Real Name: Dr. Dwight Clive
Identity/Class: Human scientist; presumably Canadian
Group Membership: None
Affiliations: Formerly "Babbette," Howard the Duck, Ed "MacMann"
Enemies: Alexis the Duck
Known Relatives: Alexis the Duck (creation)
Base of Operations: A village near (or in) the Reservation of the Algonquin Native Peoples, Ontario, Canada
First Appearance: Howard the Duck I#33 (September, 1986)
Powers/Abilities: Dr. Clive is a medical genius, specializing in cloning, gene-splicing, etc.
(Howard the Duck I#33 (fb) - BTS) - Dr. Clive spent years delving into the mysteries of life, designing the means to create life, yet lacking the funds.
(Howard the Duck I#33 (fb) - BTS) - Dr. Clive performed research at a university but failed to achieve tenure and was eventually let go.
(Howard the Duck I#33 (fb) - BTS) - Dr. Clive crudely grew some creatures from cultures.
(Howard the Duck I#33 (fb) - BTS) - Dr. Clive did a weekly television spot, "Words to Live by..." on Canuck Cable at the Reservation of the Algonquin Native Peoples.
(Howard the Duck I#33) - After one of his shows, in which he
entreated people to pay him to create life, Clive learned of Howard the Duck,
who had just won $10, 000, 000. Clive headed South to Howard's mansion in
Cleveland, catching him immediately after he had parted ways with Beverly
Switzler. Clive convinced Howard that his loneliness was derived from not having
another duck-person to share his life. For the cost of Howard's remaining
fortune, Clive would create a suitable companion for him. After much discussion,
Clive brought Howard and his personal assistant Ed to a castle in the north to
which he had his laboratory equipment shipped.
Clive found that Howard's cells were highly suitable for cloning. Using a beautiful French-Canadian woman ("Babbette"as his female cell donor, Clive developed a female duck-woman body. Clive then sent Ed to obtain a brain for the body.
(Howard the Duck I#33 (fb) - BTS) - Ed obtained the brain from the corpse of a recently-deceased, spoiled, overindulged wife of an upwardly mobile personal injury attorney (it was small and easy to carry).
(Howard the Duck I#33) - Clive completed work on Alexis and
summoned Howard and Ed to witness as he awakened her. With some maniacal
cackling and a lot of noise and energy output from his machinery, Clive began
the process, which proved to powerful for the machinery, causing it to explode.
Alexis, however, awakened unharmed, and Howard was instantly smitten.
Over the next several weeks, Clive patiently worked to educate Alexis in the ways of the world, but found that the only concept she grasped was basic math, and only how to run numbers up, not down. Finally Clive introduced Alexis to Howard, but she quickly turned out to be a cold, money-hungry shrew. After further research, Clive realized the source from which Ed had obtained the brain. Devastated by what he had created, Clive took to drinking. When Howard left Alexis behind at the castle, Clive begged Howard to take him with him.
Comments: Created by Christopher Stager and Val Mayerik.
He's named, of course, after Dwight Frye (who played Fritz
the hunchback) and Colin Clive (Dr. Frankenstein) from the 1931 Frankenstein
Profile by Snood.
No known connection to:
CLIVE ?? of Earth-Spider-Man live action TV show - Deranged movie producer, used "spirit-scope" to tap darkest human emotions to create the monstrous Blotto; Spider-Man used the spirit-scope to reduce Blotto to a scrap of screen material. (TV) --Spider-Man (1967): "Blotto"
other "Dwight" or "Clive" characters
Howard the Duck I#33, p10, panel 1 (tv spot)
p16, panel 6 (face)
p20, panel 1 (lab)
Howard the Duck I#33 (September, 1986) - Christopher Stager (scripter/co-plotter), Val Mayerik (artist/co-plotter), Jim Salicrup (editor)
Last updated: 05/12/12
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