Starlog Archives: Howard the Duck
With Star Wars and Raiders of the Lost Ark, George Lucas didn’t just produce massive hit movies. He reshaped the pop culture terrain. As someone who was the perfect age for those movies, I can honestly say that George Lucas shaped my childhood. Once Lucas wrapped up his Star Wars trilogy, movie fans waited to see what he would do next. Expectations were high that this wunderkind would continue to turn out one great idea after another. Instead, Lucas produced Howard the Duck, an expensive flop that would set the tone for his post-Star Wars career.
The September 1986 issue of Starlog included a feature story on the infamous cult classic. Thanks to a cameo appearance in Guardians of the Galaxy, Howard has enjoyed a surge in relevance thirty years after his big screen debut. The movie gets extra points around here because the cast includes WTHH subjects Lea Thompson and Jeffrey Jones.