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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. Very little is known about Howard's past on Duckworld. 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 and Bessie, the Hellcow.
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. 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.
Later, Howard became a agent for A.R.M.O.R. He was then hired by Morbius the Living Vampire on a private misson 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 Howard on his 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.
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.
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|* Occasionally has access to mystic powers|
AbilitiesHoward 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.
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.
EquipmentUsually 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. 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.
- Daydreamers #1
- Daydreamers #2
- Daydreamers #3
- Adventure into Fear #19 (1st appearance)
- Generation X #20
- Generation X #21
- Generation X #22
- Generation X #23
- Generation X #24
- Generation X #25
- Howard the Duck (Volume 1)
- Howard the Duck (Volume 2)
- Howard the Duck (Volume 3)
- Howard the Duck (Volume 4)
- 118 Appearances of Howard the Duck (Earth-616)
- 37 Images featuring Howard the Duck (Earth-616)
- 13 Quotations by or about Howard the Duck (Earth-616)
- Character Gallery: Howard the Duck (Earth-616)
- Fan-Art Gallery: Howard the Duck (Earth-616)
- Characters killed by Howard the Duck
- Steve Gerber
- Marvel Directory
- See: Howard the Duck on The Wiki
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