Considering their history, I guess — or hope, anyway — that someone at Disney has a sense of humor, as Steve Gerber and Val Mayerik’s most famous creation, Howard the Duck, returns to comics this fall in Spider-Man: Back in Quack #1. Written by Stuart Moore and drawn by Mark Brooks, the book popped up in the advanced solicitations for the Spider-Man titles for September. Sporting a cover (above) by Skottie Young and back-up Man-Thing story by Moore and Joe Suitor, the solicitation text reads:
SPIDER-MAN: BACK IN QUACK #1
Written by STUART MOORE
Pencils by MARK BROOKS & JOE SUITOR
Cover by SKOTTIE YOUNG
Presenting two of Marvel’s finest: Spider-Man and … Cynical Duck (TM)? Yes, Howard the Duck’s brain has been thoroughly scrubbed, his hard-edged humor carefully dulled down for maximum demographic acceptance. It’s up to Peter Parker to set the duck straight — but does the world prefer Howard this way? Guest-starring the villainy of SOOPhI, the utter cluelessness of Mayor J. Jonah Jameson, and the unnerving eroticism of “Swizzle,” SOOPhI’s whip-wielding corporate spokeswoman. So wrong it’s … well, no, it’s still wrong, courtesy of Stuart Moore (NAMOR) and Mark Brooks (YOUNG AVENGERS). Plus: a tiny-size Man-Thing backup feature by Stuart Moore & Joe Suitor (MARVEL BREAKOUT)!
40 PGS./One-Shot/Rated A …$3.99
As Caleb at ComicsAlliance points out, Howard the Duck and Disney haven’t always gotten along, so we’ll see how long his “hard-edged humor” stays scrubbed, and whether or not he can keep his pants on.