Before Iron Man, Captain America and the rest of the Avengers made their big-screen debuts, there was Howard. An infamous big-budget “superhero” film, “Howard the Duck” failed to meet the critical and commercial heights of its eventual successors. Nonetheless, it has gained a cult following, and the Revival House will bring it back to the big screen Thursday, Sept. 20, at the Milton Theatre, as part of a comic celebration featuring comics and other merchandise from Ogre’s Grove and PLB Comics.
When doors open at 6 p.m. there will be live music from Meredith Rounsley, and crates of comics and collectibles for visitors to peruse before the screening. Visitors are encouraged to capture the essence of the ‘80s and come dressed in their best attire from that era, as prizes will be awarded to those with the most spirit. As always, the theater will have a host of beers, artisan root beers and snacks available.
Rounsley is a singer and songwriter who creates songs focusing on love, heartbreak and distance. She strives to create an experience that leaves the audience feeling connected, no matter the venue. A featured musician on the Freeman Stage, “Delmarva Life,” and WBOC radio with her original music, she’s also opened for regional bands at Headquarters Live. Her latest release, “Weapon,” has led to a New and Notable feature on NoiseTrade and prompted a tour that’s led her up and down the East Coast.
Along with Howard’s on-screen presence, the extraterrestrial duck will also be present in the print form, courtesy of Milton’s very own Ogre’s Grove. The local comic book shop will be present at the event with a variety of Howard the Duck merchandise, including his comic book debut and Howard the Duck coffee mugs.
PLB Comics will also be co-hosting the show. A group of writers and artists based on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, with a variety of contributing artists from across the globe, this independent comic collaborative will provide a sampling of their own comic creations. In keeping with the night’s theme, PLB Comics is also producing a “Howard the Duck” art print to celebrate his one-night return to the big screen.
With the massive success that is the Marvel Cinematic Universe captivating people across the globe, it’s easy to forget that not every Marvel character has had similar success. One such character was Howard the Duck, an anthropomorphic alien duck who in 1986 got his silver screen debut. While the initial release was a flop, the film has since garnered a cult following. Part of the Revival House’s ongoing feature titled Pain Don’t Hurt, “Howard the Duck” is another entry classified as “accidentally awesome” or films that are so bad, they’re good.
Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students and seniors. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the movie will begin at 7 p.m. For more information or to purchase tickets in advance, go to www.revivalhousetheater.com or www.miltontheatre.com.