100. HOWARD THE DUCK
When you make a list with 100 unique entries and put as much thought into it as I have, entry #100 becomes as critical as #1. For one thing, whoever appears here stops that next character who just soooo close. For another thing—and probably more importantly—it is the first enry folks will read. It tells them what to expect: Does this list have credibility? And perhaps more important: Will it be interesting?
And so my list begins with Howard the Duck, whose comic had the brilliant tagline: “Trapped in a world he never made!”
Howard was ironic, but insightful. He was social satire and clearly the book wasn’t to be taken literally, and yet he’d team up with Spider-Man from time to time. His book ran for quite some time, even if it wasn’t a huge seller, and he even got a movie deal—even if the book was basically inaccessible to most readers.
So here’s what to expect from my list: Characters who mattered, and who had some level of popularity, but not necessarily the ones that everyone things of when they think about comic books.
Now, on to the rest of the list!
Recommended Howard The Duck reading:
- Essential Howard the Duck Vol. 1