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Howard the Duck (Earth-616)
Information-silkReal NameHoward (last name unrevealed)
Information-silkCurrent AliasHoward the Duck
Information-silkAliasesDuckman, Howard the Human, Howard the Rat, Iron Duck, Pondhopper, Shang-Op, Cheap Ducktective, Duckboy, Dark Mallard of the Night, Duck Man of Cleveland
Information-silkRelativesRonald (father), Henrietta (mother), Theresa (sister), Orville (brother), Unnamed second brother, Alexis the Duck (clonal daughter)
Information-silkAffiliationA.R.M.O.R, Ducky Dozen, formerly Defenders, Fearsome Four, Daydreamers, Circus of Crime[citation needed]
Information-silkBase Of OperationsCleveland, Ohio formerly Duckhattan, New Stork City, Wackington D.C., Duckworld
Information-silkIdentitySecret Identity
Information-silkMarital StatusMarried
Information-silkOccupationMany and various, including former candidate for the United States presidency but usually unemployed
Information-silkHeight2' 7"
Information-silkWeight40 lbs (18 kg)
Information-silkHairNo Hair
Information-silkUnusual FeaturesHoward's body, like those of his entire race, has similar characteristics to those of both common Earth ducks and common Earth human beings.He has hands and arms instead of wings, is covered with feathers and is unable to fly
Information-silkPlace of BirthNew Stork, New Stork, Duckworld
Information-silkCreatorsSteve Gerber, Val Mayerik
First Appearance
Fear #19
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Quote1 Aw, clam up, bud! You don't even know the meaning of the word! Finding yourself in a world of talking hairless apes--Now that's absurdity! Quote2
-- Howard the Duck src 


Howard the Duck was born on Duckworld, a planet in another dimension, where intelligent life evolved from waterfowl. Duckworld is apparently an alternate Earth, and resembles mankind's Earth in an astounding number of ways, including the fact that ducks speak English. As a child, he discovered an amazing potential intellect, however he was continuously bullied by other children as a result. He eventually decided to give away his studies, wasting his potential. [2]. Further details about Howard's past on Duckworld are still unrevealed. Indeed, there are conflicting accounts as to the circumstances surrounding his disappearance.

Arrival on Earth

Howard vanished from his home world when the power hungry demon Thog the Nether-Spawn used his magic to cause the interdimensional Cosmic Axis to shift. Howard was dislodged from his home dimension and dropped into the middle of the Florida Everglades on our Earth at the site of this world's Nexus of All Realities, a place from which travel to all other dimensions is said to be possible. In an effort to set the Cosmic Axis right and return home, the reluctant Howard joined with Korrek the barbarian, who also came from another dimension, the young Earth-born sorceress Jennifer Kale, Dakimh the Enchanter, and the Man-Thing. The battle against Thog ended for Howard when he fell off the other-dimensional Stepping Stones of Oblivion and landed back on our Earth in the city of Cleveland, Ohio, where he first faced the menace of Garko, the Man-Frog[3] and Bessie, the Hellcow[4].

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Howard the Duck

Meeting Beverly Switzler

In Cleveland, Howard first met the young life model Beverly Switzler when they were both menaced by the costumed criminal accountant Pro-Rata. Howard and Beverly escaped and began living together. Their relationship lasted a long time, but is now apparently over.

Although Howard has attempted to live as normal a life as possible, considering that he is a talking duck on a world of human beings, he has continually run afoul, so to speak, of various unusual menaces, most notably his arch nemesis Doctor Bong. However through cleverness, persistence, and good luck, Howard has always managed to defeat or escape his adversaries.

Howard came to public notoriety when he became a candidate for the United States presidency on a very minor party ticket. He was even the target of an assassination plot as someone hired Doctor Angst and his Band of the Bland to kill him. Howard defeated his would-be assassins with the help of the Defenders and they were sent to prison.[5] As it turned out, the assassination was unnecessary as the general populace refused to believe that Howard is a real talking duck, thinking of him instead as a dwarf in a duck suit. As a result, the public dismissed his candidacy as a joke.

Howard has chosen to make the world of humans his home. Dakimh the Enchanter has predicted that Howard has a major role to play in the destiny of the multiverse, and that role may still involve more adventures in Howard's future.

As a Mouse

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Howard the Duck in Mouse form

Beverly obtained a job at a company owned by Doctor Bong who turned Howard into a Giant Mouse [6], but the process was unstable and he cycled through different forms before settling on the mouse again. Bong Joined with Kenneth Flogg to gain the Amulet of Pazuzu, but Howard obtained it first, gained its power and used it to slay Flogg's assistant Ian Whippingham[7]. They next stayed at the Boarding House of Mystery joining the fellow tenant Splatter Gomorrah in exposing talk show host Iprah as a marketing franchise[8]. However, she was possessed by the demon-angel hybrid Deuteronomy. Howard used the cigar of the Saint of Therapists, Sigmund Freud to banish Deuteronomy, however he decided to take a puff of the cigar which disintegrated him and sent him to Hell.[9] He was saved by God himself who, grateful for him dealing with Deuteronomy, shared with Howard the Meaning of life before returning him to Earth back in Duck Form. [10]

50-State Initiative

Later, Howard became a agent for A.R.M.O.R. He was then hired by Morbius the Living Vampire on a private mission to travel into a multiverse of different types of zombies and collect a sample of each zombie. Before he could go, he was to search for Machine Man and recruit him. Howard found Machine Man drunk and depressed for his girlfriend Jocasta went back to her former husband Ultron. Howard was able to convince Machine Man to join him on their mission.

Marvel Zombies Destroy

Because of his experience with zombie-infested worlds and his leadership of Machine Man he was chosen as the leader of the, as he dubbed them, the Ducky Dozen. The team was comprised of himself, several lesser known heroes, Dum Dum Dugan, and Battlestar, who is also a veteran of a zombie incident in Marvel Zombies Supreme. Howard lead the team through it all and got them home, but not without grave loses.

Original Sin

After the death of the Watcher and the activation of the secrets buried in his eye, Howard discovered that he had the potential to be the most intelligent being in Duckworld. After evading a squirrel while driving, he was thrown flying and used his intellect to calculated his way to land to safe in a dumpster. [2]

Powers and AbilitiesEdit


Howard possesses no known superhuman or superduck powers, however, its revealed by Doctor Strange that he is capable of doing magic, however he never learned to do so.

Power Grid [11]
Energy Projection*
Fighting Skills
* Occasionally has access to mystic powers


Howard has some knowledge of the little known martial art called Quak-Fu, and hence is a surprisingly formidable opponent in hand-to-hand combat. The Sorcerer Supreme Doctor Strange has also briefly tutored Howard in the mystic ways, indicating even those of Duckworld possess magical potential. Under his mental guidance, Howard was capable of conjuring the Vapors of Valtorr, the Shield of the Seraphim, use transformation enchantments and even utilize another Eye of Agamotto and Cloak of Levitation along with his own garb for Howard the Duck, which the duck was able to command, despite his lack of Sorcerer Supreme title, though ultimately declining to study as Strange's apprentice.[12] It was recently discovered that he had the potential to be the most intelligent being in his homeworld. [2]

Strength level

Howard possesses the normal avian strength of a duck of his age, height, and build who engages in exercise only when he feels like it.



Usually seen with a stogie.


He has a powerful weapon he called the Big Freaking Gun (BFG) possibly given to him by Morbius the Living Vampire or from A.R.M.O.R. The weapon seems to be a cannon which is able to disintegrate anything he fires at. What the weapon is really called is unknown.


  • In the Marvel MAX mini-series (by Steve Gerber and Phil Winslade), Howard was turned into a giant rat.
  • As per Generation X #21, Howard possesses the ability to grow whiskers out of his duck bill.
  • The people of his home world allegedly do not know Howard's last name, and the general populace of Earth does not believe he is really a talking duck.

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