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Howard The Duck is very much a cult film, executive produced by George Lucas in 1986 – it is either loved or hated by fans alike.  Now star of the movie, Tim Robbins has come out fighting in the films defence.

Howard the Duck is hardly the best-loved movie based on a Marvel Comics character, but it was the first, and star Tim Robbins still thinks there’s something lovable about it.

The film was the first live-action theatrical feature based on a Marvel character released in North America (it was preceded by the 1944 Captain America Republic serials, the 1978 Japanese Spider-Man short film from Toei, a handful of television movies in the late 1970s).

Robbins stuck up for the film in an interview with Yahoo! “To be honest, I think there’s a lot of charming things about that film,” Robbins says. “George Lucas had just done Star Wars, it was a lot of money, it was on location and I think it was the first film that the Marvel Universe did. So on paper it felt really great!”

Released in 1986, Howard the Duck starred Tim Robbins, Lea Thompson, and Jeffrey Jones.
Willard Huyck directed the film and Gloria Katz produced.  George Lucas served as executive producer.