Appearing in "The Duck and the Defenders"
- Band of the Bland (First appearance)
- New York City
Synopsis for "The Duck and the Defenders"
A new group of super-villains called the Band of the Bland (villains who all share one thing in common: Not a single one has had an original thought ever.) have gathered together under the leadership of Dr. Angst, who suggests that they should get some big money job, and suggests that they assassinate presidential candidate Howard the Duck.
The next day, Howard and Beverly are kicked out of a hotel, and while looking for an old friend of Beverly's who lives in Greenwich village, they stumble upon Dr. Strange's Sanctum Sanctorum and meet the Defenders. Invited in by Dr. Strange who is intrigued by Howard, the whole group is attacked by the Band of the Banal who believe themselves powered up on an element called Prometheum.
Dr. Strange is struck down early in the battle and he transfers his mystic powers to Howard. Howard and the Defenders then battle the Band of the Banal until Dr. Strange can regain consciousness and reclaim his powers. Dr. Strange then easily finishes off the group, explains to them that Promethium was just a placebo and turns them over to the police.
Appearing in "The Enchanter's Apprentice!"
- Plato (Referenced)
- Descartes (Referenced)
- Unnamed Duck (First appearance)
- Joshua Kale
- Andrew Kale
- Korrek's father (Mentioned)
Deities and Invocations:
- Korrek's mystic sword
Synopsis for "The Enchanter's Apprentice!"
As an improbable battle rages on below the castle, Man-Thing is picked up by Jennifer Kale, with the savage Korrek following from behind. Korrek catches up with Kale and the Man-Thing and attacks the two of them. Jennifer suddenly awakens screaming, and as her brother and grandfather burst into the room to reassure her it's all a dream. However, Joshua Kale has his doubts that his granddaughters nightmares being just dreams.
His supicions are validated when Korrek is transported to Earth's dimension through a jar of peanut butter and resumes his attack on Jennifer. However, when Joshua and Andy burst into the room, Korrek believes himself surrounded and flees into the swamp. The Kales are soon visited by Dakimh the Mystic who has come to tell the Kales about the disruption in the Nexus of All Realities caused by the construction being done in the swamp. He has also come to train Jennifer in his mystical knowledge, with her grandfathers permission, Jennifer leaves with Dakimh.
While in the swamp, Korrek is confused with his surroundings and is about to give up his quest when he spots the Man-Thing spying on him. Attacking the creature in a fury, he once again sees that no matter what he does, he cannot harm the Man-Thing and so he stops fighting. While lamenting over his plight, Korrek is visited by Howard the Duck, who has also found himself transported to Earth's dimension as well.
While in the other realm, Jennifer begins her mystical training by Dakimh, however an attack by their enemies leaves Jennifer alone when Dakimh flees during their attack, and she is taken prisoner. While back on the Earth dimension, Howard and Korrek team up to find a way back to their respective realities. Traveling through the swamp with Man-Thing in tow, Korrek is compelled to go to the F. A. Schist construction site after hearing a blood curdling scream. Spotting demons attacking the site, the monsters soon turn their attention towards Man-Thing, Korrek and Howard and close in for the kill. This story is continued in Man-Thing #1.
Appearing in "Battle for the Palace of the Gods!"
- Dakimh the Enchanter
- Jennifer Kale
- Howard the Duck (Name Revealed) (Apparent death)
- Gods of Therea (First appearance)
Races and Species:
- Katharta (Mentioned)
- Sominus (Mentioned)
- Cosmic Axis
Synopsis for "Battle for the Palace of the Gods!"
Story continued from Adventure into Fear #19.... At the F. A. Schist Construction Camp, Man-Thing, Korrek and Howard the Duck are confronted by demons that are followers of the "Overmaster" who seeks to take over all of existence. Fighting a losing battle against the neigh indestructible demons, the trio are saved by a last minute intervention by Dakimh, who asks them to join him in stopping the Overmaster.
Meanwhile, Jennifer Kale is a prisoner of the Congress of Realities, who are waiting for the arrival of the Overmaster to execute her. When the Overmaster arrives he orders his men to execute her, however they fail to do so when a dimensional shift causes Daredevil and Black Widow to briefly appear in the room and disarm her executioners. Jennifer is suddenly turned into water and leaks between the floor boards and rematerializes in between realms where Dakimh and the others are waiting for her. Explaining that they need to realign the Nexus of All Realities, the foursome begin to hop across the dimensional path, however Howard trips and falls into the dimensional void. In order not to lose any more of his companions, Dakimh creates a helmet of protection for Korrek. When the trio arrive at the center of the nexus, they succeed in realigning it, however it also gives the Overmaster and his Congress of Realities access to the realm of Therea, where they hope to kill the Gods that reside there and take over.
Travelling to Therea themselves, Dakimh and the others stop the Overmaster's armies progression to the palace of Therea. There the Overmaster unmasks himself, revealing him to be the demon Thog. The Man-Thing battles Thog and his minions, burning those who fear him, and when Thog becomes afraid of plunging into the moat of Therean water, Man-Thing grabs him and he begins to burn as well. With his hands melting, Thog tries to break free, and ends up falling in the moat of pure water, which seemingly kills him. With their master defeated, the Congress and it's armies retreat back from whence they came.
After the battle, when the others wonder why the gods of Therea didn't help in the battle, Dakimh shows that they never lived in the castle at all, but in the village below, and that the God's of this realm are two dogs under the care of two farmers. When the Man-Thing touches one of the dogs, they are all shown the full of reality before all being sent to their respective homes.
Appearing in "Frog Death!"
- Mr. Hooper, cigar salesman
- Cleveland Division of Police
- George Washington (Photo)
Races and Species:
Synopsis for "Frog Death!"
After months of falling between the dimensional void was stranded on during his battle against the Overmaster, Howard lands back on Earth, however this time he lands in Cleveland. Befriending some children, they take Howard to the nearest cigar shop, where the indifferent owner is given a shock first by Howard's currency (US money with ducks for presidents) and later his appearance.
When asking the children why the cigar shop owner was on edge, they point out Garko, a man who, since moving into the neighborhood, has sat in the window of his fourth floor apartment looking into a jar and occasionally yelling about taking over the world.
Garko debates over the merits of ruling the world, and decides that the point of acquiring power would be to get more, which would equate to killing people. Opting to just cut out the world conquering and skip to the killing, he consumes the potion in his bottle and transforms into a Man-Frog creature.
When the rampaging Garko approaches Howard and the boys, Howard sends them off to call the police while he battles the Man-Frog. During the fight Garko begins to shrink and turn into a real frog. Swinging blindly, Howard accidentally strikes a police officer who has arrived to the scene. Not believing his story about a giant Man-Frog, the police arrest Howard instead believing him to be the maniac that was called in about. As the police car drives away, it runs over the frog body of Garko.
Appearing in "Hellcow!"
- Hellcow (First appearance)
- Dracula (Only in flashback)
- Commissioner Gordonski
- Jubal Brown (Death)
- Brown's daughter
- |Hans (Only in flashback)
Races and Species:
Synopsis for "Hellcow!"
Howard the Duck languishes inside of a Cleveland City jail cell. Police commissioner Gordonski mistakenly believes that Howard is a midget dressed as duck. He attempts to remove his costume, but is shocked to discover that Howard is a genuine duck. Unwilling to risk public humiliation, he orders Howard's release.
Howard decides to develop a strong reputation in Cleveland in the hopes of one day becoming a police officer. He reads a local newspaper, which tells of a series of mysterious farm slayings.
That night, Howard masquerades as a human and wanders the city streets in the hopes of luring the killer out of hiding. Suddenly, a vampiric bovine known as the Hellcow swoops down out of the sky and attacks Howard. It kicks him into an auto-parts store and attempts to drink his blood. Howard keeps Hellcow at bay with a cross-shaped lug wrench, and manipulates her into diving into a pile of tires. As Hellcow attempts to wrest her fangs free from a whitewall tire, Howard destroys her with a stake and hammer.
Although Howard solves the mystery and saves the day, he is denied the chance to become a police officer.
Appearing in "Know Your Candidate"
Synopsis for "Know Your Candidate"
Pin-Up of Howard the Duck and the Defenders.
Appearing in "Howard the Barbarian"
- Beverly Switzler (First appearance)
- Cosmic Calculator
- Cosmic Key
Synopsis for "Howard the Barbarian"
At the mouth of the Cuyahoga river, Howard the Duck contemplates his lot in life and comes to the conclusion that he should commit suicide, because he is unable to make a living in a world of humans. Spying a tower out in the middle of the river, Howard rides a log there and decides to scale the tower and jump off. As he climbs he realizes that the tower is made out of credit cards. Reaching a window near the top, Howard enters for a rest and comes face to face with Beverly Switzler. Killing a barbarian mystically transformed into a dog by fluke, Howard meets Beverly's captor, Pro-Rata. Pro-Rata is a magician that uses accounting skills in order to command his magic and hopes to obtain the Jeweled Key, that once used at midnight with his cosmic adding machine will allow him to become a god. Explaining his origin, Pro-Rata knocks Howard out.
While in New York City, J. Jonah Jameson sends Peter Parker on an assignment to Cleveland in order to confirm reports of a talking duck and to take pictures. While back in Cleveland, Howard revives and finds that he's been changed into barbarian garb, he and Beverly are then sent to another dimension to collect the jeweled key. There Howard is mistaken for a hatchling Bahndbird and is attacked by a barbarian on a steed. Howard manages to break his joust causing the barbarian to wipe out and get knocked unconscious. Commandeering his steed, Howard and Beverly travel to the temple of the Jeweled Key.
There they find it guarded by stone statues and suspended over a pit of spikes. Putting his mind into how to get the key (and chomping on a cigar to boot) Howard has Beverly hold his helmet over the pit while he flicks his cigar at the rope suspending the key over the pit. The ploy works, the cigar burning through the rope and making the key land in the helmet. Leaving the temple they are attacked by the stone statues and a Bahndbird, which destroys the statues.
As the creature approaches Howard and Beverly, they are transported back to Earth, along with the Bahndbird. When Pro-Rata commands Howard to give him the key, Howard tosses it off the tower, however it is caught by the arriving Spider-Man who has been drawn to the tower when it's upper levels were blasted open by the Bahndbird. As Spider-Man battles the Bahndbird, Pro-Rata attempts to blast him with a mystic bolt, however Howard throws his scabbard at the mystic, causing him to misfire and ignite the pollutants in the Cuyahoga instead. In an act of heroism, Howard then knocks himself and Pro-Rata over the edge, however, Howard is saved by Spider-Man, and Pro-Rata lands in the fire to perish alone. After thanking Spider-Man for his help, Howard and Beverly bid the wall-crawler farewell as he webs off to capture the Bahndbird.
- Reprints portions of Fear #19 and Man-Thing #1 pertaining to the first appearance of Howard the Duck.