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It’s Frankenstein Friday!

 

TGI Frankenstein – Christopher Lee Style

Curse of Frankenstein Mani-Yack Style Transfer

We’re continuing our focus on Sir Christopher Lee this week and what better way to wrap up the week than with his iconic role as the Frankenstein Monster in

Artist Jeff Carlson has done an incredible job of recreating the 1960’s style of the classic iron-on transfers by Mani-Yack and adding monsters not included in those classic collectibles.

His version of the Creature is simply awesome and available for $4.95 at Jeff’s Etsy store.  Click here to visit Jeff’s Etsy store and see his entire collection.

Happy Weekend, y’all!

Classic Monster Magazine – Famous Monsters of Filmland #84

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 1971 Christopher Lee Cover

Famous Monsters of Filmland #84

Warren Publishing , June 1971

A blood-shot eye-full of Christopher Lee, our Favorite Living (?) Vampire.

Magazine Contents

Famous Monsters of Filmland #84 Contents

The Monster That Conquered The World

It came from beneath the sea.

Famous Monsters of Filmland #84 The Monster That Challenged the World

The Scream Test

Carradine…Rathbone…Buster Crabbe…in real brain-busters!

Famous Monsters of Filmland #84 Scream Test

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).

Famous Monsters of Filmland #84 Hunchbacks of Notre Dame Article

House of Dracula

Great Cast- Chaney, Carradine, Atwill, Strange – in Great Filmbook bulging with Great Pix! 19 Pages!

Famous Monsters of Filmland #84 House of Dracula

The Devil Commands (Does Boris Obey?)

Pictures & Plot of a Hot One of Yesteryear.

Famous Monsters of Filmland #84 The Devil Commands

You Axed For It!

A Choice Selection for Your Delection of Monsterrific Pix that Approach Perfection!

Famous Monsters of Filmland #84 You Axed For It pg 48

The Raven

Conclusion of the Great 1935 Universal Flick.

Famous Monsters of Filmland #84 The Raven

Mystery Photo #51

A Fright Pic to Puzzle Your Brains. (Aren’t You Lucky You have Two of Them?)

Famous Monsters of Filmland #84 Mystery Photo page 55

Girls & Ghouls Gallery

Portrait #11: She Stayed After School to meet The Mad Ghoul. What Made the Ghoul Mad?

Famous Monsters of Filmland #84 page 55 Girls And Ghouls

Graveyard Examiner

The Newspaper of the Monsters, by the Monsters, for the Monsters, shall not Perish from the Earth.

Famous Monsters of Filmland #84 Page 58 Graveyard Examiner

Monsters of the Month

Famous Monsters of Filmland #84 Page 59 Monsters of the Month

Professor Gruebeard

The Creature Question He can’t Answer Hasn’t Been Asked Yet! (Oops…)

Famous Monsters of Filmland #84 Page 66 Professor Gruebeard

Back Cover  – Weird World of Aurora

Ad for Aurora’s Monster Scenes model kits

Famous Monsters of Filmland #84 Back Cover Weird World of Aurora Ad

Collectors Value:

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.

Summary

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.

 

Classic Movie Posters Gallery – Dracula Has Risen from the Grave

Classic Movie Posters Gallery

Dracula Has Risen From the Grave 1968 One-Sheet

 

Dracula Has Risen From the Grave (Hammer; 1968) 27″x 41″ One-Sheet

This week’s entry in our Classic Movie Posters Gallery, we pay tribute to Christopher Lee in one of his many iconic roles, Count Dracula.  I admit, my original intent was to feature a classic movie poster with Mr. Lee actually on it but I was, shall we say, attracted to this unique poster from the 1968 Hammer Film.

The combination of cheeky humor and magnetic sexuality is perfectly aligned with where Hammer‘s films were at this time.  The black and white photograph with the bright pink band aids and the word (Obviously) beneath the film title aren’t consistent with how dark this horror movie is, but fit right into a cynical period in our culture.

When you look at other posters of the period, this one truly stands out…and not just for the obvious reasons.  It’s singular image differentiates it at a time when posters were still usually montage of characters and scenes from the movie.  And, yes, its use of skin was also quite unique for its time.  I can picture it on a theater marquee causing quite a stir alongside the other more traditionally style posters of the time.

Christopher Lee added an animalistic sensuality to his performance of Dracula and Hammer certainly pushed boundaries in their movies, combining horror and sex in a way not seen in mainstream movies before.

Collector Value

This poster is highly collectible but not terribly expensive.  A F/VF 7.0 unrestored copy sold last year on Heritage Auctions for $143. Current listings on eBay start at $249 for VF copy.  Not sure I could convince my wife to let me hang this one in our family room, though. At least, not until our son has gotten through puberty…