Real Name: Joon Moon Yuc

Identity/Class: Human magic user, uncertain whether Asian or Asian-American

Occupation: Leader of a cult

Group Membership: Leader of the YUCCHIES, member of B. E. S. T. (Bozoes Eagerly Serving Tyrants)

Affiliations: Dr. Reich, Werner Blowhard, Mahagreasy Migraine Yogi, Nurse Barbara, Supreme Soofi

Enemies: Howard the Duck, Daimon Hellstrom (Hellstorm), Beverly Switzler, Winda Wester, Paul Same (Winky Man), and the Gingerbread Man

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: Moon June Yuk (presumably an error via Dr. Reich...or Bill Mantlo)

Base of Operations: The "Yucmobile" (an unnamed bus used to travel the country in order to amass followers), seen in Idle Hands, Pennsylvania; Sauerbraten Mental Health Facility, Sauerbraten, Ohio; and Dreadcliff Manor (somewhere in Ohio besides Cleveland)

First Appearance: Howard the Duck I#6 (November, 1976)

Powers: Limited mystical powers, such as exorcism. Reverend Yuc is a talented and charismatic speaker, able to manipulate others into following and serving him. He claimed to be able to summon a bolt of lightning from heaven via prayer but didn't have the chance to prove this.

Yuc leads a cult that is a union of right-wing hate groups and religious fanatics. His followers are devoutly dedicated to him and follow his commands, even to the death. Most possess no special abilities or training but merely follow his direction. They are more than willing to attack and destroy anything they see as evil, which is anything that doesn't conform to their warped system of beliefs. One was named Wallace.

History: Most of Yuc's past is unrevealed. He has some religious training (including rituals of exorcism). It is unclear whether he ever had any connection to any organized religion or merely formed his own. Anyhoo, at some point he began to gather a group of vapid young adults into a cult of followers known as the Yucchies.

When first seen, the Yuc-man was attempting to buy the crumbling Victorian manor of Patsy and her mother. Patsy had created, and was in the process of bringing to life, a giant gingerbread man cookie. Yuc, sensing the evil in the manor, sought to purchase the estate to exorcise the dark forces within the it, consecrating it as his seminary, in turn. As he and his Yucchies approached the manor they encountered Howard the Duck, who they saw as an agent of the devil and sought to destroy. Yuc threatened to destroy him with a bolt from the Heavens, but Howard was rescued by the timely arrival of Heathcliff Rochester, the chivalrous, horse-riding realty agent of Patsy's mother. Yuc and the Yucchies eventually made it to the manor, but they were not able to stop the rise of the Gingerbread Man and were believed to have been killed when the manor collapsed and exploded during the cookie's rampage.

The Yuccinator and his disciples survived (apparently being hurled into a treetop in Delaware) and were next seen at the Sauerbraten Mental Health Facility, where Howard was incarcerated during his first nervous breakdown. Due to the release of some KISS look-alikes from the mind of Winda Wester, another patient, she was briefly thought to be possessed. Dr. Avery, a psychiatrist at Sauerbraten, summoned renowned demonologist Daimon Hellstrom to evaluate Winda. Meanwhile, the nut job director of the hospital, Dr. Reich, brought in his own specialist, Reverend Yuc. Daimon gave Howard a clean bill of non-possession, but Yuc disagreed and prepared to perform an exorcism. Hellstrom learned of this and interrupted the procedure. Yuc attacked Hellstrom as he was transforming into the his Son of Satan form, somehow transferring Daimon's darksoul into Howard. Daimon ultimately forcibly retook his darksoul from Howard, but Yuc was left back at the asylum during their conflict.

Yuc-meister stayed at Sauerbraten and became affiliated with Dr. Reich's group B. E. S. T., which sought to takeover the world by removing the capacity for free thought, allowing Reich to then control the minds of everyone on Earth. Reich's plan called for them to again access the mental powers of Winda Wester to accomplish their goals. In order to accomplish this they duped Howard and his girlfriend, Beverly Switzler, into bring Winda to Dreadcliff Manor after having them "win" an all-expense paid trip for four to it. Once there, Howard and Beverly were imprisoned, and Winda was brought before the leaders of B. E. S. T., who attempted to force her to obey them. Howard broke free and, aided by the somnambulant Paul Same, attacked them. Nurse Barbara smashed Paul over the head, knocking him out. Believing Paul to be severely injured, Winda accessed her powers and summoned a variety of pop-culture images to torment Dr. Reich. In the ensuing chaos, the members of B. E. S. T. were defeated or killed. Finally, Beverly kicked Yuc-arama through a door into one of those convenient bottomless pits.

Comments: Created by Steve Gerber and Gene Colan.

Clarifications: Reverend Joon Moon Yuc, the cult leader, should be distinguished from:

Reverend Sun Myung Moon, founder of the Unification Church and inspiration for Rev. Yuc.

As well, his followers, YUCCIES, should be distinguished from:

Moonies, members of the Unification Church and inspiration for YUCCIES.

Howard the Duck I#6 (November, 1976) - Steve Gerber (writer), Gene Colan (artist), Steve Leialoha (inker), and Archie Goodwin (editor)
Howard the Duck I#7 (December, 1976) - Steve Gerber (writer), Gene Colan (pencils), Steve Leialoha (inks), Archie Goodwin (editor)
Howard the Duck I#13-14 (June-July, 1977) - - Steve Gerber (writer), Gene Colan (pencils), Steve Leialoha (#13) & Klaus Janson (#14) (inks), Steve Gerber (editor)
Howard the Duck II#4 (March, 1980) - Bill Mantlo (writer), John Buscema (pencils), Klaus Janson (inks), Lynn Graeme (editor)

Last updated: 05/12/12

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