I remember back in the fall of 1986 my grandmother gave me 20 bucks. That whole 20 bucks must have lasted me an entire week, and I believe I bought my very first comic book with it. Peter Porker, the Spectacular Spider Ham…that’s right, mother fucking Spider Ham. And my love affair with the anthropolymorphic began. I never really put together that it was a Marvel book; I had no older siblings to guide me about that joys of X-Men or any of that till I figured that out my own. Then something strange happened and I blame George Lucas for it. I saw Howard the Duck and it set my mind ablaze, like some prepubescent acid trip that only a nine year with an overactive imagination can have (I still to this day have no clue why people hate this movie, like it’s possible to make a good move with talking duck in it). However at the beginning credits I noticed after the umpteenth time of watching it, the text read “based on the Marvel Comic”. Huh? Like Spider Ham? Captain Americat? And my mission began…
Howard the Duck created a duck infatuation my brain. I started collected Uncle Scrooge and Donald Duck for a couple years to coincide with watching the Disney Afternoon at 3pm. But, one day while at a hole in wall comic book shop on Sierra Madre Blvd. out of the corner of my eye I saw it…Howard the Duck #5, and it was proof that I hadn’t been in the midst of a Doritos and Starburst high of my youth.
And that was how I was really introduced into not only Marvel Comics, but comics in general. Eventually, I transitioned out of Disney was once I read the X-Men (Disney was fucking over once I read X-Men), but later I started picking up Uncle Scrooge again to ignite what I thought was missing from my comic reading enjoyment…just a good story well told. Looking back in retrospect, Howard the Duck was a complete mind fuck as a nine year old, but it also molded me into the unique individual I am today.
So lord love a duck… and take a hit!
This is some text prior to the author information. You can change this text from the admin section of WP-Gravatar The Incredible Dope is Will Miller. Currently the Co-Creator and head writer of “Coltrane”, a self published comic book which is slated for release in 2012 and is currently developing material for the big screen and television for Family Treez Productions. Read more from this author