Saturday, May 19, 2018


When Mother Nature's creatures turned their vengeful eyes on humans -- which happened often in the men's adventure magazines -- the stories were always accompanied by an illustration of the attacks to fix the image in the mind of the curious reader. The tales were typically told in the first-person, "I was there" style, which added realism (you mean it wasn't?) to the proceedings. Of course, the most famous of these 50's animal attack stories was, "Weasels Ripped My Flesh", written by Mike Kames for the September 1956 issue of MAN'S LIFE. The memorable cover was by Wil Hulsey.

The original art shown here is by Victor "Vic" Prezio and is the type of illustration that shows just how nasty nature could get. It is titled by the auction house, "Attack of the Badgers", and no corresponding magazine is listed that it appeared in. In any event, it is an excellent example of the type of illustration that could be found behind the cover of any men's adventure magazine of the time.

Prezio did several covers for Warren's CREEPY magazine, and three original pieces are also shown here.

CREEPY #19. Vic Prezio art, illustrating "Mark of the Beast".

CREEPY #28. Vic Prezio art, illustrating "Valley of the Vampires".

CREEPY #29. Vic Prezio art, illustrating "The Summer House".

Friday, May 18, 2018


Vol. 1 No. 1
April 1965
Dell Comics
Writer: ?
Artist: Henry Scarpelli
Cover: Photo cover
Pages: 36
Cover price: 12 cents

Based on the hit TV series, Samantha, Darrin and Mother-in-law Endora, find themselves in a variety of humorous hi-jinks in this first issue of Dell's comic adaptation.


Thursday, May 17, 2018


Film fans wrote in to the UNIVERSAL WEEKLY (June 9, 1928) with their overwhelmingly favorable opinion of Universal's latest hit, THE MAN WHO LAUGHS, starring the famous German actor, Conrad Veidt. Veidt's horrifying makeup was devised by genius Jack Pierce, who also had recently done the realistic simian makeup in THE MONKEY TALKS.

The fans lauded Veidt, Leni and other aspects of the film, but no where to be found was any comment on Pierce's stunning makeup. True to form in those days, Pierce went uncredited in the film.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018


It's hard to imagine that, when this photo was taken of the 19-year-old Fay Wray for MOTION PICTURE MAGAZINE's January 1924 issue, she was almost a decade away from appearing in RKO's KING KONG. In the meantime, the beautiful young actress would have no problem landing roles.


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