Friday, August 18, 2017

MONSTRUOS DE UNIVERSAL HOY!


There is no shortage of monster movie fans in Spain. There are a multitude of conventions, books and magazines that cover all aspects of the horror film. Even Universal's monsters hold a respected place. In the August issue of CELULOID DIGITAL (#78) is a very nicely done tribute to our favorite, classic monsters. Shown "hoy" are a few sample pages.
















Thursday, August 17, 2017

FREAKY MONSTERS COVER ARTIST

Basil Gogos cover (left), Arlis cover (right)
Since my post earlier today, I've had a couple of inquiries as to the identity of the artist who does the work on the covers of Ray Ferry's retro-monster 'zine, FREAKY MONSTERS. The artist's name is "Arlis" and he has been producing covers for Ferry's magazines since Ferry started publishing FAMOUS MONSTERS OF FILMLAND back in the early '90s. While the imagery can be compared to those by Gogos the Great, who paints, in reality they are most likely embellished manipulations of photographic images, such as those that can be created by Photoshop and other graphics software. I may be wrong, but that's my somewhat educated guess.

Arlis employs the familiar high contrast style and if his work were from "live" photographs they would be called "high dynamic range" prints in these days of digital photography and art.

Whether or not one finds the work derivative in a negative sense or not is anybody's prerogative, I guess. In my opinion Arlis' work is successful in the fact that evokes iconography from the earliest days of monster magazines. We know it's not up to snuff with Gogos' best (even Gogos had the occasional stinker of a cover), but I think you'll agree that they are more than enough to resonate to fans of classic horror.

NOTE: A "Meet Arlis" article is included in the FREAKY MONSTER FEARBOOK (#17). I do not have a copy of this to refer to, but anyone can still order a copy by clicking HERE.

FREAKY CHANGES COMING FROM FILMLAND CLASSICS


Since purchasing the rights to FAMOUS MONSTERS OF FILMLAND in 1993, editor and publisher Ray Ferry has weathered his fair share of controversy. Lately though, he has quietly gone about publishing, with some regularity, FREAKY MONSTERS, the closest thing we have to the original FMOF (Ron Adams' MONSTER BASH runs a fairly close second). 

Now, in the face of a changing publishing landscape, Ferry is showing that he can be a nimble businessman by re-tooling his magazine. If I am reading his announcement below correctly, he is dispensing with the regularly-printed and stapled magazine and replacing it with a digital edition and a premium, print-on-demand version with a cover price of $19.95 plus $7.00 for shipping.

Visit the Filmland Classics/Freaky Monsters website HERE.



FILMLAND CLASSICS UPDATE

THE TIMES THEY ARE A-CHANGIN'...

and we're changing with them to serve you better.

Owing to market trends that we can no longer resist, Freaky Monsters is adding digital download versions to our line and changing our print versions from mass-produced offset printing to Premium Collectors (POD) Print versions. All our issues will be available in 2 versions:


  1. Digital Download versions for as low as $4.99 for our e-media fans. All digital downloads are made from the publisher's original print master files, not scanned from print copies. Crisp, sharp PDFs with incredible image detail you can view on your laptop, computer or smartphone.
  2. Premium Printed (POD) versions starting at $26.95 ($19.95 + shipping) for hard copy collectors. We have always been the innovator and leader in high quality photo reproduction among monster movie fan magazines (starting with FMOF #201, the first hi-end glossy issue in 1993), and even our detractors have never argued the quality of our publications. But while escalating production costs mean we have to raise prices, we will also be raising the quality of our printed issues further than before. Premium printing means premium content.
  3. Instead of using one color black ink, our new premium gore-met print (POD) editions will feature rich, luscious quadtone black inks on premium hi-gloss paper with gloss-laminated heavy weight covers and perfect (square edged) binding. Combined with the meticulous restorations we do on our image content, our new print editions will be stellar. Remember, Freaky Monsters features more rare, full, half and double-page images per issue than any other genre mags.  Freaky Monsters means classic horror fotos that will tantalize your eyes.
  4. To increase aesthetic value, new print issues will NOT have UPC barcodes printed on the covers and each print copy will come with a special edition authentication stamp & certificate.
  5. Premium Print Back Issues Availability:  All Freaky Monsters back issues will be available in both Premium Printed (POD) and Digital Download versions. POD back issues will also have perfect (square edge) binding, heavy weight gloss laminated covers and NO UPC barcodes on the covers.

Regular  Back Issues Availability:  A limited number of regular stapled back issues of Freaky Monsters are available in our sales clearance section (see banner ads on main page). When they are sold out, there will be no more made.

Suspension of third party distribution:  After years of watching our regular $9.95 issues being gobbled up at wholesale prices and resold at 4x-5x their original cover price, please note we are ceasing wholesale distribution to retail outlets. We appreciate that there have been several retail outlets that purchased Freaky Monsters through a distributor and sold them at original cover price, but we ceased intermediary distribution because their discount demands and fright costs had become cost ineffective. We may be able to accommodate select resellers who wish to continue carrying Freaky Monsters in the future, but primary distribution will be through our own webstore.  Resellers (as well as fan-run websites) can also join our exclusive Affilliates Program.

Our publications will be available direct from our own web store and also through us at selected online premium magazine and book sites.



Suspension of Subscriptions Service:  Because our new Premium Printed versions will be higher priced than standard mass-produced copies and postal rates have escalated to a point where mailing costs can no longer be absorbed in a fixed package price, pre-paid subscriptions will no longer be offered.  Instead, we will offer a free "Advance Order Reservation" service whereby readers can reserve a copy of the newest issues as they come out for free and get discounted pricing and premiums just like we offered with subscriptions, but without having to purchase or commit to multiple issues in advance.  Buy just the issues you want, when you want.

That being said...

Our subscribers have shown their support of our efforts and we intend to acknowledge that support by providing them with an exclusive.  Current subscribers will receive standard stapled versions (the same as our first 27 issues, for series continuity) of any remaining issues (#28, #29, #30) and cards due on their active subscriptions, but please note:  these copies will not be available for general public sale. Only our current active subscribers will receive them.

We think you'll enjoy our new policies and we believe the value of your current collections should increase. We never planned for Freaky Monsters to be a "collectors' item".  We published & priced it for light reading and enjoyment.  But -- for whatever reasons -- back issues routinely trade at collectors market prices, with some issues rivaling vintage FMOF issues.  We think our Digital Download versions will address the needs of the fan-reader and our Premium Print versions will satisfy the hard copy collector.

In the coming months, we will also be expanding our library beyond the classic horror genre with stand-alone special issues on classic TV, non-horror classics films, art, short story anthologies and, as previously announced, an updated 2nd edition of "Life Is But A Scream!" and its sequel.   Like our previous special issues, "Adam West Remembers Batman", "Chuck McCann's 'Let's Have Fun!' Scrapbook", "The Golden Days of Radio", "The Classic Horror Fearbook" and "The Classic Sci-Fi Fearbook",  we think our new specials will be to genre fans what the "Time/Life" specials are to general pop-culture history fans.

Since the beginning, editor Ferry has been dead-icated to the true-grue classic monsters lover.  From mass produced general newsstand distribution of FMOF during the 1990s and 2000s, to select internet-based distribution of Freaky Monsters since 2010, he has always put his readers first and refused to give in to the pressures of mainstream commercialism.  That dead-ication will not alter. The content, design, style and philosophy of Freaky Monsters will not change. We remain committed to keeping the torch of classic horror, sci-fi & fantasy film fandom burning bright.

Long live the 1960s!

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

FEAR IN FOUR COLORS: LOVECRAFT IN THE COMICS (PART 5)


WEIRD TERROR
Vol. 1 No. 1
September, 1952
Publisher: Alan Hardy Associates
Editor: Alan Hardy
Imprint: Comic Media
Cover: Don Heck

Alan Hardy's WEIRD TERROR sought to emulate the success of the grisly and gruesome EC horror titles. While the stories here are pretty wild, they just don't match the -- dare I say it -- lurid lyricism of Bill Gaines' books. Hardy had worked in the office of Harvey Comics and decided to start a comic company of his own. He created the "Comic Media" imprint and hired Don Heck away from Harvey to produce his horror title. Heck created the cover art and logo and contributed much of the production work as well. He later went on to a career with Marvel Comics and was the co-creator of the now world-famous Iron Man superhero.

Other artists in this issue include: C.A. Winter, Rudy Palais and Don Perlin (who later penciled the Marvel title, WEREWOLF BY NIGHT).

Of particular interest to fans of H.P. Lovecraft is the story included in this issue called, "Portrait of Death", drawn by Rudy Palais. Whether by chance or design, the tale told here is undeniably influenced by Lovecraft's short story, "Pickman's Model".

The scan shown here has two pages missing. The pages were photocopied and added later to make a "complete" issue.

 





























Tuesday, August 15, 2017

SCARY MONSTERS NO. 106 SNEAK PEEK


The fearsome folks at My Movie Monsters have just released a look at their latest, upcoming issue of SCARY MONSTERS, a special tribute issue to the PLANET OF THE APES franchise. The spectacular wrap-around cover is by Scott Jackson.

You can pre-order your very own copy right HERE.

In a spectacular, simian-inspired tribute to the 50th anniversary of the original Planet of the Apes film, our Scary Monsters 106th APE-ocalypse Issue includes "The Apes of Wrath," an in-depth look back at the landmark film series, and "Planet of Primates," which is a "behind the cages" analysis of the science underlying the films.

This 146-pulp-page APE-idemic issue also includes: an exclusive sneak peek and "making of" article on the stunning stop-motion short film Denham's Giant Monster. Actor and film producer Patrick Curtis tells the true tale of trick-or-treating at Bela Lugosi's house in "Count Dracula vs. The 'Little" Wild Bunch." The scary spotlight returns to a long line of Northeast Ohio horror hosts from Ghoulardi to Son of Ghoul.

In addition to many other scary articles, this issue will also include our regular features:

  • Weird USA: a visit to "UFO central" Roswell, New Mexico
  • Kaiju Korner: a review of King Kong's "career" since 1933
  • Strange Days: surviving San Diego Comic-Con International
  • Dr. Gangrene's Mad Interview: Scary Monsters cover artist Scott Jackson
  • Collecting Classic Monsters: debut column for classic horror and sci-fi collectors of all ages

... as well as Scare Mail, Scareviews, Scare-News, Scary Stuff catalog, and much more!
Full color wraparound cover art by Scott Jackson and vintage B&W content with 144 vintage pulp pages for Monster Kids of all ages!

Monday, August 14, 2017

R.I.P. FLO STEINBERG (1939 - 2017)


The "Marvel Universe" lost one its original stars last July 23rd. Boston-born "Fabulous" Flo Steinberg was Stan Lee's secretary at the dawn of the "Marvel Age of Comics" in New York. She also was the company's receptionist and fan liaison.

Flo (or rather, her voice) appeared on the Merry Marvel Marching Society's flexi-disc recording that was a part of the club's membership kit.

After leaving Marvel, she worked for three years as the head of Warren Publishing's mail-order department (don't blame her for the late and lost mail -- blame the shipping department and the Post Office!).

Ms. Steinberg moved to the West Coast and became friends with several individuals in the underground comix industry, including Trina Robbins (who designed the original Vampirella costume) and Roger and Michelle Brand. In 1975, she published her own underground title, BIG APPLE COMIX. The 20,000 print run of the title contained text and stories by many "mainstream", above-ground writers and artists, such as Archie Goodwin and Neal Adams.


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