Meet 8mm Film Collector Timothy Price

My Conversation with 8mm Film Collector Tim Price 8mm Collector Timothy Price

One of the great things about being a collector is the community we surround ourselves with.  Other collectors are who we turn to when we need information on an item that we know nothing about but just have to have, when we need to sell precious pieces from our collection but want it to wind up in a good home, and when we are looking to track down a new addition. Many of these fellow collectors become friends and I’m privileged to have many friends who share my geek passions.

This article is the first in an ongoing series featuring fellow collectors (and friends) with great collections.  I think it is a great way to share their knowledge and help the collecting community.  First up, fellow Minnesota monster kid, Timothy Price.

Tim is a man of many talents; a professional musician with multiple albums to his credit and published author of the fun rock and roll meets dakaiju series Big in Japan.  Like me, Tim is a 1970s monster kid. Unlike me, he has a very specific collecting focus on 8mm and Super 8 home digest monster movies.  I’ve seen his collection and it is impressive.  Tim does more than collect, however.  Through his Spook Cinema screenings, he shows his film collection at conventions like G-Fest and fan events across the country. He is a true ambassador for the 8mm film format and his enthusiasm is absolutely contagious!

Here’s my conversation with Tim:Tim Price and George McGowan

All of us Monster Kids from the 60s and 70s remember ‘Super 8’ monster movies fondly, but give us a primer on the history of this format.  What is the difference between 8mm and Super 8mm?

Initially known as Cine Kodak Eight, 8mm film was developed by Kodak in the early 30s to provide an alternative to the 16mm format. Although regular 8mm was originally intended for creating home movies and such, condensed versions of theatrical releases were also available on the format.

Super 8 was introduced by Kodak in 1965. Both standard 8mm and Super 8 are 8mm wide. However, Super 8 has smaller sprocket holes (than regular 8mm) to allow for a larger film cell within each frame. Super 8 soon became the format of choice, and many commercial small-film-format companies (like Ken Films) opted for Super 8 Stickers on their 8mm boxes as opposed to reprinting them.

 Is there a difference between 8mm and Super 8 in terms of collectibility or value?

That’s a great question, and being that I lean more towards Super 8 (primarily due to my age), I can’t say if there is or is not a difference for collectability. For instance, my digest of Godzilla – King Of The Monsters is regular 8 (Film Office, France) and the only other commercially-produced print I have ever seen (in the 8mm format and from the same company) was a 50-foot version, and there is NO WAY I was going to wait around to see if a Super 8 version surfaces. There were countless commercial small-film-format companies (the same way there are countless companies and divisions of studios that currently put out DVDs and Blu-Rays) so it’s hard to know what could be floating around out there. But I do know when I come across a film (be it 8mm or Super 8) that I’ve never seen before, it’s indeed rare, and personally I don’t care if it’s regular or Super.Timothy Price 8mm film collection

You do a lot more than collect home digest films; in fact, I consider you one of the biggest proponents of this film format with your writing, your Spook Cinema events and even your Facebook page, Collecting Super 8.  What motivates your active passion for home digest film?

George, I just love it so much. I love keeping it, and the spirit, alive. My friend Jeff passed away when we were still monster kids due to heart disease. As a matter of fact, the last time I saw Jeff, I was in the hospital with a broken leg, and when he came to visit me, he gave me the 50-foot digest of TARANTULA! (He and his mom picked it up at K-Mart on their way over.) So Jeff has a lot to do with it too. And as you know, my eldest is named after him.

Has your collecting focus changed over the years or have you always had a specific focus?

Lately, I’ve been streamlining my collection to be about ALL of the monsters I loved as a kid. Everything from Ray Harryhausen to classic Universal, George Pal, Kong and of course, kaiju. However, most of my attention tends to gravitate towards my 8mm films. At last count, I had close to 500 commercially-released digests (condensed film).

What is the prized piece (or pieces) in your collection?

As far as films go, most of my prized films were never available in the US when we were kids, so they don’t tug on your memory strings like those wonderful Ken and Castle Films do. With that being said, my rarest films (again, not released in the US) are Godzilla – King Of The Monsters, Godzilla VS. Megalon, King Kong (1933), War Of The Gargantuas, Doctor Who and The Daleks, and Invasion Earth 2150. These are all cut-down digests, however, I do have one full-length, Super 8 feature that is next to impossible to find, the Red Fox release of Gorgo. Truth be told, they’re all becoming quite rare.  

    
Timothy Price 8mm Film Collection 1

What advice can you share with someone who is interested in getting started as a home digest film collector?

Get acquainted with other collectors. I have to say, we have a great bunch of folks on the Collecting Super 8mm page on Facebook with years of knowledge and experience to help guide you along! That, or join a forum online. Trust me, if you join one and post that you’re a beginner and interested in collecting film, you’ll get bombarded by folks eager to help. I’ve yet to meet any 8mm snobs. I think we’re just way too geeky, so we can’t afford to make anybody mad.  

Timothy Price 8mm film collection 2

Besides the obvious (eBay, Etsy, etc..) are there places you recommend for finding these films?

Believe it or not, there are STILL a few wonderful little companies out there that cater to the small-film-format enthusiast. Some offer films, projector supplies and even projectors themselves. (Do a Google search.) There are also 8mm forums on the net with lots of sellers (and buyers) on the forums. My page, Collecting Super 8mm, as well as many other fine pages on the topic are all over Facebook. Estate Sales, Garage Sales, Thrift and Antique Shops are ALWAYS fun! (Like a lot of us, I LOVE the hunt!) And, truth be told, eBaycan be a great resource for films. Still, the best place EVER to get ANY film has to be from Captain Company! (kidding)

My only advice about eBay is primarily focused on projectors. The majority are from sellers who find them at garage and estate sales and are simply re-selling them. Captions like, “Machine turned on and bulb worked. But I have NO Film to test it, so it is being sold as is,” those are usually a gamble. However, if it’s cheap enough, sometimes you just have to roll the dice! But try to look for projectors that are listed as REFURBISHED.

Monster Kids are a creative, artistic group as a whole and you are no exception! You are a musician, writer, and all around creative guy with lots of Monster Kid content under your belt. What are you working on now that we can look forward to?

I’m so very fortunate to make my living as a both a musician/guitarist and an author. I play out (primarily in the Minneapolis area) quite frequently, be it solo instrumental guitar or with various projects and bands. I currently have a few irons in my musical fire at the moment, including two new CDs (more on that later). I’m also knee-deep into my third novel, which, oddly enough is about a group of monster kids who stumble across something strange, sinister and deadly! It’s very near and dear to my heart and the working title is “They’re Coming To Get You Timmy.”  Of course, my series “Big In Japan” (the ongoing saga that pits rock stars against daikaiju) is still doing well and available on Amazon as well as my website.
                                              Big in Japan by Timothy Price

You can also find Tim on Facebook at his Musician/Author Page

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Collector Resources:

  • Current listings for Super 8mm monster movies on eBay
  • Current listings for 8mm monster films on eBay
  • Current listings for Super 8mm movies & projectors on Etsy (US)

There you have it, readers! Let me know what you think of this interview format and if you’d like me to feature more collectors and their collections here at Collecting Classic Monsters!

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(News) 2017 Halloween ComicFest T-Shirt is a Monster Rally

Check Out This Halloween ComicFest T-Shirt!

Halloween Comicfest 2017 Classic Monsters T-shirt

If you’re like me (and you probably are since you’re reading this website), Halloween is your favorite holiday! That’s why it’s never too to start planning your next Halloween activities.  For the past six years, Diamond Comics Distributors has organized Halloween Comicfest as an October counterpart to their hugely popular Free Comic Book Day that occurs every May.  That’s right, participating local comic shops across North America celebrate the Halloween season by giving away free comics, most with Halloween themes.

What’s even cooler, you can order packs of these mini-comics to give away to trick or treaters who come to your door.  Now that’s sure to keep the pranksters away! These cool trick or treat mini-comics are available for pre-order exclusively from your local comic shop throughout July.

2017 Commemorative T-Shirt for Monster Kids

Eisner Award-winning artist Francesco Francavilla (Afterlife with Archie, Black Beetle) designed this year’s commemorative T-shirt, which is available for pre-order at comic shops throughout July.

Known for his pulp and retro-inspired style, Francavilla’s artwork is unmistakeable and brings to life the iconic classic monsters as they ride off to give comics to trick-or-treaters on Halloween.

“After the FCBD design I did last year, I was very happy to work with Diamond on another project. When asked to work on a design for Halloween ComicFest, my thoughts went straight to the Addams Family. The family friendly horror take on that series was perfect inspiration for this project. Of course, I had to include most of the horror icons like the Monster, the Vampire, the Mummy, the Bridge, and the Werewolf.”

The 2017 commemorative T-shirt is available in black in adult sizes Small to XXL (MSRP: $14.99-$17.99), youth sizes Small to Large (MSRP: $11.99), and Women’s V-Neck in sizes Small to XL (MSRP: $14.99-$17.99). The commemorative HCF T-Shirt, plus the complete listing of the HCF 2017 titles, will be available in the July issue of PREVIEWS in comic shops 6/28.

About Halloween Comicfest

Celebrating its sixth year, Halloween ComicFest is an annual event that takes place the Saturday on or before Halloween each year and is designed to introduce friends and family to the many reasons why comics and comic shops are great! Comic shops are the perfect location to get into the sppoktacular season: from zombies, vampires, monsters, and aliens to costumes and more, comic shops have it all when it comes to Halloween fun!

Major publishers like DC Comics, Marvel Comics, Dark Horse Comics, and IDW Publishing put out free comics for fans to enjoy during Halloween. Also available are all-ages mini-comics, perfect to give out to trick-or-treaters or as party favors to inspire the next generation of comics readers! Popular series from past years have included Archie, Pokemon, and Grumpy Cat.

I’ve ordered mine!

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(News) Check Us Out on Cult Radio A-Go-Go

Talking Collecting Classic Monsters on Internet Radio

Cult Radio A-Go-Go

Recently, I had the great pleasure of being a guest on cool talk radio show  that I had been unaware of, until I was invited to be a guest!  Cult Radio A-Go-Go is a lively 4 hour talk radio show hosted by Terry and Tiffany DuFoe LIVE from an old abandoned Drive-In Movie theater with Wicked Kitty and Fritz the studio cats and CRAGG The Gargoyle.

Every Saturday night, this father/daughter team play retro pop culture, Drive-In movie, classic TV and old radio audio along with LIVE on the air celebrity interviews from the world of movies, TV, music, print, internet and  a few odd balls thrown in for good measure. They air every Saturday night from 6-10 pm PST.

You can find them on cultradioagogo.com  which is a 24/7 free internet radio network of old time radio, music, movie trailers, old nostalgic commercials, snack bar audio, and more.

I was a guest on their special classic monsters & retro toy show, with an all monster & Halloween themed music & parody songs playlist, along with guest author Thomas Graham, the author of multiple editions of the essential Aurora Model Kits: With Polar Lights, Moebius, Atlantis, 3rd edition.  I highly recommend this book for collectors and fans of Aurora model kits- it really is jam packed with information and great pictures:
Aurora Model Kits: With Polar Lights, Moebius, Atlantis, 3rd edition

After Terry and Tiffany interviewed Thomas, I joined for a fun hour talking about all-things collecting classic monsters, growing up a 70s monster kid, raising modern monster kids and anything else we could fit into the hour.  I had a blast and hope you’ll give it a listen.  I also encourage you to check out their past show catalog on their blog: http://www.cultradioagogo.com/thisweek.html

You can listen to my interview here – let me know what you think!

Walt Disney’s CHILLING THRILLING SOUNDS 1979 Redux

WARNING: This Album Will Scare Your Pants Off.

Walt Disney Studios Chilling Thrilling Sounds of the Haunted House 1979

Walt Disney Studios’ Chilling, Thrilling Sounds of the Haunted House
Out of print (Walt Disney Storyteller Records 2507B, Vinyl/Cassette release) DQ-2507; 1979

Walt Disney’s Chilling Thrilling Sounds of the Haunted House was a childhood staple for Monster Kids of the 1960s and 70s.  Originally released as a sound effects record in 1964, the album was reissued numerous times over the years.  We wrote extensively about the original record in a previous article that you can read here.

In 1979, Walt Disney Studios released an all-new  version of this record.  So new, in fact, only the record name is the same.  Despite the same title, the 1979 version of “Chilling, Thrilling Sounds” is quite unlike its predecessor, and doesn’t contain any Haunted Mansion-specific content, although the cover art does feature a raven and a coffin with a restless occupant trying to escape as well as a grave robber on the back cover sleeve.

This all-new album features 26 “eerie” sound effects and seven “frightening situations” and includes none of the narration or storytelling from the original.  According to Doombuggies.com:

Released in 1979, this album of 26 “eerie” sound effects and seven “frightening situations” is a so-so follow-up to the classic 1964 collection. Possibly inspired by increasingly common horror flicks and the expanding Halloween novelty market, this surprisingly bleak release features a collection of average sound effects, with none of the humor of the earlier recording.

Listen to the full album here:

Side One: Frightening Situations (Seven Spooky Scenes in Sound)

Side Two: Eerie Sound Effects (Create your own Tales of Terror)

In many ways, this album is a superior sound effects record than the original and has some quite frightening sounds .  The chiming of Big Ben from ‘Encounter in the Fog’ which provides a rather disturbing encounter with one can only guess, Jack the Ripper.   The record is beautifully edited and the tracks flow seamlessly into each other: the lonely tolling of the midnight church bell of ‘A Grave Matter,’ the ‘Haunted House’ escape through the trapdoor leads naturally into ‘The Dungeon.’

Tracklist

A1 Night Creatures 3:08
A2 Haunted House 3:22
A3 The Dungeon 1:11
A4 The Withces 0:47
A5 Encounter in the Fog 2:30
A6 A Grave Matter 3:02
A7 The Mad Scientist’s Laboratory 4:00
B1 Thunder & LIghtening 0:33
B2 The Storm 1:00
B3 Various Winds 1:33
B4 Dripping Cavern 0:22
B5 Wolves 0:24
B6 Rats 0:15
B7 Shrieking Cats 0:25
B8 Owls 0:15
B9 Baying Hounds 0:16
B10 Crickets 0:30
B11 Raven 0:15
B12 Monster 0:27
B13 Moans and Groans 0:22
B14 Laughing Ghost 0:13
B15 Witches 0:23
B16 Screams 0:21
B17 Heartbeat 0:22
B18 Dragging Footsteps 0:19
B19 Creaking Doors 0:20
B20 Rusty Gate 0:07
B21 Fog Horn 0:21
B22 Clock Strikes Midnight 0:25
B23 Chains 0:37
B24 Lab Sounds 1:07
B25 Tolling Bell 0:40
B26 Haunted Music 3:00

Read More: Monstrous Sounds:Chilling Thrilling Sounds 

Collector Notes

This record is out of print but readily available at any number of online marketplaces.  Not nearly as collectible as the earlier iteration of the album, it’s still a fun sound effects album and essential for any completist.  It’s also great to mix into a Halloween playlist to spook the trick or treaters who show up at your door.

Prices vary, but a nice copy with normal album wear can be found for $5-$10 .  Some collectors focus more on the condition of the  album sleeve, displaying them as framed art, and are less concerned about the condition of the actual vinyl.  If you’re like me and like to collect higher grade items, then expect to pay around $15-$20 for a VF/NM vinyl/sleeve combo of this 1979 album.

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

  • Here’s the current selection at Amazon.com
  • Here’s the current selection at eBay.com
  • Discogs.com is a great social marketplace for record collectors and Ive had numerous successful purchases from this site.  I found multiple copies of this LP listed currently; here’s current selection available at Discogs.com

The Cassette version of this record was offered in some  unique packaging configurations that seem to be far more rare than its vinyl counterparts.

  1. Cassette with Album Sleeve

Similar album sleeve as the vinyl, with a smaller title in the upper left quadrant of the sleeve to allow for the cassette inset.

Walt Disney Chilling Thrilling Sounds of the Haunted House 1979 cassette

2. Cassette Shrink-wrapped to Display Card

Another cool package features the cassette in a blister pack on a display card

Walt Disney Chilling Thrilling Sounds of the Haunted House 1979 Cassette shrink-wrapped on display card

Currently, there is a nice copy of this Cassette Available on eBay

What are your thoughts about this version of Walt Disney’s iconic Halloween sound effects recording? Do you prefer the original or this version?  Let us hear from you!

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The First Officially Licensed Vampirella Figure is Coming

Executive Replicas Gives Us An Amazing 1:6 Scale Action Figure

Vampirella-Action-Figure

The rivers of Drakulon used to flow with blood, keeping the Vampiri a thriving race. Their world dying, Earthlings chanced to crash upon their planet, their veins rich with life-giving blood. Vampirella, the princess of Drakulon, piloted the crashed spaceship back to Earth, where she spends her life defending Earthlings from evil vampires, such as Dracula, who had migrated to Earth years before.

The epic story, created by our own Forrest J Ackerman for Warren Publishing in 1969,  has become ingrained in popular culture. Now, nearly 50 years later, Vampirella is so popular that Dynamite Entertainment with Executive Replicas and Phicen Ltd. are releasing this Vampirella Asian Version 1:6 Scale Action Figure. Measuring in at 12-inches tall, with all the sexy detail of Vampirella herself, this figure is amazing.  Officially called the Vampirella Again Version, you’ll notice her face has a distinctly Asian look and there’s no word on whether a caucasian version is planned in the future. Personally, I think she looks great and I’m perfectly okay with Vampi having an Asian look – all in all, she looks amazing!

First-ever officially licensed Vampirella action figure.

Vampirella Officially Licensed Action Figure

Details:

The Vampirella Asian Version 1:6 Scale Action Figure includes the following:

  • Height: 12 inches
  • Articulation: 26 points
  • Retail Price: $144.99
  • Available: July 2017 (Pre-orders open now at EntertainmentEarth)

It is every bit as enchanting as it needs to be to make her fans happy. Vampirella comes to life in her Phicen seamless body with stainless steel armature, in her one-piece bikini costume. She has three pairs of interchangeable hands, her knee-high boots, a removable cape, and more accessories. What really captured my attention is the seamless articulation, which is trademarked by Phicen.  Having 26 points of seamless articulation is stunning and goes a long way to explain the high retail price.

Gallery:

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Pre-orders are open now from Entertainment Earth

Check out more Executive Replicas products here.

(Book Review) Aurora Model Kits by Thomas Graham

The Most Useful Reference Guide to AURORA MODEL KITS Gets Useful Update

Aurora Model Kits by Thomas Graham

Aurora Model Kits with Polar Lights, Moebius, Atlantis 3rd Edition by Thomas Graham (Schiffer Publishing, 2017)

Perhaps no company or toy line better defines 1960s and 70s Monster Kid culture than the beloved Aurora Plastics Company monster model kits.  Launched in 1963 with the iconic Frankenstein Monster, Aurora quickly added  Dracula and The Wolf Man. 

Aurora Frankenstein Model

The company had a hit on their hands with the original trio and quickly expanded to include a full line of iconic Universal Monsters, Toho creatures and more.  For the next 20 years, fantastic creatures of film and TV appeared to feed the ravenous appetites of Monster Kids.  Today, the Aurora monster model kits sit beside Famous Monsters of Filmland and Shock Theater as the matches that set fire to many a lifelong love, some would say obsession, with classic monsters.  The gorgeous painted box art by James Bama evoke the glorious cover art of Famous Monsters of Filmland and is a strong contributor to collectibility of these model kits to this day.

For many collectors of classic monster memorabilia, the Aurora model kits are holy grails.  Thomas Graham‘s reference book has been a valued resource for collectors since it’s first publication in 2005.  The 3rd edition, published in May 2017 provides an additional 15 pages more than the previous editions and more comprehensive coverage of the model companies that followed Aurora, including Polar Lights, Atlantis and Moebius. Executives from these companies explain how they have added to the list of revived Aurora models, with information on reissues and current collectors’ market values.

Aurora Model Kits History

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Over 500 color photographs enhance this comprehensive history and guide to Aurora models, now updated to include new companies continuing the Aurora tradition. Aurora executives, sculptors, artists, and engineers who created the models tell the story in their own words. Every model Aurora made is described in detail.
Aurora Model Kits Book Contents Page

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Aurora Model Kits 3rd Edition Interior Spread

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Collector Resource

While we focus on the iconic monster models on this site, it’s important to note this is a book about all the products from Aurora and the companies that followed.  To that end, this book provides excellent coverage of all the model categories including other licensed characters figures from Film and TV, dinosaurs, aircraft, auto, military and more. Importantly for collectors, Graham provides a comprehensive directory of every model with details to help you determine the precise version for your collection.

Aurora Model Kit Directory

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The Directory includes In-depth information on every model kit:

  • original release dates
  • factory number
  • box art description and versions
  • reissue details
  • approximate current value

If you’re a serious collector of monster model kits, or just love these kits and want to know more about their history, I highly recommend this book.  I’ve owned the 2nd edition for several years and the 3rd edition update is an important expansion that I am finding quite helpful in understanding the reissue versions from Polar Lights, Moebius and Atlantis, which I often find confusing.

In addition, the updated pricing valuation is useful.  Really a limitation of price guides because valuations are fluid and change with the latest auction price, Graham’s research is helpful in setting a benchmark for what a collector can reasonably expect to pay, or price to sell, a specific model kit for.  A  general rule of collecting is that an item is worth what a buyer will pay for it.  Regardless, I find having a benchmark for valuation a useful reference point when considering purchases and the research Graham has done is quite helpful for collectors.

Where to Purchase:

Aurora Model Kits with Polar Lights, Moebius, Atlantis 3rd Edition by Thomas Graham is available now. Retail Price is $29.99 but can be found for less online.  Click the image below to  order on Amazon:

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We’re Giving Away This Collector Pack from COMET TV

It’s a Harryhausen Hootenany with COMET TV!

If you’re anything like us, and we expect many of you are, you spend a lot of time scrolling through channels to find something awesome to watch.  Sure, everything is on-demand these days, but Netflix and Amazon Instant Video only have so much genre content for us fans to really dig into.  Enter CometTV with it’s incredible array of movies that you simply can’t get with a subscription to streaming platforms like Netflix, Amazon, or Hulu. From wild adventures on Mars to critically acclaimed classics to our beloved campy B-movies, COMET is the ultimate home of sci-fi and horror… and it’s all totally free, no subscriptions needed.

During the month of May, they’re paying special tribute to one of the master monster makers,  special effects pioneer Ray Harryhausen. Catch four of his classic films airing this month.

The 7th Voyage of Sinbad (1958)
Monday May 22 at 6P/5C

The Golden Voyage of Sinbad (1973)
Saturday May 27 at 10P/9C

The 3 Worlds of Gulliver (1960)
Friday May 26 at 10P/9C

Jason and The Argonauts (1963)
Tuesday May 23 at 6P/5C

Now, our friends at COMET TV have provided us with a swell  Collectors Set to give away to our of our awesome readers!

The Collector’s Set includes:

1 – Limited Edition custom designed T-Shirt: The God’s Want Their Entertainment! And So do Comet TV Fans! Show your love of classic Sci-Fi with this Limited Edition T-Shirt you can only get through this promotion!

10 – Skeleton Warrior Mini Figures: The perfect way to plan your own battle is with these skeleton warrior figures. Perfect addition to your classic monster collection!

2 – Packs of Candy Bones: After you vanquished your skeleton foes, celebrate with these sweet treats and read CollectingClassicMonsters.com

1 – Comet TV “Space Out” Fridge Magnet: This fridge is rated “S” for Spacey! Show your Comet TV love and love of Sci-Fi with this custom magnet. Only the cool kids have them!

1 – Comet TV “Space Out” Sticker: These are Spacey Times. Show your Comet TV love by sporting this awesome sticker. Ideal for the computer or tablet that you read CCM on!

How to Enter:

We’ve made it really easy to enter to win this cool collector set from our friends at COMET.  All you have to do is complete any of the following before by 12PM CST May 27, 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! Just subscribe to our email list and then do any one of these to be entered to win!  Good luck and happy watching!

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Entries must be submitted by May 27, 2017 at 12pm CST. 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 May 30, 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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*Note, you can unsubscribe from the CCM newsletter at any time, but you need to be subscribed at the time the contest winner is selected. The monthly email contains links to all of our published stories from the previous month as well as exclusive content and special offers.

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

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Cool Frankenstein Meets The Space Monster 3:4 Scale Bust

Col. Frank Saunders Bust from Executive Replicas Available for Pre-Order

Frankenstein Meets Space Monster Bust

There was no actual “Frankenstein” in this 1965 B-movie classic. But the title served it’s purpose and now we can add an incredibly lifelike rendering of the title character to our classic monster collections!

This Frankenstein Meets the Space Monster 3:4 Scale Bust is highly detailed and looks just like the disfigured astro-robot from this camp classic.

Product Details:

  • 19 inches tall
  • pre-painted
  • Weighs 8.4 lbs
  • Retail $249.99

Frankenstein Meets the Space Monster Bust Sideview

Frankenstein Meets Space Monster Bust Rearview

This bust ships May 2017 and is available now for pre-order at Entertainment Earth.  I recommend Entertainment Earth, because they give free shipping, and at over 8 pounds, this thing will cost  a pretty penny to ship.

About Frankenstein Meets the Space Monster

Released in 1965, Frankenstein Meets the Space Monster was directed by Robert Gaffney and released by Allied Artists. It tells the story of a military android, Col. Frank Saunders, who is making his 1st space voyage when his rocket is shot down by invading Martians who are looking to abduct earth women to repopulate their civilization. Left ravaged and wounded, Col. Saunders is still able to battle Princess Marcuzan’s Martian warriors and radiation-scarred mutation Mull.

Watch the trailer here; it’s great fun!

Executive Replicas 

Executive Replicas, in business since 2006,  creates high-end licensed collectibles based on Classic Sci-Fi, Horror, Action Heroes and Villains.  Their mission it to create the best action figures and memorabilia of the classic sci-fi and horror greats that once ruled our TV screens. They are also committed to educating younger generations about these classic films, actors and characters;  a mission I share here at CCM. They make incredible stuff, and though they’re not cheap, the quality is very high.  Check out their website to see all they have to offer:  ExecutiveReplicas.com

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Classic Monster Trading Cards: Topps Monster Initials

1970s Nostalgia in a Wax Wrapper!

Topps Monster Initial Bubblegum Stickers

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, design cool monster graphics in each letter so kids want them all. Capitalize on the monster craze, without the pesky licensing fees of Universal et al, and create a sensation.  It sure worked for this Monster Kid!

Topps-Monster-INitials-Stcikers-Wrapped Topps Monster Initials  1973-74, Topps

The artwork on each sticker is great stuff, as you’ll see in great detail below. Packs also contained one puzzle piece that could be put to gether to make a scene of monsters looking through the set of cards. The puzzle is awesome but for some reason the artwork is different than on the stickers and resembles legendary artist Jack Davis’ style.

Wax Wrapper

Wrapper serial # 0-449-21-01-3 featured 3 different ads on the back: 

Ad Version 1: Bazooka…Has it All!

Topps Monster Initials Wrapper with Bazooka Ad

Ad Version 2: Be Prepared….

Topps Monster Initials Wrapper Be Prepared Ad Version

Ad Version 3: Lotsa Friends…

Topps Monster Initial Wrapper Lotsa Friends Ad Version

Stickers:

Topps Monster Initial Stickers-A-T

Each sticker included 2 peel-off letters and were available in 132 letter combinations. Stickers had blank backs, unlike many other cards of the time that featured jokes or a puzzle on the back, and were either white or tan blanks.  White-back stickers were 3 to a pack while tan-back stickers were 4 per pack and, interestingly, also included one cardboard puzzle piece.

Letter Stickers:

Stickers came in 27 artwork variations:
AO (Frankinstien/Godzilla) (Werewolf/Godzilla)

AP (Werewolf/Phantom Opera) (Vampire/Phantom Opera)
AS (Frankenstein/Snake) (Frankinstien/Vampire)

AV (Vampire/Jekyll&Hyde) (Werewolf/Jekyll&Hyde)
BA (Werewolf/Frankenstein) (Red Eyed Devil/Zombie)

CD (Vampress/Bat) (Vampire/Bat)
CJ (Vampress/Gravedigger) (Vampire/Gravedigger)

CL (Vampress/Frankenstein) (Vampire/Frankenstein)
EA (Zombie/Zombie) (Werewolf/Frankenstein)

EI (Zombie/Ghoul) (Kong/Ghoul) (Werewolf/Hand)
EO (Zombie/Frankenstein) (Werewolf/Godzilla)

EP (Werewolf/Phantom Opera) (Zombie/Phantom Opera)
ES (Zombie/Snake) (Kong/Snake)

All 132 Letter Combinations:

AA AD AE AI AK AN AO AO AP AP AS AS AT AV AV AX AY A!

Topps Monster Initial Stickers Set 1

Topps Monster Initials Set 2

BA BA BE BI BK BN BO BS BT BU BX BY

Topps Monster Initial Stickers Set 3

CD CD CE CJ CJ CK CL CL CO CU CX CY

Topps Monster Initial Stickers Set 4

Topps Monster Initial Stickers Set 5

EA EA ED EI EI EI EL EN EO EO EP EP ES ES ET EU EX EY

Topps Monster Initial Stickers set 6

FE FI FK FV FY F!

Topps Monster Initial Stickers set 7

GA GJ GL GO GS G!

Topps Monster Initial Stickers set 8

HE HI HN HO HV H!

Topps Monster Initials Stickers set 9

IA IE IK IN IY I! ME MI MK MN MT M!

Topps Monster Initial Stickers set 10

QA QE QL QO QS QV RA RI RJ RS RT RU

Topps Monster Initial Stickers Set 11

TA TO TP TT TV T!

Topps Monster Initials Stickers Set 12

UA UE UI UO UP UV WE WI WO WS WU WX

Topps Monster Initial Stickers Set 13

ZE ZK ZN ZP ZT ZY

Topps Monster Iniitial Stickers set 14

?A ?D ?E ?I ?J ?S

Topps Monster Initial Stickers Set 15

One Puzzle Piece was included in each tan-back :

Topps Monster Initials Complete Puzzle  Notice the monster initials spell out ‘Augie’  in the puzzle; he was one of the artists.

Puzzle Back:Topps Monster Initials Complete Puzzle - Back

Collector Notes:

These stickers are easy to find, but complete sets are rare and expensive.  The great artwork combined with the huge nostalgia factor make these highly desirable, which in collecting parlance equals pricey.  A quick scan of ebay right now comes up with empty wrappers, empty display boxes for around $30:

Topps Monster Initial Sticker Display Box

Card combinations for $15 are plentiful, though it would add up fast to put together a complete set at this price. An interesting offer for the true completist, the proofs for these stickers are currently on eBay in the $320 per set range!  Click the link to see all current eBay listings

Collector Resources

Visit these sites for great information on collecting vintage bubblegum cards:

And check out related articles here on CCM:

Monster Kid Memories

I remember these stickers with tremendous affection.  Each week, after I received my allowance, I would hop on my yellow banana seat Schwinn and peddle to the local Get-n-Go convenience store.  That allowance was boring a hole in my pocket and I’d spend it on comic books, monster magazines, slurpees and bubble gum stickers. Once I discovered these stickers, they became a regular in my allowance spending frenzies.  I still come across them on items in my parents’ home from time to time to as they eventually adorned all of my school notebooks and a good assortment of everything else I owned in 1974.

While researching these stickers, I came across a fun website called i-Mockery.com.  For Halloween a few years back, they released a piece of interactive software that allows you to ‘Monsterize” your name, or your website name as I did.  Click on the link to  check it out: Monsterizer 

Do you remember these stickers?  As always, share your memories and your collections with us!

Yours Ghoulishly,

George spelled with Monster Initials

Monstrous Sounds: Famous Monsters Speak

The Sounds of Famous Monsters

Famous Monsters Speak 1963 Record

Brought to you – On record                                                                      for the first time with the help of the                                                  world’s first movie-monster magazine,                                      FAMOUS MONSTERS OF FILMLAND

So reads the back cover of this spoken word album released by Wonderland Records and Famous Monsters of Filmland in 1963.  After learning that advertisers wouldn’t touch his magazine due to it’s “weird and inappropriate” subject matter, Jim Warren doubled down on his mail order business, Captain Company, to fund his growing publishing business.  Always on the lookout for new products to peddle to us unwitting kids, Warren partnered with Wonderland Records, a children’s record label and subsidiary of Riverside Records, to record and release Famous Monsters Speak in 1963.

The cover art is uncredited but all of the famous monsters on the cover look more than a little bit like James Bama‘s iconic Aurora model kit box covers.  Even the poses are similar.  Intentional?  Hmmm…. True to the Warren overhype tradition, we also get a cover appearance by the Wolf Man, Mummy and Creature though they are nowhere to be found on the record itself.

The LP features 2 spoken-word stories, written by Cherney Berg, a staple of spooky records of the 60s and 70s,  including Scary Spooky Stories, Thrillers and Chillers and later the King Kong (Original Motion PictureClassic).  His adaptations provided the soundtrack for many a Monster Kid childhood.  This album featured only a single voice actor, former Bowery Boy Gabriel Dell.  

Famous Monsters Speak 1963 Front Cover Closeup

The album’s little-seen back cover featured stills from the original Universal Studios Frankenstein and Dracula movies with humorous and satirical captions, as if lifted straight from the pages of Famous Monsters of Filmland magazine:

Famous Monsters Speak Back Cover:

Famous Monsters Speak 1963 Record Back Cover

Tracklist

A Frankenstein’s Monster Talks
B Dracula’s Return

Listen to the full album here:

Collector Notes:

While this record is relatively easy to find, it can be fairly complex to determine which release is which due to the number of pressings through the years.  Here is a detailed list of what to look for when buying a copy:

First Release

Shortly after Warren signed a deal to produce this record with Wonderland, the label’s founder, Bill Grauer, died.  So in late 1963, Wonderland was acquired by A.A. Records. For that reason, The initial press of the vinyl makes no mention of Wonderland:

Famous Monsters Speak AA Pressing

Famous Monsters Speak Side 2 Vinyl AA Pressing

Also in 1963, London Records released the album in Canada and reads “Made in Canada” on  vinyl.  The Catalog # on this release is GAR-3

Re-Releases:

Wonderland Records credited on front cover, without mention of Golden Records.

Famous Monsters Speak Golden Records Vinyl

Label credits to Wonderland Records and Golden Records on the front and back cover, but only A.A. Records on the labels and a mention in the lower right corner of the back cover.

1970 Canadian Re-release:

An A.A. Records Recording
Produced in Canada by Arc Sound Limited, Catalog # 836

1973 Re-release

Wonderland re-released the album in 1973. While the Catalog # remained the same: AR-3, there are some unique identifiers specifically the back cover sleeve which replaced the classic monsters movie stills and goofy quotes with a catalog of other kids record titles offered by Wonderland at the time:

Famous Monsters Speak Back Cover Sleeve Wonderland Records Version

In addition,  this release includes the following etched wording on the vinyl:

  • Matrix / Runout (A-side runout etching): AR-3-A-RC1
  • Matrix / Runout (B-side runout etching): AR-3-B-RC-1

Collectibility

In general, a high-grade copy of this record runs around $50, with less pristine copies anywhere between $15-$40.

In addition to the condition of the album sleeve and the vinyl itself, there are some ‘rare’ aspects of the first release that truly set the record apart from the rest of the pack and increase its value.

Printed Cellophane with Price:

Famous Monsters Speak Record Cover

The first press album sleeve originally had a nice cellophane overwrap with printing on it.  First releases were priced at $.98 sold  and soon increased to $1.98.  You very rarely see the “printed” cellophane on them and it can really enhance the value of the copy when you do find one.

The picture above is of  my personal collection copy of this record; notice the original cellophane with the $1.98 price printed on it.

Famous Monsters Magazine Offer:

Famous Monsters Speak Magazine Promo

Look again at the picture of the record from my collection and you’ll see Dracula’s legs are covered by a promotional offer for a copy of Famous Monsters of Filmland.   This is another real differentiator from most copies of this record you’ll find.  This paper order form its typically found taped onto the album cover, as mine is, and greatly enhances collectibility.

Monster Kid Memories

Of course, no article on Warren’s merchandising business is complete without the Captain Company ads that ran in the pages of Warren’s magazines:

Famous Monsters Speak Print Ad

The record label also promoted the record and ran the full-page ad below in comic books and other kid-oriented magazine titles to promote the records availability in record stores.  Note from the ad copy below, the record was first released on April Fools Day, 1963:

Famous Monsters Speak Full Page Ad Captain Company

I never owned this record as a child, but I clearly recall these ads working their spell on me.  These ads were fairly unique in the pantheon of Captain Company; they marketed a quality product with minimal hyperbole.  It seems that the more gimmicky the product, the greater the need to overstate its qualities.

Where to Find Famous Monsters Speak:

Here’s a link to current eBay listings

Multiple copies in a range of prices and both white and orange sleeves are available on Amazon.

Discogs.com is a great social marketplace for record collectors and Ive had numerous successful purchases from this site.  I found multiple copies of this LP listed currently; click here to visit Discogs.

Listening Options

Of course if you simply want to listen to this fun LP again, there are numerous options, including the YouTube video I embedded above in this article.

Purchase a MP3 copy of  the entire album for $1.98  or on CD for $13.98  on Amazon

Its also available for purchase on iTunes and its even on Spotify

What are you memories of this LP?  Did you have it? Do you still?  Let us hear from you!