Waugh! Marvel will release 20 variants covers in April celebrating Howard the Duck in a promotion with the saucy title of “What the Duck??”

“Response to the announcement of the new Howard the Duck series has been staggering,” says Marvel SVP Sales & Marketing David Gabriel. “There were so many talented artists eager to take a quack at drawing a Howard cover we couldn’t resist building an entire variant month around him. This April is going to be WTD certified!”

Howard the Duck, created by Steve Gerber and Val Mayerik, was the face of 70s counterculturalism at 70s Marvel, and then the face of the emerging creator rights battle in the 80s when Gerber sued unsuccessfully to get the rights to the character back. After the disastrous 1986 film, he was the face of George Lucas’s diminishing filmmaking skills. Most recently, a cameo at the end of Guardians of the Galaxy proved that everyone in comics comes back from the dead eventually.

A new Howard the Duck series by Chip Zdarsky and Joe Quinones debuts in March.

Marval released the first four covers—like a previous Wolverine campaign this one is heavy on iconic art poses.


·         All-New Hawkeye #2 – WTD Variant Cover by Francesco Francavilla


·         Amazing Spider-Man #17 – WTD Variant Cover by W. Scott Forbes


·         Rocket Raccoon #10 – WTD Variant Cover by Rob Guillory


·         Uncanny Inhumans #0 – WTD Variant Cover by Christian Ward

But more are coming
·         All-New Captain America #6
·         All-New X-Men #41
·         Ant-Man #4
·         Daredevil #15
·         Deadpool #45 (a.k.a. Deadpool #250)
·         Guardians of the Galaxy #26
·         Hulk #14
·         Inhuman #14
·         Legendary Star-Lord #11
·         Ms. Marvel #14
·         S.H.I.E.L.D. #5
·         Silk #3
·         Spider-Gwen #3
·         Superior Iron Man #7
·         Thor #7
·         Uncanny Avengers #4


  1. If the comic companies would compile a trade containing just covers and variants, I’m sure it would be a hit. As it is, I am not a potential customer for single issue variants, I leave that to the more serious.

  2. Marvel has done it for a few. I picked up a floppy with the versions of ironman variants. Not only did it have the covers without trade dress, is also had writeups by the artists explaining their thought process.

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