Saturday, August 01, 2015

Monster Stuff!

The "Monster Stuff" feature here on Random Acts of Geekery is changing, merging the monster magazine feature into this one. Each month, "Monster Stuff" will continue to feature the horror and monster collectibles you've been accustomed to, as well as selected articles from a few monster magazines!

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First up, here's some animation drawings from Filmation's Groovie Goolies cartoon! Above is Drac, while below is Frankie and Sabrina (The Goolies were supposed to be Sabrina's cousins).
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goolies_animationpencil3Above, an animation drawing of Drac at his organ. Note the hands above, these were animated as though they were conducting the Goolies band. Below is an animation cel of Wolfie placed over an animation drawing that also indicates some of the background.
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Above you'll see some of the storyboards for the "Monsters on Parade" song. Below is another animation drawing... damn, I forgot the character's name! Hagatha? I guess it's been too long since I watched my DVD of the Goolies!
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There wasn't a lot of Groovie Goollies product made, for some reason. I would've thought they'd have been a natural, as it was open season to produce monster items back then! Here's one of the few items that were made, the Drac Hallowen costume!

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Next up, here's a window card for the British monster movie "Gorgo," which of course you'll recall was adapted into a Charlton Comics series, many issues of which had art by Steve Ditko!

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The Green Slime was a co-production between a US film company and Toho (I think it was Toho). On the American side, when the movie was being released, there was a lot of promotional work done, such as the above bumper sticker and pins!

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Above are some of the lobby cards for the film, while below is the pressbook!
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As you can see, MGM was all about getting the theaters to do all kinds of stunts to promote the film!
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This guillotine model kit was probably one of the lesser-known horror-themed model kits that Aurora produced! Nice box art, wasn't it?

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Here's a few lobby cards from "The Hand of Death," a movie I've never seen!

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Another lobby card for a movie I've never seen, "The Haunted House." That almost looks like Barnabas Collins from Dark Shadows there, doesn't it?

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This Haunted Mansion game has gone into my want-list for sure, even if it's not as cool as the Haunted Mansion model kits!

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I've always found Vincent Price movies at least fun to watch, I'm sure "The Haunted Palace" is no different!

On the next page, some selected articles from monster magazines!

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The first couple of articles come from "Halls of Horror" #26. In case I haven't mentioned this in the past, "Halls of Horror" was the successor magazine to the Hammer mag that was produced in the UK.  First up, here's an article on John Carradine, who not only appeared in a number of horror films, but as you may have noticed, was a guest star on an episode of "Land of the Giants"!
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Next, an interview with Barbara Steele from the same issue!
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And now, an article on some of the greats!
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Next up, selected articles from Photon #26. Given its name, you'd have thought Photon would've been a sci-fi mag, but all the issues I've come across had a horror theme to them!

This first article's going to involve a lot of scrolling up and down to read each column, but I think it'll be worth it!
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That was the best article in the issue (the cover feature was kind of a drag to read, to be honest), so we'll go on...
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...to an article from Movie Monsters #3! I'll feature another one from this mag in a future installment, because there's a lot of good stuff in here! This first article is about various versions of "The Phantom of the Opera":
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