The cover of Howard the Duck #1.

The huge box office success of the Avengers movie, the Thor movie, all three Spider-Man movies, Captain America and even the Ghost Rider all owe their shot at the big time to one oft-maligned film that George Lucas would probably love to forget ever happened.  You know the one – the one with the duck.

Howard the Duck’s silver anniversary has come and gone, passed us by in 2011.  It’s hard to believe that this first Marvel character film premiered over twenty five years ago, and Marvel is trying to get permission to do a Blu-Ray.   From George.  There’s this little problem of the wedgie Howard gave George on the last day of shooting.  We hope he’s forgotten all about that.

Howard the Duck was created in 1973 by Steve Gerber and Val Mayerik in Adventure into Fear as a secondary character in that comic’s Man-Thing feature. He graduated to his own backup feature in Giant-Size Man-Thing, confronting such bizarre horror-parody characters as the Hellcow and the Man-Frog, before acquiring his own comic book title with Howard the Duck #1 in 1976.  He was wildly popular, and there was even a Howard the Duck for President joke campaign for that year’s presidential election that ed to Howard the Duck receiving thousands of write-in votes in the actual election.

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