Classic Monster Magazines
Marvel Movie Premiere #1: The Land that Time Forgot (Curtis Magazines, 1975)
Last week, we inducted the British quad poster for this movie into our Classic Movie Poster Gallery so it only makes sense to feature this classic movie magazine for the same Amicus film, The Land That Time Forgot.
This was a one-shot magazine published in 1975 that featured a very tight adaptation of the Amicus film, The Land That Time Forgot, released around the same time that same year. The film released in August and this magazine had September date. I wish I could recall what came first for me – the magazine or the movie. My guess is the magazine was my gateway since I spent as much time as possible at the comic rack whenever I went shopping with my parents/ By 1975, I was also regularly buying Famous Monsters off the magazine rack, and the fantastic cover for this book would have kept out at me.
Marvel attempted to enter the comics-magazine field dominated by Warren Publishing through a sister company, Curtis Magazines. the new line of mostly black-and-white anthology magazines predominantly featured horror, sword and sorcery, and science fiction. Most Curtis magazines did not carry the Marvel name, making this title a bit of an exception. ‘Marvel’ is included in the title of the magazine, but Curtis is still the imprint. This was probably a case of wanting their cake and eat it too — trying to capture the older black-and-white magazine audience, but at least with this one title, also wanting to attract the younger audience of their mainstream Marvel Comics titles.
While most of the Curtis magazines took full advantage of the fact that the format did not fall under the purview of the Comics Code, by incorporating more graphic content — such as moderate profanity, partial nudity, and more graphic violence — Marvel Movie Premiere #1 avoided that trend, probably for the simple reason that the movie they were adapting didn’t include any of that content.
Title Page & Contents
The Land That Time Forgot
Our sense-shattering adaptation of the fantastic film released by American International Pictures and based on the nerve-numbing novel by Edgar Rice Burroughs.
Adaptation by Marv Wolfman & Art by Sonny Trinidad.
Special Feature! Lost Lands; Forbidden Cities!
A look at the lost worlds of Edgar Rice Burroughs and other fantasy masters of our time! By Lin Carter
Movie Photo Feature: The Land That Time Forgot
(I simply love the aquatic T-Rex!)
Current price guide listings for this title value Near Mint copies at $14. This book has had higher value in the past but is currently not highly sought after by collectors. Hold on to your copy, as I expect it will continue to increase in value over time.
One of the factors impacting prices may be the wide availability of this book. There are numerous current eBay listings for this issue under or around $10 for high-grade copies. As always, there are a few listings from uninformed sellers who haven’t bothered to research other listings and are asking for silly prices, but that’s always the case, isn’t it?
I have 2 copies of this book. The scans in this article are from my Near Mint copy. I also have a nice reader copy, probably Fine to Fine+ that I love to look at.
I never get tired of this book, just as I still have strong affection for the movie poster and the film itself. I’m always transported back to 1975 when my innocent, excited eyes first saw this magazine at he news stand. It’s a strong and meaningful memory of an important time in my life when I was discovering life-long passions and starting to chart my own course. Magical stuff for this Monster Kid…