Tuesday, June 22, 2021

ORIGINAL GOLEM POSTER


Earlier this year, Heritage Auctions sold a (very) vintage 1920 poster of Paul Wegner's THE GOLEM. It is a beautiful example of German expressionism that was popular during the period. 

The artwork is by Austrian illustrator, Theo Matejko (1893-1946). He was one of the travelers on the Graf Zepplin's first trans-Atlantic flight. He served Austria in WWI and his propaganda posters for HItler's Wehrmacht were prolific.

When the gavel dropped, the piece was sold for $4,800.00.


Lot Description:

The Golem (Universum Film, 1920). Very Fine- on Linen. Austrian Poster (37.5" X 28.5") Theo Matejko Artwork.
A beautiful stone litho piece never before offered at Heritage, this poster features an impressive illustration by the skilled Austrian artist Theo Matejko. Seen as an excellent example of German expressionism and a potential inspiration for Universal's 1931 Frankenstein, this cinematic retelling of the famous Jewish folktale has Paul Wegener playing the magical clay giant that is both the savior and the destroyer of a Jewish community. As the most important part of a two to three panel poster, this upper panel has an excellent image of both Wegener and Ernst Deutcsh as the misguided assistant to the rabbi. Considering the placement of the panels, it is possible that theaters could choose to display the poster either in its complete state, in combined segments of the top two or top and bottom panels, or as the top or bottom panels by themselves. The poster presents very well with almost no flaws in the interior, showing edge and fold wear, slight fold separations, and some minor chips and tears. Although backed on linen, no touchup has been applied.

Monday, June 21, 2021

SCARY MONSTERS NO. 122 SNEAK PEEK


The "Never Say Die" issue of SCARY MONSTERS is now available for pre-order!


Description of contents:
Our 122nd Never Say Die! Issue will be here by the end of June! Multiple Rondo Award-winning Monster Man Scott Jackson (MonsterManGraphic.com) brings you a cover to die for (almost)! Get your preorders in now! This issue explores the mad scientists of cinema who aimed to cheat death by discovering their own versions of the fountain of youth. We revisit Karloff’s The Man They Could Not Hang, Lugosi’s The Corpse Vanishes, Carradine’s The Unearthly, Twilight Zone episodes on immortality, and others. Plus, we put Universal’s House of Dracula under the microscope, take a look back at The Six Million Dollar Man Bigfoot Trilogy, and much more over 146 fantastic foto-filled pages.





Pre-order your issue HERE!

Saturday, June 19, 2021

'THE EXORCIST': OPENING NIGHT REVISITED


I described to you in an earlier post of "What Scared Me" my experience with going to the premiere of THE EXORCIST. Needless to say, it was a night I'll probably never forget. The hype was incredible outside while waiting in a line that snaked around the block in Westwood Village, CA, and the payoff payed off in a big -- and scary -- way.

The Newsweek website has resurrected a video that has gone viral that shows audience reactions on the night of December 26, 1973. Read on if you dare, and watch the video at the end of this post.


Old Footage of People Walking Out of the Theater on 'The Exorcist's' Opening Night Goes Viral
Nearly half a century after "The Exorcist" was released, Redditors are reflecting on their own experiences with William Friedkin's 1973 horror classic.
By Caroline Tien | June 14, 2021 | newsweek.com

In a now-viral post on the social media platform, user @FunPeach0 shared old footage of audience reactions to the premiere. The footage has many commenters reminiscing about the first time they watched what has often been called "the scariest movie ever made."

Uploaded to YouTube on March 23, 2014, the footage purports to provide a "little glimpse" into the "mass hysteria" that greeted the film's opening night on Dec. 26, 1973. Hailing the film as "something almost beyond comprehension," theater marquees play up the singularly eerie nature of its supernatural elements.

The marketing tactic clearly worked. Long lines of people dressed in '70s-style bellbottoms wrapped around the sidewalks abutting various venues for hundreds of feet. "I'm not going back in there," one moviegoer tells her friend, a frightened grin on her face. "I don't like it, I want to go home," another mutters, her back to the camera. "I just found it really horrible and had to come out, I couldn't take any more," a third says, a tremor in her voice. Those who faint, a young theater employee reports matter-of-factly, are revived with smelling salts.

Melodramatic as they might seem by today's standards, Redditors who claimed to be alive at the time confirmed that the reactions depicted were accurate.

"I watched this when I was 5 or 6 back in the 80s...messed me up for a long time," one wrote.

"I saw it in 1973 and it f***ed me up for a long time. No one had ever seen anything like it," another claimed.

"I saw The Exorcist in the theater in 1973, along with a lot of college friends. We all left the theater shaken," a third alleged.

Others, noting that contemporary kids often found the movie funny rather than terrifying, identified a generational divide in reactions. In many cases, the observation spawned discussions of how special-effects technology has improved and fears have evolved in the intervening 48 years.

"My kids saw it in the early 2000's. They thought it was funny," one commenter wrote.

"It strange how far we've come against the horror genre. My guess is, what would scare kids TODAY would be some sort of psychological issue or 'REAL' Like a shooting or natural disaster," another mused.

"It's really crazy to me how fast society changes, just one or two generations seperates [sic] people who were absolutely terrified of a movie and people who aren't scared at all. When I was a kid my mom was hesitant to let me watch it because she always remembered it as the movie that scared the holy hell out of her as a teenager. We watched it together and she was nervous the whole time but I was just like yeah so? I was more scared of Jurassic Park man, dinosaurs are real they can eat ya," a third recalled.

Critics consistently rank "The Exorcist" among the most terrifying movies in existence.

View the video below:


Friday, June 18, 2021

'THE CREEPS' BOWS TO LAWSUIT

"The first thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers"
- William Shakespeare

It had to happen sooner or later. After a run of over 30 issues, THE CREEPS magazine will be changing its name to SHUDDER. The reason? Richard Sala, publisher of the popular illustrated horror comics mag got sued for trademark infringement by the current owner of the rights to the original CREEPY. We'll never know all the details, but it seems Sala gets to retain his "Warrant Publications" name (an emulation of "Warren Publications"), but will be changing the magazine's title and host.

Why now? What finally triggered New Comic Company to lower the legal boom on a publication that was a faithful tribute to the original? After all, when is the last time you saw an issue of CREEPY on a newsstand alongside THE CREEPS? It's not like they were vying for shelf space.

I don't have a high regard for a lot (not all) lawyers, but it looks like they did their job here. Again, it appears that there were some consolations given to Sala. On the other hand, he must try and sell all his back stock by May, 2022, when he'll no longer be able to sell the title.

So, this fall we'll see the first issue of SHUDDER. You can lend your support by pre-ordering it HERE.


From THE CREEPS:

IMPORTANT ALERT!!! This Fall, 2021, the name of "The Creeps" magazine will be changing to "Shudder" magazine. Warrant Publishing Company and New Comic Company (the “Parties”) have both determined that to avoid the potential costs and time involved in litigating a court case, it is in the mutual interest of both parties to finalize a private, amicable settlement, which has been negotiated by the attorneys representing both Parties and executed. The Parties agreed to a non-disclosure clause in this agreement, and in accordance with the same we are limited in what we can disclose with respect to the settlement. However, we are discontinuing use of "The Creeps." The content of the magazine formerly published as “The Creeps” will continue to be published uninterrupted under the name "Shudder" magazine starting in Fall, 2021. The final issue of "The Creeps" magazine will be issue #32. The story contents of "Shudder" will be a continuation of the content in "The Creeps," but the numbering of "Shudder" magazine will re-set at issue #1. Subscribers to "The Creeps" will continue receiving their copies of "Shudder" every two months, without interruption. Thank you for your attention. With the resolutions of this case, we are excited about entering a new phase of business here Warrant Publishing Company. We look forward to continuing to bring you the World's #1 illustrated horror magazine for many years to come. 

Here's a news report regarding this topic that appeared last year (ironically during the Halloween season):


Happy (legal) Halloween: It’s Creepy vs. The Creeps in LA horror-comics lawsuit
By CITY NEWS SERVICE | news@socalnews.com | October 28, 2020

LOS ANGELES — The copyrights holder of Creepy magazine, a horror-comics magazine that lived for decades on newsstands, is suing the owner/publisher of The Creeps magazine in Los Angeles for alleged trademark infringement, according to court papers obtained Wednesday, Oct. 28.

The suit, filed in federal court on Tuesday by New Comic Company LLC, alleges that Richard J. Sala’s The Creeps is a “knock-off” version of now-defunct Creepy magazine, which was launched in 1964 by legendary horror magazine publisher James Warren and published by Warren Publishing Company.

According to the lawsuit, Sala’s use of the word Creeps as his mag’s name, and by calling his company Warrant Publishing Company, he is “intentionally seeking to take advantage of the popularity and goodwill of Creepy magazine, its prior publisher (Warren), and Creepy’s devoted fan base.”

In a statement posted on the Facebook fan group he oversees — Warren Publishing Fans and Friends — Sala said he cannot comment on pending litigation but that “our attorneys are dealing with this case.”

New Comic Company acquired the rights to Creepy and its sister publication Eerie from Warren in 2007 and published archival hardcover anthologies of the original magazines.

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

PSYCHO NO. 2 (PART 1)


Beginning with this issue, the folks at Skywald took the plunge and started paying artists and writers to produce brand new stories in hopes of catching up to the Warren empire of CREEPY, EERIE and VAMPIRELLA. Stanley and Eerie publications pretty much had the market cornered on reprints, and I thought it was a wise business decision to hire some veterans to infuse some new blood -- as it were -- into horror comics magazines. The results became the beginning of the Skywald legend. Notable in this issue is the re-introduction of The Heap, the prototype for Marvel's Man-Thing and DC's Swamp Thing.

PSYCHO
Vol. 1 No. 2
March 1971
Skywald Publishing Company
Editor: Sol Brodsky
Associate editor: Israel Waldman
Cover artist: Hector Varela
Pages: 68
Cover price: 50 cents

CONTENTS
"The Heap"
Script: Chuck McNaughton
Art: Ross Andru; Mike Esposito

"To Laugh...Perchance to Live"
Script: Chuck McNaughton
Art: Jack Katz; Rich Buckler

"Death's Stranger"
Script: Marv Wolfman
Art: Tom Palmer

"Psycho's Gruesome Gallery No. : The Vampire"
Art: Stephen Hickman

"Revolution!"
Script: Rich Margopoulos
Art: Tom Sutton; Dan Adkins

"The Quest!"
Story: Rich Margopoulos
Art: Chic Stone

"Dream Planet"
Script: Phil Seuling
Art: Serg Moren

"Valley of Blood"
Script: Chuck McNaughton
Art: Jack Katz; Frank Giacoia