Keith R.A. DeCandido (kradical) wrote,
Keith R.A. DeCandido

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Steve Gerber, RIP

Steve Gerber, the comics writer best known for creating Howard the Duck (which was a brilliantly subversive comic book long before it was a crappy George Lucas movie), died yesterday of complications from pulmonary fibrosis, which he's had for about a year or so.

I got to know Steve through a mailing list we were both on, and I'd been enjoying his work for years. (I even reviewed his triumphant return to the Howard character in 1996's Spider-Man Team-Up #5.) Star Trek fans may recognize Gerber as the cowriter of the Next Generation episode "Contagion." Steve was always proud of the fact that he and cowriter Beth Woods were the ones who established both Picard's archaeology hobby and his fondness for "tea, Earl Grey, hot."

He was a great force in comics, and he will be sorely missed.

*raises glass*

Edited to add: I almost forgot -- he was also the writer responsible for the single greatest comic book title in the history of the universe: Giant-Size Man-Thing #1.....

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