Too Precious for Pâté: Howard the Duck returns in September

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 #1Written by STUART MOOREPencils by MARK BROOKS & JOE SUITORCover by SKOTTIE YOUNGPresenting 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.

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