While Disney's relationship with Marvel regarding Steve Gerber and Val Mayerik's Howard the Duck hasn't historically been, shall we say, awesome, the publishing pair's merger seems to have already had a positive effect on Howard's productivity. This September writer Stuart Moore and artists Mark Brooks, Joe Suitor and cover artist Skottie Young are on board to begin shining at least a little bit of Marvel's spotlight on its most iconic anthropomorphic fowl in "Spider-Man: Back in Quack" #1.

What's in store for the Web Slinger and his fine feathered (sorta) friend? Marvel sorts it out this way:

"Presenting two of Marvel's finest: Spider-Man and ... Cynical Duck (TM)? Yes, Howard the Duck's brain has been thoroughly scrubbed, his hard-edged humor carefully dulled down for maximum demographic acceptance. It's up to Peter Parker to set the duck straight -- but does the world prefer Howard this way? Guest-starring the villainy of SOOPhI, the utter cluelessness of Mayor J. Jonah Jameson, and the unnerving eroticism of "Swizzle," SOOPhI's whip-wielding corporate spokeswoman. So wrong it's ... well, no, it's still wrong, courtesy of Stuart Moore (NAMOR) and Mark Brooks (YOUNG AVENGERS). Plus: a tiny-size Man-Thing backup feature by Stuart Moore & Joe Suitor (MARVEL BREAKOUT)!"

See the full cover after the jump.

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