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Friday, December 31, 2010
Another film celebrating a milestone this year -- this time a centennial -- was Thomas Edison's production of FRANKENSTEIN (1910). Long thought to be a lost film, the discovery in the Edison Archives of a copy of the March, 1910 advert magazine, THE EDISON KINETOGRAM offered a frightening glimpse of a Frankenstein monster that had since become the stuff of legend. Unknown at that time, the remaining extant print had been jealously guarded by a collector for many years. Short clips, sold for thousands of dollars per foot, were slowly introduced into the market. Finally, the owner was coaxed into a deal and a full print appeared. It is one of the very few success stories of a lost film being found . . . and intact.
Readers of early monster magazines got their first glimpse of the silent actor, Charles Ogle, in full make-up and costume as the monster in both FAMOUS MONSTERS OF FILMLAND (Issue #23) and CASTLE OF FRANKENTSTEIN (Issue #3 and later reprinted in the 1967 Fearbook).
FAMOUS MONSTERS OF FILMLAND NO. 23, June 1963
CASTLE OF FRANKENSTEIN NO. 3, 1963
CASTLE OF FRANKENSTEIN 1967 FEARBOOK
Now that you've read about it, are you interested in actually viewing the "lost" EDISON FRANKENSTEIN? Look no further than right here at MONSTER MAGAZINE WORLD! Just click on the "Watch Monster Movies" tab at the top of the blog and you can watch Charles Ogle as the Frankenstein Monster in all his 1910 glory!
Thursday, December 30, 2010
You saw the draft cover a few posts ago. Now, HORRORHOUND NO. 27 is about to be unleashed on a horde of unsuspecting, monster magazine-reading victims. Included here is the final cover version with titles as it will be released (above) and the original painting by the cover-crazy artist, Daniel Horne (below). I don't know about you, but it's certainly beginning to look a lot like Vincentennial mania out there in monster mag world.
And, lest I forget, many thanks to a certain editor of another monster 'zine -- Jim Clatterbaugh, for sending in advance the newly-revised, final cover image. Thanks, Mr. C!
Wednesday, December 29, 2010
And now, continued from yesterday, is the second part of the BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN Filmbook from FAMOUS MONSTERS OF FILMLAND #21, February, 1963.
Tomorrow, the BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN Filmbook concludes.