The astute Monsterologist knows that there were ten issues each published of Charlton's MAD MONSTERS and HORROR MONSTERS. But did you know that there was an eleventh issue of MAD MONSTERS published? That's right. Okay, it's been a few years later, but Dennis Druktenis of SCARY MONSTERS produced a limited ashcan edition of MAD MONSTERS #11 and distributed it at the 2003 MONSTER BASH convention.
The 5 1/2" x 8 1/2", 16-page, signed and numbered edition was limited to only 100 copies. Occasionally, one will show up on eBay (pictured above) and demand rare collector's prices as it becomes harder and harder to find for sale.
I contacted Mr. Druktenis about this rare monster collectible and here's what he had to say:
"It was a fun ashcan I decided to put together for one of the MONSTER BASH conventions. Many were given away, some were sold for $1.00, then $6.00 but they started appearing on eBay probably a week or so after the convention and selling for $20 or $30. From what I recall each one was hand-numbered and signed and I own #1 of 100.Mr. Druktenis also added a few words about his other line of scary publications: "Charlton monster magazines, CASTLE OF FRANKENSTEIN, WORLD FAMOUS CREATURES, MONSTERS AND THINGS, MONSTER PARADE, JOURNAL OF FRANKENSTEIN, and even SHOCK! still live and are being published by Druktenis Publishing and SCARY MONSTERS magazine in 2010! Pre-code horror comics also relive in WEB OF SCARES and SCARY STRANGE TERRORS!"
The cover recyled a portion of the cover of WEREWOLVES AND VAMPIRES which is kind of timely in that we recently reprinted WEREWOLVES AND VAMPIRES in our limited edition book/magazine format limited to 175 copies.
We've also recently begun and published an early 50th Anniversary celebration edition of both HORROR MONSTERS #1 and MAD MONSTERS #1. The CREEPY NEWS will break either Monday or Tuesday regarding our Limited Edition release of MAD MONSTERS PRESENTS MONSTERS #1 on the creepyclassics.com site which is at the printer right now and will ship in about a week."
Note the Steve Ditko art on MAD MONSTERS #1 and the Don Post Wolf Man mask and hands below on the British Special Edition. And watch for a vintage 'zine review of Charlton's original WEREWOLVES AND VAMPIRES tomorrow right here at MONTER MAGAZINE WORLD!