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!"


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 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!


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

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

  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.

    1. I misremembered the name the same way you did!

  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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