An underwhelming writing exercise for The Valley of Gwangi (a storyline for the movie, not a review or analysis), but an informative article on Vampires in the Comics, takes over issue 15 of The Monster Times. By now it's obvious that TMT is stronger when discussing comic books than classic movies. While comic book articles receive more devoted attention, genre movies were given the usual let's write out the movie's story for you to read brush-offs. While I didn't much notice this when I originally read TMT, now--and of course given the Internet's glut of information, and the easy availability of movies today--it's irksome to read. Yes, it was a different take on covering the movies, but not anywhere near fun to read as the other, more lively, articles in TMT. Alfred Hitchcock is also interviewed, and Gary Brown gives love to HLP. The Roots of Evil: The Carrot That Conquered the World by Jim Winoroski, and Joe Kane's article on Blacula, shows how much more TMT could do with writing about genre movies when given a mind to.
According to the Weird Indexes of Eerie Publications by Mike Howlett, this volume 5, issue 5 of Horror Tales is the second volume 5, issue 5 to hit the newsstands in 1973. The first one is dated June 1973, and appears to be actually isssue 3, but was given the right volume but wrong issue number. As you get later into the issues, more and more stories from earlier issues reappear. Some wonderful artwork in this issue.
Here's a cool chiller for your Friday reading, Horror Tales for September 1971. Notice the Barnabas Collins look-alike on the front cover. My favorite story is Cadaver's Revenge. Short, sweet, and crunchy. What's yours?
The Monster Times was probably more adept at selling books, posters, and comic-related merchandise to horror, science fiction, and fantasy fans than any other related magazine. Here's The Monster Catalog Number 2 for a nostalgic treat.
Issue 14 of The Monster Times is the last one to be published bi-weekly (although it actually hit the newsstands a week later than scheduled). Starting with issue 15, TMT would hit the newsstands monthly, then eventually go bi-monthly, then eventually go whenever, until its final 48th issue. In this issue, Godzilla becomes "the Rona Barrett of Monsterdom," The Wolf Man receives the "complete filmbook" treatment, and Peter Cushing talks about Tales From the Crypt. The Phantom gets beat up as "a mercenary running-dog lackey with license to kill" by one Ms. M. J. Blowemup Weatherperson, and The Dead Are Alive and Frogs get roasted.
Jumping ahead this time to issue 24 of The Monster Times. Of course publishing is no longer bi-weekly but monthly, and the cover price is now 60 cents. Steranko's History of the Comics Volume Two is reviewed, Rodan spreads his wings, and monster towels clean up for $1.50 each. Caesar takes a stand with the Battle for the Planet of the Apes and the plot sickens in Blood Feast with a "bad movie roasting." Of particular note (aside from the cool monster towels, that is) are coverage of Basil Wolverton's weird-tastic art, the nifty Create Your Own Monster Kits ad on page 31, and Lon Chaney Jr's life and times howls. (Read issue 24 of The Monster Times)