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Monsters for Free: Anchor Hocking Universal Monsters Drinking Glasses

The Coolest Gas Station Giveaways of the 1960s

Anchor Hawking Universal Monster Glasses Set

Anchor Hocking Universal Monsters Drinking Glasses             Set of 4 – 1963

The mid-1960s was the peak of the Monster Craze in the U.S. and classic monsters were everywhere; on Saturday afternoon television, in toy and hobby stores, on the magazine rack and even at the gas station.  Gas stations in the 60’s would give out a glass with a free tank of gas just as fast food chains did in the 80’s and the subject matter would reflect the popular trends at the time.

Anchor-Hocking, a glassware company, produced a set of four glasses for gas stations featuring the Universal Monsters in 1963. The glasses featured colorful images of Frankenstein’s Monster, the Wolf Man, the Mummy and the Creature from the Black Lagoon but surprisingly no Dracula. The release date of the set falls before the lawsuit that virtually removed Dracula from merchandising due to the Bela Lugosi likeness so it unusual to see the Creature included.
The day-glow vibrant colors, great facsimiles of the classic monsters (which wasn’t always a sure thing during this time period) and the popularity of the four characters featured on the glasses are all reasons for the demand and popularity of this collectible set.  Glasses were painted and have a nice textured feel to them.

The following pictures are the glasses set in my collection:

Frankenstein Monster Drinking Glass

Anchor Hawking Frankenstein Glass

I love the Glenn Strange likeness of the Monster on this glass, but it appears they started at the top with this illustration and ran out of room to include the traditionally heavy platform boots.  His too-small feet really throw the overall design off for me despite the great face illustration.

The Wolf Man Drinking Glass

Anchor Hawking Wolf Man Glass

Wonderful art of Lon Chaney Jr’s iconic character.

The Mummy Drinking Glass

Anchor Hawking Mummy Glass

It’s not often that my favorite piece is a set is The Mummy, but it is my favorite in this case. The Lon Chaney Jr likeness is the best of any classic monster collectible (outside of a Famous Monsters cover) and the vibrant colors just really do it for me!

Creature from the Black Lagoon  Drinking Glass

Anchor Hawking Creature Black Lagoon Glass

My favorite of the Universal Monsters, and a really cool glass.

These glasses aren’t hard to find in good condition but they have gotten quite expensive in recent years.  Considering that these pieces are over 50 years old, the relatively good condition of many of these glasses is a testament to how well made they are.  Anchor Hocking is still in operation to this day and it’s no surprise if these glasses are representative of their product quality.

Based on a quick search of eBay, prices for individual glasses are ranging from $75 to $125 regardless of which character.  Finding complete sets is still possible, though this might be one to put on the estate and garage sale wish list at current secondary market prices!

Classic Monster Comics – Godzilla vs. Megalon Theater Giveaway

This Free Promotional Comic is VERY Rare!

Godzilla vs Megalon Free Comic

For U.S. Godzilla fans in the 1970s, comic books about the King of the Monsters were one of the few collectibles available to us outside of monster magazine covers.  While most of us fondly recall Marvel Comics Godzilla series, it was not the first American comic book to feature the King of the Monsters.

In 1976, Godzilla vs Megalon made it’s way to U.S. theaters by way of a distribution company called Cinema Shares International.  Movie goers received a free promotional comic book adaptation of the film courtesy of Cinema Shares that is now considered the first U.S. comic book of Godzilla.  This four-page, cover-less, newspaper print comic is quite rare and, thus, quite sought after by collectors.

While an adaptation of the film, the comic is pretty crazy and one can only assume the uncredited creative team didn’t have access to an English dub of the film.  In the comic, Jet Jaguar is called “Robotman” and Gigan is “Borodan” along with a pretty kooky narration that is pure 70s camp:

The colossal, Hell-spawned misanthropoid fearfully known as Megalon,

Godzilla realizes he stands little chance of subduing the boorish might of Megalon unassisted.

As I said, the creative team is uncredited and I can’t find any information on who might have been involved in writing, drawing and inking this little gem of a collectible.

Here is the comic book in all 4 pages of it’s full color glory for your to enjoy – click for a larger image of each scan:

Collector Value:

This comic is very rare and demands a hefty price tag.  Current price guides list NM as

A CGC 9.0 copy is currently available on Amazon.com  for $5,499!

Some lower grade copies are currently available on eBay at far more reasonable prices.

Did you get this comic at the theater?  Do you recall your experience reading it?  Share your memories with us in the comments section.