The Mexican lobby card for Hell's Headquarters (1932). Lots of color, violence, and, of course, the requisite semi-clothed female victim to spice things up. But only on the lobby card. I don't think the movie is as exciting.
This Mexican lobby card for La Selva Perdida certainly conveys a strong sense of danger. I like the understated gorilla lurking in the background. It's not a jungle movie without gorillas lurking about, ready to steal away any unfortunate woman they find alone.
Here's what grabbed my attention to this Mexican lobby card for Mercenarios De Las Llamas: the inset scene. Take a wild guess as to where THAT scene is from. It certainly isn't from this movie. Here's a hint: it's a classic science fiction movie.
With Eerie Publications not one to waste artwork dollars, the cover for volume 5, issue 4, of Terror Tales combines covers from Tales from the Tomb, August and October issues from 1970. So if you think it's a bit incoherent you're thinking right. In this issue, splendidly murky and swirling panels from Reynoso makes Ghoulish Feast a moody read. Pool of Horror, which leads off this issue, is also good, albeit with word balloons like "There's something evil in the air, I can feel it!" it is a tad contrived. The Swamp Devils hunger for revenge as the Harrabys can't escape their doom, and creatures that look like human moles in Doom Creatures are oblivious to fire and bullets, but not barium! (Say, wasn't barium salts the poison used on Frank Bigelow in the 1950 noir classic, D.O.A?)
Just in case you're feeling depressed because your allergies are coming on strong and the weather isn't behaving like it should, here's a little cheesecake Halloween fun to brighten your day. Is it Halloween yet?
Issue 11 of The Monster Times, dated June 14, 1972, monkeys around with Planet of the Apes, Marvel's Conan the Barbarian gets a spear tossed his way, and Fritz the Cat struts his stuff. By now, you get the feeling TMT is more at home with comic book related material than movies. Unless the movie is animated, that is. Phil Seuling gets a nod for doing the voice of a rookie cop in the Fritz the Cat animated feature. I knew Phil, often visiting him and his wife's comic book shop in Brooklyn, and attending his comic conventions in New York City. I was at the convention when he was handcuffed and arrested for peddling underground comics to a minor. It was a set up, so the charges didn't stick. When he started seeing a younger girl, a student in one of his English classes, his marriage didn't stick, either. I miss his comic book shop. I met a lot of notables there, even getting some autographs for my Warren magazines. In this issue you sense his English teacher influence starting to affect the "creative writing" styled articles. Already the bi-weekly publishing schedule appears to be wearing thin. But the coverage on the Blood series from Hemisphere helps, for now. Or was it Hemisphere? (Read The Monster Times issue 11)
Issue 10 of The Monster Times, May 31, 1972, is devoted to EC Comics. So, of course, the Gruesome Threesome EC horror hosts are "interviewed" by Mark Evanier, Don Thompson scrutinizes the spawn of Dr. Wertham, and Bill Gaines and Al Feldstein reveal how the horror comics started. Fright Night's Horror Host, Seymour, puts in an appearance, too. (Read issue 10.)
The first monster magazine to acknowledge the growing tastes of the genre fans sprouting from little monsterkid acorns was Castle of Frankenstein. CoF provided a more erudite approach to its movie coverage, showcased influential comic book artists, struck a good balance between the old and the new in horror, and realized its readers were--ummm--readers by including book and comic reviews. In this issue, Peter Jon Dyer's All Manner of Fantasies investigates the causes and effects of fantasy and horror films, and Dan Bates sets his sight on Boris Karloff's swan song, Targets.
Science Fiction takes over the magazine for issue 9 of The Monster Times, leading off with This Island Earth. Disappointingly, the coverage for this memorable movie is not an insightful review or revealing production history; just a novelization-styled story article. TMT would do this too often. Perhaps it helped save time and money by being easier to do than researching material? Perhaps TMT felt newbies would be enthralled by a detailed literary take on the movie? Whatever the reason, its use was already worn thin by issue 9. Saving this issue from total annihilation is Science Fiction in the Comix, The Making of 2001: A Space Odyssey, and the continuation of Mushroom Monsters or: The Day the World Ended & Ended, Part 5. The Monster Market also tests The Monster Fan Club, another one of those cheap items from the magazine ad pages monsterkids wish they still had. (Read issue 9.)
Seems my copy of issue 7 crawled off somewhere. While I hunt it down here's issue 8. This issue is fangtastic, with coverage on Horror of Dracula and Hammer horror. Even the beautiful and bountiful ladies of Hammer are noted. This issue is also the first time the cover is not printed on better quality paper, so it provides a hint that the magazine is already running in the red (but not the red kind that Dracula would like). (Read TMT issue 8)