Thursday, March 30, 2017


Now on the block at the monster-friendly Heritage Auctions is a group of monster goodies up for bid. The lots include vintage monster mags, 8mm Castle Films, and a pair of autographed film still cards from Hammer. This selection only goes to show you that monsters are still a viable collectible.

Castle of Frankenstein (Gothic Castle Publishing, 1961-1974). Magazines (4) (Multiple Pages, 8.5" X 10.75"). Horror.
Featured are four fantastic issues of Castle of Frankenstein, including the first issue's collector's edition. The fright-filled magazines showcase images and stories on classic sci-fi and horror films and actors such as Boris Karloff, The Time Machine, THX-1138, Scream and Scream Again, The Exorcist, Zardoz, Freaks, Roger Corman, and much more. Unrestored magazines with bright color and clean overall appearances. They may have general signs of use, such as spine/edge/cover wear, unobtrusive smudges, and corner bends. There are a couple pages loose in one of the magazines. Please see full-color, enlargeable image above for more details. Very Fine-. 

Little Shoppe of Horrors Magazines (Elmer Valo Appreciation, 1984-1994). Magazines (4) (Multiple Pages, 8.5" X 11"). Horror.
Featuring a collection of horror-theme magazines from Little Shoppe of Horrors. Each magazine contains photos, articles, and interviews for some of the best known horror classics to new classics in modern films. Unrestored magazines with bright color and clean overall appearances. They may have general signs of use, such as slight edge and spine wear, surface scuffs, or very minor smudges. There is a tape stain on one of the magazine covers. Please see full-color, enlargeable image above for more details. Very Fine+. 

Horror of Dracula/Curse of Frankenstein Combo (Seven Arts, 1964). Magazines (3) (Multiple Pages, 8.25" X 11"). Horror.
Starring Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Michael Gough, Hazel Court , Melissa Stribling, Carol Marsh, Valerie Gaunt, John Van Eyssen, and Robert Urquhart. Directed by Terence Fisher. Included with the magazine for Horror of Dracula/Curse of Frankenstein are issues No. 27 and No. 33 of Famous Monsters of Filmland (Warren Publishing, 1963/1965). Unrestored magazines with bright color and clean overall appearances. They may have general signs of use, such as light edge wear, slight spine separation and spine wear, mild creases, surface scuffs, unobtrusive stains and smudges, or very minor tears. Please see full-color, enlargeable image above for more details. Very Fine. 

20 Million Miles to Earth/Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein Lot (Columbia/Castle Films, 1960s). 8 MM Silent Home Movie Reels (2) (Box: 3.25" X 3.25" X 0.5", 5.25" X 5.25" X 0.75") & Paperback Book (156 Pages, 6" X 9"). Science Fiction.
Starring William Hopper, Joan Taylor, Frank Puglia, John Zaremba, Thomas Browne Henry, Tito Vuolo, Jan Arvan, Arthur Space, Bart Braverman, and Ray Harryhausen. Directed by Nathan Juran. Included with the vintage 1960s 20 Million Miles to Earth 8 mm movie and 2013 paperback novelization by Randall D. Larson is a silent 8 mm movie for Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (Castle Films, 1960s). Both of these vintage films are short excerpts from the two classic films done for the home theater market. Unrestored items with bright color and clean overall appearances. They may have general signs of use, such as edge wear, slight spine wear, mild creases, small surface scuffs, small tears, or film splices. The 8 mm boxes show surface scuffing, stains and smudging, paper lifts, small holes, and/or tape residue and stains. Please see full-color, enlargeable image above for more details. Overall Grade: Very Fine-. 

Frankenstein & Other Lot (Universal, R-1969). Commercial Posters (2) (29" X 41.75" & 11.75" X 36"). Horror.
Starring Boris Karloff, Colin Clive, Mae Clarke, John Boles, Dwight Frye, and Edward Van Sloan. Directed by James Whale. Included with the poster for Frankenstein is a commercial poster for King Kong (RKO, R-1966). Unrestored posters that display signs of use. May include light edge wear, slight fold separations, very minor tears, pinholes, or unobtrusive smudges. There is some tape on the poster for Frankenstein. Please see full-color, enlargeable image above for more details. Rolled, Fine/Very Fine. 

The Curse of Frankenstein & Other Lot (Warner Brothers, 1957). Framed and Matted Autographed Cards and Photos (2) (11.25" X 14.25" & 10" X 12"). Horror.
Starring Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee, Hazel Court, Robert Urquhart, Valerie Gaunt, Melvyn Hayes, Anne Blake, Sally Walsh, Raymond Ray, and Paul Hardtmuth. Directed by Terence Fisher. Included with The Curse of Frankenstein is a framed and matted autographed card and autographed photo for The Brides of Dracula (Universal, 1960). Unrestored items with clean overall appearances. They may have general signs of use, such as slight edge wear, thin surface scuffs and scratches, or small smudges on the frames. The photo for The Curse of Frankenstein has a corner bend to the upper left and shows some surface checking. The cards for The Curse of Frankenstein are signed "Peter Cushing" and "Hazel Court," the photo for The Brides of Dracula is signed "Yvonne Monlaur" and the card is signed "David Peel." 

Wednesday, March 29, 2017


The well-dressed monster knows that it can never have enough bling to add to its fashion repertoire. Offered for pre-order by the gang at MONSTERS IN MOTION are the first in the series of Universal Classic Monster Lovers rings featuring the Frankenstein monster and his lovely bride. Shipping begins April 25, 2017.

From the MIM website:
Whether honoring your favorite Universal Monster or vows to your true love, wear it proudly! These Universal Monsters Sterling Rings feature the head of Frankenstein and Bride of Frankenstein. Made of Sterling, these officially licensed rings come packaged in a window display box.

For our first Universal Monsters activation, we are doing the Monster Lovers Collection featuring Frankenstein and Bride of Frankenstein. Considering how iconic both Frankenstein and Bride are, the vast cross over appeal of these characters across multiple genres and sub cultures and the fact that there is virtually no officially licensed jewelry on the market, we’re super hyped on the potential here.

Material: Sterling Silver .925
Sizes: Whole sizes (Check website for availability)
Type: Ring
Description: Officially Licensed - Universal Monsters
Made to Order
7-14 Day Production time

Tuesday, March 28, 2017


SCARY MONSTERS #104 is off to the printer and due to hit the stands in April! This issue is dedicated to the late, great makeup artist, Paul Blaisdell. Above is a peek at the marvelous cover.

From the SCARY MONSTERS Facebook page:
In #104 we highlight the quintessential creator of monsters for B movies in the 1950s. Paul Blaisdell was a one-of-a-kind monster maker who literally stepped inside his own creations, bringing them to life before the cameras and movie-goers worldwide. We also ask, “Can You Tame the Tingler?” in a review of the William Castle-Vincent Price shock-fest from a scientific perspective. Then there’s our music-monster mash up with “Gravesy Gravesum’s American Chop 40 Monster Hits Edition.” Godzilla fans will appreciate a convenient guide to the 29 G films released by Toho. We also visit with Dark Shadows alumna Marie Wallace and Vincent Price protégé David Frankham of Return of the Fly, Tales of Terror, The Outer Limits, and Star Trek. And there’s much, much more in 144 vintage pulp pages for Monster Kids of all ages!

Monday, March 27, 2017


Since this weekend's topic of "Spacemen", this item was coincidentally spotted up for sale at auction. There were a lot of spaceman movies and chapter serials in the 30s, but Buster Crabbe's Flash Gordon was the most popular. Posters for these movies aren't always seen these days and, according to the Auction House, this is one of the rarest.

Flash Gordon (Universal, 1936). One Sheet (27" X 41") Chapter 2 -- "Tunnel of Terror."
An incredibly rare original poster for one of the most lavishly produced and wildly popular serials of its day, this scarce one sheet is seldom offered at auction. It features stupendous graphics of Buster Crabbe as Flash Gordon, Charles Middleton as Ming the Merciless, Priscilla Lawson as Princess Aura, and Jean Rogers as Dale Arden. The poster has a small right corner chip, pinpoint cross fold separation, edge wear with a small chip in the left edge, and several enlarged pinholes in the top left corner and one with a tear in Aura's hair with cellophane tape on the verso. There are pinpoint stains in the borders and a few in the image area. Fine/Very Fine. 

Value Estimate: $4,000 - $8,000.