Below is an index of the primary source documents used in the writing of the article "All Quacked Up: Steve Gerber, Marvel Comics, and Howard the Duck" (click here. The links will take you to photocopies of the documents.
1. Check (front and back) for $285.00, dated June 1, 1973, from Marvel to Steve Gerber. This check purportedly includes payment for Gerber’s scriptwriting work for the “Man-Thing” episode in Adventure into Fear #19. The story features Howard the Duck’s first appearance. Link.
2. The March 12, 1976 licensing agreement between Marvel and Steve Gerber for the “Vote Howard the Duck in ’76” pin-back button. Link.
3. The March 18, 1977 contract between Marvel and Steve Gerber for scripting the Howard the Duck newspaper strip. Link.
4. 1977 Howard the Duck redesign art prepared by Disney. Link.
5. The first page of a Howard the Duck redesign memo, dated June 30, 1977, by Marvel art director John Romita. Link.
6. October 14, 1977 memo regarding the Howard the Duck redesign, by Marvel production artist Marie Severin. Link.
7. The October 7, 1977 contract between Marvel and Steve Gerber, formally employing him as a comic-book scriptwriter and editor of the Howard the Duck comic-book series. Link.
8. The March 21, 1978 telegram from Steve Gerber’s attorney Joseph D. Peckerman to Marvel president James Galton. The telegram demands written notice of Gerber’s termination as scriptwriter of the Howard the Duck newspaper strip. Link.
9. The April 5, 1978 letter from Steve Gerber to Marvel president James Galton regarding the termination of Gerber’s contract for writing the Howard the Duck newspaper strip. Link.
10. The May 2, 1978 letter from Marvel publisher Stan Lee to Steve Gerber terminating Gerber’s employment at Marvel. Link.
11. Marvel editor-in-chief Jim Shooter’s May 10, 1978 cover letter for the work-made-for-hire contract Marvel issued to its freelance creator pool. Link.
12. Marvel’s 1978 work-made-for-hire contract. Link.
13. The June 30, 1980 cease-and-desist letter to Marvel from Steve Gerber’s attorney Henry W. Holmes, Jr. regarding the licensing of Howard the Duck. Link.
14. Court Docket, Stephen Gerber v. Cadence Industries Corp., et al., Case No. 80-3840, U. S. District Court, Central District of California. Link.
15. The August 29, 1980 complaint filed in U. S. District Court, Central District of California, by attorney Henry W. Holmes, Jr. on behalf of Steve Gerber against the Cadence Industries Corporation [Marvel Comics’ parent company], Marvel Productions, Inc., Stan Lee, Selluloid Productions, Inc., Peter Shanaberg, Morrie Eiseman, and Peter Coffrin. Link.
16. The defendants’ attorney Donald S. Engel’s November 12, 1980 Motion to Dismiss and Memorandum of Points. Link.
17. Steve Gerber’s December 24, 1980 declaration in response to the November 12, 1980 Motion to Dismiss. Link.
18. Steve Gerber’s attorney Henry W. Holmes, Jr.’s January 7, 1981 reply to the November 12, 1980 Motion to Dismiss. Link.
19. The defendants’ official February 2, 1981 answer to Steve Gerber’s lawsuit complaint, written by attorney Donald S. Engel. Link.
20. The October 27, 1981 minutes order directing the defendants to pay $2,150.00 in attorney’s fees to Steve Gerber’s lawyers. Link.
21. The December 15, 1981 minutes order directing Steve Gerber to pay $1,200.00 in attorney’s fees to the defendants’ lawyers. Link.
22. Judge David Kenyon’s May 14, 1982 order dismissing the third and fourth of the six claims for relief made by Steve Gerber in his lawsuit complaint. Link.
23. The November 8, 1982 case dismissal filing in Gerber v. Cadence Industries, et al., and Judge David Kenyon’s accompanying dismissal order. Link.
24. The April 30, 1985 Marvel letter accepting a submitted Steve Gerber Howard the Duck script. The letter was sent by Michael Hobson, Marvel Vice-President in Charge of Publishing, to Gerber’s attorney Henry W. Holmes, Jr. Link.