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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: Dell Comics The Creature

Classic Monster Comics – Dell Comics The Creature: Movie Classics #142

Dell Comics The Creature 1964

THE CREATURE, No. 1 (Dell Comics, 1963)

An unbelievable thing emerges from the murky Amazon jungle…a Monster!

Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide lists this as Movie Classic #12-142-302, but “Movie Classic” does NOT appear on cover.
Indicia title is “THE CREATURE, No. 1.”

In 1963 and 64, Dell Comics published a series of comic books featuring the classic Universal Monsters.   This was the Dec-Feb 1963 issue, titled  Dell Movie Classic #142 “The Creature.”   While the other comics in Dell’s Universal Monster series (Dracula, Frankenstein, Wolfman, and The Mummy) were not direct adaptations of the movies, The Creature is a pretty straightforward adaptation of the Jack Arnold classic film.

Vital Stats:

  • 32 story pages
  • Cover art by Vic Prezio
  • Interior Pencil/Inks Bob Jenney

Here, in its entirety, is Dell’s The Creature! As always, click on the individual page to see a larger, more readable, scan :

As with almost all other Creech Collectibles, this is not an inexpensive comic.  It is by far the most valuable of the Dell Comics Universal Monster series.  Current price guide values list Near Mint copies of this comic at $225, though lower grade issues range more in the $45-$75 range.  All in all, not bad for a .12 cover.

Multiple copies are  currently listed on eBay and, of note, a CGC 9.0 copy is listed with a current bid of only $42 with 2 days to go in the auction.

There is a significant difference in value between the 1st and 2nd Printing of this comic, so be sure to find out which edition you are getting.  2nd Prints are pennies on the dollar compared to 1st printings.

Share your thoughts with us below.  Anyone have this book or remember it from your childhood?

 

 

Classic Movie Poster – Creature from the Black Lagoon

Classic Movie Posters

Creature from the Black Lagoon One-Sheet Movie Poster

Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954, Universal ) U.S. One-Sheet (27 x 41)

The Gill Man swam into theaters in 1954 and has since joined the ranks of the classic Universal monsters alongside Dracula, Frankenstein’s Monster and the Wolf Man.  This classic film was originally released in 3-D and featured groundbreaking underwater photography.  The creature was performed on land by Ben Chapman and underwater by champion swimmer Ricou Browning, who had to hold his breath for up to four minutes while shooting scenes.

While The Creature from the Black Lagoon was originally released in in dual-strip 35mm polarized 3-D, and the listing of 3-D posters in the pressbook, they were never issued.  The only original poster to have 3-D text actually printed on it was the 14×22 window card.  Universal sent “Underwater Thrills in 3-D” snipes for the other posters:

3-D-Poster-Snipe

This is an actual snipe that was included along with a one-sheet poster in a recent offering by  Heritage Auctions. These snipes were rarely used so most of the one-sheets found today do not have the snipes on them.

Here’s what the one-sheet looks like with the snipe:

Creature from the Black Lagoon One-Sheet 3-D Snipe

Take a look at this incredible image from Universal’s 1954 press book courtesy of the wonderful site 3DFilmArchive.com

Universal Pressbook Creature from the Black Lagoon 1954

The one-sheet poster is one of the rarest and most sought after movie posters of the 1950s.  The poster art was done by Albert Kallis who was also responsible for almost all the posters of Roger Corman‘s B-movies in the 1950s, including It Conquered the WorldWar of the Colossal Beast and many, many more.   Kallis was born of Russian immigrant parents, co-founded IHOP (yep, the House of Pancakes) and created some of the greatest genre movie posters of the 1950s.  If you don’t know much about this guy, I highly recommend his autobiography:

Living the Gift of Time

Here’s the 1954 theatrical trailer for The Creature from the Black Lagoon:

Poster Value

As with most Creature collectibles, paper from this classic monster movie is highly sought after and comes with a  correspondingly high price tag.  A copy in Very Fine condition sold for $20,315 in Heritage Auctions Vintage Movie Posters Signature Auction in July 2015.

The Creature returned to the theater multiple times over the next 20 years, and movie posters for these return showings are much less expensive than the original 1954 release.

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