Steve Gerber, creator of the “Howard the Duck” comicbook series, died Feb. 11 in Las Vegas while awaiting a lung transplant. He was 60.

The satirical cigar-smoking duck first appeared in a “Man-Thing” story in 1973. Gerber wrote 27 issues of “Howard the Duck,” which became a cult hit. He had little involvement with George Lucas’ “Howard the Duck” feature, but wrote for animated TV series such as “Dungeons and Dragons,” “GI Joe,” “Superman,” “Mr. T,” “Yu-Gi-Oh!” and “The New Batman Adventures.”

He also wrote for comics including “Daredevil,” “The Phantom Zone” and “Guardians of the Galaxy” and created or co-created Destroyer Duck and Stewart the Rat. A proponent of comicbook writers rights, he sued Marvel over rights to “Howard the Duck,” but the case was settled with Marvel retaining the rights.

Born in St. Louis, he worked as an advertising copywriter before joining Marvel.

He is survived by a daughter; his mother; two brothers and a sister.

At the time of his death he was writing the “Countdown to Mystery” series for DC Comics.