Marvel has announced that Howard the Duck variant covers will be printed throughout the month of April. The month is being denoted as “WTD (what the duck) Certified” and will featured the famous quaker on variant covers of 20 comics issued over the course of April.
Howard’s big month is coming in part because of the “staggering” response to the announcement of a brand new Howard the Duck #1 in March.
“Response to the announcement of the new Howard the Duck series has been staggering,” says Marvel SVP Sales & Marketing David Gabriel. “There were so many talented artists eager to take a quack at drawing a Howard cover we couldn’t resist building an entire variant month around him. This April is going to be WTD certified!”
For starters, he will be on variant covers for All-New Hawkeye #2, Amazing Spider-Man #17, Rocket Raccoon #10, and Uncanny Inhumans #0. All of which can be seen below.
- All-New Captain America #6
- All-New X-Men #41
- Ant-Man #4
- Daredevil #15
- Deadpool #45 (a.k.a. Deadpool #250)
- Guardians of the Galaxy #26
- Hulk #14
- Inhuman #14
- Legendary Star-Lord #11
- Ms. Marvel #14
- S.H.I.E.L.D. #5
- Silk #3
- Spider-Gwen #3
- Superior Iron Man #7
- Thor #7
- Uncanny Avengers #4
Normally when Marvel wants to dedicate a month to a Marvel hero taking over a series of covers it happens to be Deadpool. They did so last year when the merc with a mouth spent a whole month running wild across Marvel’s selection of comics. It wasn’t long after that when it was announced that Wade Wilson would be killed off, so hopefully for Howard the Duck fans his fate isn’t the same.
Unfortunately for Howard the Duck, he isn’t often remembered for his comic series, which dates all the way back to 1973. Instead, he’s known as the star of one of worst “superhero” movies of all time. The 1986 Willard Huyck film titled simply Howard the Duck was a tremendous flop in almost every way imaginable. To date, it’s still remembered as a movie that is bad enough to be unwatchable, but not bad enough to enjoy as a bad movie.
The character did make a surprising re-appearance as a gag at the end of Guardians of the Galaxy last year, when he showed up in the after credits scene as one of the items in The Collector’s assortment of galactic oddities. His appearance led to crazy speculation that Marvel was interested in bringing the maligned mallard back to the big screen, but to date that look like it’s not happening.