Omnia Mutantur, Nihil Interit.

Oh, pus and blasphemation! Steve Gerber’s dead. Among other things, he created the beyond-brilliant comic Howard the Duck (known today largely as the basis of George Lucas’ worst movie–yes even worse than Episode I, a truly epic standard of awfulness).

Well, all men and ducks are mortal, and Steve Gerber was a man, but I wish he had managed to duck the Reaper’s scythe this time.

About JE

James Enge is the author of the World-Fantasy-Award-nominated novel Blood of Ambrose (Pyr, April 2009). His latest book is The Wide World's End. His short fiction has appeared in Swords and Dark Magic (Harper Collins, 2010), Black Gate, the Stabby-Award-winning anthology Blackguards and elsewhere.
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10 Responses to Omnia Mutantur, Nihil Interit.

  1. fpb says:

    I see you know Destroyer Duck. Now there’s something that sorts the men from the boys.

    He was the first writer in comics who really showed that comics could be written, and not just drawn, to the highest standards of literacy, sophistication and invention. God rest his restless soul.

    • JE says:

      Well, I only have a couple issues of the Marauding Mallard’s adventures. I picked them up at a sale because (a.) the antagonist in one is Medea, and how many comic-books have tie-ins to Euripides? and (b.) Destroyer Duck reminded me a little of Howard the Duck. I was stunned to find when I got home that the book was actually written by SG.

      • fpb says:

        So you didn’t know that Destroyer had come to this world to avenge the abduction (by a corporate monster), dissection and murder of his friend “The Little Guy”, who was obviously none other than Howard?

        • JE says:

          I had read about this, but I’m not sure if it came up in the “Medea” issue or not. (And now I can’t find it: it’s in some box somewhere. Which in our house doesn’t narrow its location down much.)

  2. davidcapeguy says:

    Howard the Duck vs. OTR…

    Even worse than his movie about old time radio? Can’t recall the title, but it was one of those comedies with no laughs and no discernable sense of humor.

    • JE says:

      Re: Howard the Duck vs. OTR…

      Was that “Radioland Murders”? I confess I didn’t see this one (or even remember it, until you mentioned it).

  3. Hey don’t say that about TPM!! ;p

    • JE says:

      Sorry if I wounded you! (Did you really like “Phantom Menace” or are you just teasing me?)

      • Oh, lol. I did like it it, but I wasn’t wounded. 🙂 I just like to moan and whine whenever someone says it was more than bad.

        • JE says:

          Well, I’d be the first to admit there were good things in it: I liked Liam Neeson as Qui-Gon Jinn, for instance. I’m afraid things like Jar-Jar Binks and the predictable “daring flight to blow up the space-station” really brought down the average for me.

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