Howard the Duck Co-Creator Discusses The Recent Mini-Resurgence Of The Character


When a clip first emerged showing that the post-credits sequence for Guardians of the Galaxy would feature none other than Howard the Duck, many fans could hardly believe their eyes. Could this mean that a new Howard the Duck movie is on the way? Probably not, but this hasn’t stopped a new-found interest in the anthropomorphic cigar-smoking duck.

For those of you who aren’t aware, Howard was created by writer Steve Gerber and artist Val Mayerik during the early ’70s. Howard was brought to the big-screen in 1986, thanks to our pal George Lucas. The film, of course, is considered one of the worst movies of all time. Now that Disney owns Marvel as well as Lucasfilm, now seems like the perfect opportunity to get this franchise rebooted.

During an interview with ESN.FM’s Giant Size podcast, veteran comic creator Val Mayerik talked about the now infamous Guardians of the Galaxy cameo and whether he would be interested in returning to the character he helped create.

Howard The Duck Playduck

On the GOTG post-credits cameo: “Yes, yes I have seen it. I saw that entire frame, that entire card that was given over to Steve and myself. Whereas the other creators, Jim Starlin, Bill Mantlo and so forth, were given credit, but it was more a group of names. I was quite taken aback, I was quite bewildered, I was quite humbled, I was quite…overwhelmed by it. Whoever chose to do that was obviously a big fan of the character, and doing that for me and Steve [Gerber], I thought, was terrific. All I can do is feel a little regret that Steve is not alive to have seen that. Steve would have gotten a real charge out of seeing that, finally, he’s gotten his due.”

When asked if he would return to the character: “Yeah, sure I would. Sure I would. I definitely would. In the mid-90’s when I started doing storyboards, I never thought I’d say that, but yeah, it really does interest me now. It really does make me wanna do comics again.”

Are we the only ones who are really excited about this possible Howard the Duck resurgence?! Get Lea Thompson on the phone!

[via Bleeding Cool]

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