Thursday, June 30, 2022


Attention all model kit builders! In the queue for release are two new resin kits. And for you Monster Kids with deep pockets, X-Plus is also offering two new monster statues.

Aurora Monster Scenes Scale McDougals Frankenstein Crate Scene Model Kit:

In this Aurora Monster Scenes Scale model resin kit you get unpainted, accurate likeneses of Wilbur Gray with Mcdougal's dummy head, Chick Young with wagging finger and spook candle, the Glenn Strange Frankenstein laying in Wooden textured crate model, plus special sculpture study of Dracula and The Wolfman. Model comes with realistic wood crate with House of Horrors address on it, plus 2 easels with Mcdougal's sign and Dracula legend. The wood floor base comes with a raised logo name plate and a hammer and crow bar.

Retail price: $319.99

Frankenstein Walking Glenn Strange Aurora Monster Scenes Scale Model Kit:

This is a fantastic Frankenstein to add to your Monster Scenes collection. Pictures don't do justice to this fantastic resin model kit in 1:8 scale. You will be happy with the detail! Made of expertly cast and cleaned resin parts for easy build and paint.

Retail price: $74.99

Golden Voyage of Sinbad Centaur Deluxe Vinyl Statue X-Plus:

Ray Harryhausen created the one-eyed centaur to be a menacing monster, his giant club at the ready to take on heroes and other dangerous creatures. Star Ace has recreated the Harryhausen puppet as a 33cm tall soft vinyl statue, posed in mid-battle. Sculpted by the renowned artisans at Kaibutsuya, each piece is meticulously hand painted. The Deluxe version comes with a polyresin diorama base depicting the floor of the Centaur’s cave.

Retail price: $339.99

Godzilla King of the Monsters 2019 King Ghidorah Toho Daikaiju Series Figure:

King Ghidorah (2019) from Godzilla: King of the Monsters is joining the Toho Daikaiju Series! The figure is poised to face Godzilla, with its wings outstretched in a menacing pose and its neck bent, expressing the power of "Monster Zero". Please enjoy the power and the appearance of "A false king"!

Retail price: $659.99

Wednesday, June 29, 2022


The 2010 version of Universal's THE WOLFMAN did not fare well with the box office (coming under its $150,000,000 budget) or the critics. To rub salt in the wound, The Los Angeles Times called it one of the "costliest box office flops of all time".

I for one thought it was pretty good, although I just couldn't get used to Anthony Hopkins as an old, grizzled werewolf. I also noticed how much Benicio Del Toro looked like Lon Chaney, Jr. in a couple of shots. Besides the work of the huge makeup crew (including Rick Baker) and the score by Danny Elfman, I thought the standout feature of the film was the photography.

The February, 2010 issue of AMERICAN CINEMATOGRAPHER does a deep dive with cameraman Shelly Johnson as he explains his approach and techniques behind-the-scenes.

Tuesday, June 28, 2022


No. 133 (Classics Illustrated)
July, 1956
Gilberton Company, Inc.
Managing Editor: Meyer Kaplan
Editor: William E. Kanter
Art Director: Alex Blum
Cover: George Wilson
Pages: 52
Cover price: 15 cents

Last weekend, we took a look behind the scenes with Paul Vogel, the cameraman behind the lens for George Pal's 1960 film adaptation of H.G. Wells' THE TIME MACHINE.

Today, here is a look at the comic book adaptation that was published in 1956, before the story was a twinkle in Pal's eye. The script was written by Lorenz Graham and the artwork by Golden Age great Lou Cameron, with a standout cover by George Wilson (see the original art above) who would go on to produce hundreds of covers for Gold Key titles, including RIPLEY'S BELIEVE IT OR NOT, THE TWILIGHT ZONE and DARK SHADOWS. The text article on H.G. Wells is illustrated by another golden great, Alex Blum.