SISTER HOWARD the DUCK
Real Name: Presumably Howard (see comments); surname possibly Duckson
Identity/Class: Extradimensional / Alternate Reality (Earth-32951; see comments)
Occupation: Adventurer; presumably a nun (see comments)
Group Membership: Legion of Howards (Ever-Lovin' Blue-Eyed Howard the Duck of Earth-88011, Howard the Roboduck of
Mjolnir-wielding Howard the Duck of Earth-20160, Duck-bill
costume wearing redheaded human woman Howard the Duck of Earth-89517 (presumably Beverly
Switzler?), Strangeduck of Earth-80118);
Affiliations: S.H.I.E.L.D. of Earth-616 (notably Leo Fitz and indirectly Jeremiah Warrick...and -- even less directly -- Phil Coulson);
Enemies: Ducanard of Earth-15110, Liverer of Reality-12115;
Howard the Duck; (you know...not FROM -616, but lives there);
very likely people who say "Hey, Y-You're a duck!";
evil-doers in general
Known Relatives: Presumably the same as the "mainstream" Howard the Duck;
Aliases: None revealed
Base of Operations: Presumably mobile throughout the universe of Reality-32951;
perhaps across realities on a regular basis in the Legion of Howards;
possibly formerly his native reality (see comments)
S.H.I.E.L.D.III#10 (November, 2015)
Powers/Abilities: Howard-32951 has some degree of stretching ability, like Mr. Fantastic/Reed Richards, although we've only see her (see comments) stretch her right arm perhaps 10-20' feet.
She was strong enough to hold onto
something while supporting someone who likely weighs at least four
times her body weight.
Height: Unrevealed; approximately 2'7" (based on height of Earth-616 dwelling Howard)
Weight: Unrevealed; approximately 40 lbs.
Feathers: Very light yellow (almost
white...Howard has been shown with whiter feathers in his more recent
stories, perhaps further attempts to distance him from Donald Duck, or
maybe he's just getting old)
Unusual Features: Sister Howard is a semi-humanoid duck, possessing
characteristics of both humanoids and ducks. She generally has human
proportions, with arms instead of wings, three fingers and a thumb on
head hand, and a large bill for a mouth.
(S.H.I.E.L.D.III#10 (fb) - BTS) -At some point, Howard the Duck somehow became a nun (see comments) and adopted the title of Sister Howard the Duck.
(S.H.I.E.L.D.III#10 (fb) - BTS) - Sister Howard the Duck
helped form the Legion of Howards, a "cross-existential reality force"
(group of alternate reality) Howard the Ducks that fought for
"hyperjustice," including <at least> the ever-lovin' blue-eyed Howard the Duck of Earth-88011, Howard the Roboduck of
Earth-19171, the Mjolnir-wielding Howard the Duck of Earth-20160, a Duck-bill
costume wearing redheaded human woman Howard the Duck of Earth-89517 (presumably Beverly Switzler?), and Strangeduck of Earth-80118.
(S.H.I.E.L.D.III#10 (fb) - BTS) - The Legion of Howards did not invite the Howard the Duck active on Earth-616 because, well, you know...
For the rest of the profile, I'm going with the
616-dwelling Howard for conciseness/clarity/because I feel like it).
(S.H.I.E.L.D.III#10 (fb) - BTS)
- The Multiversal "Spider-Verse" conflict involving numerous alternate
reality Spider-beings fighting the spider-totem-eating Inheritors led
to progressive spatial anomalies that apparently threatened the entire
After the "Zipper Unripper" was spat out by the chaos, Earth-616's S.H.I.E.L.D.
mystic agent Jeremiah Warrick determined that it could only be utilized
to mend the damage by a being from an alternate reality. It was
determined that Howard the Duck could be that being.
(S.H.I.E.L.D.III#10 (fb) - BTS) - The Legion of Howards gathered to
oppose the threat of Ducanard of Earth-15110, who felt he was born to
create a perfect pate from the blended livers of one single duck who
existed in many forms across diverse realities.
(S.H.I.E.L.D.III#10 - BTS) - On
Earth-616 Warrick and fellow agent Leo Fitz summoned (616-dwelling)
Howard the Duck and informed him of his role, after which Warrick
magically transported Howard to an alternate Earth (or perhaps a
location where realities were crossing-over) to utilize the Zipper
Unripper...and then he accidentally transported Fitz there as well.
(S.H.I.E.L.D.III#10 (fb) - BTS)
- Strangeduck informed the rest of the Legion that the 616-dwelling
Howard had the device needed to save their universes.
(S.H.I.E.L.D.III#10) - The Legion of Howards encountered the 616-dwelling Howard and Fitz and introduced themselves. Sister Howard stretched her right to give Howard her card.
When the 616-dwelling
Howard questioned the Legion's story, asking why he had never been
invited to join their group, the other Howards all looked away
awkwardly (presumably preferring to avoid voicing something like, "because you're a jerk.").
(S.H.I.E.L.D.III#10) - As the Mjolnir-wielding Howard-20160 advised the 616-dwelling Howard
that he needed to use the tool he had been given to save all of their
universes, Ducanard suddenly impaled Howard-20160 with his long fork
deal, apparently killing him.
After Ducanard blew up Howard the Roboduck-19171, explained his motives (in French, but there were subtitles/translation boxes),
and wounded Fitz with his fork-deal, Fitz apparently modified pieces of
Roboduck into a weapon he used to blast and incapacitate Ducanard.
A blast from the giant Liverer
them apparently incinerated Ducanard. Seeing the giant, partially open
zipper/warp on the Liverer, the 616-dwelling Howard drew the Zipper Unripper, but the Liverer grabbed the 616-dwelling Howard,
causing him to drop the Unripper.
However, Sister Howard grabbed
the Unripper, and Fitz apparently picked her up and rushed up the fire escapes to gain some height.
With Fitz on her back, Sister
Howard dove at the Liverer, telling him the kitchen was closed and to
tip his waitress, and used the Unripper to grab the zipper and
pull it down to reclose it.
Howard-89517 ("Bev") noted that it
was working and the zipper was closing, and she grabbed Fitz's foot and
helped pull; Strangeduck then grabbed Bev's foot, and the Ever-Lovin'
Blue-Eyed Howard/Thing/Duck-88011 grabbed Strangeduck's foot and held
As the zipper approached closure, Fitz noted that
everyone was headed back to their proper realities and they had to stay
together if they wanted to end up back home.
(S.H.I.E.L.D.III#10 - BTS) - Glimpsing and considering multiple other realities, the 616-dwelling Howard nonetheless completed the zipper's closure and returned to Earth-616 with Fitz.
Warrick noted that the Multiversal anomaly had vanished a second before Howard and Fitz had reappeared.
Sister Howard was presumably returned to Earth-32951.
Comments: Created by Mark Waid and Evan "Doc"
Pretty much everything we know
about Howard-32951 is discussed above, so anything else is purely
speculative. So, let's speculate...
- How/why did Howard become a nun?
- Mainstream Howard seems to be an atheist, or at minimum an agnostic.
- Something on this Howard's world could have given Howard enough faith to not only become Catholic but to become a nun?
- OR, does the habit and title of sister mean something completely different on Howard's world?
- Is Howard a female (hen) or male (drake)?
- While Howard is a masculine name, there is some
precedent for nun's taking masculine names, at least in comics. Sister
Nicholas of Earth-928, for example, or Sister Christian by Night
- You can't tell by the face if Howard is male or female.
- Further speculation will probably offend someone, but the answer is we don't know.
- For the purpose of this profile, I am going to refer to Sister Howard as a female.
- Is Sister Howard's name Howard?
- Sister Howard's hands mainstream Howard a card, and the first three letters are "How.
- "His thumb covers up more than half of the fourth letter, which COULD be an "a," but could be something else.
- We don't know what letters come after that.
- Mainstream Howard replies to her as "Sister
Howard" in quotation marks, which could mean he's just calling her
that, and it's not her real name.
- The only other names I find starting with How
and having at least a fourth letter (other than Howard) are Howahkan,
Howe, Howea, Howee, Howel, Howell, Howi, Howie, Howil, Howill, Howin,
Howird, Howurd, Howy, Howyl, Howyll, and Howyrd.
- Even if her title is Sister Howard, it does not mean that her real first name is Howard. But, it doesn't mean it isn't...
- For the purpose of this profile, I'm assuming her title, at least, is indeed Sister Howard the Duck.
- Does Sister Howard share an identical or similar history to
mainstream Howard and then diverge after traveling from his/her native
world to the world of hairless apes?
- We've got nothing to go on here.
- We must all email or mail Marvel to demand to know the further adventures and past history of Howard the Duck!
Profile by Snood.
Sister Howard the Duck should be distinguished from:
- SISTER AGONY - see SLASH. Sisters of Sin—Captain America
I#294 ( 301->slash)
SISTER ANGELIQUE - circa World War II, provided asylum to both
the Deadly Dozen and Nazis--Combat Kelly and the Deadly Dozen#7
- SISTER ANNE - nun at the Clinton Mission shelter, slain by Bullseye--Daredevil II#5
- SISTER AUGMENTOID (Yalda) - Descendents, mother of Parvez--Secret Avengers#22
- SISTER BONITA - Dark Sisterhood, mutant,
teenage runaway, failed to slay Cable, sought Asylum from Dark
Mother’s punishment, found + killed by her--Cable II#89
- SISTER CELESTIA (Celestia Denton) - mother of Barbara
Norriss, former wife of Al Denton, killed in car accident but offered by the
Undying Ones a chance to regain her life and beauty, joined Cult of the Nameless One, aided van Nyborg
in plot to bring the Undying Ones to Earth--Marvel Two-In-One I#6
- SISTER CHRISTINA (Christina Lawrence) - vampire--Vampire
- SISTER DEATH - see TORSO—Captain America
- SISTER DEBBI of Earth-928 circa 2099 AD (Debra ) - Sisters of Howling
Commandments, young, killed by Atlanteans--X-Nation#3
- SISTER DREAM - see HOODWINK. Sisters of Sin—Captain
- SISTER EINSTEIN of Earth-928 circa 2099 AD ( ) - Sisters of Howling
- SISTER EUCALYPTA – robot agent of
Ultron, posed as a nun, beheaded by Ms. Marvel--Avengers I#171
- SISTER GAIA of Earth-9111- (Captain Britain) Corps, from a
world where it is an offense to harm flowers--Excalibur I#44
- SISTER GLADIOLA - Night People of Zero Street
(app-np)--Captain America I#201
- SISTER GRIMM (Nico Minoru) – Runaways,
daughter of members of the Pride, 16 years old; summon magical Staff of One from within her body, can perform
any spell, but only do it once--Runaways#1
- SISTER HELEN - teacher at Our Lady of Hope--Daredevil I#183
- SISTER JUDE ( ) - part of the convent
briefly taken over by Ultron--Avengers I#172
- SISTER KATRINA (Katrina Marino) - young novitiate acolyte of
Vatican, assisted Gambit and Arielle against Olivier Stoker--Gambit II#1
- SISTER LUCIA of Earth-928 circa 2099 (Corinthia de Lucia) - vampire, Sisterhood of Tears,
transformed Lachryma--2099 Unlimited#4
- SISTER LUCIA of Earth-616 - considered for Initiative--Civil War: Battle Damage Report#1
- SISTER LUKE - cared for young Maddy Pryor (not the Goblin Queen)--Avengers Annual#10
- SISTER MAGGIE (Grace Murdock) -
Daredevil's mother, widow of battling Jack Murdock, became a nun
after leaving Jack--(Grace, unidentified) Daredevil I#1; (Sister Maggie) Daredevil I#229
- SISTER MAGGIE of Earth-928 circa 2099 AD ( ) - Sisters of Howling
- SISTER MARIA (Maria De La Joya) - ally of the Magneto clone Joseph--Uncanny X-Men I#327
- SISTER NICHOLAS of Earth-928 circa 2099 AD (Nicholas Bridge) -
Sisters of Howling Commandments, killed by Attuma's shark troops--X-Nation#1
- SISTER NIL - Lilin--Dr. Strange: Sorcerer Supreme#60
- SISTER OTTER - spirit totem, on the Catalogue of Correspondences associated with Set and water signs--[Marvel Tarot#1]
- SISTER PERPETUA ("Nicola") -
component of Idris, seemed to be a mutant nun--X-Man#71
- SISTER PLEASURE - see RAUNCH—Captain
- SISTER ROSE of Earth-928 circa 2099 AD ( ) - Sisters of Howling
- SISTER SAINT ( Saint) - Demon-Fire,
mother of Amanda Saint--Vampire Tales#4d
- SISTER SALVATION ( Caridad) - native of
Tierra Verde, widow of Felix Guillermo Caridad, mother of Paolo,
fled to church after felt husband had become corrupt--Wolverine II#18
- SISTER SAMSON of Earth-928 circa 2099 AD ( ) - Sisters of the Howling
Commandments, killed by Attuma--X-Nation#3
- SISTER SUN - see SHA-SHAN. Legion of light, tempered actions of Brother
Power. Release energy blasts when in contact with him--Spectacular Spider-Man II#12
- SISTER S'VEER - dump counterpart of Id-Sister--Die-Cut#1
- SISTER SWEET - see TAYLOR, LEILA. ID used while brainwashed by Night People of Zero Street--Captain America I#202
- SISTER SWEET ( ) - Night People of Zerotown--Captain America I#418
- SISTER THERESA - nun at the Clinton Mission shelter, slain by Bullseye--Daredevil II#5
- SISTER URSULA ( ) - werewolf, daughter of
mother superior of convent of St. Agnes in New Orleans,
imprisoned by convent, briefly broke free + slew several victims,
inadvertently freed by Spider-Woman, shot with silver bullet by Jonah Jameson. wf, blond
(app)--Spider-Woman III#12 (13
- SISTER VOODOO (Vanna Black) - parody/"long
lost sister" of Brother Voodoo, partnered with him, mother
of Voodoo Chile. no real powers, but looked pretty sweet in the
costume--Marvel Age Annual#3
- SISTER WANDA of Earth-311 - counterpart of Scarlet Witch--1602#1
- SISTER WHISPER of Earth-928 circa 2099 AD - @ 2099 AD, Sisters of the Howling
Commandments - see WHISPER 2099—X-Nation#3, 4 (named)
- SISTERHOOD of Earth-8009 (Avela, Nella, Thundra +daughter) - divergent version of Femizonia--Marvel Two-In-One I#67
- SISTERHOOD of ASKANI of Earth-4935 (Madame Sanctity, Aliya) - based on teachings of Rachel Summers--Askani’son#1
- SISTERHOOD of the BADOON - see BADOON
- SISTERHOOD of DANU of the Hyborian era (Siobahn Laucline) - worshipped Gaea--Conan the Savage#5
- SISTERHOOD of ISHTAR (Indries Moomji, Friska(psychic))
- freelance espionage group, based in desert fortress - aka DAUGHTERS of ISHTAR--Iron Man I#173
- SISTERHOOD of TEARS of Earth-928 circa 2099 AD (Sister Lucia,
Lachryma) - vampires of 2099--2099 Unlimited#4
- SISTERHOOD of the WASP (Vincent, Thomas Banner, Sam) - cult, rivals of the Spider
Society, employed Amun as assassin--Amazing Fantasy II#1, 3
- SISTERS of GLASTONBURY TOR - a mystic sisterhood that had
cared for the gravely wounded King Arthur Pendragon after his final battle with
his nemesis, Mordred. The Sisters instructed Topaz in the use of her great
powers--[Strange Tales II#11/2], (identified) [Official Handbook of the
Marvel Universe, Update'89 #7]
- SISTERS of GRACE ("Carol," Jessie, "Melinda," "Sherril,"
"Stephanie) - mercenaries and/or agents of Mys-Tech)--Black Axe#1
- SISTERS of the HOWLING COMMANDMENTS of Earth-928 circa 2099 AD (Maggie,
Nicholas, Rose, Debbi, Einstein, Samson, Whisper, Tomalyn
Innocenzi) - Halo City--X-Men 2099#26
- SISTERS of the NEW LIGHT ( ) -
Western Texas-based would-be witches, conducted a ceremony to summon Gaea to
cleanse the Earth, mocked by Selen who demonstrated her true power to them--X-Force I#75
- SISTERS of SIN (Hoodwink, Raunch, Sin,
Slash, Torso) - daughter of Red Skull (Shmidt) and four other
orphan girls, mutated and artificially aged to adulthood by Red
Skull’s scientists, regressed to youth by process that
reversed aging of Captain America, later allied with Mother
Superior at Camp Rage--Captain America I#294
- other "Sister" characters or Howard counterparts...or variants...
images: (without ads)
SHIELD #10, pg. 9 (upper body; main image);
pg. 10, panel 1 (stretching; card);
panel 3 (face close-up);
pg. 17, panel 2 (with Unripper);
panel 3 (closing Liverer's zipper)
S.H.I.E.L.D.III#10 (November, 2015) - Mark Waid (writer), Evan "Doc"
Shaner (artist) Jon Moisan (assistant editor), Tom Brevoort (editor)
First posted: 08/22/2020
Last updated: 08/29/2020
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