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.

Episode Guide

Ep. #  Episode Title [1] 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 [2] 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 [3] Val Mayerik & Alan Kupperberg [4] 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 [5] 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 [6] Marv Wolfman Alan Kupperberg 1978-Jun-18 1978-Oct-29 No Yes

[1] Episode titles in italics appeared in the strip itself. Non-italicized titles are fan creations.
[2] 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.
[3] This story is based upon Gerber's script from issue #4 of the Howard the Duck comic book.
[4] 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.
[5] Starting with this storyline, Sundays were no longer a part of the Monday to Saturday continuity.
[6] 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.

Newspaper Roll Call
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.


Country State/Province City Newspaper Start Date End Date Includes dailies? Includes Sundays?
CANADA Alberta Edmonton Edmonton Sun 1977-Nov-27 < 1978-Apr-02 No Yes
CANADA Ontario Ottawa Ottawa Journal 1977-Jun-06 1977-Oct-08 Yes Yes
CANADA Ontario Toronto Toronto Star 1977-Jun-06 1978-Jun-18 Yes Yes
USA Arizona Tucson Arizona Daily Star 1977-Jun-06 1977-Nov-06 Yes Yes
USA California Los Angeles Los Angeles Herald Examiner ~1978-Feb-27 ~1978-Sep-24 Yes Yes
USA California Oakland Oakland Tribune 1977-Jun-06 1977-Oct-02 Yes Yes
USA California Sacramento Sacramento Union 1978-Apr-24 1978-Oct-29 Yes Yes
USA D.C. Washington Washington Star-News 1977-Jun-06 1978-Oct-29 Yes ?
USA Florida Lakeland Lakeland Ledger 1977-Aug-01 1978-Jan-29 Yes No
USA Illinois Chicago Chicago Daily News 1977-Jun-06 1978-Mar-04 Yes Yes
USA Illinois Chicago Sun-Times 1978-Mar-?? 1978-Oct-29 Yes Yes
USA Michigan Detroit Detroit News 1977-Jun-06 >1978-Jan-15 Yes Yes
USA Nebraska Lincoln Lincoln Evening Journal 1977-Jun-06 >1977-Dec-25 Yes Yes
USA New Mexico Albuquerque Albuquerque Tribune 1977-Jun-06 1977-Oct-01 Yes No
USA Ohio Cleveland Cleveland Plain Dealer 1977-Jun-06 1977-Aug-28 Yes Yes
USA Ohio Dayton Dayton Daily News 1978-??-?? 1978-Oct-29 Yes Yes
USA Ohio Willoughby Lake County News Herald <1977-Dec-25 1978-Oct-29 Yes Yes
USA Pennsylvania Greensburg Tribune Review 1977-??-?? ? Yes Yes
USA Pennsylvania Philadelphia Philadelphia Bulletin 1977-??-?? 1978-??-?? Yes Yes
USA South Carolina Columbia The State 1977-Jun-27 1977-Aug-01 Yes ?
USA Texas San Antonio San Antonio Evening News 1977-Jun-06 >1977-Dec-31 Yes ?
USA Washington Seattle Seattle Post-Intelligencer 1978-??-?? 1978-Oct-29 ? Yes
USA Washington Seattle Seattle Times 1977-Jun-06 1977-Sep-30 Yes Yes
USA Washington Spokane Spokane Daily Chronicle 1977-Oct-10 1978-Jun-10 Yes No
USA Wisconsin Madison Capitol Times 1977-Aug-01 1978-Oct-29 Yes No

On Television
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.

Vintage Reprints

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.

Publication Title Issue # Issue Date Publisher  Dates of Reprinted Strips Strip Qty Reprint Summary Sundays in color? Strips from Ep. #
Amazing Fantasy Gazette  1 1979 Summer Garrett Press 1978-Apr-24 to 1978-Jun-13  (dailies only) 44 7 weeks w/o Sundays n/a 7
Comic Reader, The  149 1977 Oct STreet Enterprises  1977-Aug-28 1 1 Sunday Yes 2
Comic Reader, The  164 1979 Jan STreet Enterprises  1977-Aug-29 to 1977-Sep-04 7 1 week Yes 2
Comic Reader, The  165 1979 Feb STreet Enterprises  1977-Sep-05 to 1977-Sep-11 7 1 week Yes 2
Comic Reader, The  166 1979 Mar STreet Enterprises  1977-Sep-12 to 1977-Sep-18 7 1 week Yes 2
Comic Reader, The  167 1979 Apr STreet Enterprises  1977-Sep-19 to 1977-Sep-25 7 1 week Yes 2
Comic Reader, The  168 1979 May STreet Enterprises  1977-Sep-26 to 1977-Oct-02 7 1 week Yes 2
Comics Journal, The 37 1977 Dec Fantagraphics 1977-Jun-12, 1977-Jun-19, & 1977-Jun-26 3 3 Sundays No 1
Comics Journal, The 38 1978 Feb Fantagraphics 1977-Jul-03, 1977-Jul-10, & 1977-Jul-17 3 3 Sundays No 1
Comics Journal, The 39 1978 Apr Fantagraphics 1977-Jul-31 1 1 Sunday No 1
Comics Journal, The 40 1978 Jun Fantagraphics 1977-Jul-24 1 1 Sunday No 1
Compass v2 n11 1977 Jul Midgard Publications 1977-Jun-06 to 1977-Jul-02  (dailies only) 24 4 weeks w/o Sundays n/a 1
Compass v2 n12 1977 Aug Midgard Publications 1977-Jul-04 to 1977-Jul-30  (dailies only) 24 4 weeks w/o Sundays n/a 1
Compass v3 n1 1977 Sep Midgard Publications 1977-Aug-01 to 1977-Aug-27  (dailies only) 24 4 weeks w/o Sundays n/a 2
Compass v3 n2 1977 Oct Midgard Publications 1977-Aug-29 to 1977-Sep 24  (dailies only) 24 4 weeks w/o Sundays n/a 2
Compass v3 n3 1977 Nov Midgard Publications 1977-Sep-26 to 1977-Oct-22  (dailies only) 24 4 weeks w/o Sundays n/a 2 & 3
Compass v3 n4 1977 Dec Midgard Publications 1977-Oct 24 to 1977-Nov 19  (dailies only) 24 4 weeks w/o Sundays n/a 3
Compass v3 n5/6 1978 Jan/Feb Midgard Publications 1977-Nov-21 to 1977-Dec-17  (dailies only) 24 4 weeks w/o Sundays n/a 3 & 4
Compass v3 n7 1978 Mar Midgard Publications 1977-Dec-19 to 1978-Jan-14  (dailies only) 24 4 weeks w/o Sundays n/a 4 & 5
Compass v3 n8 1978 Apr Midgard Publications 1978-Jan 16 to 1978-Feb 11  (dailies only) 24 4 weeks w/o Sundays n/a 5
FOOM  17 1977 Mar Marvel Comics Group 1977-Jun-06 to 1977-Jun-09 4 4 dailies n/a 1
Howard the Duck (convention program) n/a 1977 Nov Delaware Valley Comicart Consortium  1977-Oct-10 to 1977-Oct-29  (dailies only) 18 3 weeks w/o Sundays n/a 3
It's Adventure Time With… 1 1978 Nov John Zawadzki  1977-Jun-06 to 1977-Jul-31 56 8 weeks No 1
Menomonee Falls Gazette, The 227 1977 Jun 15 STreet Enterprises  1977-Jun-06 to 1977-Jun-19 14 2 weeks No 1
Menomonee Falls Gazette, The 228 1977 Jun 30 STreet Enterprises  1977-Jun-20 to 1977-Jul-03 14 2 weeks No 1
Menomonee Falls Gazette, The 229 1977 Oct 15 STreet Enterprises  1977-Jul-04 to 1977-Jul-17 14 2 weeks No 1
Menomonee Falls Gazette, The 230 1977 Oct 30 STreet Enterprises  1977-Jul-18 to 1977-Jul-31 14 2 weeks No 1
Menomonee Falls Gazette, The 231 1977 Dec 15 STreet Enterprises  1977-Aug-01 to 1977-Aug-14 14 2 weeks No 2
Menomonee Falls Gazette, The 232 1978 Mar 03 STreet Enterprises  1977-Aug-15 to 1977-Aug-28 14 2 weeks No 2
Week's Worth of Comics, A  1 1977 Dec 21 Tyson Blue  1977-Dec-12 to 1977-Dec-18 7 1 week No 4
Week's Worth of Comics, A  2 1977 Dec 28 Tyson Blue  1977-Dec-19 to 1977-Dec-25 7 1 week No 4
Week's Worth of Comics, A  3 1978 Nov Tyson Blue  1977-Dec-26 to 1978-Jan-01 7 1 week No 4
Week's Worth of Comics, A  4 1978 Dec Tyson Blue  1978-Jan-02 to 1978-Jan-08 7 1 week No 5
Week's Worth of Comics, A  5 1979 Jan/Feb Tyson Blue  1978-Jan-09 to 1978-Jan-15 7 1 week No 5
Week's Worth of Comics, A  6 1979 Mar Tyson Blue  1978-Jan-16 to 1978-Jan-22 7 1 week No 5
Week's Worth of Comics, A  7 1979 Apr Tyson Blue  1978-Jan-23 to 1978-Jan-29 7 1 week No 5
Week's Worth of Comics, A  8 1979 May/Jun Tyson Blue  1978-Jan-30 to 1978-Feb-05 7 1 week No 5
Week's Worth of Comics, A  9 1979 Jul Tyson Blue  1978-Feb-06 to 1978-Feb-12 7 1 week No 5
Week's Worth of Comics, A  10 1979 Aug Tyson Blue  1978-Feb-13 to 1978-Feb-19 7 1 week No 5
Week's Worth of Comics, A  11 1979 Sep Tyson Blue  1978-Feb-20 to 1978-Feb-26 7 1 week No 5

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