Stuart Moore breaks down what to expect from the half-mercenary half-duck phenomenon!
Here’s a recipe for a zesty meal that the whole family will enjoy—it’s called “Piscine morte avec canard.” Also known as Deadpool the Duck.
Ingredients include: one misanthropic duck, one un-showered killing machine. Directions: mix one half duck with one half mercenary, watch as the ingredients do everything they can to separate from each other. Grease a muffin pan.
On February 8, the story of this merc-bird blend continues with DEADPOOL THE DUCK #3! The third in a limited five issue run finds Deadpool the Duck continuing a mission to get out of the red leather duck suit and back into their own bodies.
We tracked down series writer Stuart Moore to learn about the heroes trapped in a body they never made—or wanted!
Marvel.com: When two characters are combined, certain aspects of each are going to emerge over others. Which of Wade’s characteristics do you feel are most apparent in this amalgamation?
Stuart Moore: He’s got the energy, the drive, the boundless enthusiasm. Maybe too much enthusiasm. One of the things I love about Deadpool is that he’s up for anything; he loves to throw himself into new situations.
Marvel.com: And which of Howard’s characteristics?
Stuart Moore: Howard’s much more cautious, more cynical, more likely to say, “Yes, we could jump out of this spaceship into the upper atmosphere, but should we?” Some of that comes from not having powers and some of it comes from being an outsider on our world. But mostly it’s just the way he is.
Deadpool the Duck #3 cover
Marvel.com: With a combo of these two, a few things are likely guaranteed: quick wit, a bit of cynicism, outsider status; what would you say they have most in common?
Stuart Moore: They’re both loyal to their friends and they share a fairly cynical view of humanity. But that’s about all.
Marvel.com: How are they most different? Aside from species.
Stuart Moore: This sounds weird for a barely sane assassin, but Deadpool is a much happier character. His form of humor is different, too; much more physical, more hyperactive, and crazy. Howard is a thinker, a verbal jester. He cuts people down with words; Wade does it with swords and guns. And a few words.
Marvel.com: How is Deadpool the Duck approaching this adventure? Headfirst into the action like Wade or doing his best to avoid it like Howard?
Stuart Moore: If they want to be separated again—and Howard in particular really, really wants to be separated from Wade—then they can’t avoid the action. But this is not an easy partnership. There are some twists and turns as they struggle for control of their adorable little shared body.
Marvel.com: What do you think these two weirdos, in their separate states, might be able to learn from each other?
Stuart Moore: I’m not sure about learn, but Deadpool has a very direct way of solving problems that might be appealing to Howard. We all wish we could just kill people once in a while, right? Right? Just me?
And as for Wade, I’m not sure he ever really learns anything. That’s another thing I love about him.
Catch DEADPOOL THE DUCK #3, by Stuart Moore and artist Jacopo Camagni, on February 8!
ENTERING MARVEL CONTEST OF CHAMPIONS: HOWARD THE DUCK
Published Dec 23, 2016
By Ben Chabala
Howard the Duck Brings the Weird to the Battlerealm
Just when you think the Collector couldn’t make “Marvel Contest of Champions” weirder he goes and recruits a cartoon duck to handle his less-than-vital backend operations. As you can probably imagine, Howard the Duck has better things to do than be someone’s lackey. We talked to Kabam Art Director Gabriel Frizzera and Game Designer Justin Ostensen about the Contest’s first feathered fighter and how the short-tempered duck’s leaving his mark on Battlerealm.
Marvel.com: Howard the Duck is an… Interesting character. Unique. Some might even say one of a kind. Would the Collector consider him a special edition waterfowl?
Gabriel Frizzera: I think he considers Howard more of a jack-of-all-trades employee. The Collector put him in charge of endless menial tasks that the Deadpooloids are too stupid to do, like organizing his crystal collection and filing catalysts by class and rank.
Marvel.com: I gotta ask though, how is this guy going to hold his own out there with the Hulks and the Thanos’?
Gabriel Frizzera: I think Howard himself initially doubted his skills as a fighter, until he retrofitted an ISO-Loader Suit into a powerful mecha battle armor. Now he stands 9-feet tall armed to the teeth so he probably could go a few rounds against the best Champions in The Contest…that is if the mech’s arms don’t fall off first, of course.
Marvel.com: How did the team come up with the ISO-Loader? It looks absolutely perfect for Howard.
Gabriel Frizzera: I was trying to come up with the oddest combination of heroes to fight together in our holiday story quest… I already knew we were going to do Hyperion, so I challenged myself to come up with another character that would be weird but strangely fitting as his buddy. So I thought of Howard the Duck. I know there was a lot of resistance in putting what is essentially a cartoon duck in a mostly serious fighting game, so I took that as a challenge. I wanted the lovers of “badass” characters and mecha robots to find Howard the Duck irresistible. The ISO-Loader looks pretty powerful but at the same time has the giant duck bill which can break apart, so it rides that line between serious and ridiculous that makes a character attractive. By the responses we got so far, I think we convinced many haters that Howard can be pretty awesome as a fighting character, without being overly cartoony or breaking the fiction.
Marvel.com: Let’s talk about his abilities. Mash All The Buttons! doesn’t sound like the most useful of attacks.
Justin Ostensen: Well, when all of those buttons are all set to cause destruction and fix up the ISO-Loader, it can certainly be a helpful ability. Basically, whenever the ISO-Loader starts to become too badly damaged, Howard will frantically mash the buttons on the console. This can either cause the ISO-Loader to go into its Self-Repair routine and fix up some damage, or let loose a massive Thunderquack to deal a large burst of Energy Damage over time.
Marvel.com: And Howard’s breaking out the Quack-Fu right? How does that help him out in fights?
Justin Ostensen: We wanted to tie Howard’s abilities not only to his legendary Quack-Fu, but also to his infamous temper. Basically, as Howard lands hits on his opponent and he himself gets hit, he builds up his temper gaining boosts to his Attack and Critical Damage stats. But, if the player plays too defensively and doesn’t stay aggressive, Howard will cool off and lose his stacks of Quack-Fu. Gotta stay angry when you’re fighting with Howard!
Marvel.com: I love that Howard gets bonuses when he’s fighting with Rocket. Woodland creatures need to stick together huh?
Justin Ostensen: Well, not to split hairs, but technically Howard is just from another universe. I’d say their friendship in The Contest is more about small Champions wanting to be taken seriously. And with his massive B.F.G. to settle a few scores, Howard is definitely going to accomplish that goal.
Marvel.com: Is there anything else you want to tell us about Howard?
Justin Ostensen: Keep your eyes peeled on in-game messages to see when you can grab Howard and his Mech Suit in Contest of Champions!
New High Flying Adventures in Deadpool The Duck #1
Published Dec 1, 2016
By Amanda Ames
A hero most fowl will be taking over the Marvel Universe this January!
What do you get when you take one cynical anthropomorphic duck (named Howard) and cross it with the smelliest (and most annoying) mercenary in the Marvel Universe? DEADPOOL THE DUCK #1! Coming to comic shops and digital devices everywhere on January 4, it’s high-stakes avian antics as two of Marvel’s most beloved, and crass, heroes merge for an all-new series brought to you by Stuart Moore (CLOAK & DAGGER, “Thanos: Death Sentence” novel) and Jacopo Camagni (DEADPOOL’s SECRET SECRET WARS).
When Deadpool is sent on a mission from S.H.I.E.L.D. to capture a high-profile E.T. that is rampaging across the high plains, the snatch-and-grab turns out to be much more complicated than the Merc with a Mouth anticipated. One unfortunate wrong place at the wrong time accident later leaves Deadpool and Howard fighting for control as the newest mercenary of the Marvel Universe!
So strap in, break out your chimichangas and crusty bread scraps and hang on! Because you’re in for: rabid raccoons, secret laboratories, cramped spaceships, evil corporations, gastric distress and S.H.I.E.L.D. Did we mention that’s only issue one?! Flap your wings over to your local comic shop on January 4 to get your hands on DEADPOOL THE DUCK #1!
DEADPOOL THE DUCK #1 (of 5) (NOV160829) Written by STUART MOORE
Art by JACOPO CAMAGNI
Covers by DAVID NAKAYAMA
Variant Covers by RAFAEL ALBUQUERQUE (NOV160830),
RON LIM (NOV160833) and CHIP ZDARSKY (NOV160831)
Connecting Variant A by DAVE JOHNSON (NOV160832) FOC – 12/05/16, On-Sale – 01/04/17
Howard the Duck continues to bring the laughs and satire just like he did when he first appeared in 1973’s ADVENTURE INTO FEAR #19. Writers Chip Zdarsky and Ryan North along with artists Erica Henderson and Joe Quinones plan to do just that with HOWARD THE DUCK #6, which concludes the “Animal House” crossover begun in UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL #6.
Seeing those two together triggered all kinds of memories from other occasions when Howard joined forces with another hero or group to sometimes save the world. Sure, he usually stuck to his own books filled with wacky villains and regular people, but Howard also palled around with big deal heroes and can even be spied fighting the Skrulls in Secret Invasion. Check out the more in-depth pairings that must be read about!
The award for the very first being Howard ever teamed with goes to Man-Thing in ADVENTURE INTO FEAR #19 when he simply waddles out of an inter-dimensional forest. Since then, you can just about always expect to see the big fear monster pop up after Howard hangs around for long enough. They just have that kind of connection.
Spider-Man’s not only one of Howard’s first team-ups, but also one of his most frequent. They first met in HOWARD THE DUCK #1 in 1976 and also appeared together in MARVEL TEAM-UP #96. More recently in SPIDER-MAN: BACK IN QUACK #1 the Wall Crawler saves the Misanthropic Mallard from mind control. Heck, Howard even met Ben Reilly in SPIDER-MAN TEAM-UP #5.
Basically an orphan following Onslaught, Franklin Richards found himself in the care of Man-Thing at the Nexus of all Realities swamp. The duo turned into a flock thanks to Artie, Leech, Rigellian Tana Nile, Howard and Beverly Switzler. They started thanks to a few appearances in GENERATION X before hopping around the multiverse for a bit on their own.
Howard popped over to fend off the undead hordes in MARVEL ZOMBIES 5 as a member of A.R.M.O.R., riding through the multiverse with Machine Man and others. Not long after, he put a team together called the Ducky Dozen to stop the zombies of one world from gaining the ability to infiltrate alternate dimensions in MARVEL ZOMBIES DESTROY!
Who better to help you break out of space prison than Rocket Raccoon? That’s who Howard got locked up with in HOWARD THE DUCK #2 in 2015. The two diminutive anthropomorphic animals do well with their break-out until the cavalry known as the Guardians of the Galaxy burst in to help the rest of the way.
Last year’s S.H.I.E.L.D. #10 featured Howard once again defending all of reality this time with Leo Fitz and the spy group’s mystic expert Jeremiah Warrick. Faced with alternate reality enemies as well as the Legion of Howards, our hero still gets the job done while cracking jokes and bewildering the occasional observer with his duck-ness.
A Flock Of Facts: Things To Know About Howard The Duck
Published Feb 5, 2015
By Rick Laprade
Howard the Duck
Occasional intergalactic traveler, aspiring cop, and resident of Cleveland—Howard the Duck has always been quite the character.
While he’s had his fair share of team-ups, adversaries, and sordid affairs with the ladies, there’s plenty the world still doesn’t know about this elusive Duckworldian. With Howard stepping back into the limelight in his latest ongoing series, let’s clear the air about Howard and get down to brass quacks…sorry, we mean brass tacks.
Super Powers, Schmuper Powers
Super Powers, Schmuper Powers
Howard’s an anthropomorphic duck from another planet. Unfortunately, that doesn’t grant him any super heroic abilities. He lacks flight, our sun and gravity haven’t affected him in a positive way, and he can’t shoot anything out his eyes. Howard does possess a deep level of the seldom-practiced art of Quack-Fu, which makes him pretty solid when it comes down to a street fight.
Brains > Brawn
Brains > Brawn
While Howard may be power deprived, he makes up for this deficiency where it really counts—minds out of the gutter, please. Following the events of Original Sin, Howard learned that he’s got the inherent potential to be the most intelligent being on Duckworld. This may not be a shock to Howard, but the rest of the Marvel Universe remains skeptical.
Street smarts aside, Howard has dabbled in the ancient arts of magic, giving him a whole new level of awesome. Dr. Strange himself once took Howard under his proverbial wing, teaching him the mystic arts. Howard declined to become Strange’s apprentice, but developed a number of nifty artifacts in his time with the Sorcerer Supreme.
The Ladiesâ€™ Duck
The Ladies’ Duck
Don’t let the feathers and the beak fool you—Howard does quite well with the ladies of earth. His true love will always be Beverly Switzler, but this dashing duck has dabbled outside the human persuasion—like when he blew his lottery winnings on making the “perfect” mate, Alexis.
Bring On The Bad Guys
Bring On The Bad Guys
Not being a super hero hasn’t stopped Howard from accumulating his own stable of archenemies. He’s duked it out with the likes of The Bellhop, Le Beaver, and the villainous Dr. Bong. As long as Howard has his stogie—and the B.F.G.—he’ll be ready for any diabolical threat. Within reason…
So what’s next for our favorite fowl? Find out in the pages of HOWARD THE DUCK, starting March 4!