Wednesday, January 18, 2017

THE MONSTER TIMES NO. 18 (PART 1)


THE MONSTER TIMES
Vol. 1 No. 18
December 31, 1972
Publisher: Monster Times Publishing Company
Produced and Created by: Larry Brill and Les Waldstein
Editor: Joe Kane
Managing Editor: Joe Brancatelli
Pages: 32

For your pleasure, today feature is a randomly-selected issue of the world's first and only print monster newspaper. For a monster "zine" with a relatively small page-count, MT had an impressively large staff, which might have been a contributing factor to its demise after just four years in July 1976 with its 48th issue, which is not a bad run, all things considered.

Created by the team of Larry Brill and Les Waldstein, it becomes apparent why MT was printed in newspaper form instead of the more conventional magazine format -- Brill and Waldstein were designers for the porn and counterculture newspaper SCREW (the inspiration behind Larry Flynt's HUSTLER) -- they simply just used the same format and changed the content.

This issue includes an article on one of my favorite "guilty pleasure" B-horror films, THE MONSTER OF PIEDRAS BLANCAS. While it contains the obligatory summary of the film, it also includes some production info as well. Also included is a column written by TV Horror Host Seymour (Larry Vincent), coverage of Hammer's DRACULA A.D. 1972, and an article on a Willis O'Brien concept that was never produced.
















 
 

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

FRANKENSTEIN AUF DEUTSCH


After being filmed and played in the U.S., Dr. Frankenstein and his creation travelled back to the old country nearly thirty years later.

These programs accompanied the screening of Universal's re-release of FRANKENSTEIN in German theaters. The Neues Film-Programm #410 is from 1957, the Illustrierte Film-Buhne #3656 is from the 1950s and another Neues Film-Programm is from the 1960s. The page sizes range from 6.25" X 9.5" to 7.25" X 10.5".









Monday, January 16, 2017

HARRYHAUSEN AT THE LONDON FILM MUSEUM


Ray Harryhausen worked his film magic for decades. Thrilling to JASON & THE ARGONAUTS as a youngster at the theater, I had no idea who was behind the fantastical images and action scenes ... but they were way cool!

Featured today is a museum poster and two art prints (above) from a 2010 London Film Museum exhibition titled, Ray Harryhausen: Myths and Legends.

 
 

Sunday, January 15, 2017

SELLING KING KONG


U.S. film companies employed many ways to promote their products abroad. Shown here is a "merchandising manual" for RKOs KING KONG that was sent to potential U.K. distributors containing instructions and guidelines to follow for a successful theater run.



BONUS: Here is an example of a merchandising manual tip put to use, a British program for KING KONG.



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