On August 1st 1986 – almost 29 years ago – Lucasfilm, Marvel Studios, and Universal Pictures released the critically panned sci-fi comedy comic book movie Howard The Duck. On today’s Marvelous Monday, I look into the character everyone loved in the Guardians of the Galaxy post-credits scene.
Steve Gerber and Val Mayerik created the Marvel Comics character in 1973’s Adventure Into Fear #19 – a horror comic book series. Ironically, the company that now owns Marvel threatened to sue them due to Howard resembling Donald Duck too much. Looks like Disney got the last laugh, though.
Howard wasn’t extremely popular for quite a while, but his cameo in Guardians of the Galaxy has given him a new chance to shine at Marvel Comics. The cameo itself wasn’t that spectacular, but it was a nice surprise considering the fact that Cosmo the Space Dog had already appeared in the film. Seth Green was the voice of Howard in the aforementioned surprise hit of 2014.
At the time of writing, Rotten Tomatoes has it at 14% (based on 43 reviews) and it is the lowest rated Marvel-movie. it was nominated for seven Golden Raspberry Awards – and won four.
Howard’s story is a successful comeback story, though, for while his solo film from the 80s was critically panned – and a gigantic box office flop – he is now, perhaps, more popular than ever.
As for his future, who knows? A movie seems unlikely. Personally, I’d love for Howard the Duck to turn into a recurring post-credits scene character – commenting on every little silly detail. I think that’d be a fun spin on the character.
– I’m Jeffrey Rex