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Comparision of the voice over actors who have been the voice of Howard the Duck with sound clips and images.
Howard the Duck is a comical hero from Marvel Comics whose  comic book debut was in Adventure into Fear #19 in December of 1973. Howard the Duck is a anthropomorphic duck who is from another planet who was abducted and is dropped into Earth and has had several adventures (that are often highly satirical) and has worked with various Marvel Superheroes. Howard is a cigar-smoking crude mannered duck whom is quite strong and a master in the art of Quack Fu in which he was known for wanting to get back to his home world (and is rather unsuccessful at that) but over the years he seems to be content on Earth. Howard was the first Marvel comics character to received a Movie Adaptation (unfortunately it became a highly infamous critical and commercial bomb when it was released).

Created by Pokejedservo on Wed Jul 25 2012, 25 Comments, Add Comment
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Howard the Duck (1986)
Howard the DuckChip Zien
Chip Zien
Ultimate Spider-Man (2012)
Howard the DuckKevin Michael Richardson
Kevin Michael Richardson

EDITOR'S OPINION

Today on the Marvel Universe VC section we take a look at one of Marvel's most infamous comical heroes... HOWARD THE DUCK!

Chip Zien- Yes I know the movie was very despised back then (and unlike other 80's movies the consensus for the movie is still not all that good) but I actually kind of liked Chip's work as Howard. Chip's somewhat nasally voice suited the role well as his performance does suit Howard's comical nature well. Say what you will about the movie but Chip's work on the role was not that bad really.

Kevin Michael Richardson
- I actually rather liked KMR's voice for the role as his somewhat nasally voice with the New York accent does work with the role rather well. The only problem here is that Howard has a brief cameo but Kevin's voice and performance do fit Howard rather well.

Overall both of these guys did well with the role in their own way, while Chip had way more material to work with Kevin did some rather stellar work with what little material he had.


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UK-Otaku
said at 2:11 PM on Mon Aug 18 2014
I liked Kevin's Howard voice in Ultimate Spider-Man. But I think if they do an episode of Avengers Assemble starring this character, they should cast Jim Cummings to audition for him. I loved hearing Jim as both Darkwing Duck & Negaduck when I was a wee lad & he should defiantly voice Howard.
The Doctor
said at 6:04 AM on Sat Aug 16 2014
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No offence to any of the admins, but why was my comment deleted? I wasn't demaning Seth Green to be added or anything like that. I just said that I will vote him once he gets added.
voicefan945
said at 11:46 AM on Thu Aug 14 2014
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Kevin sounds a lot like Frank Welker for some strange reason!
myopinion1
said at 8:29 AM on Wed Apr 9 2014
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Chip Zien, though not what i envisioned HTD to be.
lnytune1
said at 4:21 PM on Thu Feb 20 2014
Chip sounds EXACTLY like Dee Bradley Baker.
Ross123
said at 10:45 AM on Sun Oct 20 2013
I have 2 be different & go with Chip Zien despite the fact that the Howard the Duck film sucked, I haven't seen it but it is 1 of "The Worst Movies Of All Time" so I don't plan on seeing it any time soon + that put me off from ever watching it in the 1st place.

Kevin only had 1 line so there's not really much 2 it.

Also, Howard looks a bit like Donald & since Disney own Marvel they should think about bringing those 2 together & make it they're long lost cousins.
mdalsted
said at 7:53 PM on Thu Oct 17 2013
It's too bad the Howard the Duck movie was such a huge flop. : / It didn't follow the comics closely enough, that's what the problem was.
Galactic_Cyrus
said at 7:44 PM on Fri Oct 4 2013
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Funny how Kevin with one line is better than Chip's entire performance.
NoxiousSludge
said at 1:48 PM on Sat May 3 2014
@Galactic_Cyrus Not to mention that it's WAY different than what you'd expect from Kevin.
Galactic_Cyrus
said at 7:44 PM on Sat May 3 2014
@NoxiousSludge Shows how talented the guy really is. His Mxysptlk voice from "Batman: Brave And The Bold" also shows this.
Metabad
said at 3:24 AM on Tue May 20 2014
@Galactic_Cyrus Same with Detective Chimp, I literally did a double take when I saw that Kevin played him.
HyperVoiceActing
said at 2:28 PM on Sat Sep 14 2013
Kevin only had one line and he's the one with the most votes.

Guess it goes to show how awesome he is XD
VctrBnsn
said at 6:26 AM on Tue Sep 17 2013
@HyperVoiceActing It shows how terrible the movie was.
HyperVoiceActing
said at 7:32 PM on Tue Sep 17 2013
@VctrBnsn - Well yeah, that's obvious. But it's not like Chip was horrendous as Howard. It's just that the script didn't give him any good material to work with
CatsTuxedo (Moderator)
said at 9:40 PM on Mon Sep 30 2013
@VctrBnsn I fail to see how that has anything to do with why Chip's performance has less votes.
VctrBnsn
said at 7:01 AM on Tue Oct 1 2013
@CatsTuxedo I'm saying that the movie left such a bad taste in many peoples mouth that they'd rather vote for the voice with only one line and from a mediocre series. I would lean toward that because nothing is technically wrong with Chip's take. Or maybe people were impressed by KMR's show of range in this instance. Or they didn't listen to any of the clips and only went with the more familiar VA. I try to have more faith in people, but these kind of things happen, especially in comic book compares. I'll admit I was a bit like that when I first joined, but have since tried to be more open minded with all performances.

On a side not, I think Jess Harnell or Ian James Cortlett could do a good Howard.
coolgeek176
said at 10:18 AM on Mon Nov 12 2012
I like Kevin Michael Richardson more here.
Dark Kuja
said at 7:41 PM on Wed Aug 1 2012
I have to go with Richardson, since he captures the cynical, unfazed feel of Howard's design.

"You... You're a duck!"

"So?"
Bombermanp
said at 12:53 PM on Fri Jul 27 2012
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should we really care??? this guy hardly has a fan base XD
Toady_12
said at 12:25 PM on Sat Jul 28 2012
@Bombermanp Yeah, I even regret voting for the best voice of this duck douche
Anicomicgeek
said at 1:47 AM on Mon Mar 25 2013
@Bombermanp and @Toady_12

No offense, but if neither of you don't care about Howard the Duck, why are you even commenting?
Anicomicgeek
said at 4:52 PM on Mon Mar 25 2013
@Anicomicgeek

I meant to say, "neither of you care".
pete
said at 11:59 PM on Wed Jul 25 2012
Well Chip Zien's voice wasn't bad it isn't the voice Howard should have. It would be better for a Ninja Turtle if Chip had been in the 90's movie. That being said I had a brief discussion on Howard's voice in the forums and apparently he's supposed to sound like Burgess Meredith as The Penguin and KMR captures that nicley and I consider that episdoe one of his best performances and hope Howard gets an episode in the future.

That being said I always thought he sounded more like Donald Duck(he's even dressed like him in KMR's pick for him) or Huey, Dewie, or Louie, or maybe Daffy Duck but Kevin really captures ho he should sound either way but I'll give my vote Chip Zien for effort..
Anicomicgeek
said at 10:13 PM on Wed Jul 25 2012
Gonna go with Kevin Michael Richardson for Howard.
Music Meister (Moderator)
said at 6:04 PM on Wed Jul 25 2012
The accent Kevin does brings more to the character.


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