James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy is the Christmas gift that just keeps on giving, it seems. Thanks to the post-credits scene (which was originally suppose to be part of the alternate ending) in Guardians of the Galaxy, there has been a rekindled interest in the swashbuckling mallard. Now, Marvel have announced a reprinting of their Howard The Duck Omnibus, comiXology have increased their digital library of classic Howard issues and now, Marvel announced – via Entertainment Weekly – that Howard the Duck is getting his own ongoing series beginning on March 4th, 2015. Not bad for a 10 second cameo in a movie, albeit, a summer blockbuster turn movie sensation of the year!
Helming the new adventures Marvel’s Howard the Duck will be Sex Criminals creator and funnyman Chip Zdarsky (…oh risqué …and actually a stroke of genius on Marvel’s part) and artist Joe Quinones (Wednesday Comics). Zdarsky has stated that the new series will be less serious in tone, and the politically-conscious themes that defined the original classics will be avoided. Instead, the series will focus more on the absurdity of a talking, wise-cracking, case-solving duck, with Howard taking on a series of mysterious capers throughout the Marvel Universe. He will team up with Black Cat on his first mission.
Debuting in the Marvel Universe in 1973 from creators Steve Gerber and Val Mayerick, it’s not all been plain sailing for the duo in regards to their relationships with Marvel. Gerber was persistent in holding on to the creative control and the credit of the inception of the character. Furthermore, Gerber faced numerous lawsuits from Disney for his “apparent likeness” to Donald the Duck (Huh?! …you can’t be serious?). Infamously, the character featured in the George Lucas directed movie adaptation for Marvel, and it goes down in history as being one of the worst movies ever created (however, like most movies, it still has its vocal and less vocal adherents out there). Howard has made appearances’ in major Marvel stories such as Civil War, Fear Itself, and Marvel Zombies.
Comic Book artist Quinones has this to say about contributing to the Marvel Universe:
“There’s some fun sci-fi stuff coming up. (Howard is an alien, after all.) I’ve always been drawn (fowl joke—as in bad) to that, and have always enjoyed how Marvel handles all things cosmic,”
With Zdarsky elaborating about his vision and sensibilities on how this will help set the tone of the series:
“[M]y ultimate goal is to make it funny,” Zdarsky explained to EW. “Marvel has taken chances on funny books and injecting humor into superhero titles, so I want to make sure this is worth some chuckles here and there.”
Zdarsky on Howard The Duck touring the Marvel Universe:
“I think it’s going to be fun!” Also adding: “We’ll get to explore the Marvel Universe with a very short tour guide and a very good artist and me, a man who dresses as Garfield on the weekends.”
Howard the Duck is an ongoing series scheduled for a release date beginning on March 4th, 2015.
Via – ComicBook.com