(Toy Fair 2018) Super7 Debuts New Universal Monsters & Planet of the Apes Collections

Toy Fair 2018 Spotlight on Super7Super7-Universal-Monsters-Reaction-figures-2018

Super7 is best known for resurrecting the legendary 3.75 inch action figures in the retro Kenner-style and a fan-fave with many classic monster collectors for it’s original run of Universal Monsters figures released while ReAction was licensed by Funko.

Well, based on what Super7 just showcased at Toy Fair 2018, they are embracing our childhood nostalgia in toto with a slew of cool new products that hit us Monster Kids right in the nostalgia sweet spot.

Universal Monsters ReAction FiguresSuper7 Universal Monsters ReAction 2018

One of the gripes some folks had with the original collection of UniMonster ReAction figures was the sculpt quality was just a little too much like the original Kenner Star Wars figures, meaning not very good.  Well, that will not be a concern this time around based on the prototypes on display of The Wolf Man, Creature from the Black Lagoon and The Mummy.  Packaging was features for updates of the Phantom of the Opera, Frankenstein as well as two cool new additions in the Metaluna Mutant and Mole People. We did  get a look at the Mutant prototype and it is absolutely glorious!

But the Universal Monsters licenses gets way more interesting with these new seasonal collections set to debut late summer 2018:

Super Soapys

One of my all time favorite classic monster lines is the Colgate Palmolive Super Soaky soap bottles from the 1960s.  Super7 is releasing an expanded collection with all new sculpts that pay direct tribute to those amazing  bath products of yesteryear with their new “Super Soapy” collection releasing in time for Halloween 2018:

Super7 Super Soakys Universal Monsters
image courtesy Paul Schiola of Sputnik Supplies 

The new collection includes the iconic Frankenstein, Wolf Man, Creature and Mummy with updated molds and adds the Invisible Man, Bride and Metaluna Mutant. As you can see in the picture above, they even had a collection of the original Colgate figures on hand to showcase the homage they’re paying.

Super Buckets

new molds for buckets to used while Trick or Treating or just nifty displays.

Super7 Super Buckets 2018

Super7 Universal Monsters Halloween Buckets 2018

Tumblers

Super7 Universal Monsters Tumblers

Puzzles

Super7 Universal Monsters Puzzles 2018

50th Anniversary Planet of the Apes

While Super7 debuted a Planet of the Apes collection last year, they have stepped up their game in a big way in honor of the 50th Anniversary of POTA with this upcoming line of 3.75-inch ReAction classic POTA figures set to release in April 2018:

Super7 Planet of the Apes 50th Anniversary

But they didn’t stop there, Super7 also revealed unpainted prototypes for Wave 2, which is due late summer 2018:

Super7 Planet of the Apes 50th Anniversary Wave 2

This set includes a couple of deep dives like Urko from the TV show, astronaut Cornelius and a fantastic Lawgiver statue. And the mutant comes with a removable face!

I think its safe to say that Super7 has dialed up the nostalgia factor to eleven for all us Monster Kids and done so in a manner that pays respect to the classics they are renewing. While I tend to focus my personal collection on vintage items, I plan to stock pile as much as this new Super7 collection as I can get my grubby monster-loving claws on this Halloween season. What are your thoughts, monster collectors? Love to hear from you in the comments section below.

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Mondo Gallery Universal Monsters Exhibit

Mondo Gallery Universal Monsters Exhibit Opening Night

Dracula Mondo Poster Phantom City Creative

I love it when the stars align and a business trip puts me in the right place at the right time. Earlier this month, I had just such an opportunity when a trip to Austin, Texas, coincided with the opening of the new Universal Monsters exhibit at the Mondo Gallery.

While I’m not new to Mondo entirely, I had no idea what to expect and so, after a great meal of Tex-Mex, I strolled over the gallery. It was an unusually wet and chilly January day in Austin, and while it was still more pleasant than my Minnesota home, I was stunned to see the waiting line extending down the block for hundreds of feet.

Mondo Gallery Universal Monsters Exhibit Opening Night Line

In talking to people in line, this is standard fair for opening night at Mondo exhibits as collectors and enthusiasts get their first shot at purchasing prints from the new collections.  What struck me, though, as a Universal Monster fan and classic monster collector, was the age of those in line.  We often think of our community as being largely Boomers and some older Generation X, those of us who grew up in the monster boom of the 1960s and 70s.  This crowd was anything but that, made up almost entirely of 20 and 30 somethings!  While this is a testament to the popularity of Mondo with the Millenial crowd, these folks were enthusiastically discussing their favorite monsters and monster movies.  These were, indeed, our people!

With press credentials in hand, I was fortunate to bypass the hours-long wait and made my way into the small, nondescript gallery.

Mondo Gallery Austin Texas Universal Monsters Exhibit

Being a Mondo neophyte, it took me a bit to get my bearings. So I decided to enjoy a complimentary local craft beer and watch the pattern of the more experienced Mondo collectors as they cued up for their must-have posters, enamel pins and lithographs.

Here’s a video from the opening night that does a far better job than my photography of showcasing the art and giving a feel for the event:

Take a closer look at some of artwork from the Mondo Gallery Universal Monsters exhibit:

Frankenstein Mondo Poster Francesco Francavilla

Universal Mummy Mondo Poster Stan & Vince

Eric Powell Wolf Man Mondo Poster

Bride of Frankenstein Mondo Poster Jonathon Burton

Creature from the Black Lagoon Mondo Poster Gary Pullin

Invisible Man Mondo Poster Jonathon Burton

About a week after the opening of the exhibit, Mondo released the first run of posters and enamel pins from the Universal Monsters collection for sale on their website.

Mondo posters are available in limited runs and they tend to show up on the secondary market pretty quickly (at appreciated prices of course).  Mondo’s first Universal Monsters collection was released back in 2012 and a quick scan of eBay shows a nice sampling of posters from the original collection and, not surprisingly, some posters from the 2018 collection as well.

What do you think of these modern takes on the classic film posters of the Universal Monsters films? Do you have any Mondo art in your collections? Love to hear your stories!

(Focus on Frankenstein) Frankenstein 200th Anniversary Edition Book

Gorgeous New Illustrated Book Celebrates Shelley’s Iconic NovelClassics Reimagined Frankenstein 200th Anniversary Edition Front Cover

Fans of classic monsters and science fiction alike are celebrating the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley’s iconic work of literature Frankenstein of the Modern Prometheus in 2018 and, here at CollectingClassicMonsters.com we intend to feature the many iterations of her creation throughout the year in an ongoing series we call Focus on Frankenstein.

Thanks to the folks at Rockport Publishing’s Classics Reimagined, we got an advance copy of a lovely new hardcover book that features Shelley’s original novel along with striking new illustrations by artist David Plunkert who has an eery steampunk collage style of illustration that is quite effective for a tale about stitching together human parts to create new life.

Frankenstein 200th Anniversary David Plunkert Illustration

From the publisher:

Celebrating the bicentennial anniversary of Mary Shelley’s original 1818 version, Rockport Publisher’s Classics Reimagined series presents this beautiful deluxe edition. The 248-page hardcover book features an 8 page vellum insert detailing the doctor’s designs, and a stunning, full bleed, double gatefold image of the monster. Finished with printed endpapers and painted book block, this masterpiece volume is perfect for book lovers and art lovers alike.

Frankenstein 200th Anniversary Edition David Plunkert Illustration

About Classic Reimagined

The Classics Reimagined series is a library of stunning collector’s editions of unabridged classic novels illustrated by contemporary artists from around the world. Each artist offers his or her own unique, visual interpretation of the most well-loved, widely read, and avidly collected literature from renowned authors.

I am enjoying re-reading this classic novel and I’m struck by the sheer magnitude of impact this work has had on pop culture over the past 200 years. Obviously, the Frankenstein Monster remains as popular as ever with lovers of classic monsters and the story has gone on to influence creators and artists time and time again.

I highly recommend this lovely hardcover book as an addition to your library and appreciate the folks over at Classics Reimagined for letting me share this beautiful book with all you classic monster collectors.

Get your first edition copy now at Amazon.com 

Dracula 1931 One Sheet Poster Sets World Record

This Is Now The Most Valuable Movie Poster, Sold At Auction For $525,800

Dracula 1931 One Sheet Style A
Dracula 1931 One Sheet Style A

One of just two surviving One Sheet Style A movie posters for the 1931 horror classic Dracula set a world record for the most valuable movie poster ever sold at auction when it brought $525,800 Saturday, Nov. 18, in a public auction held live and online by Heritage Auctions.

The poster surpassed the previous auction record of $478,000 which was also set (twice) by Heritage Auctions. Heritage had just sold the only known surviving Italian issue movie poster from 1946 for Casablanca in July 2017, which matched their own previous world record from November 2014 for an only-known 1927 copy of the poster for London After Midnight.

This particular poster style from Dracula depicts the menacing visage of actor Bela Lugosi, who transformed the character into the now-famous Universal Monster. Recently discovered in the San Diego, California, collection of a noted film historian, collectors and experts consider it one of the most desirable horror movie posters ever produced.

The family of its longtime owner, Lt. Col. George J. Mitchell, Jr., an Associate Member of the American Society of Cinematographers, placed the poster up for auction. Mitchell had owned the poster since the 1950s.

“The reason my dad purchased the poster is because he loved horror films. He was drawn to the Bela Lugosi poster because it brought back childhood memories of seeing the film when it was first released,” Mitchell’s son, Arthur Mitchell said. “He remembered going to the theater … and remembered that there was an ambulance stationed in the lobby, in case anyone was so scared they needed medical attention.”

The elder Mitchell was a longtime cinematographer and photographer, who after World War II and a 20-year career in the U.S. Army, started a small film production company in San Diego, and did video work for AFL and NFL Films, the San Diego Zoo and training films for assorted branches of the military.

“It is a matter of opinion, but this poster probably is the most beautiful of all of the styles,” Heritage Auctions Vintage Posters Director Grey Smith said, “and one of only two styles that pictures Bela Lugosi in realistic terms or a faithful rendering – the other is a photographic image.”

The new owner’s identify was not revealed, although a Heritage spokesman said it was “an anonymous U.S. bidder.” Kirk Hammett anyone?

Watch this Heritage Auctions video for more information about this iconic poster:

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Monster Kid Must Haves: Universal Monsters Tiki Mugs

The Perfect Gift for The Monster Kid        in Your Life

Classic monsters and mid-century pop culture go together like peanut butter and jelly.  Many Monster Kids, like myself, have an abiding affection for all things Atomic Era, including classic surf music and Tiki culture,  So the folks at Geek Tiki have come up with a perfectly logical combination of Universal Monsters tiki mugs!

The creative, colorful drinkware products combine the beloved Universal Monster characters with the unique stylization seen in traditional tiki culture.

Each ceramic Monsters Geeki Tikis® stand approximately 7” tall, is top-shelf dishwasher safe, microwaveable and boast a capacity of up to 20 ounces.

Collect them All!

I’m not sure if the Werewolf of London drank his Pina Colada out of one of these mugs at Trader Vics, but I sure drink my tropical cocktails from my Monster tiki mugs! I keep these prominently displayed but I’m not afraid to pull them off the shelf when the occasion calls for a Mai Tai!

Bride of Frankenstein Tiki Mug

Bride of Frankenstein Tiki Mug

available online here

Dracula Tiki Mug

Dracula Tiki Mug

available online here

Frankenstein Tiki Mug

Frankenstein Tiki Mug

available online here

Gill-Man Tiki Mug

Creature Black Lagoon Tiki Mug

available online here

The Mummy Tiki Mug aka “Tiki Tut’

Mummy Tiki Mug

available online here

The Wolfman Tiki Mug

Wolfman Tiki Mug

available online here

Where to Buy

These tiki mugs were released earlier this fall and are available at the following online stores:

Amazon.com 

EntertainmentEarth.com

Book Preview: Forrest J Ackerman Scrapbook

New Hardcover Book Pays Loving Tribute to Uncle Forry Forrest J Ackerman Scrapbook

If you are reading this website, then I don’t need to introduce you to Forrest J Ackerman.  You already know that he was the long-time editor of Famous Monsters of Filmland magazine and  a legend in his lifetime.  You also know he was an author, agent, editor, archivist and collector whose collection at one time included several hundred thousand items in his Hollywood wonderland known as teh Ackermansion.

The Forrest J Ackerman Scrapbook: Treasures from the Ackermansion is loving look at his amazing life, with an in-depth examination of various aspects of his remarkable collection of sci-fi, fantasy and cinema memorabilia. The book is written and edited by Bill Walker and Brian Anthony and published by their independent publishing firm specializing in books on film history:  www.walkeranthonybooks.com

The book comes in at 200 pages, the majority of which are photographs from the of estate of Forrest J Ackerman.  Bill and Brian  were given unprecedented access to rare and previously unknown and unpublished material by Kevin Burns, the executor of Forry’s estate.

Forrest J Ackerman Scrapbook interior pages

Forry’s collection of animation props and models are given special attention. Several of the models used by Willis O’Brien in King Kong, Son of Kong, and the unfinished Creation are examined in detail in beautiful, never before seen high resolution images.

Forrest J Ackerman Scrapbook Interior Pages

Forry’s friends Ray Harryhausen and Ray Bradbury are here, along with a section dedicated to the fans, including the famous… and not-so-famous…Famous Monsters of Filmland, the various Ackermansions, contributing artists and their work, the Captain Company, Aurora monster models, books, paintings, posters and lobbies are all included in this deluxe hardcover, full-color,  200-page tribute to the Ackermonster!

Forrest J Ackerman Scrapbook Interior Pages

We can no longer tour the Ackermansion in it’s multiple forms, as many of us had the great fortune of doing through the years. But this book does a great job of capturing the feeling of those tours and documenting Forry’s collection and life.

Published on the 101st anniversary of Forry’s birth (November 24, 2017) it’s now available on Amazon and will make a great gift for the Forry fans in your life!

 

Peter Pan Records Monster Mash Re-release for 70s Monster Kids

Peter Pans 1970s Monster Mash Revival

Monster Mash Peter Pan Records

In 1977, Peter Pan Records released a slew of LPs that became Monster Kid favorites including Ghostly Sounds, a terrific spooky sound effect records that we cover in great detail in this article.  Perhaps their best known among 70s kids was their release of this Monster Mash recording which was more of a general novelty record than a specific Halloween record.

Once again featuring great cover art by George Peed, this was a must have record  for 70s Monster Kids, though what’s up with the monkey back-up band!?!

This record failed to achieve year-round listening status for me as a youngster for multiple reasons. First. this record doesn’t include the original Boris Pickett version of Monster Mash, going with a re-recording of this classic.  While the LP also includes such Monster Kid mainstays as Purple People EaterWitch Doctor and Dinner with Drac, it’s not really a Halloween record which would have been disappointing to kids like me.

Personally, my favorite aspect of the record is the Monster Maze on the back cover, which I promptly completed in ink on my original copy back in the day!

Front Cover:Monster Mash Peter Pan Records

 

 

Back Cover:

Monster Mash Peter Pan Back Cover

Tracklist

A1 Monster Mash
A2 Purple People Eater
A3 Feet Up, Pat’Em On The Po-Po
A4 Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Polka Dot Bikini
A5 Little Blue Man
B1 Witch Doctor
B2 Dinner With Drac
B3 Does Your Chewing Gum Lose It’s Flavor On The Bedpost Over Night ?
B4 Mama Look A Boo-boo
B5 Big Bad John

Listen to the full album here:

Pressings:

Released in 1977 by Peter Pan Records, the record only received one pressing.

Catalog # 8126

Monster Mash Peter Pan Side 1

Monster Mash Peter Pan Side Two

Collector Notes:

This LP is readily available online and certainly can be found at local vinyl shops with regularity for as little as $5.  If you’re like me and like to collect higher grade items, then expect to pay around $20-30 for a VF/NM vinyl/sleeve combo of this 1977 LP.

Of course, online shoppers can track down copies in the usual places:

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(News) DEMON WITH THE ATOMIC BRAIN World Premiere

Christopher R Mihm’s Latest Film Premieres October 4 in Minneapolis

Demon with Atomic Brain Poster

Growing up, I loved rainy Saturday afternoons. That often meant my parents would let me watch TV beyond my usual Saturday morning cartoon overdose, which was great because it also meant monster movies and other campy, fun genre fare. Usually, Saturday afternoon TV featured a 1960s Japanese giant monster movie like Godzilla followed by an older black-and-white science fiction, mystery or horror flick that I had read about in my monster movie magazines but rarely got the chance to actually see. Growing up before the digital age, before even the VHS era, meant calendar TV viewing. If you missed the movie, chances were slim you’d get another chance to see it for years.

Those childhood days are long gone of course, and Hollywood now uses focus groups to create blockbusters for an international audience to maximize ROI. Thats’ fine. Geeks have really never had it so good when it comes to entertainment made for us. But I still love my low-budget, black-and-white B-movie monsters from the 1950s and 60s. They made me nervous, and sometimes they even scared me, but mostly they made me excited and they provided good old fashioned escapism.

That’s exactly the kind of movie Minnesota filmmaker Christopher R Mihm loves to make. He calls them “new-old” movies and he’s been prolifically writing, directing and releasing a film a year for over a decade.   All of his films are loosely interlinked feature-length movies which pay homage to 1950s-era “drive-in cinema.” Based in Minnesota, like your truly, Mihm has been prolific in his film making efforts, releasing a film a year for over a decade. DEMON is his 12th feature length film in as many years!

 

Always black-and-white and produced on a shoe string budget, these movies are a direct homage to the wonderful drive-in movies of the 1950s and 60s that I loved to watch on Saturday afternoon as a kid in the 1970s and Chris grew up watching on VHS with his dad in the 1980s. To be clear, Mihm’s movies have a deep respect for those campy cult classics and while his movies are often funny and tounge-in-cheek, this isn’t Mystery Science Theater. Nostalgia is powerful stuff and movies, like music, have a magical way of transporting us back to simpler times.

George McGowan & Christopher R Mihm at Famous Monsters Con Dallas

I’ve been an avid fan and supporter of Chris’ efforts since discovering his work a few years back. This website was a sponsor of his last film, Weresquito Nazi Hunter and I’m thrilled to be executive producing DEMON. Chris and I are working hard on new ways to get his films distributed and hope to announcing some exciting new directions for the films of the Mihmiverse shortly.

About DEMON WITH THE ATOMIC BRAIN

A failed attempt to weaponize a machine capable of opening portals to other worlds creates an exponentially expanding bubble of fractured space-time which threatens to engulf the entire universe! An elite team of specialists must enter a “crack” in the disturbance and make their way down a rabbit hole of increasingly more dangerous alternate realities to find and shut down the machine which created it! Will their last ditch attempt to save humanity be successful? Will this be how the universe ends? Find out in writer/director Christopher R. Mihm’s exciting homage to the sci-fi adventure films of the late 1950s: “Demon with the Atomic Brain!”

Join us for the world premiere of  “Demon with the Atomic Brain!”

But first, it’s premiere time with the world premiere scheduled for Wednesday October 4, 2017 at the classic Heights Theater in Columbia Heights, Minnesota followed by a special showing on October 8 at the Alamo Draft House in Dallas, Texas.

In addition to the main attraction, attendees will enjoy a program complete with hand-picked, era-appropriate newsreels, classic trailers, appearances by most (if not all) of the cast and crew, autographs, photo opportunities with creatures from the film and a silent auction! DVDs, posters and other exclusive merchandise will also be on sale!

Just like those Saturday afternoon creature features I grew up watching, Mihm’s films are family fare and, while occasionally scary, they are intentionally crafted to be viewable for all ages, so bring the whole family!

Advance tickets are on sale right now @ http://www.demonwiththeatomicbrain.com/

Let us know you’re coming! Check in on the Facebook event page and let us know you’re attending!

Oh, and if you can’t join us, I highly encourage you to join us in spirit by watching some – or all — of Chris’s films. They’re all available on Amazon in DVD or streaming through his Amazon page.

(Promotion) Win This Godzilla Figure From Comet TV

Godzilla is taking over COMET TV in September!

Godzilla Doing Work Comet TV Promotion

Saturdays in Sept, Comet TV has Godzilla Millennium Series double features starting at 2P/1C.  Check out the times below:

SATURDAYS IN SEPTEMBER
Double Feature starting at 2P/1C

Godzilla VS. Destroyah (1995)

Saturday, September 16 at 4:30P/3:30P
Thursday, September 28 at 3:30/2:30P

Godzilla VS. Spacegodzilla (1994)

Saturday, September 16 at 2P/1C
Friday, September 29 at 3:30P/2:30P

Godzilla, Mothra, and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-out Attack (2001)
Saturday, September 23 at 2P/1C
Thursday, September 28 at 6P/5C

Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S. (2003)

Saturday, September 23 at 10P/9C
Saturday, September 30 at 2P/1C


SEPTEMBER 25 – 29
Starting at various afternoon times

GODZILLA: FINAL WARS (2005)

Sunday, September 24 at 1A/MIDNIGHT
Saturday, September 30 at 5P/4C

Godzilla 2000 (1999)

Saturday, September 23 at 4P/3C
and Friday, September 30 at 5P/4C

Many of you know that I have a partnership with Comet TV and they send me free stuff from time to time to share with you guys.  Since I don’t have enough to give to everyone, I have to come up with creative ways to have you earn it! This month, Comet TV sent me this “Godzilla Doing Work”vinyl figure:

Godzilla Doing Work Comet TV Promotion

Now the fine folks at Comet TV are giving me the opportunity yo give one of my readers their own “Godzilla Doing Work” vinyl figure too:

THE COMET TV PRIZE PACK INCLUDES:

Comet TV Godzilla Giveaway

1 – Limited Edition Godzilla Action Figure: Who doesn’t want to sport some Comet TV swag! Godzilla sure does! He loves Comet TV so much, he’s ripping through his shirt. Clearly Godzilla 2014 has been hitting the gym! Check out those thighs!

1 – Godzilla Comet TV Card: Perfect for catching up with Godzilla’s comings and goings on Comet TV!

HOW TO ENTER:

We’ve made it really easy to enter to win this month’s giveaway from our friends at COMET.  To enter,  complete any of the following actions by 12PM EST September 29, 2017.

To win, all you have to do is subscribe to our email list and any ONE of the following:

Subscribe to our Email List by entering your information in the Sign Up Box on this, or any page, on our website. After you’ve done that, simply do ONE of these:

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That’s it! Lots of ways to enter and help us spread the word. Just subscribe to our email list below this article to get started and then do any one of the above to be entered to win!  Good luck and happy watching!

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Entries must be submitted by September 29, 2017 at 12PM EST. This contest is only open to residents of the United States. No international entries will be accepted. Winner(s) will be chosen randomly from valid entries and will be notified by email, so make certain you can receive email from CollectingClassicMonsters.com by September 29, 2017 and must respond within 48 hours to claim their prize. The prize will be sent via FedEx or USPS. No P.O. Boxes, please. Please allow 2-4 weeks for delivery of your prize pack. Only one entrant per household. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you will not be eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.  Void where prohibited.

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Disclosure: I received a free or greatly discounted product for the purpose of this review. The opinions are 100% mine. I have not been influenced in any way and I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the use of Endorsements and Testimonials In Advertising. Questions or concerns please contact me at george@collectingclassicmonsters.com

(News) The Frankenstein Project: Celebrating 200 Years of Frankenstein

CELEBRATING THE 200TH ANNIVERSARY OF MARY SHELLEY’S NOVEL FRANKENSTEIN

The Frankenstein Project by SuperMonsterCity

I owe a lot to the founders of SuperMonster市City! If not for their participation in the vintage toy exhibit at the Minnesota History Center in 2014, I would never have started Collecting Classic Monsters! One of the very first posts on this website focuses on the impact of my visit to the museum and the floodgate of nostalgia that reawakened my latent collector gene.  You can read more about that fateful day here: A Monster Kid Awakens.

SuperMonsterCity exhibit Minnesota History Center

Since then, I’ve gotten to know Stephen Yogi Ruff and David Barnhill and am always thrilled to support their efforts to celebrate the importance of monsters, superheroes and villains in popular culture. David’s personal collection of more than 200,000 toys, comic books, posters and films is one of the largest private toy collections in America and a constant source of inspiration for me.

Now, SuperMonster市City! is planning to celebrate the milestone anniversary of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein in a big way with the  publication of a newly designed layout of the original 1818 text . They’re calling for artists to submit work to be included in this limited edition book and will make the book available in a variety of formats along with lithograph prints of submitted art. Artwork will be selected by a jury of artists and designers for inclusion in the books and other items.

Watch this video to hear David to talk about The Frankenstein Project:

One of our founders, David, on the special project we’ve been talking about! Visit our site (linked in our profile) and read all about THE FRANKENSTEIN PROJECT! Fun Facts: Mary Shelley’s birthday is coming up on August 30th! We’ll be having a special live stream Anvil Stream Team presentation all about this project speaking with artists and judges involved, talking about the history of Frankenstein, trivia, influences and more! The presentation will be on: Twitch.tv/thedarkcloak , next Wednesday, August 30th, 2017 at 8PM CST #supermonstercity #vintagetoys #actionfigure #monstertoy #toycollector #instatoys #instalove #instafave #instafollow #vintagehorror #classicmonsters #kaiju #monsters #BrideOfFrankenstein #BorisKarloff #UniversalHorror #UniversalMonsters #artbook #callforartists #artistsubmissions #artistentry #curatedartbook #artjudges #artsubmissions #theanvil #presentation #twitch

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CALL TO ARTISTS TO SUBMIT WORK

Artists of various mediums, including traditional and digital, are asked to create and submit artwork representing his or her interpretation of a section of the famous science fiction novel. Artwork will be selected through a submission and jury process. All submissions will be included in the web gallery and include the artist’s name and a link to their website. The entry fee for submission is $30.00 per submission and is non-refundable. Artists appearing in the books will retain the rights to their work, granting SMC! provisional rights. Artists whose artwork is used will receive a portion of proceeds from the sale of books and in various media.

Artworks selected will be published via print-on-demand in both hardcover and softcover books with color plates. Artists included in the print-on-demand books will receive (1) hardcopy of the book and a pro-rated portion of proceeds where their artwork appears.

With this project we are honored to be joined by a prestigious group of jurors to pay homage to Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, the enduring legacy of her classic novel, and the Creature who has provided so much, to so many, for 200 years. We believe that in some ways we are all innocent monsters, and at SuperMonster市City! we have empathy for outsiders.

Kickstarter Campaign

A separate Kickstarter campaign launching in November 2017 will fund a limited-edition printing of leather bound books with color plates on archival paper. Letterpress posters of the selected artwork will be printed on archival-grade paper and offered as Kickstarter premiums. Artists selected for publication will receive (1) copy of the leather bound book, (1) letterpress copy of their artwork, and a pro-rated portion of proceeds where their artwork appears.

Additional details about the project and submission process can be found at SuperMonsterCity.com/the-frankenstein-project. The deadline for submissions is November 30, 2017.

Stay tuned for further details about the Kickstarter as details emerge and be sure to submit your artwork for consideration. I know I’m going to!