The Company that Made Monsters out of Monster Kids for Generations!
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.
Collecting Don Post Masks
We’ll be featuring much more about Don Post masks soon, but with Halloween approaching:
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:
One of the Greatest Sci-Fi Franchises Ever and All Its Cool Toys!
The Planet of the Apes was one of the first film properties to create a licensing bonanza – to the delight of POTA fans and collectors alike. This episode of Monsterama shines a spotlight on some of the memorabilia and merchandise spawned by this classic sci-fi series – from the original Topps trading cards to Hasbro 12″ figures in the 1990s. As always, the photography is top-notch so enjoy and be careful not to drool all over your keyboard:
Collecting the Planet of the Apes
This is a subject worth it’s own series and we’ll get there – eventually. In the meantime, here’s some interesting items currently available that would be worth adding to your POTA collection or a good place to start one:
Published in 1998, this book includes a detailed listing of collectibles from the original film, the sequels, the television series, and the animated cartoon are all presented. Over 330 color photographs accompany the text. While the item values listed in the collector’s guide are obviously outdated, it remains a useful and interesting guidebook for anyone interested in collecting Planet of the Apes merchandise and memorabilia
If you are a POTA collector, we’d love to hear from you as this post only scratches the surface. We plan on profiling many of these product lines and companies individually in coming months. Let us hear about your favorite POTA collectible.
In this episode of Monsterama, we go inside the wonderful world of one of the original Monster Kids, Bob Burns with an indepth look at his awe-inspiring collection and a retrospective of his legendary Monster Kid story.
As we count down to Halloween 2015, we’re going to feature each and every episode of Monsterama in all it’s Elvira-filled wonder. This series then we’ll explore the collectibles and merchandise for the featured subject of each episode. From Hollywood special effects, creature shops and monster make-up to the latest creature collectibles, this original series hosted by Elvira, Mistress of the Dark focuses on every aspect of monster movie mania imaginable.
Watch Episode 2 and Enjoy:
Bob and Kathy burns have been featured in several books and videos over the years:
Published in 2000 and written by Bob, It Came from Bob’s Basement brings fellowMonster Kids up close with props and artwork from the greatest (and most outrageous) sci-fi films of all time. A story told with genuinely irresistible enthusiasm, this book honors the beloved cult classics that have shaped movie history.