Wednesday, November 27, 2013
FAMOUS MONSTERS NO. 2 MYSTERY MASK
Here is a lot of four masks from the collection of Forrest J Ackerman that was auctioned off after his death in 2009. Of particular note is the mask described as a "Mr. Hyde" mask. Technically, it could be called anything, as the mask has remained a bit of a mystery throughout the years since it first gained recognition after being worn by James Warren on the cover of FAMOUS MONSTERS OF FILMLAND #2 in September 1958. The hands were Topstone's "monster hands", but identifying the maker of the mask is another story.
David Horne, in his indispensable guide to Warren Publications, Gathering Horror, identifies it simple as a "werewolf" mask. Mask-maker Pete Infelise on his blog states that Don Post Studios and Topstone were the two biggest mask-making companies at the time, but neither had this mask listed on their inventory.
The mask was also sold as an 8" X 10" sutographed "Werewolf Photo" in FAMOUS MONSTERS. It was smply a black and white photo of the FM #2 cover image.
Years later, in 2005, VXX-FX mask makers payed homage to this mystery mask by creating a likeness of the FM cover mask which they dubbed (maybe more appropriately) the "Devilman".