Howard the Duck appeared as a newspaper comic strip ran 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 in North America by the Register and Tribune Syndicate, it appeared in newspapers daily in black and white, and Sundays in color.

Episode Guide

Ep. #  Episode Title [1] Writer Artist/s Start End Includes
dailies?
Includes
Sundays?
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

Footnotes:
[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 Mon-Sat 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 (see below). Granted that research in this area is still on-going, however it seems unlikely that 50 plus papers ever ran the strip much less at the same time.
Country State/Province City Newspaper Start Date End Date Inc. Dailies? Inc. Sundays?
CANADA Alberta Edmonton Edmonton Sun 1977-11-27 1977-12-11 No Yes
CANADA Ontario Ottawa Ottawa Journal 1977-06-06 1977-07-30 Yes Yes
CANADA Ontario Toronto Toronto Star 1977-06-06 1978-06-18 Yes Yes
USA Arizona Tucson Arizona Daily Star 1977-06-06 1977-11-06 Yes Yes
USA California Los Angeles Los Angeles Herald Examiner <1978-02-?? >1978-04-?? Yes No
USA California Oakland Oakland Tribune 1977-06-06 1977-10-02 Yes Yes
USA California Sacramento Sacramento Union 1978-04-24 1978-10-29 Yes Yes
USA D.C. Washington Washington Star-News 1977-06-06 1978-10-29 Yes ?
USA Florida Lakeland Lakeland Ledger 1977-08-01 1978-01-29 Yes No
USA Illinois Chicago Chicago Daily News 1977-06-06 1978-03-04 Yes Yes
USA Illinois Chicago Sun-Times 1978-03-?? 1978-10-29 Yes Yes
USA Michigan Detroit Detroit News 1977-06-06 >1978-01-15 Yes Yes
USA Nebraska Lincoln Lincoln Evening Journal 1977-06-06 >12/25/1977 Yes Yes
USA New Mexico Albuquerque Albuquerque Tribune 1977-06-06 1977-10-01 Yes ?
USA Ohio Cleveland Cleveland Plain Dealer 1977-06-06 1977-08-28 Yes Yes
USA Ohio Dayton Dayton Daily News 1978-??-?? 1978-10-29 Yes Yes
USA Ohio Willoughby Lake County News Herald <1977-12-25 1978-10-29 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 1977-06-27 1977-08-01 Yes ?
USA Texas San Antonio San Antonio Evening News 1977-06-06 >12/31/1977 Yes ?
USA Washington Seattle Seattle Post-Intelligencer 1978-??-?? 1978-10-29 ? Yes
USA Washington Seattle Seattle Times 1977-06-06 1977-09-30 Yes Yes
USA Washington Spokane Spokane Daily Chronicle 1977-10-10 1978-06-10 Yes No
USA Wisconsin Madison Capitol Times 1977-08-01 1978-10-29 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 of the title in the comic book world, few newspapers picked up the syndicated strip. This left a large gap between the sizable fan base which purchased the monthly comic book, and those few who had access to the strip in their local newspaper. As a result, a number of small press publishers seized the opportunity to reprint the strip and distribute it in an effort to fill this obvious distribution gap. Each small press editor announced intentions to reprint the strip on an on-going basis, and one by one those plans came to a crashing halt when a "cease and desist" order arrived from Marvel Comics and/or the Tribune Syndicate. Only FOOM and the Delaware Convention Program contained fully authorized reprints of the strip. All others were grey market reprints.

Publication Title Issue # Issue Date Publisher  Dates of Reprinted Strip(s) Strip Qty Reprint Summary Sundays in color? Strips from Episode #
A Week's Worth of Comics  1 1977 Dec 21 Tyson Blue  1977-12-12 to 1977-12-18 7 1 week No 4
A Week's Worth of Comics  2 1977 Dec 28 Tyson Blue  1977-12-19 to 1977-12-25 7 1 week No 4
A Week's Worth of Comics  3 1978 Nov Tyson Blue  1977-12-26 to 1978-01-01 7 1 week No 4
A Week's Worth of Comics  4 1978 Dec Tyson Blue  1978-01-02 to 1978-01-08 7 1 week No 5
A Week's Worth of Comics  5 1979 Jan/Feb Tyson Blue  1978-01-09 to 1978-01-15 7 1 week No 5
A Week's Worth of Comics  6 1979 Mar Tyson Blue  1978-01-16 to 1978-01-22 7 1 week No 5
A Week's Worth of Comics  7 1979 Apr Tyson Blue  1978-01-23 to 1978-01-29 7 1 week No 5
A Week's Worth of Comics  8 1979 May/Jun Tyson Blue  1978-01-30 to 1978-02-05 7 1 week No 5
A Week's Worth of Comics  9 1979 Jul Tyson Blue  1978-02-06 to 1978-02-12 7 1 week No 5
A Week's Worth of Comics  10 1979 Aug Tyson Blue  1978-02-13 to 1978-02-19 7 1 week No 5
A Week's Worth of Comics  11 1979 Sep Tyson Blue  1978-02-20 to 1978-02-26 7 1 week No 5
Amazing Fantasy Gazette  1 1979 Summer Garrett Press 1978-04-24 to 1978-06-13 dailies only 44 44 dailies N/A 7
FOOM  17 1977 Mar Marvel  1977-06-06 to 1977-06-09 4 4 dailies N/A 1
Howard the Duck (convention program) 1 1977 Nov Delaware Valley Comicart Consortium  1977-10-10 to 1977-10-29 dailies only 18 18 dailies N/A 3
It's Adventure Time With… 1 1978 Nov John Zawadzki  1977-06-06 to 1977-07-31 56 56 consecutive strips No 1
Menomonee Falls Gazette  227 1977 Jun 15 STreet Enterprises  1977-06-06 to 1977-06-19 14 2 weeks No 1
Menomonee Falls Gazette  228 1977 Jun 30 STreet Enterprises  1977-06-20 to 1977-07-03 14 2 weeks No 1
Menomonee Falls Gazette  229 1977 Oct 15 STreet Enterprises  1977-07-04 to 1977-07-17 14 2 weeks No 1
Menomonee Falls Gazette  230 1977 Oct 30 STreet Enterprises  1977-07-18 to 1977-07-31 14 2 weeks No 1
Menomonee Falls Gazette  231 1977 Dec 15 STreet Enterprises  1977-08-01 to 1977-08-14 14 2 weeks No 2
Menomonee Falls Gazette  232 1978 Mar 03 STreet Enterprises  1977-08-15 to 1977-08-28 14 2 weeks No 2
The Comic Reader  149 1977 Oct STreet Enterprises  1977-08-28 1 1 Sunday Yes 2
The Comic Reader  164 1979 Jan STreet Enterprises  1977-08-29 to 1977-09-04 7 1 week Yes 2
The Comic Reader  165 1979 Feb STreet Enterprises  1977-09-05 to 1977-09-11 7 1 week Yes 2
The Comic Reader  166 1979 Mar STreet Enterprises  1977-09-12 to 1977-09-18 7 1 week Yes 2
The Comic Reader  167 1979 Apr STreet Enterprises  1977-09-19 to 1977-09-25 7 1 week Yes 2
The Comic Reader  168 1979 May STreet Enterprises  1977-09-26 to 1977-10-02 7 1 week Yes 2
The Comics Journal 37 1977 Dec Fantagraphics 1977-06-12, 1977-06-19, and 1977-06-26 3 3 Sundays No 1
The Comics Journal 38 1978 Feb Fantagraphics 1977-07-03, 1977-07-10, and 1977-07-17 3 3 Sundays No 1
The Comics Journal 39 1978 Apr Fantagraphics 1977-07-31 1 1 Sunday No 1
The Comics Journal 40 1978 Jun Fantagraphics 1977-07-24 1 1 Sunday No 1

 
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