the most seminal stories of your favorite Marvel heroes. Across 299 volumes, the iconic tales of Spider-Man, the Avengers, the X-Men, Spider-Woman, Dazzler, and more have been presented in this stunning hardcover collections, and this March, Marvel is proud to present the 300th volume of Marvel Masterworks. While there were several worthy candidates for this milestone edition, only one waddled away with victory: Howard the Duck! See below for a special direct market exclusive variant cover to commemorate this landmark edition!
Steve Gerber and his artistic cohorts Val Mayerik, Frank Brunner and Gene Colan delivered one of comics’ most iconoclastic and hilarious characters when they created Howard the Duck. His inaugural Masterworks kicks off with his quirky first appearance as a “fowl out of water” alongside the macabre Man-Thing, where they team up to protect Cleveland from the Man-Frog and Hellcow. The satirical stories continue with Howard and gal pal Beverly Switzler taking on dire threats such as the Space Turnip, the Beaver and — public transportation??! All this and more restored in Masterworks glory!
MARVEL MASTERWORKS: HOWARD THE DUCK VOL. 1
COLLECTING: HOWARD THE DUCK (1976) 1-14; MARVEL TREASURY EDITION (1974) 12; MATERIAL FROM FEAR (1970) 19; MAN-THING (1974) 1; GIANT-SIZE MAN-THING (1974) 4-5; FOOM (1973) 15
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PiercingMetal Thoughts: Back in the bygone days of 1976 when “Howard The Duck” was first released, I was not reading this title. I would have been about 11 years old at the time and was lucky if I had some allowance to get a copy of “Batman” or “Spider-Man” which were my go-to reads at that young age. I think I actually began my interest around that time as well. I would eventually appreciate the series but never managed to collect any issues as a latecomer so I just might be looking into this volume. These tomes are beautiful to behold but they do run you a few bucks which is why I really only have a handful of them. I might look into this one and wonder what you think about it. Hey before I go do you know what famous Rock Band made their very first comic book appearance in the pages of “Howard The Duck”? Chime in down below with your thoughts and if you know who that band is and what issue it was. Don’t worry your Final Grade is not dependent on the answer.