|From FAMOUS MONSTERS #21|
With a publication date of 1960, THE BRAVE GHOULS, however, beat Marvel to the punch(line), as it predates MONSTERS TO LAUGH WITH by four years. One might even surmise that the idea for MONSTERS TO LAUGH WITH (1964) and its progeny, MONSTERS UNLIMITED (1965) and MONSTER MADNESS (1972) was drawn, not entirely obliquely, from its predecessor. Another magazine with funny captions on film and TV photos that has been covered here at MONSTER MAGAZINE WORLD was TALKING PICTURES, published in 1964 and 1965 (see sidebar for links to these posts).
Interestingly enough, THE BRAVE GHOULS schtick was not the use of word balloons on photos at all. Instead, the writer, Bob Reisner, had his gags placed as captions under each film photo. The jokes, and I am being kind here, ran the usual gamut of wince-inducing statements from the mouths of monsters from such studios as 20th Century Fox, AIP, Warner Bros., and RKO Radio Pictures. There were even some from Universal, although oddly, they are not credited.
|From FAMOUS MONSTERS #24|
THE BRAVE GHOULS seems to have first appeared for sale in FAMOUS MONSTERS in Issue #21, dated February 1963, three years after it was originally published. It was sold as a "rib-tickling comic captioned collection of outlandish stills from 30 years of horror movies", and declared "One of the best novelty books in years!"
Well, I'll let you decide for yourself after you read the first page offerings from my 1960 First Edition copy of THE BRAVE GHOULS!