Writer and humorist Arie Kaplan (Bongo, MAD Magazine, LEGO Star Wars Face Off, 5-Minute Avengers Stories) comes to the podcast to discuss the original run of Howard the Duck from Marvel Comics.
Created by Steve Gerber and Val Mayerik with contributions from Gene Colan Ernie Colón (that happens a few times) and many others, Howard the Duck was a strange mix of absurdist humor and satire, often skewering Marvel super heroics as well as politics and comics writing itself.
It makes sense that Arie wanted to talk about this revered run given his own sensibilities as a writer, which was a discussion ripe with examining the role of the writer and comics as a part of today’s culture.
Arie on Howard the Duck:
“[Steve Gerber]’s taking on religious hypocrisy, political hypocrisy, he’s taking on the silliness of show business and the entertainment industry, the ridiculousness of superhero comic books … It’s a great forum to just—whatever is upsetting you, whatever’s on your mind, whatever’s pissing you off that month—you’re just able to do it. There was no blogging in those days, but this was like Steve Gerber’s blog.”
Music: “Jonathan” by Fiona Apple