Friday, April 16, 2010

Dog of the Geek: Bimbo

A short entry for this one!

Breed: Unknown

Original Appearances: Fleischer Studios Cartoons

Other Appearances: Unknown

Biography: Bimbo's career began in the silent film era at Fleischers. Eventually, a girlfriend was introduced, who was eventually transformed into Betty Boop! (Bimbo's original name in the cartoons was “Fritz”) Even after Betty was transformed to a human girl, Bimbo remained as her boyfriend despite being a dog. Eventually, Bimbo became just a pet to Betty.

Powers: None, other than standard cartoon character ability to take damage without being injured for long.

Group Affiliation: None

Miscellaneous: Bimbo only appeared in the Betty Boop cartoons from 1930 to 1933, after which he was ousted due to Production Code Censorship laws that protested that he promoted bestiality.

Give-A-Show Fridays: Popeye and The Flintstones!

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Crestwood House Movie Monsters Books - The Complete List?

I've been trying to get a complete list put together of the Crestwood House "Movie Monsters" books that I've been featuring here in "Children's Book Theatre" and, most recently, on the Wednesday monster book/magazine posts... and here's what I've come up with so far (if you know of any titles that I'm missing on this list, please speak up):

Original Series (Black with Orange covers):
The Blob*
The Creature From the Black Lagoon
The Deadly Mantis
Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man
The Invisible Man*
It Came From Outer Space
King Kong
Mad Scientists
The Mummy
The Wolf Man

Second Series (Black with Blue and Red cover, mostly Blue):
The Black Cat*
Bride of Frankenstein*
Dracula's Daughter
Ghost of Frankenstein
House of Fear
The Mole People*
Murders in the Rue Morgue*
Phantom of the Opera*
The Raven*
Revenge of the Creature
Werewolf of London

*Indicates books I'm missing from my collection

Now, looking over this list, I have to admit surprise at some monster movies that are entirely missing from this list, that I would've thought should've been in the series... such as...

Son of Dracula
Son of Frankenstein
House of Frankenstein
House of Dracula
The Creature Walks Among Us
The Thing (From Another World)
Son of Kong
The Fly
Return of the Fly
Curse of the Fly
The Mummy's Tomb
The Mummy's Curse
The Mummy's Hand
The Mummy's Ghost
Hunchback of Notre Dame

That's just what are (to me) the obvious ones... but then on further thought, there's more that should've been in the series, too, I think:

Cat People
Curse of the Cat People
Amazing Colossal Man
War of the Colossal Beast
Godzilla Raids Again/Gigantis the Fire Monster
King Kong Vs. Godzilla
Godzilla Vs. the Thing
Ghidrah the Three-Headed Monster
Monster Zero
Godzilla Vs. the Sea Monster
Son of Godzilla
Destroy All Monsters
Godzilla Vs. Mechagodzilla
Godzilla Vs. Gigan
Terror of Mechagodzilla
Godzilla Vs. the Smog Monster
Godzilla Vs. Megalon
Beast from 20,000 Fathoms
Gappa the Triphibian Monster
It Came From Beneath the Sea
It, the Terror From Beyond Space
The Lost World
Mighty Joe Young
Monster That Challenged the World
The Spider/Earth Vs. the Spider
I Was a Teenage Frankenstein
I Was a Teenage Werewolf
20 Million Miles to Earth
Valley of Gwangi

Before anybody says anything, I didn't include Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde because it was fairly well covered in the "Mad Scientists" volume (although so was the Invisible Man).

Now... there's a temptation here to at least mock up fake covers for some of these "missing/lost" volumes in the series... and perhaps to even create complete versions of the missing ones (I'm thinking specifically of "Son of Frankenstein," "House of Frankenstein" and "House of Dracula," just to make the Frankenstein saga complete). Heck, just doing cover mock-ups would eat up some time, I'd think... and unless my Frankenstein Legacy Edition DVDs happen to include full scripts in them, I don't know that I'll be trying to write versions of the first two of those above-mentioned titles...

But it is awfully tempting! Maybe that can be my special new feature for 2011's Countdown to Halloween?

Cool Stuff!

Let's see, I said we'd start with Star Trek stuff, let's see what I have for ya!

This 1976 puzzle appears to be based on the episode "Catspaw". More after the break!

By the 10's: Walt Disney Comics & Stories, Part 1!

And I think this may be the last of the Disney books on By the 10's! Let's see how many installments it'll take...

Issue 10! More after the jump!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Monster World #5, Part 1!

And our Wednesday monster publication review spotlight now turns to Monster World #5! Here's the cover:

This cover features, of course, Tor Johnson, as painted by Gray Morrow!
More after the jump!

Children's Book Theatre: Road Runner BLB - The Lost Road Runner Mine, Chapter 10!

Time for Chapter 10!
More after the jump!

Monday, April 12, 2010

Original Comic Art!

First up on this installment is page 8 from The Comet #1, by Carmine Infantino! This was part of the Red Circle revival of the 1980s, which sadly ran way off the rails by the time it was over! More after the jump!

Monster Monday!

Time for some King Kong Vs. Godzilla stuff -- to start with, anyway -- beginning with this lobby card! More after the jump!

Sunday, April 11, 2010