This is kind of unusual. The New York Times almost always has the best obituaries, but I've read both and I think for Steve Gerber, the LA Times actually did a better job. For one thing they included this anecdote (referring to the fact that Howard the Duck (like most prophets) was not universally beloved:)
One disgruntled reader wrote to Gerber blasting the character as a "pseudo-sexual, liberal, pseudo-intellectual premise obviously written by an oversexed manic depressive."
Gerber called it "my favorite fan letter."
Which pretty much encapsulates what I loved about the guy.