Classic Monster Magazines
In honor of the great Christopher Lee, this edition of the Classic Monster Magazine archives features issue 84 of Famous Monsters.
This was the second appearance of Lee as Count Dracula on the cover of FM (the first was issue #45 with great art by Ron Cobb), and a rare photo cover at this point in the magazine’s history. But what a photo it is, capturing the raw, animalistic spirit of Christopher Lee’s Dracula. I dare to say that even the pantheon of great FM cover artists could do nothing to increase the impact of this cover. The extreme close-up of those red eyes, bloody fangs and snarling expression of Christopher Lee says it all.
So, sit back and imagine the wonderful scent of the aging newsprint as I remove my copy from its protective bag and journey story by story through this classic monster magazine.
Famous Monsters of Filmland #84
Warren Publishing , June 1971
A blood-shot eye-full of Christopher Lee, our Favorite Living (?) Vampire.
The Monster That Conquered The World
It came from beneath the sea.
The Scream Test
Carradine…Rathbone…Buster Crabbe…in real brain-busters!
The Hunchbacks of Notre Dame
See Them All! From LON CHANEY SR. to Charles Laughton to Anthony Quinn to James Cagney. And beyond! An Outstanding Visual Horror Feature! Part II (Conclusion).
House of Dracula
Great Cast- Chaney, Carradine, Atwill, Strange – in Great Filmbook bulging with Great Pix! 19 Pages!
The Devil Commands (Does Boris Obey?)
Pictures & Plot of a Hot One of Yesteryear.
You Axed For It!
A Choice Selection for Your Delection of Monsterrific Pix that Approach Perfection!
Conclusion of the Great 1935 Universal Flick.
Mystery Photo #51
A Fright Pic to Puzzle Your Brains. (Aren’t You Lucky You have Two of Them?)
Girls & Ghouls Gallery
Portrait #11: She Stayed After School to meet The Mad Ghoul. What Made the Ghoul Mad?
The Newspaper of the Monsters, by the Monsters, for the Monsters, shall not Perish from the Earth.
Monsters of the Month
The Creature Question He can’t Answer Hasn’t Been Asked Yet! (Oops…)
Back Cover – Weird World of Aurora
Ad for Aurora’s Monster Scenes model kits
Mid-grade or reader quality copies of this issue are quite reasonable with several current eBay listings for this issue priced at under $10. My personal copy, which you see in the scans on this post, is in Very Fine condition and valued somewhere around $30. A Near Mint copy is listed at Nostomania for $42.
All of the FMoF covers featuring Christopher Lee are iconic but this photo cover just says it all. Lee’s Dracula was scary and Warren did right by letting the close-up of his face tell the story. I was too young to get my copy at the newsstand and was fortunate to buy an a large uncirculated lot off eBay several years ago. It is interesting that there is no feature story about Christopher Lee or Dracula in the issue but that’s not too unusual since the cover needs to sell the magazine and most of the articles in this issue were reprints from previous issues.
Ironically, the only reference to Lee in the issue is in the Professor Gruebeard Questions & Answers page wherein the captions beneath the pictures of Peter Cushing and Lee are switched. The question referring to Lee is from Grant Creeper of Torrance, CA, and reads:
Q: Does a fan club for Christopher Lee exist? If so, please give me the address, for I would very much like to become a member.
A: Not only does a Chris Lee fan club exist, it’s been thriving and growing strong for many years. For complete details, write to the club’s president. Mrs Gloria Lillebridge 281 Centerville Road, Warwick, R.I. 02886.
Ms Lillebridge was active in several genre fan clubs and a quick google search shows that she remains an active member of Monster Kid-dom.
I think I’m going to drop Ms. Lillebridge a modern postcard via email and see if she’s still running that fan club, because the man did more than earn it. The ranks of Christopher Lee fans have surely swelled since this letter appeared back in 1971 given Sir Christopher’s prolific career and roles in major film franchises including Star Wars and Lord of the Rings.
Thank you, Christopher Lee, for filling my life with frights and fun! Rest well.