Updated June 9, 2016: Marvel has unveiled Joe Quinones's cover for Howard the Duck #9, featuring a spot-on likeness of Thompson, complete with Howard-themed jacket.
Original Story: Back to the Future alum Lea Thompson is equally known to some for her role in the 1986 cult movie Howard the Duck, and now the actress is returning to the franchise -- but this time as herself. This week's Howard the Duck #9 by writer Chip Zdarsky and artist Joe Quinones features Thompson as she hires Howard to help her account for missing bits of her memory that turns out to be tied to her appearing in the Howard the Duck movie.
“We started planning this over a year ago, and a lot of the current storyline has been building toward this appearance, so it makes sense in-story and isn’t just a stunt,” Zdarsky told The Hollywood Reporter.
Produced by George Lucas and starring Thompson just one year after her star turn in Back to the Future, the Howard the Duck movie was Marvel's first feature film -- with high hopes from both the publisher and Lucas. Widely panned, it somewhat came full circle when Howard appeared in a post-credits scene in Guardians of the Galaxy.
"My career goes into a 100 different directions, and I embrace them all. They asked me to appear in the comic and I was like, ‘Sure, why not?'" said Thompson. "So many people have come up to me and said, ‘I’m the only one that will come up to you and say that Howard the Duck was my favorite movie.’ And there have been thousands of these people."
It was a pretty demented movie, though," Thompson added.