Wednesday, January 25, 2012

A FRANKENSTEIN "LON"STER

Playing "What If?" seems to be an international pasttime and stems partly, I believe, from man's unquenchible desire for knowledge. On a much smaller stage, artist/illustrator George Barr proposed what might have happened if Lon Chaney Sr. had lived to play the role of the Frankenstein Monster. The source of the drawing is a Jack Pierce test makeup that was never used in the final cut.

Now, my question would be, what would Chaney have done, assuming he accepted the role he, to create his own, custom make-up. We'll never know. In the meantime we have this quaint piece from FAMOUS MONSTERS OF FILMLAND #27 (March, 1964) -- a "movie mirage" -- to keep us wondering.

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