Friday, February 11, 2011
FAMOUS MONSTERS OF FILMLAND NO. 254
FAMOUS MONSTERS OF FILMLAND
Editor: Jessie Lilley
Publication Date: March/April 2011
Publisher: Philip Kim (Kong)
Color covers/full color interior
Cover price: $9.99
Hmmm . . . let's see here. They listened to the readers . . . okay. They responded to what the readers asked for . . . Okay, here goes . . . the original plan was four issues a year -- okay, that's 4 issues times 128 pages an issue -- comes to a total of 512 pages of copy per year -- at $12.99 an issue, comes to $51.96. Now, they listened to the readers who wanted to see more FM, okay? So, they changed the plan to six issues a year -- okay, that's 6 issues times 80 pages for a total of 480 pages of copy a year -- at $9.99 an issue times 6 issues is $59.94. That means there's a difference of 32 less pages per year and an increase of $7.98.
There, I did the math for you. The folks behind the machinations of Philip Kim (Kong's) FAMOUS MONSTERS OF FILMLAND have listened to the readers and given them more FM. That's true if you consider the "more" as eight more bucks for less FM mag. Sheesh, nobody drop the monster Soaky toy, okay?
So, it's official for two issues now -- Michael Heisler is out and Jessie Lilley is in as the new editor. Don't know what happened there, but it's been said that Miss Lilley is very influential in certain circles. Maybe Michael as a comics guy just wasn't the right fit? And, maybe there's some word out there about the 411, but the proof's in the puddin', as they say, and a magazine is only as good as its content . . . and who's willing to pay the ten bucks for it, of course.
One thing that FAMOUS MONSTERS has going for it right now is good writing. There is solid journalism behind most of the articles. The color and photos are of high quality. As for the photos, FM was known for its ability to include stills and shots from movies that nobody else had (mainly, I'm sure as a testimony to the contacts that Forry cultivated over the years). Consequently, there's not much that's blowing up my skirt in this department right now. But, the work on BEING HUMAN, BATTLE: LOS ANGELES, "Alien Artistry", "Infestation" the comic, a special Vincent Price tribute, an interview with Cortlandt Hull, and a piece on Larry Blamire are all pretty doggone well-written. I think they could drop the short story business, though, and leave that to the fiction digests that are still being published out there.
There was an announcement of a new FM UNDERGROUND magazine coming out this spring that was going to focus on more monster zeitgeist and less anachronism. So, if you're into slasher films, torture porn, tats and heavy metal, it should be right up your bloodstained alley. Let's hope then that they change the content of FAMOUS MONSTERS and return it to the classic status that made it the King of Monster Magazines. Meanwhile, I'll be counting the pages of each issue . . .