4. Destroyer Duck
(7 issues, 1982-1984)
It started out as a fundraiser to help Steve Gerber win back the rights to Howard the Duck, but it turned out to be a terrific comic in its own right. After years of working on kids' cartoons, Gerber was back in his element, with his acid wit and knack for inspired lunacy in full force. And it's some of Jack Kirby's best late-period work -- the tale of a lone soldier waging war against a rapacious corporation clearly resonated with him. Politics, marketing, comics...they all get skewered by Gerber's savage pen. The book is full of great characters -- one of my favorites is "Medea", a parody of Elektra who wears hair curlers and a housecoat and wields electrified barbecue forks. Gerber may not have won his lawsuit, but he proved that he still had the goods.