Classic Monster Magazines

 Classic Monster Magazines Every few weeks, I will go in-depth on a classic monster magazine from my personal collection. We’ll kick this new series off with one of one my favorite comic book monsters, the Man Thing … Monsters Unleashed #5 Marvel Comics Group, April 1974 Fantastic Cover by Bob Larkin Printed on the interior of both … Continue reading Classic Monster Magazines

Classic Monster Trading Cards: Topps Monster Initials

1970s Nostalgia in a Wax Wrapper! Released by the Topps Company from 1973 to 1974, these stickers captured the imagination of kids and wound up stuck on just about everything.  It’s a simple idea; design stickers for each letter of the alphabet, so kids can spell their name.  But rather than just do alphabet stickers, … Continue reading Classic Monster Trading Cards: Topps Monster Initials

Take a Virtual Tour of Guillermo del Toro AT HOME WITH MONSTERS Exhibit

Opening Night of Guillermo del Toro’s                    AT HOME WITH MONSTERS Exhibit Collecting Classic Monsters HQ is located in the heartland of the U.S. And while that means not having the abundance of film memorabilia events that our friends in say Los Angeles or New York, we seem … Continue reading Take a Virtual Tour of Guillermo del Toro AT HOME WITH MONSTERS Exhibit

Championship Round: Classic Monster Magazine Challenge

We Started With 16 Classic Monster Magazines; Only Two Remain We started with 16 classic monster magazines from the heyday of Monster Kid-dom.  Over the course of several months, we’ve pitted two magazines against each other and readers have selected their favorite magazine.  16 became 8 and then 8 was whittled to four.  Now, only … Continue reading Championship Round: Classic Monster Magazine Challenge

Classic Monster Magazine Final Four

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Celebrate October with Our Classic Monster Magazine Challenge

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Classic Monster Kid Ads: The Moon Monster & Horror Fan Club

This Iconic Vintage Ad Captured The Collective Imaginations of Monster Kids Everywhere! If you grew up in the 1960s or 70s, and you read comic books or monster magazines, chances are you came across this ad.  You may remember it as an ad for the Absolutely FREE Giant Life-Size Moon  Monster (which was actually a black and … Continue reading Classic Monster Kid Ads: The Moon Monster & Horror Fan Club

CLASSIC MONSTER MAGAZINE: Dick Smith’s Monster Make-Up Handbook

Classic Monster Magazines

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It doesn’t get anymore classic than this!

Monster Kids were way ahead of trend and were into DIY before Pinterest was even a glimmer in the internet’s eye.  Inspired by their favorite monster movies and made aware of the master artists and creators behind these movies thanks to Famous Monsters of Filmland, Monster Kids of the 1960s were making their own Super-8 monster movies complete with homegrown monsters.

Always aware of their audience, Jim Warren engaged future -Oscar-winning make-up artist Dick Smith’s to publish this one-shot “how-to” magazine.  To use a rather obvious metaphor, it was like pouring gasoline on a campfire.  One of the definitive magazines of Monster Kid-dom, this Handbook included 100 pages of photo illustrated guides providing Monster Kids step-by-step instructions for making monsters.

In classic Famous Monsters’ style, the cover by Vic Preslo wasn’t shy in selling the awesomeness inside.  In this case, it wasn’t an over promise!

How to have fun creating your own monster make-up

Over 250 Exciting Pictures

With Simple Easy-to-Follow Instructions

by Famous Make-Up Artist Dick Smith

The mag was reissued as a paperback by Imagine Inc. in 1985 and can be found on Amazon:

Dick Smith’s Do-it-Yourself Monster Make-up Handbook

As you’ll see in the following pictorial tour, the book progresses from the relatively simple Vampire and Ghoul #1 to the movie-worthy Quasimodo, Mr. Hyde and ‘New” Frankenstein Monster.  Enjoy the tour:

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I found a copy of this magazine at a newsstand in the mid-70s that was used but in good condition.  I scoured the magazine repeatedly, drawing the images and practicing the make-up on my younger siblings.  Here’s a shot of my younger brother with the Split Face make-up I did for Halloween – not too bad, if I say so myself! (The teeth have been wiped away because he’s been eating candy!)

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Collectors Value:

This magazine is fairly easy to find – though finding a really high grade copy requires a bit of patience.  Reader copies are frequently available in the $15 range and recent and copies in VG condition have recently sold on eBay for $45.  While prices range rather dramatically on this magazine in high grades, VF/NM copies can be found in the $55-$75 range.  Pretty nice appreciation for a with a cover price $.60 back in 1965. With patience, you can get a collectible copy – and you SHOULD own this book if you’re a collector or a 60s Monster Kid.  At minimum,  I’d recommend a reader copy of this magazine as well – its  just so much fun to read!

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