Howard the Duck (2 stars)

Howard the Duck

(PG) 111min (Metrodome)


Howard the Duck originally appeared in an issue of a 1973 Marvel comic entitled Adventure Into Fear, and perhaps his greatest moment came when thousands of American citizens actually voted for him in the 1976 US Presidential Election, on the basis of a comic where he runs for office as head of the ‘All-Night Party’.

Where the original strip was a somewhat dated mix of satire and silliness, however, this George Lucas executive-produced adaptation (which he disowned a long time ago) is only worth recommending for the fact that its anthropomorphic, extraterrestrial hero is less annoying than Jar-Jar Binks. Marginally.

Astonishingly, this was the first big budget adaptation of a Marvel comic ever, although its deservedly poor performance probably explains why the next one, 1998’s Blade, took so long. Includes original trailer.

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