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An Appropriately Offbeat Birthday Tribute To The Late, Great Steve Gerber

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Steve Gerber was one of comics' most individual talents – an acclaimed writer whose career spanned four decades, an outspoken voice for creative rights, and, of course, as he's inevitably known today, the man who made an ill-tempered cigar-smoking duck into one of Marvel's most unforgettable characters.

He broke into the field in the early '70s as part of a "new guard" of Marve

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Marvel Unlimited Edition: After Steve Gerber

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The Marvel Unlimited app is a gigantic, messy cache of awesome and terrible old comic books: a library of 13,000 or so back issues of Marvel titles, available on demand for subscribers with tablets or mobile phones. Like any good back-room longbox, it’s disorganized and riddled with gaps, but it’s also full of forgotten and overlooked jewels, as well as a few stone classics. In Marvel Unlimited Edition, Eisner-winning critic Douglas Wolk dives into the Unlimited archive to find its best, oddest and most intriguing comics.

Steve Gerber died in 2008, but his work is still casting a shadow over contemporary comics -- it's a good bet that Guardians of the Galaxy and The Defenders wouldn't be what they are now without him, for instance, and the biting, off-kilter tone of his writing has found its way into the central stream of superhero comics. Here are a couple of ingenious variations on projects he co-created, as well as a posthumously published jewel.

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Spidey Will Team Up With Marvel’s Horror Heroes In ‘Ultimate Spider-Man’ Halloween Special

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If I'm being honest, I think all I've ever wanted out of any Marvel cartoon is for Swamp Thing and Howard The Duck to team up and hang out. And while we are still a long, long way from that ever happening (because that's never happening), we're closer than we've ever been. A few weeks ago, Howard made a brief cameo appearance in an episode of Marvel's Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H., and now Marvel has announced a special one-hour Halloween episode of Ultimate Spider-Mafor October, featuring Spidey teaming up with Blade, Werewolf by Night, The Living Mummy, Frankenstein's Monster and Man-Thing.

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‘Man-Thing’ by Gerber & Nowlan 20 Years Late but Worth the Wait [Art]

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Coming next month from Marvel is the first of a three-issue miniseries called The Infernal Man-Thing. I do not know anything about the Man-Thing. I presume he's kind of like Swamp Thing, but perhaps more man than swamp. But despite the fact tha

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Marvel’s ‘Fearsome Four’ Mini to Pit Birds and Monsters Against Man-Thing

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Marvel's Man-Thing has earned a pretty heroic reputation of late in the pages of Jeff Parker and Kev Walker's Thunderbolts, but his trademark burning touch may prove to be a liability to the Marvel U during Fear Itself. Leave it to Howa

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Great Comics That Never Happened Holiday Special #4: O’ Man-Enbaum!

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In our recurring feature, ComicsAlliance writer Chris Sims and a rotating cast of talented artists imagine a finer world to bring you a look at the Best Comics Ever that Did Not, Will Not, and occasionally Can Not Happen! This month, we're switching it up a little to bring you a special holiday themed installment every week, and for the last week before Christmas, Chris and artist Steven Sanders (Marvel's S.W.O.R.D.and Deadpool Team-Up) bring you a true Yule

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Man-Thing and Marvel’s Other Monsters to Menace ‘The Superhero Squad Show’

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Cartoon Network's "The Superhero Squad Show" has cast an all-ages animated spotlight on a number of Marvel's less-than A-list characters in its first season, but the show's upcoming second season promises to push even more fan-favorites into prominence with an entire episode dedicated to Marvel's monsters

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