Saturday, April 30, 2016
MONSTER FANTASY NO. 4 (PART 1)
Vol. 1 No. 4
Editor: Tony Tallarico (?)
This is the last issue of MONSTER FANTASY that was published. It's demise is most likely attributed to the top 2 reasons why most magazines fail -- poor distribution and/or poor sales.
In my estimation, MONSTER FANTASY was one of the better monster 'zines of the 1970s, mainly because of it took the genre seriously and the articles were more than a few hundred words long. There was some meat to the material, in other words. Take for instance, the "book length" story of Lon Chaney in this issue. The B. Gellman Jackson piece that ran 30 pages in a single issue was nearly unheard of for the times, even in non-monster 'zines.
Also notable in this issue are articles on the horror films of Jack Nicholson, a HOUSE OF DARK SHADOWS film story in pictures, an ABBOTT & COSTELLO MEET FRANKENSTEIN retrospective, a history of zombie cinema, and a look at the girls of dinosaur movies.
As mentioned in earlier posts about this magazine, Tony Tallarico is generally mentioned as the unnamed editor of this magazine. If it's true, then Mr. Tallarico should be commended for a fine entry into the realm of monster magazines.