Trivia / Howard the Duck

The comic book

The movie

  • Big Name Fan: Seth Rogen has mentioned that Howard was one of his favorite movies as a kid, albeit in a chiefly ironic way.
  • Box Office Bomb: Budget, $37 million. Box office, $37,962,774.
  • Creator Killer:
    • 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 George Lucas on many projects like American Graffiti, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom and even A New Hope. 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 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 Columbia Pictures 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.
  • Franchise Killer: The negative fallout from this movie's creation and bombing, along with the newly christened Walt Disney Company complaining about Howard looking like Donald Duck, 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 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 Batman & Robin and Steel also helped pave the way for Marvel to become what it is today).
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes: Due to its less-than-glorious reputation, it was only officially released on DVD in 2009.note  To everyone's shock, it actually got a Blu-ray release for the 30th anniversary, subverting the trope for now.
  • Money, Dear Boy: George Lucas 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 Pixar division, which Steve Jobs and ex-Disney animator John Lasseter bought, and it would be 26 years before the two companies were fully reunited under Disney's banner, which included Howard copyright holder Marvel).
  • What Could Have Been:
  • This film managed to tie Under The Cherry Moon to co-win the Worst Picture of 1986 Golden Raspberry Award.