Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Things You Always Wanted to Know About Monsters... But Were Afraid To Ask, Part 1!

So time for something different from the usual Wednesday feature... instead of a monster magazine to be reviewed, I'll be presenting for a while pages from Tony Tallarico's book, "Things You've Always Wanted to Know About Monsters... But Were Afraid To Ask!"

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This book was published by Grosset and Dunlap in 1977. My copy of this book was purchased at a garage sale last summer for probably a buck, and was a great bargain!

Author Tony Tallarico is probably best known for his comics work at Charlton, Dell, and other publishers, among those Warren and Marvel! Never really known as a great comics artist, it seems his ability to produce pages within a certain quality kept him employed for some time. Still active as of the middle part of this decade, Tallarico's created more than 1,000 children's books. I used to have one of his "How to Draw" books back in the 1970s! Barnes & Noble lists 323 books by him at this time, although Amazon.com lists significantly less.

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Nothing too interesting on the first page of actual text here...

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Here's the usual page format... left-hand page with a photo, right-hand page of text. As you can see, there isn't any relation between the photo (here a photo of good ol' Vlad the Impaler) and the two questions concerning Frankenstein!

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As you can tell, "Frankenstein" here is used to pretty much always refer to the monster, and not the doctor! The gentleman on the left-hand page is Baron Gilles de Rais, called a "real-life Dracula" who killed over 200 children.

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Ah, an iconic still from Dracula, staring Bela Lugosi!

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Son of Frankenstein still paired with Mummy questions!

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Still from Frankenstein, with more Mummy questions!

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Young Frankenstein still this time, with more Mummy questions!

And we'll end it there for now... more next week!

4 comments:

  1. Now that is a pretty freaking fun book!!!

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  2. I'm glad you're enjoying it!

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  3. Anonymous8:08 AM

    I've been looking for this book for years. I mistakenly remembered the title as "Everything you've wanted to know about monsters, but were afraid to ask." Unfortunately, that was just enough to not yield any results in various searches. I finally found it. I can now relive my childhood through a long lost book. I love the poem about the man turning into a werewolf when the wolfsbane blooms. And the cover looks just like I remember it.

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  4. Anonymous - I'm a little confused... have you found a copy of the book, or are you saying you "found" it because now you can read my postings of it?

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