Basil Gogos is the undisputed king of cover artists from the classic era of monster magazines. Awash in blazingly lurid colors and festooned with underlighting, spotlighting, and backlighting that casts caverns of shadows, his work is indelible and enduring and serves as the touchstone for all who came after.
Coming soon to the auction block is the original work that Gogos did for the cover of the 13th issue of FAMOUS MONSTERS OF FILMLAND. Recognized as Gogos' first depiction of the Frankenstein monster, it was originally intended as a preliminary work. Publisher James Warren reportedly went wild over its overt impressionism and bought it for use on the cover of FM #13. The cover is also notable for its use of the phrase, "Best Issue Ever!" which appeared numerous times over the years on the cover of FM.
The acrylic painting is on illustration board and the matted image measures 9.5" x 11.5".