HOWARD the DUCK
Real Name: Presumably Howard; see comments
Identity/Class: Alternate Reality (Earth-982/"MC2") see comments
Occupation: Warrior +/- sensei/trainer
Affiliations: Abe Brown,
Bob Diamond, Cat (presumably Shen Kui), J2 (Zane Yama), Shang Chi, Lin
Sun, White Tiger (unidentified male, possibly Hector Ayala);
possibly American Dream (Shannon Carter);
apparently Weasel (Jack Hammer) acted as his host, but they werren't particularly friendly.
Enemies: Deadpool (presumably Jack and/or Wade Wilson)
Known Relatives: Possibly the same as the Earth-616 dwelling Howard (or possibly not, due to Chireep's reality warping effects on Howard)
Aliases: Master of Quack-Fu;
"Li'l Quacker" (nickname thought by J2)
Base of Operations:
First Appearance: J2#11 (August, 1999)
Powers/Abilities: Howard is a master martial artist (one of a few dozen of the world's greatest), specifically trained in Quack Fu (see comments), and he apparently prefers to use a bo staff. He can leap close to 7' vertically.
An anthropomorphic duck,
Howard has webbed feet, a bill and feathers, but lacks wings.
Howard is either blind (perhaps
even missing his eyes) or he wears a blindfold for some reason, perhaps
to enhance his focus and/or quasi-mystical senses, or perhaps he's such
a good fighter that he wears the blindfold to handicap himself.
(J2#11 (fb) - BTS) - At some point, Howard earned the title "Master of Quack-Fu."
(J2#11 (fb) - BTS) - At some point, Howard started wearing a blindfold.
25 or so years later (see comments)
(J2#11 (fb) - BTS) - Bored and seeking a "good
ol' fashioned super-brawl" to help him staying in shape, Deadpool anonymously sent
invitations to a few dozen of Earth's greatest martial artists to
participate in a contest of champions tournament on an unidentified
Only Howard and a few other "old fogies" (Abe Brown, Bob Diamond, Cat, Shang Chi, Lin Sun, White Tiger) showed up, and Howard figured the younger warriors had nothing to prove. Suspecting that this was a trap of some sort, Howard resolved to bring in a ringer to take his place in the tournament while he investigated to learn who had lured them there. To this end, Howard either sent an amulet to the Avengers' American Dream, or this was the invitation sent by Deadpool, but Howard arranged to intercept her at the point of arrival.
(J2#11 - BTS) - While American Dream had no interest in the contest, J2 was intrigued and picked up the amulet.
(J2#11) - J2 was transported to the island of
the contest, and Howard -- thinking it was American Dream, advised the
arrival to prepare to prove worthiness for this contest of champions by
facing the Master of Quack-Fu. Leaping into the air, Howard struck J2
over the head with his bo, at which point he realized that this was not
American Dream. After J2 introduced himself, Howard explained the
mysterious nature of the contest and his suspicions. Howard then
approached the host, apparently Weasel, who showed them to their
Noting that he was sure the tournament's mastermind would reveal himself at the proper time, Howard advised J2 that he must train. J2's arguing his own unstoppable nature, but Howard insisted that true master of the martial arts would turn his own power against him. For the next hour or so, Howard instructed J2, who relucantly went along. Eventually, the bored J2 automatically reverted to his human form as Zane Yama, as he had to periodically recharge his power. When Zane revealed that he had no fighting skills, Howard denounced him as the "uncanny useless boy." Zane offered to do the investigating while Howard fought, but Howard insisted he was too vulnerable and told him to hide and stay out of his way.
(J2#11 - BTS) - Wandering the island's coast,
Zane encountered Blind Al, who feared the powerless youth getting hurt
and announced her plans to try to delay the festivities. Following her,
Zane accidentally snapped a twig that alerted Deadpool to his presence,
and Deadpool emerged and threatened him. Zane reverted back to J2, and
Deadpool fought him for fun, eventually explaining that he had arranged
the tournament because he was bored.
(J2#11) - Having been drawn by the sounds of their struggle, the other warriors attacked Deadpool, while Howard explained to J2 that everyone would keep fighting until -- at a critical moment -- they suddenly discovered it had all been a big misunderstanding; then they would take a bow, say their pithy farewells, and follow their separate paths: "Such is the way of the true martial artist."
(J2#11 - BTS) - J2 returned to Avengers
headquarters, where he reverted to his powerless form and asked
American Dream to train him in combat.
(S.H.I.E.L.D.III#10) - As the Legion of Howards closed the Omniversal Zipper on the Liverer, the various Howards were sent to the respective realities.
The Earth-616-dwelling Howard saw a number of realities as he sought to return "home."
Among these realities was
apparently Reality-982's Howard (or a similar blindfolded martial artist
Howard), see on Howard's face's far left (his left, not our left as viewing it...3 o'clock on the picture...next to the zombie!)
Comments: Created by Tom DeFalco, Ron Lim, Al Milgrom.
MC2 is a reality where the "modern era" of Marvel Comics took place approximately 15 years ago, so that it's like 15 years in the future, but actually takes place in the present day...I hope that makes sense.
Presumably this Howard originated on a world of anthropomorpic animals (or possibly just ducks) and traveled to Earth-982, rather than originating on Earth-982, but we don't know that for certain!
In Howard the Duck I#3, the Howard who dwelled on Earth-616 was trained by Master C'haaj
and became master of "Quak Fu."
Presumably similar events occured to
the Howard who dwelled on Earth-982, but this Howard either maintained
that role or later came to re-embrace it.
And presumably it was called
"Quack-Fu" in that reality.
This profile was completed 02/26/2021, but its publication was delayed as it was intended for the Appendix 20th anniversary 's celebratory event.
Since MC2 Howard originally had a different color scheme, I don't think the change in S.H.I.E.L.D. to a matching one with Maui Mallard is a coincidence.
Howard the Duck-982 should be distinguished from:
J2#11, pg. 4, panel 2 (mostly full, with bo);
panel 3 (spinning bo);
panel 4 (striking J2 with bo);
panel 5 face)
J2#11 (August, 1999) - Tom DeFalco (writer), Ron Lim (penciler), Al Milgrom (inker), Bob Harras (editor)
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: 09/04/2021
Last updated: 12/04/2023
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