Howard The Duck Volume 1 #1 January 1976. Written by Steve Gerber. Art by Frank Brunner and Steve Leialoha. Cover by Frank Brunner. Howard the Barbarian; Legendary creators Steve Gerber and Frank Bruner present the audacious, quirky, downright filthy Howard the Duck in his own ongoing series!; Howards debut adventure guest stars a plethora of Marvel Heroes–Spider-Man, Conjurer, and many more; Howard is thinking of committing suicide and then finds himself involved in a bizarre adventure where he meets Beverly Switzler and Spider-Man for the first time, and faces off against Pro-Rata, the Financial Wizard. Continued from Giant-Size Man-Thing #5.