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2009.05.28

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Howard the Duck was by far the best thing to come out of Man Thing. His series is odd - some of the humor still holds today and some of the social and political observations still hold today, too - but largely, the comic was the ultimate experience in a Mary Sue running around. It got so blatant that at one point, I think an issue turned into an essay from Gerber saying something along the lines of - Look, Howard is just a mouth piece for me. I'm the one talking to you. It was unintentional metafiction. I dunno, I haven't read the series in a few years, but I feel like if I go back and read it again, the whole series will be full of unintentional innovation.

Anyway, all this is to say Howard the Duck is a fascinating series for all sorts of reasons. It would be interesting to see you do an examination of it.

I went off on a tangent there. Anyway, what I was going to get around to is your observation of Man Thing at the end - that's what happens to Howard, too. I think it's why Man Thing never interested me - well, that and if I feel like reading about a plant monster, I'll just go and read the one written by the world's greatest living author.

And your observation that Man Thing was an inspiration to Morrison? I've always thought so, too. You're the first person I've come across who arrived at the same conclusion. Wait until you get to Howard the Duck, and then you'll see it even more.

Morrison has mentioned being influenced by Gerber, yes.

AN: In comics who has had the most influence upon your writing?

GM: John Broome, Jack Kirby, Len Wein, Steve Gerber, Don McGregor, Jim Starlin, Chris Claremont, Brendan McCarthy.

From: http://tinyurl.com/mgcvr8

Oh, that's a good interview too. Thanks Tim, hadn't ever read that one.

Jeez, does Grant Morrison always sound that pompous in interviews?

Tucker, is the Foolkiller character in this story at all like the one in the Marvel MAX mini-series?

Phil: Only in the slightest. As far as I can tell, the only connection is the name and the constant repetition of phrases like "I must kill the fools". This one wears a v-neck spandex outfit, one of those old French hats and shoots people with a weapon that fires pure energy. He's not like the Punisher--he kills plenty of innocent people. He also doesn't survive this series. I'm guessing that the MAX Foolkiller is more based on a later version of the character. This one is more humor/crazy/weird. Noah will probably deal with him when he posts on sunday--his story continues throughout the next issue.

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