Basil Gogos is THE Artist for Generations of Monster Kids
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 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penned this fantastic book featuring full-colour reproductions of Basil Gogos’ artwork as well as many previously unpublished paintings and drawings:
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.