Tuesday, April 30, 2019

HAPPY WALPURGISNACHT!


Get skyclad and ride, ladies!





THIS 'DAMNED' 'ZINE IS DUE IN MAY

Front cover art by Steve Karchin.
Man, when I saw the ads for CHILDREN OF THE DAMNED they scared the pants of me! I was a kid, too, and the thought that kids close to my own age had evil powers just creeped me out.

Now publisher Dick Klemensen, in his usual up-down-and sideways fashion, will be covering the film in the latest LITTLE SHOPPE OF HORRORS, due next month. Please support Dick's always superb effort by pre-ordering your copy right HERE.

Me? I can hardly wait!

From the publisher:
In 1960, a little black-and-white science fiction film - Village of the Damned - was released almost by mistake - by M-G-M, in the United Kingdom. The cold, glowing eyes of those 'Children' grabbed at audiences and made an international hit of this little low-budget flick.

Featuring:
BEWARE THE STARE — THE MAKING OF VILLAGE OF THE DAMNED by Anthony McKay.
  Anthony takes you in-depth behind the scenes of how what started as a low-budget Hollywood version of John Wyndham's best seller - The Midwich Cuckoos - in 1957 - became one of several little movies shooting at M-G-M'S Borehamwood Studios in 1959. Anthony had access to all the production records, talking to most of the key people and young performers that made those glowing eyes a world sensation.

 Interview with Max Rosenberg — by Jonathan Sothcott and Tom Weaver.
  Rosenberg was one of the two co-founders of Amicus Film Productions. Read as Max talks about the often contentious relationship he had with his partner, Milton Subotsky. Yet they gave us films like City of the Dead, Dr. Terror's House of Horrors, Asylum and many other really cool movies of imagination.

The Hammer Diaries of Christopher Wicking - 1974-1976 - Part 1 — Edited by Mitchel Wicking.
  Christopher Wicking wrote the screenplays for three American-International films (such as Scream and Scream Again) and three for Hammer (Blood From the Mummy's Tomb, etc.) - and for almost three years, he kept a diary of his time with Hammer as Script Supervisor. Read all the inside working of Hammer Films as it struggled to survive the 1970's.

All our regular features are back — Letters to LSoH - Ralph's One-and-Only Travelling Reviews Company - Hammer News

Lots of original artwork and Rare Photos!

Covers
Front Cover by Steve Karchin
Back Cover by David Robinson
Inside Front Cover by Mark Maddox
Inside Back Cover by Adrian Salmon

100 Pages!

Art by Mark Maddox.

Art by Adrian Salmon.

Arty by David Robinson.

Monday, April 29, 2019

THE DARK SIDE'S MONSTROUS 200TH ISSUE!


(Above: The Dark Side #200 cover sneak peek)

Alan Bryce and his crew at THE DARK SIDE are readying their momentous 200th issue. Despite the magazine's hiatus a few years ago, TDS has been fully resurrected and becomes one of the longest-running monster 'zines ever. Congrats, guys!

From the publisher:
Possibly the single best issue of The Dark Side we have yet produced, our amazing 100-page Collector’s Edition 200th edition is packed full of incisive and entertaining features on some of the greatest horror films ever made. Within these profusely illustrated pages you’ll discover absorbing articles on the likes of The Exorcist, Jaws, An American Werewolf in London, The Uninvited, The Bride of Frankenstein and many more genre favourites. You’ll also be able to read editor Allan Bryce’s candid history of The Dark Side, an amusing tale as well as an illuminating one, and you can also read about Hammer’s last man standing, the late Dick Miller and Valerie and her Weekend of Wonders. 100 pages of sheer delight for horror fans!

A POST-EARTH DAY EDITORIAL COMMENT


When cartoonist Ron Cobb created this series for radical Art Kunkin's The Los Angeles Free Press (or the Freep as it was affectionately called) in the 1960's, "green ideas" such as ecology, conservation, sustainability and recycling on a large scale were in their infancy. If you've been following these posts, you will know that Cobb had a dim view of the future of industrialized America. Despite heaps of expensive regulatory mandates and billions of dollars spent on the pitiful attempts at creating realistic energy sources, it's not hard to at least agree with a portion of his cautionary art.



Saturday, April 27, 2019

BARBARELLA: THE ORIGINAL COMIC (PART 1)


BARBARELLA
1968 (Second Printing)
A Grove Press Special
Story and art: Jean-Claude Forest
Translation: Richard Seaver
Cover: Photo (Jane Fonda as Barbarella)
Pages: 74
Cover price: $1.50

This is the second printing of the translated BARBARELLA comic book that coincided with the release of the film in 1968. Originally published in 1964 by Le Terrain Vague, it was created by Jean-Claude Forest. The first US edition was published as a hardback in 1966. The second edition was published in 1968 as a softcover. To increase marketability the second edition came with a photo of Jane Fonda as the titular (no pun intended) character.





































Part 2 tomorrow.

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