Gerber was a true genius when it came to writing, and an absolute madman, and I mean that in the nicest possible way. His humour was legendary - anyone that can create and write a character like Howard The Duck had vision beyond that of mortal men. His passing both saw one of the most genuine outpourings of grief within the comic book industry that I've ever seen, and also left a void that will probably never be filled. Others might dabble with his creations, but no-one can write them like Steve Gerber could.
Gerber was a tireless fighter for creators rights. He fought Marvel for ownership of Howard back in the early 1980s and sadly lost, but he certainly paved the way for the battles that are going on today. Indeed it's hard to find a case involving comic book characters before the court that doesn't cite his Duck case. Along the way he publicly voiced his disgust with the way DC Comics treated Siegel and Shuster over Superman and Marvel with Jack Kirby. These protests were done at a time when more than a few comic book professionals were reluctant to speak out for fear of jeopardising their chances for ongoing, or future, employment. Not so Gerber - he called it as he saw it and damned the torpedoes. That's why people loved him - he not only talked the talk, but he backed his words up with actions, more than once. This article, which the majority of people either wouldn't have seen or, if they have read it, have probably forgotten, shows the passion of Steve Gerber, even back in 1975 when he first penned it. In 1988, when Gerber revisted the article, he added this last line, "Fifty years of screwing creators is about forty-nine and-a-half too many." Those words still ring true today, only it's now seventy five years, and not much has changed.
Sit back, read and enjoy.