Howard the Duck appeared as a newspaper comic strip for sixteen months from June 1977 through October 1978, consisting of eleven story arcs told through 511 individual strips. Authorized by Marvel Comics and syndicated throughout North America by the Register and Tribune Syndicate, the strip appeared in newspapers daily in black-and-white and Sundays in color.
|Ep. #||Episode Title ||Writer||Artist/s||Start||End||Includes
|01.||POP SYKE - THE CONSCIOUSNESS OF SUCCESS||Steve Gerber||Gene Colan||1977-Jun-06||1977-Jul-31||Yes||Yes|
|02.||THE CULT OF ENTROPY||Steve Gerber||Gene Colan||1977-Aug-01||1977-Oct-02||Yes||Yes|
|03.||FRED FEENIX - THE SELF-MADE MAN||Steve Gerber||Gene Colan & Val Mayerik ||1977-Oct-03||1977-Dec-11||Yes||Yes|
|04.||THE SLEIGH-JACKING||Steve Gerber||Val Mayerik||1977-Dec-12||1978-Jan-01||Yes||Yes|
|05.||IN SEARCH OF THE GOOD LIFE||Steve Gerber||Val Mayerik||1978-Jan-02||1978-Feb-26||Yes||Yes|
|06.||SLEEP OF THE JUST||Steve Gerber ||Val Mayerik & Alan Kupperberg ||1978-Feb-27||1978-Apr-22||Yes||Yes|
|07.||CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE FOWL KIND||Marv Wolfman||Alan Kupperberg||1978-Apr-23||1978-Jun-13||Yes||Yes|
|08.||THE TUESDAY RUBY ||Marv Wolfman||Alan Kupperberg||1978-Jun-14||1978-Sep-02||Yes||No|
|09.||THE CLONE RANGER LIVES AGAIN!||Marv Wolfman||Alan Kupperberg||1978-Sep-04||1978-Sep-30||Yes||No|
|10.||HOWARD HEADS HOME||Marv Wolfman||Alan Kupperberg||1978-Oct-02||1978-Oct-28||Yes||No|
|11.||MISC. SUNDAYS & THE MYSTERY OF THE MALTESE HUMAN ||Marv Wolfman||Alan Kupperberg||1978-Jun-18||1978-Oct-29||No||Yes|
 Episode titles in italics appeared in the strip itself. Non-italicized titles are fan creations.
 Gene Colan is the daily artist through Oct 9, then Sundays only through Nov 6. Starting Oct 10, Val Mayerik drew dailies, then dailies and Sundays from Nov 7 forward.
 This story is based upon Gerber's script from issue #4 of the Howard the Duck comic book.
 Val Mayerik is the artist on Sundays through March 26, with Alan Kupperberg as artist on the dailies. From March 27 forward, Alan Kupperberg is the sole artist on the strip.
 Starting with this storyline, Sundays were no longer a part of the Monday to Saturday continuity.
 Sundays from 1978-Jun-18 through 1978-Aug-20 are single-strip gags. Sundays from 1978-Aug-27 through 1978-Oct-29 comprise The Mystery of the Maltese Human storyline.
Early publicity material claimed that the strip was sold to over 50 newspapers throughout North America, which seems like marketing hyperbole since all current research has uncovered a much shorter list. Research on this topic is still on-going, however it seems unlikely that 50 newspapers ever ran the strip much less at the same time.
|When the Cleveland Plain Dealer dropped the strip at the end of August 1977, fans working at local television station WJKW decided to pick up the torch and carry on by televising the strip on a nightly basis. This seems to have continued at least until late November 1977.|
When Howard the Duck debuted as a newspaper comic strip, it was already an extremely popular comic book issued monthly by Marvel Comics. However, despite popularity in the comic book world, few newspapers decided to pick up the syndicated strip. This caused a supply/demand problem for much of the fan base (i.e. many who purchased the monthly comic book were not lucky enough to have access to the strip in their local newspaper). In an effort to fill the distribution gap, a number of small press publishers seized the opportunity to reprint the strip. Many publications listed below announced intentions to reprint the strip on an on-going basis, and one by one those plans eventually came to a crashing halt once a "cease and desist order" arrived from Marvel Comics and/or the Register and Tribune Syndicate. Only Compass, FOOM, and the Delaware convention program contained authorized reprints of the strip. All others were grey market reprints.
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