Co-Creator Of Howard The Duck, Val Mayerik, Talks About Guardians Of The Galaxy


Moises Chiullan co-hosts a podcast, Giant Size, recently welcoming  fellow Austin, Texas local Val Mayerik to his home to record an episode.

Which also included his first comments on the appearance of a certain feathered friend in Guardians of The Galaxy.

Moises Chiullan: Were you aware of this at all?

Val Mayerik: No.

MC: Have you seen it?

VM: Yes, yes I have seen it. I saw that entire frame, that entire card that was given over to Steve and myself. Whereas the other creators, Jim Starlin, Bill Mantlo and so forth, were given credit, but it was more a group of names. I was quite taken aback, I was quite bewildered, I was quite humbled, I was quite…overwhelmed by it. Whoever chose to do that was obviously a big fan of the character, and doing that for me and Steve [Gerber], I thought, was terrific. All I can do is feel a little regret that Steve is not alive to have seen that. Steve would have gotten a real charge out of seeing that, finally, he's gotten his due.

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Regarding the controversial Void Indigo series, which he also created with Steve Gerber:

VM:  Looking back at Void Indigo, it's a really interesting story…and I don't know what the status of this property is in terms of Steve's estate, but if it could ever be worked out, legally, for a good writer to pick this back up and go with it, I would love to do that. I would love to revive this…

And regarding Howard the Duck in comics:

MC: To acknowledge "the duck in the room" so to speak, if Marvel were to do more Howard the Duck stuff, would you be up for it? Man-Thing, even?

VM: Yeah, sure I would. Sure I would. I definitely would. In the mid-90's when I started doing storyboards, I never thought I'd say that, but yeah, it really does interest me now. It really does make me wanna do comics again.

Moises Chiullan: …pants or no pants?

Val Mayerik: …I think I can live with it either way. It depends on how they're tailored,

And on hearing about Bill Mantlo's accident:

VM: I was at a convention in the mid-90's, and my pal Mike Baron and I were having dinner, and I mentioned something about Bill Mantlo. And he goes, 'oh man, poor Mantlo', and I said 'what? what happened?", and he said 'oh, didn't you hear?', and I said 'no'. He told me about the accident, and that Bill's prognosis was not good. I felt bad. I'm actually going to(…) I feel compelled to get back in touch with him.

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About Rich Johnston

Founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world, since 1992. Author of The Flying Friar, Holed Up, The Avengefuls, Doctor Who: Room With A Deja Vu, The Many Murders Of Miss Cranbourne, Chase Variant. Lives in South-West London, works from Blacks on Dean Street, shops at Piranha Comics. Father of two. Political cartoonist.
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