!![[ComicBook/HowardTheDuck The comic book]]
* ColbertBump: The main reason Howard got a new comic in 2015 was thanks to his cameo in ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy''.
* ShoutOut: Soos from WesternAnimation/GravityFalls character can be seen in one scene.

!![[Film/HowardTheDuck The movie]]
* BigNameFan: Creator/SethRogen has mentioned that ''Howard'' was one of his favorite movies as a kid, albeit in a [[SoBadItsGood chiefly ironic way]].
* BoxOfficeBomb: Budget, $37 million. Box office, $37,962,774.
* CreatorKiller:
** Before the release of the movie, Willard Huyck had directed three movies, and he and wife Gloria Katz (who co-wrote ''Howard the Duck'') had collaborated with Creator/GeorgeLucas on many projects like ''Film/AmericanGraffiti'', ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheTempleOfDoom'' and even ''Film/ANewHope''. Since the failure of ''Howard'', they haven't worked on a single theatrical release, with their only subsequent credit being ''Radioland Murders'' -- and even then they only got credit based on a draft of the screenplay dating back to 1974.
** The film also caused Frank Price to resign as the head of Creator/{{Universal}} Pictures (the movie's production allegedly led to a fight between him and MCA boss Sid Sheinberg, which the two men denied happened). ''Variety'' reported it with the headline "'Duck' Cooks Price's Goose". Price would reappear at Creator/ColumbiaPictures a few years later.
** This film, ''Labyrinth'' the same year, and an acrimonious divorce resulted in George Lucas agreeing to sell his Pixar division to Steve Jobs for $10 million; Lucasfilm and Pixar wouldn't be united under one roof again fully until 2012. The whole matter didn't help Lucas's career out a whole lot, but he remained in business.
* FranchiseKiller: The negative fallout from this movie's creation and bombing, along with [[Creator/{{Disney}} the newly christened Walt Disney Company]] complaining about Howard looking like WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck, resulted in Marvel pushing Howard onto the backburner of their comic book lineup for decades, until Disney actually purchased them under Bob Iger's orders in 2009.
** This was the '''highest-grossing''' Marvel movie until ''{{Film/Blade}}''. Which probably explains why it took to the 21st century to get more Marvel films (DC shooting their entire dominance in the foot fatally with ''Film/BatmanAndRobin'' and ''Film/{{Steel}}'' also helped pave the way for Marvel to become what it is today).
* KeepCirculatingTheTapes: Due to its less-than-glorious reputation, it was only officially released on DVD in 2009.[[note]]And is missing the WesternAnimation/{{Daffy Duck}} voices Creator/MelBlanc recorded for the movie[[/note]] To everyone's shock, it actually got a Blu-ray release for the 30th anniversary, subverting the trope for now.
* MoneyDearBoy: Creator/GeorgeLucas pushed for this film's wide release to pay of the debts for his divorce and the expansive Skywalker Ranch he had just had built (which had also cost him his Creator/{{Pixar}} division, which Steve Jobs and ex-Disney animator Creator/JohnLasseter bought, and it would be 26 years before the two companies were fully reunited under Disney's banner, which included ''Howard'' copyright holder Marvel).
* OldShame: '''''[[PunctuatedForEmphasis EVERY! SINGLE! PERSON! INVOLVED!!]]'''''
** [[MyFriendsAndZoidberg Except Lea Thompson]]. ([[http://www.cbr.com/lea-thompson-revels-in-her-incredible-howard-the-duck-comic-book-reunion/ "If I did it, I own it. It’s just really fun to see people having fun celebrating “Howard the Duck” in all its great silliness and blemishes."]])
* WhatCouldHaveBeen:
** The DVD featurettes of the film mentions that the writers were talking about the film being worked out as an animated film. The featurettes also mention that the idea to make the film animated was scrapped because the studio wanted the film to be released in the summer of 1986, and there's wasn't enough time to produce an animated film. One can wonder what would have happened if we had gotten an animated feature of Howard the Duck. The closest thing we can get, is [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oj38JhvNBCw this fanmade animation of Howard]].
** Creator/RobPaulsen and Townsend Coleman of ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles1987'' fame had both auditioned for the voice of Howard, as did Martin Short, Creator/JohnCusack and Creator/JasonAlexander.
** Music/PaulaAbdul, Creator/KimBasinger, [[Disney/TheLittleMermaid Jodi Benson,]] Creator/SarahJessicaParker, Lori Singer, Music/ToriAmos, and Phoebe Cates were all considered for the role of Beverly.
** Creator/JohnLandis was originally slated to direct the film.
* This film managed to tie ''Under The Cherry Moon'' to co-win the Worst Picture of 1986 GoldenRaspberryAward.