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(News) We’re Nominated for Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards

Collecting Classic Monsters Nominated for    Best Blog & Website of 2016

Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards

For the past 15 years, the Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards have honored the best in classic horror research, creativity and film preservation.  The awards are the brainchild of David Colton, founder of the Classic Horror Film Board, and the spectacular sculpt of the iconic actor Rondo Hatton is by legendary artist Kerry Gammill.  

I have voted in the Rondos for years and ! was completely shocked to see this little work of passion of mine nominated for the Best Website/Blog category this year — I don’t even know who nominated us, but I am so grateful.  I found out about our nomination as I was reviewing the ballot over the weekend!  It isn’t an exaggeration to say that I shouted in surprise when I saw our website included among the very best of the web! What an honor!

See the full ballot here.

What are the Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards?

Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards

Rondo Awards founder, David Colton, explains it best in a recent interview on Dr Gangrene’s Mad Mad Mad Blog:

The Rondo Awards are an effort to honor and recognize those people and projects that keep the classic horror genre alive and vibrant. It is not so much about ‘favorite actor’ or ‘favorite monster’ but about the latest scholarship in books and magazines, the fun and creativity in writing, art, music, special events and horror hosts like yourself, and in the efforts to preserve the classic films.

Every vote is our attempt to thank and recognize all the creative people — fans and pros alike — who work so hard, often without any pay at all — to keep the classic monster genre young and vital.

Classic Horror Film Board 2016 Rondo Award Ballot

Who Can Vote?

Short answer: everyone! To cast your vote in this year’s Rondo Awards, simply copy and paste the ballot into an email and send it to David Colton at taraco@aol.com by 12AM Midnight, April 16, 2017.

You aren’t required to vote in every category to participate so vote for what you know and love!  To view the official ballot of the 15th Annual Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards, click here.

It’s truly an honor to be nominated, but it would  fantastic to win too! I’ll stop short of groveling, but I would really appreciate your vote and spreading the word about our nomination.  We are in a very competitive category with a lot of great websites and blogs, so every vote helps.  Regardless of who you vote for, we hope you will take the time to cast your vote and spread the word.

Cast your vote for the 15th Annual Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards! 

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(Video) Mark Hamill’s Pop Culture Quest Trailer

Less Than One Week Until This Geek Collector Series Premieres!

Contrary to public perception, collecting is a social sport.  One of the most enjoyable aspects of being a collector is being part of the larger collector community.  Thanks to social media, the proliferation of collector events and comic-cons, collectors have an abundance of options to commune over every collectible imaginable.  It’s always a treat to see pictures of other collectors’ stuff – from new finds to creative displays.  Now, we have our own TV series hosted by Luke Skywalker himself, Mark Hamill.

Turns out Mark is a collector himself and his new series will feature him visiting some majorly impressive collectors as well as taking us behind the scenes of some of our favorite pop culture creators.  The show is called Mark Hamill’s Pop Culture Quest and if debuts on November 15 on Comic-ConHQ, the streaming service owned by San Diego Comic Con.

Yep — you saw that right, Mark is going to take us for a tour of Bob’s basement with the one-and-only Bob Burns! The series’ Executive Producer and vintage monster toy collector Scott Kinney assured me that there are LOTS of monster goodies in this first season.

You have to subscribe to watch the show, but it’s free for 30 days, so binge the first season and then you decide if you want to keep the subscription.  You can subscribe at Comic-ConHQ.com

 

(Video) Monsterama Episode 22 – Alien Movie Props

Alien Movie Props in The Bob Burns Collection

Original Alien Face Hugger Puppet

We wrap up the Monsterama series with a monster movie that is near and dear to me.  On the heals of Star Wars, I was space crazy like most other pre-teen kids of the late 1970s.  But I had never lost my love for monster movies.  Famous Monsters of Filmland had effectively (to younger readers) folded the Star Wars generation into their world of classic monsters to stay relevant but also because George Lucas was himself a monster kid who had grown up under the  influence of Uncle Forry and crew.   Then, in 1979, the perfect merger of sci-fi and monster movies arrived to scare all of us Star Wars fans out of our seats.

My parent’s dropped my younger brother and I off at the theater and bought us tickets, giving permission for us to see Alien.  It was terrifying.  I was twelve and it was one of the first monster movies I had ever seen on the big screen.  It was also the first R rated movie I had ever seen.

Needless to say, Alien had a huge impact on this monster kid and I take great pleasure in knowing that so many of the original props used in this terrifying monster in space movie are in the possession of the one and only Bob Burns.  This episode of Monsterama takes us back inside his collection for a closer look at his amazing collection of movie memorabilia from the Alien franchise.

Enjoy:

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(Video) Monsterama Episode 21: Ape-Mania

FX Artist’s Tribute to the Planet of the Apes

Brian Penikas and Ape-Mania Staff

Brian Penikas is a talented practical effects artist best known for his design of the Creeper in Jeepers Creepers.  Like many modern make-up artists in Hollywood, Penikas fell in love with practical effects thanks to the magical work of his predecessors.  For Brian, it was John Chambers‘ brilliant work for the original Planet of the Apes films  that set Brian on his career path.

This episode takes a look at Ape Mania, Brian’s tribute company that honors the work of John Chambers and the seminal science fiction franchise, The Planet of the Apes.  Since 1996, Brian and his crew have been making film-quality PoTA replica props, masks and memorabilia as well s appearances at events.

Planet of the Apes was one of my formative Monster Kid events as a youngster and it’s great to see professionals honoring their own influences and keeping us modern monster kids well stocked with museum-quality collectibles.

Watch the episode here:

Ape Mania Collectibles

Apemania.com is still the place to go to see their officially licensed merchandise.  The site hasn’t been updated in quite a while and many of the products are quoted price, but it’s well worth a visit to check out the full line of products as well as a great link resource page for other Ape-related websites.

Ape-Mania resin kits

Ape Mania’s line of resin kits are available in three styles:

  • Unpainted $135
  • Bronze finish $159
  • Signature Series Fully Painted & Detailed by Ape Mania artists $275
  • Available at Apemania.com

Lawgiver Statue Replica Bust by Ape-Mania

Lawgiver Bust

Latex masks: Check out this thread dedicated to Ape Mania masks at The Halloween Mask Association.

Anyone have Ape Mania products in their collection? We’d love to see some pics! Share them on our Facebook page or Tweet them to us and we’ll feature them here in a future post.

 

Get Our 2015 Holiday Gift Guide

 Our Favorite Modern Collectibles of Classic Monsters

Sample page from the 2015 Holiday Gift Guide

We live in a wonderful time for genre fans and collectors.   Our fellow monster kids have created companies who specialize in modern collectibles of classic movie and TV characters that are great to collect in their own right.   We also know not every monster kid or collector has the time or inclination to spend big bucks on the beloved monster and sci-fi toys, magazines and movie posters of our youth.

As a collector, I try to balance vintage with modern memorabilia and I take the same approach here on Collecting Classic Monsters.  Anyone who has been with us for awhile knows we love to talk about vintage collectibles and memorabilia here on CCM, but we also make a concerted effort to not get stuck in the past.

With that in mind, we created our inaugural holiday gift guide as a resource for our fellow collectors and fans of classic monsters.  We spent a lot of time putting this together and curating some of our favorite monster kid stuff – from vinyl kaiju figures to classic sci-fi model  kits as well as must-have books, magazines and DVDs that classic monster fans need to have in their library.

Through the wonders of digital publishing, we were also able to embed hot links for each and every item in our gift guide.  That means, if you see something you can no longer live without, you can simply click on the link within the gift guide and wind up at the website where you can order it.  All the images are clickable links too!

Here’s a sample of the what’s inside the gift guide:

Live Link Example from our Holiday Gift Guide

Our goal is to curate some of the coolest collectibles out there and then make it really easy for you to add them to your collection.

We had a ton of fun designing this guide and made it a tribute to those wonderful mail order ads in the back of our favorite classic monster magazines or yesteryear.  Modern-day monster collectibles presented in a guide that looks like those old Captain Co. ads from  of Famous Monsters.  T’s exactly that balance  we are aiming for here at CCM.

Our 2015 Holiday Gift Guide is entirely free for our readers.  All we  ask is that you subscribe to our weekly newsletter in return.  It’s our gift to you for making our first year a great one!

If you’re already a newsletter subscriber, you still need to enter the email address you’d like us to send the holiday gift guide to.  Sorry to ask you to do this extra step, but those spam filters out there don’t like us sending emails with attachments so this helps us get the gift guide to everyone who wants it and no one who doesn’t.

Get Your Holiday Gift Guide

(Video) Monsterama Episode 19: Basil Gogos Artwork

Basil Gogos is THE Artist for Generations of Monster Kids

Basil Gogos Artwork and Artist

Like a bizarro-world Norman Rockwell, Basil Gogos artwork changed the face of classic horror.  For 25 years, Monster Kids delighted in his horrifying yet dazzling images of their ghoulish heroes on their favorite magazine covers. His film monster portrait art of Frankenstein, the Creature from the Black Lagoon. the Phantom of the Opera, and countless others graced the covers of Famous Monsters of Filmland from 1960 until the end of Warren’s publication in 1985.    His intense colour and bold, impressionistic brushwork gave a unique sense of drama and sophistication to these iconic characters.

In this episode of Monsterama, Elvira takes us on a journey back to those days when Basil Gogos’ artwork beckoned to us from the magazine racks like sone ghoulish siren calling us into the wonderful world of Horrorwood Karloffornia. Enjoy:

Collecting Basil Gogos Artwork

Basil is still with us and has kept much of his artwork within the family.  While original paintings from the Famous Monsters era are quite hard to come by, some of his more recent work from the 1990s and 2000s are available here at Artnet – price available on request.  Good luck!

Limited edition lithographs signed by Basil are currently available on eBay for $100 each.  Here’s the Bela as Dracula version:

Basil Gogos Lithograph Bela Lugosi as Dracula

 

Basil returned to monster magazine covers in the 1990s painting the covers for Monsterscene magazine:
Monster Scene Journal Magazine #1

He also painted the Universal Monsters commemorative stamps series for the U.S. Postal service:
   Classic Movie Monsters Collectible Stamp 32 Cent Sheet

In 2005, Kerry Gammil penned this fantastic book featuring full-colour reproductions of Basil Gogos’ artwork as well as many previously unpublished paintings and drawings:

Famous Monster Movie Art of Basil Gogos

Do you have a favorite Famous Monster cover by Basil?  Share the issue # with us and we’ll compile a gallery of our readers’ favorites.

 

(Video) Monsterama Episode 18 – Collecting the Creature from the Black Lagoon

The Most Collectible of Classic Monsters

Creature from the Black Lagoon Collectibles

Watch this video and see why collecting the Creature from the Black Lagoon is such a passion for classic monster collectors.

The last of the great Universal Monsters to come along, the Creature from the Black Lagoon swam his way into our Monster Kid hearts in glorious 3-D in 1954.  This episode of Monsterama highlights the wondrous toys and collectibles made in the likeness of this classic monster and takes us on a tour of the greatest Creature collection of them all with the “Arizona Gillman” himself, creature collector John Gilbert.

Over the next few weeks, we’ll dive deep into collecting the Creature and cover everything from original movie posters to the more recent Sideshow Collectibles figures.  Oh and don’t worry, we’ll spend some time with Hasbro‘s paint by numbers set and a little company called Arak Hamway along the way.

Don’t drool on your keyboard, Monster Kids!

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(Video) Monsterama Episode 16 – Godzilla Collectibles

The King of the Monster Collectibles

Godzilla-Kaiju-Collectibles

Toho Studios gave us the King of the Monsters in 1954 and it’s the gift that keeps on giving.  While the monster’s character has evolved and morphed as many times as the monster suit, Godzilla remains an incredibly popular as evidenced by the commercial success of the Legendary Pictures 2014 release Godzilla.  Toho purists might have been distressed by the American reboot but they are counting on the 2016 release of the next Toho installment in the Godzilla franchise.

The breadth of Godzilla, and related kaiju, collectibles is pretty overwhelming.  With the ever growing popularity of Japanese vinyl and sofubi. kaiju figure collectibles of every size, shape and color are available.  In this week’s series, we’ll focus primarily on Monster Kid related collectibles from the 1960s and 70s during the Showa period   of Godzilla’s film catalog.  In future posts, we’ll explore the modern collectible market and the impact of Godzilla and his pals in this increasingly popular urban vinyl category.


Collecting Godzilla

I highly recommend both of these books for anyone interested  in Godzilla and other kaiju collectibles.


Collecting Japanese Movie Monsters


The Art of Japanese Monsters

(Video) Monsterama Episode 17 – Don Post Calendar Masks

This Singularly Unique Promotional Item Captures the Essence of Monster Kid-dom

Don-Post-Studios-Universal-Horrors-Mask-Collection

Since it’s Halloween week, and Daylight Savings is this weekend, we’re falling forward in our Monsterama series today to stay on the subject of Don Post Studios, the legendary monster mask maker that filled our young lives with desire and lit our imaginations.

This episode focuses on a unique promotional item the studio released in 1966 and the corresponding line of masks.  Yes, it’s the Don Post Monster Calendar and the Don Post “calendar masks” as they’ve become known:


 

Collecting Don Post Calendar Masks

Don-Post-Mask-Calendar-1966

There’s a surprising number of the calendars available on eBay as of this writing.  For a 50 year old piece of ephemera, several of them look to be in quality condition.  The prices are all over the boar, but at least one listing for a high-grade calendar is less than $50.

Click here to see current eBay listings for the Don Post Mask Calendar as well as masks from the calendar collection.

 

(Video) Monsterama Episode 15 – Don Post Studios

The Company the Made Monsters out of Monster Kids for Generations!

Hollywood Horrors Don Post Studios Ad

As a kid, the Captain Co. ads in the back of Famous Monsters of Filmland were every bit as fascinating to me as the pictures and articles in the magazine.  Perhaps more so.  Because seeing the movies that were featured in the magazine each month was a crap shoot based on whatever was playing on TV and my ability to convince my parents to let me watch them when they did come on.  But the merchandise was within my grasp.  Though my allowance was meager, I made sure that these ads were front and center with my mom come birthday and Christmas time.  Sometimes, it even worked.

This is a shared experience with Monster Kids throughout the 60s and 70s and perhaps no ads were more want-inducing than those featuring the masks of Don Post Studios.

This episode of Monsterama takes us back to the beginning of this mask making enterprise and brings us all the way to the current time  – with Halloween approaching, there’s no better company to celebrate than Don Post Studios.

Enjoy:

Collecting Don Post Masks

We’ll be featuring much more about Don Post masks soon, but with Halloween approaching:

Click here are the current eBay listings for Don Post Studios Masks

Click here for current Etsy listings for Don Post Studios Masks

To read more about collecting Don Post Masks, and monster masks in general, I highly recommend The Blood-Curdling Blog of Monster Masks – let them know you found them through us of course!


 

Special Announcement!

DON-CON is COMING

Anyone in the Southern California region with an interest in Don Post Studios has to check out the upcoming Don-Con on November 7-8, 2015 in Burbank, CA.  This is a once-in-a-lifetime event to celebrate the transcendent Don Post Studios, who started it all.

Visit their website for more info and to purchase tickets:
Don Con 2015 Celebrating Don Post Studios