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VOLUME 1. NO.

GIANT
COLOR
POSI!R
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STAR
TREK
LAGOON CREATURE RE-
CONFESSES! VISITED!
mE REl'URN OF '.
DR.X!
MUSHROOM
MONSI'ERS! :
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The Monster Times

Excuse me, lady,


but I received your name through
the Creature Computer-Date Service and ...
I hate to be forward but
it's been a rather dry period for
me of late and ...
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The World's Volume 1, No.5


First
Newspaper
of Horror,
Sci-Fi
and'

MAIL-ORDER VAMPIRES!
dust this last week we received a letter of
complaint from a fan, addressed to our Monster
Market page . Accord ing to the letter, the fan sent
in $12.00 for back issues of an occasionally
MEMOIRS OF A LAGOON-CREATURE:
published monster mag, over half a year ago.
Since then, he says, he received no magazines .
He wrote a couple of letters to a mail order house
2 The reminiscences of a star-fish-man.
Will success spoil a seaweed hunter?
(whose name bears a cryptic sim ilarity to the
monster-pub's title) and which purportedly sells TARZAN COMIX NEWS:
the magazine's back issues. He even sent a letter to
__ em -by registered mail, demgnding an lInswer. _
6 About the new TARZAN comic book, and an exclusive
inter"y"iew ist-writer Joe Kubert.
The letter arrived, he said, but there was no
MONSTERS - A REVIEW:
answer.
Unfortunately, at press time we've been unable
to get in touch with this fan for verification . If we
9 a book that I ists shriek ach ievements
of the century! PAGE 11

are to actually "shed some lights on some of the STAR TREK CON REVISITED:
vampires of our industry" as the Monster Market
oath states, we need solid proof, such as a copy of
a returned reg istered mail ticket, for starters.
11 TMT looks back at the
largest science fiction convention in history.

Although actual prosecution is the jurisdiction, ESQUIRE GETS HIP:


legal and moral, of the Better Business Bureau, we
do think unscrupulous mail-order monster-product
12 F inally "Es~ie" mag learns where it'< really at
COMIX by horror artists Wrightson , Jones, Weiss, Reese, Smith & Ploog.

swindles to be the reportage domain of The


MUSHROOM MONSTERS:
World's Only Monster Newspaper ... vulnerable to
our fair comment.
MONSTER TIMES fans who've had bad
14 Part III of a series. Will Joe Kane
ever find a peaceful use for atomic energy "Bomb" films?

experiences with mail order houses, and have MONSTER-SIZED COLOR POSTER BONUS:
documentat ion of same are encouraged to send it
in to us at THE MONSTER MARKET, P.O . Box
16 Palpitating pigments & horrify ing hues embellish this
creepish Creature centerfold featured for your weird wall.
595, Old Chelsea Station , New York, New York ,
"SLAY IT AGAIN,SAM!":
10011. And we'll see what we can do to dull those
vampires' fangs. There's more at (ahem) stake than
just their reputations!
18 Humphrey Bogart's ONL Y monster movie,
THE RETURN OF DR. X. Was it ever bad medicine!
We're trying something new again. When will
ROGER CORMAN VS EDGAR ALLEN POE:
we ever cease? Our filmbook-like feature article
this issue is about the career of the Creature From
The Black Lagoon-as told by his own self.
19 Part II of a series. The only fight
where a movie maker killed an already dead author.

Your monster newspaper is always looking for


new methods of getting you the facts and fantasies
'110 AFinish
~
GNAWING OBSESSION:
of Jeff Jones' comix vision of what 'twould be
of filmdom, even if we have to go straight to the if E.A . Poe wrote "B londie" ; Dagwood sandwiches ain't the same!
sea-horse's mouth . You'll blush at his escapades
with Vampy Esther Williams! '1/1 MONSTER TIMES MARKET:
We also dug up some interesting info on Lt..t- A product test record reviewof · TAL~S OF TERROR,
read by Nelson Olmstead. Poe ain't the same since.
Humphrey Bogart's ONLY monster/vampire film,
THE RETURN OF DOCTOR X ... which we
nostalgically dub, "Slay It Again, Sam!"
And we've got:
The conclusion of Jeff Jones' comic strip.
26 MONSTER TIMES TELETYPE:
Endless processions of inside news, clues,
reviews, and grues-flashes to keep you insid iously informed.

A review of Esquire Magazine's Superheros of


the Seventies. THIS ISSUE'S COVER is the skillful brush wizardry N. Ominous. the fellow who unheralded. has
And more ... but what are you wasting time contributed most of the enduring movie posters of the century. Called by the nickname "Anonymous" by his
friends. business associates and admirers. quietly he goes right on. chumin9 out masterpieces like ·our cover;
reading an editorial for, when there's a contents
which was taken from the pressbook of THE CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON.
list on your right, and all the good stuff
inside ... ? ~1AC.k.. THE MONSTER TIMES No.·5. March 29. 1972, published every two weeks by The Monster Times
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Demon? Monstrous beast? EGAD!!!


Eighteen years since my lust appearance
and people still think I'm a louse! I
really don't give a darn about my public
image, but when playful young teenagers
start booby-trapping the local lagoon,
where female fish swim, I believe the
time has come for a rebuttal. So here,
now, in the black and white panorama of
the MONSTER TIMES, I shall reveal the
ungarnished truth about one of
Hollywood's greatest movie monsters.
Behold, . the uncut, uncensored
confessions of yours truly, the
heart-stopping Gill Man, the malevolent
man-fish, the scaly scalaway from South
A merica, the famous and original
CREATURE FROM THE BLACK
LAGOON!

The Memoirs of
(Jil~r1t'~ill"(Jilllll~
"Rolling on the River" of taste, Bill pressed on until he finally
spotted me sitting on a log, thumbing
For the first 75 million years of my life through my Aquaman comic books.
things were really swell. I'd relax, clown "You're a natural," he squealed, and
around with the local natives (they then, after asking me whether or not my
always gotta kick out of my Buster name was Rosebud, offered me a contract
Crabbe impersonations) and would spend with Universal Pictures. To be perfectly
the remainder of the day charming the honest, I was terribly excited at the idea.
prettiest schools of pirhana this side of After all, as he promptly pointed out,
Burt's Aquarium! look what good 01' "Universal U" did for
Then, on a warm September afternoon Count Dracula and the Frankenstein
in the fall of 1953, big-time movie pro- Monster. After only ten or twenty years,
ducer William Alland came chugging they were able to meet famous Holly-
down the tranquil Black Lagoon, search- wood personalities, such as Abbott and
ing for a new face into which he could Costello and the Bowery Boys! It was
invest money. After starring in some truly a once in a lifetime opportunity,
Grade B disaster with Orson Welles one that I'd be foolish to ignore, and so I
("Citizen Kane," I believe) back in '41, said farewell to my pals and gals, packed
Mr. Alland had since decided to divert his my neutralizer and headed for the wilds
time and funds to the sophisticated of Southern California.
prospect of monster movies. Along with
him for the ride was Nestor Paiva, who
hadn't shaved in over a year and muttered
. something about, "You crazy Americano, "When in Southern California,
why dunt you high-tail eet ·out of here
and make Ricardo Montalban movies?"
Visit Universal City Studios~'
What annoyed me most in the first film was Dick Carlson,
Unhampered by Nestor) obvious lack My reception in the Sunny State was who felt obliged to steal scenes with that damn speargun of his, ..
lousing up my ~omantic appeal!
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1·· *tmJt.monsttt~* ~
r TERROR GRIPS CITY!
\ MONSTER APES!
answer. Someday spaceships will be travel-
ing from Earth to other planets - are
human beings going to survive on those
planets? The atmosphere will be different,
the pressures will be different. By studying
these, ~nd other species, we add to our
Ocean Harbor;- Police and knowledge of how life evo'ived, how it
adapted itself to this world. With that
Defense Units in thirteen States knowledge, perhaps we can teach man to
today combined forces in a adapt himself to some new world of the
future."
search for the weird Gill Man Fortunately for us, most of Dick's
who, after slaying an aw~n(Jl'" other statements weren't as long as this
:r;lt~ disappeared late last initial wind-baggery. But the final script
did abound with a welcome under-
Authorities have PV·fly·.,,,,,.,r! standing of science and fiction , and
grave fear for the safety treated both aspects of thought respect-
lovely scientist fully. There is even a touching bit of what
I term, "humanity under pressure", as
Carlson orders his companions to cease
fire as I limp out of the grotto and to my
aquatic death.
The fact that the 3D process demanded
scripts emphasizing visual thrills might
have squashed lesser projects (and did),
but the final result here was one that any
monster-as-well-as-screenwriter would be
proud of.
.)
. !\ The rest of the production crew also
:::
.,
had a good idea of what makes a monster
flick click. Makeup chief Buddy West-
more was a competent craftsman - al-
though his work with me didn't extend
far beyond the toenail clipping stage.
There were also a number of stuntmen
who exercized my more dangerous activ-
ities. Among these noteworthy gents were
Ed Parker, Ben Chapman and - What's
his name - oh, yeah! Ricou Browning,
who went ape the final day of production
when I presented him with a going away
gift : an adorable baby dolfin named
Flipper. Wonder what ever 'happened to
\
them since .. .

. . FLASH FOTOS! lust arrived-these amazing "A Star (Fish) Is Born"


With the film in the can and our hopes
pictures of a woman in the Gill Man's clutches in the air, Universal went about dis-
• (above) and (left) some of the havoc wrought tributing the flick for both 3D and 2D
engagements. The first response came
by the monstrous creature! from the critics, who were not very
L-__~------______________ ----,-____~~__~--__~_~__--------____----~"~
The... wasn't a dry eye in the nation when my heart-rendering performance was publicized in huge newspaper ads like this one.
- r-esponsive.
"Only if you've lost all your comic

something less than bright. My first three up all my will power to keep from doing A rare promo still of Julie Adams and myself
days were spent jitterbugging for Charles anything rash. shilling for an Arthur Murray tie-in ad.
Welbourne's underwater 3D camera set- I followed her from underneath the The campaign was never used.
up, and the only time I got to see Alland water (can you blame me?) and found
was when the returns to IT CAME FROM out sometime later that clowning Charlie
OUTER SPACE came in from outer photographed the whole scene in 3D and
boxoffices. submitted it to director Jack Arnold as a
Finally I was introduced to the cast gag. Later Arnold included the scene in
and crew when I threatened to form my the final print and was complimented for
own movie studio under the name an "arousing and poetic dramatization of
"American International". (Later two unearthly love", The bum!
goofs called Nicholson and Arkoff won
the copyright from me in a crap game.) Peri-Scopes
Dick Carlson made an appropriate
"young, resourceful scientist". After an
of Evolution on Trial
enjoyable chat with the actor, I dis- Bill Alland later introduced me to
covered he had' co-starred with an old screenwriters Harry Essex and Artie Ross
friend of mine, Froggy, who had tem- who discussed their scenario with me. It
porarily left the Andy Devine complex to was, in a word , awful! After a few hours
star with Dick Carlson in Allied Artist's of intense, concentrated effort (with my
THE MAZE. Later that week I encoun- valued supervision) a second script was
, tered myoid pal who greeted me with an written, which, quite seriously , contained
expected "Hiya, Gill! Hiya, Hiya, Hiya! " some of the best dialog ever written for a
and explained the advantages and dis- sci-fi movIe. The final effect, of course,
advantages of 3D movie making. was due mostly to the vocal talents of
Richard Carlson, whose cool, scientific
At this point I was beginning to feel enthusiasm enhanced many a fantasy
more at home in the alien environment. film. Here's a typical example of his
Lovely Julia Adams was perhaps most lingo:
i.nstrumental, since she apparently sensed
t hat I was - dare I say it? - a fish out of "More and more we're learning the
,vater. She alone understood my plight, meaning and value of marine research.
J,nd I completely fell for her. This lungfish ... the bridge between fish
and the land animal. How many thousands
I'll never forget the day she went for a of ways nature tried to bring life out of
particularly exotic swim in the studio the sea and onto the land. This one failed.
' nanufactured lagoon. Well, and me a He hasn't changed in over a million years,
,entleman! I mean I just had to summon But here ... here we have a clue to an
, I
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books", wailed a Times i<:~ie~'.'er who


probably kept his under lock and key.
The New York News at least termed it
"an average thriller" and gave us a two
and a half star rating. (Come to think of
it, that's what they gave Kubrick's 200t!
Oh, well ... )
But the mounting critical assaults fused
into an all-encompassing zero when our
mode~t little effort turned into Uni-
versal's biggest money-maker of 1954!
Man, what a day that was! The lenses
must have popped out of Jack Warner's
3D glasses when he heard about us!
HOUSE OF WAX - hah! My film wasn't
popular merely because of some tricky
filter! Indeed, most movie producers of
the time agreed that 3D flicks had flick-
ered out of the public's interest. Ope of
our leading film competitors of the year,
Warner Brother's THEM! had been
originally shot in 3D and color, but saw
final release sans the various hues and
dimentional effects.
To my utter astonishment, I was an
overnight sensation. Although I had strict
contract commitments to Universal, the
studio did permit me to appear (briefly)
with luscious Marilyn Monroe in 20th
Century Fox's THE SEVEN YEAR
ITCH. My appearance took the form of,
first, a billboard on a theater marquee
and second as the subject of some rather
ill-chosen lines (delivered by MM) com-
par~eto co-star T~m Ewell.
,............ .".-yeeech!
Continued on page 29

ABOUT THIS ISSUE'S


CENTERFOLD POSTER
THE MONSTER TIMES is
always scouring about for new
talent, as well as diligently
striving to acquire the best of
the established horror and sci-fi
art superstars. This issue's
awf-colored poster of the
ever-popular Gill, THE
CREATURE FROM THE
BLACK LAGOON, was
rendered by Tim Johnson,
who's just turning 18 this April.
A MONSTER TIMES
discovery, Tim is a senior
student at the New York High
School of Art & Design. A
far-better than average new
comic art talent, Tim intends to
gainful employment in the
fiercely competitively world of
comic books, upon his
graduation in June. We wish
him luck, and trust that his
poster for this issue will be a
valuable portfolio piece when
he goes looking for work in
comix.
Tim has been into Fandom
for many years, collecting stills,
comix, and fanzines
(fan-produced magazines), and
has put out some fanzines of his
own, as well as contributing to
many of the better ones. He
prefers comic books and
illustrations to the stuff that's
called Fine Art these days, and
admires the work of such great
cartoonists and illustrators ' as
Jack Davis, Wally Wood, and
Frank Frazetta, hoping some
day to achieve comparable
greatness.
TH E MONSTER TIMES
thinks that Tim Johnson is well
on his way!
Me doing my immortal impersonation of Errol Flynn in CAPT IAN G LUB! People back
then aCQuad me of "Going Hollywood," but they just didn't appreciate my vet'Sitaiity.
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1C©\1P2Z@Jfu
by EDGAR RICE BURROUGHS
TO LOSE

TARZAN, over the years, has been drawn by' more great illustrators than you can shake a No . 3 Winsor·Newton sable inking·brush at. Two of the greatest
are here represented : CLINTON PETEE, who painted the cover of the first pulp serialization of the first novel, TARZAN OF THE APES, back in 1912.
This was pretty fierce action painting, back then . Petee was followed by others, most notably J. Allen St. John and Hal (PR INeE VALIANT) Foster.
BURNE HOGARTH, whose November 11,1941 Sunday TARZAN strip is excerpted above, achieved the most recognition around the world, for his
"old master" approach to action·adventure drawing; tense, dynamic, powerful. European art expert and comic art enthusiasts have had .gallery exhibitions
of Hogarth's TARZAN strips. Now, in comic books, Joe Kubert takes a hand in drawing/writing/and adapting the TARZAN series, for DC. Joe Kubert
is doing TARZAN as Edgar Rice Burroughs wrote him ... as an English lord, who, f inding himself in the jungle, naturally became "Lord of the Jungle."

TARZAN'S WRITER/ARTIST JOE KUBERT TELLS AU


IN AN EXCWSIVE MONSTER TIMES INTERVIEW
EDGAR RICE BURROUGHS, in his long TARZAN: written, edited & drawn by direction the amiable Apeman, as well as adventures than drawing them.
lifetime, populated ttie imaginations of Joe Kubert. comments from DC freelance editor, Introductions were exchanged, and
millions, with strange worlds at the center JOHN CARTER OF MARS : Written Marvin Wolfman, should prove interesting then ...
of the Earth's core (PELLUCIDAR) by Marvin Wolfman, drawn by Murphy to THE MONSTER TIMES' readers.
exotic denizens of ~bled Lost Cities of
Gold (TARZAN, KCj>RAK), strange alien
Anderson.
KORAK - SON OF TARZAN: The Interview
monster races' with f<>ur arms, others with Written by Len Wein, drawn by Frank MT: What is the basic direction you
dinosaur tails and multitudes of bulging Thorne. intend to keep with the TARZAN book?
bug eyes riding pterodactyl ptaxicabs PELLUCIDAR - Written by Len Wein, Wilt you go to the more fantastic realms
(JOHN CARTER OF MARS, CARSON drawn by Allan Weiss. of lost cities, or will you keep it more to
OF VENUS). The menagerie of strange CARSON OF VENUS: Written by Len Jungle adventure?
beasts and creatures and monsters and Wein, drawn by Mik.e Kaluta. KUBERT: The life-blood of any
mammoth, gigantic animals would sink an Astute MT readers may note that cartoon character is change, fantastic
Ark. Messrs. Kaluta, Wein and Wolfman, are change and pacing so that the reader
Now the burgeoning Bunoughs' zoo also contributors to THE MONSTER doesn't know what to expect next. When
comes marching into your merry little TIMES. THE MONSTER TIMES alumnus you ask me where he's going to go, what
mind, out .of the pages of the National makes its mark! he's going to do; "I don't know" other
Periodicals (DC) Comics group. The new National Burroughs books are than that TARZAN will be as he himself
This month, and in the next couple of the news event of comix this year. DC .has was in TARZAN OF THE APES,
months, DC will be premiering a new line acquired permission to adapt anything Burroughs' original conception. In fact,
of ERB comix: TARZAN, KORAK, and ERB ever wrote. Gold Key Comics used the first four issues will be pretty much
TARZAN PRESENTS: EDGAR RICE to handle TARZAN and KORAK, but the taken verbatim from the original
BURROUGHS' WEIRD WORLDS.Of the Edgar R ice Burroughs Estate took them TARZAN OF THE APES. I'm just
various books the WEIRD WORLDS away from Gold Key and handed the winding up that fourth book now. Where
book is the third, incorporating features rights over to DC, solely, it is rumored, A pre-bunled Joe Kubert of 1971 we'll go next, I'm really not sure. It could
originally to be in the first two (and the on the strength of the work of one DC be fantastic adventures, like TARZAN &
arrangement is pretty complicated and so artist, Joe Kubert. We managed to Joe Kubert is a burly, bearded athletic THE LEOPARDMEN. Or perhaps a
won't be gone into here). We will be interview this man in comix news, this middle-aged man, who looks more like completely original story; I don't know.
seeing therein all these various features: week, and his comments about the he'd be participating in Burroughs' high We've a lot of material to choose from.
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c 1972 The Edgar Rice Burroughs Corporation

MT : To clarify for those who only Valiant), back ' in 1920, when the first
know of TARZAN through the TARZAN strip was sold. This was a basic,
Weismuller & other movies, how do you crude kind of an illustration that always
see the original TARZAN? I ured me, enticed me into read ing that
KUBERT: Not as the gr unting kind of strip. And I feel that it had the same
a guy that Weissmuller portrayed him. effect on almost everybody. The crudity
Although, Weissmuller came closer to fit the character and setting so well -
looking like TARZAN than any other well, you call it looseness, I call it trying ,
actor. Physically. But mentally, The Ape to get down to the very basic, simple
Man, as far as Burroughs' description is illustrative qualities that will not slow
concerned, has learned to read English down a story, so that someone who is not
before he can speak it, he's learned to necessarily a comic book buff can enjoy
speak French , then speak English. He's a the story, not obtruding, but enhancing.
rather well -spoken, well-read kind of a MT: Still, there's a powerful
cha racter, not the grunty Weissmuller one draftsmanship involved, as say, the scenes
of "Me TARZAN, you Jane! Him - of TARZAN wrestling a bull-ape, or
Boy!" staving off an attacking lion. Do you keep
MT: There are other attributes to his For awhile, ACE BOOKS put out the TARZAN books, and commissioned just about the in m ind the colorist as you do th is?
character that were skimped upon in the greatest living adventure artist, Frank Frazetta, to render spellbinding color covers and cryptic KUBERT: Looking at these sketches in
movies. A "moral tone" beyond the fronstpiece iIIos, such as this one, from THE BEASTS OF TARZAN. ' black & white is looking at only half the
simple filmed attitudes. How closely can job. I definitely think of coror. The
you keep to this in the comix forma t ? colorist, Tatjana Wood, incidentally, has
KUBE RT: Well, I'm trying to adhere done a terrific job.
to th is as closely as possible, al t hough I MT : From the way the ERB books
feel a lot of the things that Burroughs seem to take well to comix, do you
did, in 1912, are outdated , as our mores suppose Burroughs was a frustrated comic
and morals and ideas have changed rather book writer?
drastically since. For instance, natives. KUBERT: Oh , no , I think that comic
The black men. In the original book they books were probably the f urthest thing
are shown as being forced to go into the from his mind. I think that he was an
interior of Africa because of the adventure writer, and that basically (;OfTl ic
suppression and cruelty of the wh ite books are that kind of a media. His
soldiers who just at that time (1912) were pacing is a little slower in his books. You
beginning to invade the dark continent. couldn't get away with discussions, a
However, in other parts of book he series of balloons"talk-talk" in a comic
described blacks as overly-subservient or book or strip.
overly-cruel themselves, or even bestial, M T: Yes, although his son, John
which I feel are completely out of Burroughs, did draw a comic strip version
context with things as we know and feel of JOHN CARTER OF MARS in the
them toClay. So the moral character of 1930's. And there was a time in his
Tarzan will stay rather closely to the college days that ERB drew editorial
original character that Burroughs gave Rex Maxon drew the TARZAN dailies in the early 30's for awhile, easing the chores of Hal cartoons, and reputedly made sketches of
him, only I'm trying to make it as Foster. He continued drawing the TARZAN daily cOinic strips after Hogarth (preceeding page) all the monster cha racters which appeared
"contemporary" as possible. By that I took over the thrill-dappled TARZAN Sunday color page. in his books, perhaps to give a better idea
don't mean that he's a "Now" character, of them to the illustrator of his novels, J.
or a hip kind of a guy, he's still a rather Allen St. John.
naive kind of a guy who will kill if he's KUBERT: I didn 't know that.
put on the spot but doesn't kill for the WOLFMAN: The thing is though, that
sake of killing. There is one episode in Burroughs didn't mean this to be the
which he learns how unfair, how greedy greatest literature in the world. He was
and cruel the outside world is, and he try i ng to do Pulp Writing. He was
returns to his own African home, influenced by the pulps of the time. He
commenting how the white men outside had sold advertisements fo r some of the
are no better, and in many ways much magazines, and then suddenly decided he
worse than the beasts of the jungle . That could write better stories than were then
the people outside kill because of greed in those magazines.
and cruelty, where animals will rarely kill KUBaRT: I think his greatest weight
for any other reason than to protect their was the fact that he did a terrific action
own domain or for food . His few short story with much imagination, which in
forays into civilization only bring him turn, kind of "turned on" anybody who
back to the place where he was born. A read it.. It kind of gives your imagination
sort of touch-stone. a shove into - oh - about seven million
different directions. His effectiveness is
MT: And so he prefers the jungle, not so much what he has written, but
where he is lord.
what he has instilled in others to write
KUBERT: He is born into a nobility beyond. And that Edgar Rice Burroughs'
that is ingrained in him. Burroughs has set Here is Burne Hogarth's version
worlds were a step-off point.
him up as the kind of a guy who would of TARZAN, Lord of thE! Jungle,
MT: For instance?
be a "lord" regardless of where he f ound grappling with the King of Beasts. KUBERT: ' Ninety-nine and 9/10th's
himself. Simply because he was born of This was drawn a scant per cent of all science fiction writers are
the royal lineage of English nobility. So generation after Clinton Petee's jumping off Burroughs' wing. Pushed to
to that extent he retains that kind of a original TARZAN pulp cover on delve into their own imaginations and
character. He is "lord" of the jungle. He the preceeding page. Who says machinations, impelled by Burroughs .
.would be "lord" of the sewer, if he things don't get better? Most science fiction writers will admit
happened to find himself there. That's
that they're steeped in Burroughs'
what Burroughs built him up as, and
writings.
that's how I'm going to handle him.
WOLFMAN: Practically all the things
MT: How is the relationship with Jane
HYPNOTize" 8Y THE that have been written lately he did in his
going to be handled? I n the first book HORRO~ AND FEROC-
they weren't married ; living together in ITY OF THE SCENE
early books. He had a race of women who
the jungle. eEFORE HER EYES, were using artificial methods to create
THE YOu-.G G IF<'l.. more children.
KUBERT: At this point, I'd rather CANNOT MOVE... AS
have him a bachelor, his affair with Jane THE TWO ?RIM~AL .::::
MT: DO.n't mention that to Women's
in the first book leads him to go to FORCES MEET. .. /N' Lib!
A C'Mn!'sr m 1'NE WOLFMAN: . .. That was in the
America to find her. They' d professed
love to each other in the jungle before
she'd left. The plot gets kind of
P1'A11I! PELLUC I DAR series. JOHN CARTER
influenced those after him. Science
convoluted. She leaves without him. He fiction. Sword and Sorcery; Conan, in
follows her. When they meet in America particular. Everything stemmed from that
he learns she's already been promised to approach.
somebody else, and he, being the noble KUBERT: For instance, FLASH
savage that he is (jerk that he is), says GORDON, which I think is one of the
that he realizes she's already sworn to greatest comic strips of all time, must
have been based on one of the half-dozen
another, and for him to break this up
kinds of characters Burroughs created.
would be a "most ignoble" thing to do.
WOLFMAN: And the BUCK ROGERS
He then steps away from the relationship,
strip, I think, is related very closely to
rather than pulling her away from her
BEYOND THE FURTHEST STAR ...
betrothed, and just steps aside and goes
, back to his apes. another ERB story which we may be
soon adapting. He really set a pace for
MT: That could be a pretty
years to come.
heartbreaking moment in comic books.
MT: How would you sum up your
KUBERT : I cried for three days!
efforts?
(Laughter).
KUBERT: Just to wind this whole
KUBERT : Seriously, I'm going to try
thing up; what Marvin and I are
to make it as dramatic as I possibly can. I
attempting to do, is to go back , get rid of
think it works pretty good.
all the extraneous crud that's been done
MT: One of the first things that strikes and that has kind of dissipated the main
me about your art is that although thrust of the character that I think that
mentally you have a strong conception of Edgar Rice Burroughs had in mind . We' ll
figures and settings you're drawing, you ']0 back to the original concept, and take
keep it very, very loose and open. The Ape Man in 'his raw vitality, and
KUBERT: I am very heavily influenced continue along the original thrust and line
by the first TARZAN sequence, which that Burroughs himself meant for the
was a combination of text and illustration character. I f we can do that, we'll have
by Hal Foster (who later created Prince COMPARISON TIME: The preceeding examples display TARZAN grappling with giant cats, as accomplished what we set out to do. •
drawn by other artists. Here. then Joe Kubert's interpretation of the same subject.
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it's to set you up for the next issle
of THE MONSTER TIMES ... (n
ALL-ZOMBI E ish.
The best part of the Gifford
book (in fact the most of its total
160 pages), is the picture selection. '
At quick count - 160 pictures!
Everyone is well-selected and very
well printed. Every category of
monster is represented. From the
first version of FRANKENSTEIN
and DER GOLEM and
NOSFERATU and DRACULA to
pretty rare and seldom-printed
gems like John Barrymore 's 1920
version of DR. JEKYLL AND MR.
HYDE. Or THE FLY. Or one of the
ALLIGATOR PEOPLE. Or the
BLOOD BEAST TERROR. Or the
animal-made men who constituted
the LOST SOULS on THE ISLAND

ZOMBIES. Jayne Eyre in the West


I ndies' was how Val Lewton
described his production of I
WALKED WITH A ZOMBIE, based
on factual articles by Inez Wallace.
Frances Dee nursed the
sonambulistic wife of planter Tom
Conway, and a tall black zombie
called Carre Four (Darby Jones)
chased James Ellison into the sea.
The scientific creation of zombies
loses the charm of a ·voodoo
ceremony, but, substitutes the
cinematic apparatus of a
laboratory. John Carradine killed
, Veda Ann Borg, then revived her as
a corpse in REVENGE OF THE
ZOMBIES: only Monogram
(Pictures) afficianados cou Id tell
the difference. . ... And so on.
This amounts to one whole fifth of
the chapter on The Zombie. If you
wonder why we quoted so much, The walking corpse who escaped from DOCTOR BLOOD'S COFFIN.
MOVIE MONSTERS
By Dennis Gifford, OF. Or the famous censored scene
Studio Vista/Dutton Picture back, of the FRANKENSTEIN monster
$2.25 hanging Dwight Frye.
A reafly good picture book is a
bargain at most , (we won't be so
crass as to say ANY) price(s). But
We shall write few · words about $2.25 is a Fair deal.
this paperback (Pictureback) book.
There are few (albeit well-chosen)
words in it. What the author has to
say about the dozens upon dozens
of horror and monster films is
always brief and to the point.
Almost epigrammic. Almost as if he
were writing commercials for TV,
Or copy for THE MONSTER
TIMES.
Example:
"Zombies make good soldiers: a
platoon of Cambodian dead
marched through shellfire to

Michael Landon was a TEENAGE WEREWOLF

A note of warn i ng though: The


publishers set 'out to produce a
terrific pix-book . . . and so used
heavy glossy stock for EACH
PAGE .. . paper that is heavier and
sturdier and more receptive of
photogravure than most American
magazine cover paper. Sadly, the
book's COVER is only pasted to
the stitched page folds, and has a
tendency to fall off upon the third
opening of the book . But the
book's so good, you 'll open it a
thousand times . .. so it's bound to
Boris Karloff <IS THE MUMMY.
fall apart. So, if you 're a serious
victory in REVOLT OF THE collector and horrorfilm freak, best
ZOMBIES, and John Drew buy two . One for you to
Barrymore's army of Roman dismantle . .. and one for your
corpses was interestingly if children or grandchildren to
incompetently superimposed in Contrary to popular belief. AI Hedison, NOT Vincent Price played THE FLY ...
someday enjoy asunder.
slow motion in WAR OF THE Mr. Price is rumored to play ~he violin. ' IIC. M. Richards.
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It made history, it really did, that first


annual STAR TREK Con. And "it"
quarters down on the table briskly. He
whizzed by so fast, we didn't have time
didn't- really expect to. The con's to pump any top-drawer Company
promoters, that is, AI Shuster, Joan Secrets from hir:n. We hear that his boss is
Winston, Allan Ashermall, et ai, expected paranoid about such matters. And we
only a chummy little gathering of say, can't really guess' why. We'll have to ask
300 to 400 avid ST afficiandos - 500, the rich -man's Lenny ,Bruce that
tops, and planned their convention sometime.
accordingly, renting only three ballrooms Larry Ivie, editor of MONSTERS &
in the top floor of the Statler Hilton in HEROES magazine, picked up a copy of
New York City, last Jan. 21,22 & 23. TMT, also, saying he read the first issue,
Over 3,500 persons showed up, more even though he dislikes our newspaper
than at any other science fiction and urged us to change to standard mag
convention in the history of this planet. by Gray Morrow format, the way he & everyone else does.
Not counting, of course, guests of Well, ya can't please every competitor.
honor Gene Roddenberry, the series' hlumerous contributors to MT were
producer/writer, and his lovely actress present, also; Mark Frank, Buddy Weiss,
wife, Majel Barret, who played Nurse Berni Wrightson, Marvin Wolfman, Len
Christine Chapel, on the show. Also, ST Wein, Stanley Simon, Gary Gerani, Ron
scriptwriter and guiding light, Dorothy C. Borst, Jim Wnoroski, and Philadelphia's
Fontana, showed up too, and the three of own Steve Vertlieb, who flew in just to
them gave a special guest-lecture to the pick up his advance copy of ish No.2.
well-over 1000 fans who fought tooth & A gala STAR TREK costume ball was
ear to get within earshot for the cherished one of the final festivities and one of the
fan/pro question & answer session which most frequently-attended ones. Dozens of
followed. STAR TREK fans paraded about the
The most frequently -chirruped Grand Ballroom, dressed as the U.S.S.
question was: "I f the series ever could Enterprise crew, as well as some of the
start up again, what could we do to help numerous and picturesque villains and

REVISITED
make it happen?" I ife-forms which appeared on the series in
Answer: Write to all 3 TV networks, its 3-season existence. The costumes ran
folk! DEMAND ST! from humorous to grotesque. One lady
The ST -Con brought from hiding that portrayed a tribble (a fuzz-ball critter).
all-around Renaissance-man (lecturer, SF various persons paraded about as Klingon
author, humorist, scientist, Biblical afld Romulan officers. Mr. Spock was
interpreter, literary expert and
professional lecher). Issac Asimov. Dr. getting ST on the air; selling it to NBC,
. - .
Sol Brodsky, for one, Editor-Publisher
impersonated by at least a dozen fans
(more than half of whom were,strangely
Asimov abdicated his Mysterious back in 1966, when he was a creative of the ' Skywald "horror" comic-mags enough, women. Strange in that Vulcans
Hermitage (located somewhere between director at Desilu Studios. Mr. Katz is PSYCHO and NIGHTMARE, sauntered like Spock are supposed to be totally
the baneful Black Forest and Santa's now a vice-president at CBS-TV. ~. to our table to express his well-wishes, logical creatures). .;"~~
toyshop) to deliver a few sparkling But naturally, the most welcomed and to applaud MT's bold new A convention art room held fOfdisplay
one-liners about Mr. Spock's unique guests at The Con weren't even listed on art-direction, half-seriously (?) asking for and sale many works of STAR
character, as well as to plug some of Dr. the program · ... namely us; THE a loan of our art department. TREK-oriented art, not the least
A's latest literary releases; "Issac MONSTER TIMES staff. We premiered Calvin B. Eck also dropped by to learn impressive of which w~re a batch of
Asimov's Joke Book," "I ssac Asimov's our all-STAR TREK, 2nd great issue just enough about us to try and gain some printed sketches by MT's own Allan
. Annotated Bible" & "The Sensuous Dirty there, a week ahead of scheduled release, publishing tips. Mr. Eck edits and Asherman. Most repros of this sketch,
Old Man." This last he gave credence to to the delight of the many thousands who occasionally publishes a semi-worthy A.A. sold for 25¢ each. But signed
by making numerous passes at the nubile cheerfully forked over the four bits cover competing monster pub called CASTLE reproductions of the same sketch by A.A.
nymphet teen "Trekkies" (girl STAR price. OF FRANKE~SLlME, or something like went for $1.00 each. Bet you didn't
TREK fans) who flowed in abundant Many of MT's staff, editors, publishers, that, and is known for his hilarious know that an Asherman autograph goes
abundance throughout the hotel. writers alike, stood at the MT table in the impersonations of Orson Welles in A for 75~ these days! The inflated price is
With a bit more decorum, veteran SF Hucksters' Trading Room, selling copies TOUCH OF EVIL . because Allan is a MT associate editor,
. author Hal Clement gave a talk on the and answerings thousands of questions, A rather haggard, and otherwise which almost goes w ithout saying.
STAR TREK Universe. Also, Mr. Oscar cheerfully, of course. The view from the overworked-looking Bill Dubay But seriously, the First Annual STAR
Katz told over 1000 rapt listeners of the table was unique, to say the least, (production Ed for the Warren Publishing TREK Convention was such an
many trials and tribulations he and TREK considering some of the notables who Monster line) sped past our table, overwhelming success, that there will
creator Gene Roddenberry suffered in dropped by to buy copies: whisking up a copy~opping two definitely be another one Next Year! •
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Jeff Jones' SUPER HUMAN's soul sifts from substance, sails, soars, slips-up. It sho'
ain't easy being a super hero, competing with so .many muscle-bound morons
gleaned from the bargain basement of Vic Tanny's Gym. One needs a new shtick,
,like maybe mystical day-dreams and paranoiac fantasies and fear of the dark.

BY C.M.RICHARDS

EsquireOgles
Monslerdom
Esquire Magazine finally got hip! sented the adventures of RED-NECK!
Ne knew it would happen sometime. . . . obviously Archie Bunker's fon-
30sh knows Eskie has been trying dest dream; able to beat tall children
1ard enough to' be "with it" for so in a single bound. Armed with only Wrightson's REDNECK rollickingly rides, raids, rips-off and runs. REDNECK bears
ong; ever since Playboy grabbed his fists and a "crime-stopper gre- out his own claims about how hard it is to tell the boys from the girls of this
;heir audience back in the '50's nade" (in the shape of a pop-top long-haired generation. He smacks in the face of a girl. We trust it was an accident
md Marvel Comix arrested the deve- beer can), extremist RED-NECK on REDNECK's part. You know how it is .. .
opment of the college market definitely belongs lumped into the
~squire'd hoped to get in the '60's. "Counter-Culture" mob.
)0 in what appears to be a last- Then there's REDNECK'S counter-
litch attempt to assure itself of part, COMRADE BROTHER, THE " Creature of the Ridiculous" wear- 31 years old. We 'd like t o know
lome segment of the magazine buy- PEOPLE'S HERO, by Ralph Reese. ing the most garish super-hero cos- more of him, as his drawing style
ng public, Eskie (as it's called) has COMRADE BROTHER is a tume ever, brandishing a button is very reminiscent of Will Eisner,
,one Monster Comix mad. . screeching revolutionary who takes labeled "VIVA DADA", and screaming who created THE SPIRIT,
Horror and fantasy comix as much pleasure in killing police- "WHAT HAS REALITY DONE FOR one of the eeriest and most action-
mists Berni Wrightson, Jeff Jones, men as REDNECK enjoys in brea- YOU LATELY?" (The Incre- filled detective comix characters
Mike Ploog, Barry Smith, Ralph king laws and hippies' noses. BUT! dible) PHIZGINK of all time.
Reese and Alan Lee Weiss wrote and sans his two-day growth of beard & was created by artist Alan Lee Weiss.
his beret & his tommygun, slogan- On the more poetic side of the
;hew their own Eskie..commissioned THE RAIDER is Mike
spouting COMRADE BROTHER "Counter-Culture" is the
:!onceptions of Superheros of the Ploog's Satirical superhero spoof; SUPER-HUMAN by Jeff
Seventies. The visions wax from stands revealed as nothing more thanan Mro-American Ralph Super-Nader
a frustrated 3rd-class Madison Jones (whose magnificent horror
,harp satire (anti-establishment, RAIDER who loftily feast GNAWING OBSESSION
md anti-disestablishment), to gro- Avenue copywriter.
declares: "I've had it! I'm graces our pages this ish). Jeff,
tesquely poetic and mystical. All But the fellow who really 0t>e- going to fight injustice, corruption in a very straight (tho we suspect
':leal with the "Counter-Culture" rates the Pop Culture-Counter is and inflation, and the sewer will be tongue-in-cheek). fashion, depicted
the newsmedia always talks to death. PHIZGINK who really works at being my headquarters!" Mr. Ploog was the adventures of a person who del-
Berni, the baneful Wrightson pre- "IN-ane, MUND-ane, INS-ane" a described by Esquire only as being ved in the hair-brained mysticism
The Monster Times page 13

Superhumanredneckedbrothersoldierheroraiderphizg~nx!

Ralph Reese's satire of COMRADE BROTHER, Mike Ploog's tHE RAIDER has a dollar sign on his Alan Weiss' PHIZGINK is truly incredible. As his
who's like so many other "People's Heros" .. . that belt buckle ... a symbol of the cause he fights for! story sez, "He don't know the answers, but he sure
is; semi-literate. They don't know there's a "c" in the , The money we paupers shell out to those who gouge can make you forget the question!" PHIZGINK is
alphabet and spell words like "America" with ,a us on food and rent and public transportation (which about the nobly costumed hero who really is aware
"k" ... no doubt COM. BROTHER's related to the only kings can afford these days). THE RAIDER is he's wearing a costume. He calls himself a creature of
same morons who first spelled "dan" with a "k". one hero we'd support. Maybe we already do! the Ridiculous. Aren't costumed heroes that anyway?

of the "Counter-Culture" ... per- got only himself upon whom to take
fonning that old chestnut of the out his agressions ... and so he
Black Magic shtick, Astral Project- swiftly does. This disqueting
ion; the soul leaves the body ... thought was executed by Barry Smith,
but before it can return, the body the superb sword & sorcery fantasy
dies. Which is Marvel Comix' illustrator of the CONAN
DOCTOR STRANGE Plot Device comic book.
Number Two. Only this time it's sup- As avid MONSTER TIMES
posedly for real. This is Jeff's readers know, some of these horror
subtly satiric comment on the mental artists are already contributors
health state of the "Counter-Cul- to TMT. Others we 'n definitely be
ture's" fun-filled folk. displaying in future issues. And we
Last, but hy far not the least, don't doubt that in no time at all,
is the SOLDIER HERO ... we'll pave acquired work from the
the last soldier on earth. Also,the rest of them. THE MONSTER
last person on earth. But not for , TIMES doesn't consider any
long. With nO,body left to fight, he's other monsterpub to be competition,
cause none of them is in our league.
Excepting perhaps ESQUIRE ...
and we'll soon be out-monstering
them. Just you wait and see. If
Eskie ceases to do horror-monster
articles in the future, it's only
because they couldn't take OUR
competition! And you know that's
true. If it weren't true; we
wouldn't be allowed to say it in a
newspaper!
- Kidding aside, the March ish
of ESQUIRE is well-worth
the dollar it costs, for the 6 full-
color pages of horror-comix artists'
work. Or so this reviewer feels.
Besides, you also get some great
candid shots of Jackie Bouvier-
Kennedy-Onassis-?-Whomever, and a
great quiz on President Nixon.
The March '72 issue of "Eskie" ... Jackie 0, Monster-buff's bonus! We highly
Tricky Dick, Jeff Jones, Berni recommend it!
Wrightson ... not bad for a buck! .C.M. Richards

Barry Smith's SOLDIER HERO struggled since The Start. Slays slew. Ceases. Barry
Smith, master of sword and sorcery comix demonstrates his versatility in portraying
a stylized cinematic science fiction. Barry and the other horror illustrators did
something with-printed form that no movie can hope to do ...
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E=MC2 IS as easy as ABC: Atomics & =Creepy Creatures!

A baneful bestiary of atomic


behemoths bumbles thru our
pretty impressive. Outsized ants
(THEM!), spiders (TARANTULA,
hobbling their way
into your heart ...
brilliant burgeoning pages this issue, THE BLACK SCORPION, THE
Most of the Primal Beast films
as Joe Kane Joekanely pokes fun of " SPIDER); grasshoppers (BE-
were cheap hack jobs and their
GINNING OF THE END); a pray-
the mushroom monsters who
showed up a few millenia too
ing mantis (TH E DEADLY \ monsters unbearably lame . Wj1t"nl"~-__
the paper-mache octopus Bela
MANTIS); dinosaurs (THE GIANT Lugosi keeps caged in his mad
invited by that ghastly ghostly BEHEMOTH, THE BEAST FROM
with the most, your friend and doctor basement in his lamentably
20,000 FATHOMS); and spon- last, and worst, film role (dis-
mine, the ever popular (and taneously-generated weirdos like counting his silent, stock footage
present) "Mr. Atomic Bomb. You the things who turn up in THE appearance in PLAN 9 FROM
know, that fellow with the glowing COSMIC MONSTERS all found OUTER SPACE, a Grade-Z quickie
(j n-the-dark) personality ... well, their ways to the screen during the whose ineptitude reaches previously
here are some of his old-fashioned '50's. The Primal Beast films were untapped depths of film depravity!)
.~

friends ... generally even less imaginative than in BRIDE OF THE MONSTER,
the Human-Mutation types dis- which was alternately called BRIDE •
L ast time I talked about films
that demonstrated what might hap-
cussed last installment. In this genre
t he monster or monsters " are
OF THE ATOM. Or how about the
obviously superimposed back- THE CRAB MONSTERS were the sort of misanthropes you'd only " take to a nice
hatched or re-awakened; they place ... once!
pen (as seen through the Holly- projection spider who, by stepping
stomp the local yokels; they are, in on the local movie house (unfo-
wood eye) when muddled man and turn, destroyed " The Primal Beast hand takes an axe and does a Carrie Fog Hom" and scripted by Lou
rtunately the wrong one), provides thing they do after getting them-
monstrous mushroom mixed - Nation number on some confused Morheim and Fred Friebarger (the
usually with disastrous results (the a convenient outlet for adolescent selves oriented is to crash a pajama
party inhabited by a bunch of locals, and, to wind it all up, the producer who didn't save STAR
mixture, that is, not my article.). aggression in AlP's THE SPIDER. "alien intelligence" transplants
bubble-brained beach girls and de- TREK), Lourie managed to estab-
All too often the results were artis- Or the shapeless mass of seaweed itself into the brain of a small
vour the whole lot - one of film- lish a powerful mood in the film,
tically disastrous as well. In this with the huge eye in its center who desert rodent who is promptly combining " his models and special
installment, I'd like to talk about hassles the crew of THE ATOMIC dom's greatest camp achievements. swooped into the sky by an
THE BEAST WITH 1,000,000 effects with a conventional script to
another species of mushroom SUBMARINE. And if you think American eagle! Talk about a deus convey a feeling of stark fantasy.
monster - the Prehistoric Me- EYES, a 1956 winner produced by ex machina! Talk about fantasy!
some of those are bad, pick up on
nagerie re-awakened by nuclear Roger Corman and directed by an The American "Bald" Eagle has just
energy in the 50's and 60's to some of the following titles when unsung worthy named David The Colossus Rhedosaurul
they hit your TV screen: tasty about become extinct, due to pollu-
embark on a mission of primal Kramarsky, saved money in the tion & insecticides, which keep its An archetypical (that critic-tdl
l'f"Venge. items like THE ATTACK OF THE special effects department by for "classic") film of this genre.
egg shells from hardening. A true-
CRAB MONSTERS, BEACH having real animals go berserk and life horror story! BEAST, begins with an atomically-
illYoke a monster GIRLS AND THE MONSTERS, attack a group of actors who, ad- But, back at the bestiary, Holly- induced awakening of an ancient
.. your digestion
This subgenre (which I will term THE BEAST FROM 20,000 FATHOMS was an overbearing sort of a beast.
" The Bestial-Invocation Film - some
r
fancy phrasing, that proved to be
very popular, not only in this
country but in Japan as well.
Rooted in the myth that nature's
will is ultimately stron than
man's, and that the "h-1H1'D'1

or: The Day The World "


Ended & Ended Part 3
Hollywood tradition, studio film- the Jekyll-Hyde idea that said
makers found a basic fundamental energy is a force that could poten-
formula for this kind of film and tially be used for survival as well as Doutless mistake for 15th Century foot-soldier,
repeated it ad infinitum or ad for suicide) or through a return to THE HORROR OF PARTY' BE"ACH made
nauseum, whichever came first. If more traditional means, like fire " waves when imited to the party by an undersea
atomic detonation. . .
memory serves, it was the latter. (showing a reaction against tech-
REPTILICUS was something unique... a So the formula they developed nology - "See, with all the genius type monsters depended too THE GIANT LEECHES - not to mittedly, deserved no better fate. wood was turning out fIlms of Rhedosaurus frozen m the Arctic
Scandinavian dinosaur.
usually entailed an atomic blast that went into the harnessing nu- heavily on sheer size and special forget THE HORROR OF PARTY Although technically outside the occasional quality, films like War- ice. After offing a few local folk, it
the twain can take place on a (more disturbing the lair (a mountain vol- clear energy all it did was bring Hell effects like those awkward back- BEACH - a real live number about realm of the nuclear film (the ner Brothers' THE BEAST FROM stumbles back to its ancestral
or less) conscious level, these films cano, or shelter on the ocean floor) down upon our heads and in the "projection techniques and the human remains lying on the ocean animals are influenced not by radio- 20,000 FATHOMS - which ranks breeding grounds (which happen to
involve a resurrection of the Primal of a long-sleeping prehistoric beast end it was a simple thing like fire obvious miniature models. Also activity but by an "alien intelli- as one of the better efforts in the lie right off the coast of New York
floel coming to life in the form of City!), rumbles with the urban pop-
Beast - the dinosaur and its (e.g., THE BEAST FROM 20,000 (or water or whatever) that saved these films posed the question, gence"), this rarely-screened gem Primal Beast genre. French director
walking fish-monsters after chem- merits mention for its sheer weird- Eugene Lourie, a former art di- ulace, smiles at his pork dinner (he
grotesque brethren - as an instru- FATHOMS), or has the fallout con- us, dig?"). It was a simplistic means "How will it be destroyed?" while ical waste material had been inad-
ment of Nature's punishment for taminate and magnify and/or mul- of revoking the dangers of nuclear the Human-Mutation films only ness. In it a cow goes crazy and rector for Jean Renoir and Rene eats a meddling cop), steps on
vertently dumped on their "heads". brutalizes its owner. An Alsatian Clair and a collaborator with Sacha heads and infects attackers with
our nuclear abuse, capable of cata- tiply a once-normal animal or insect misuse, and one which was re- asked, "What can happen to a man But these beach monsters adapt to
pulting man all the way back into (ala THEM!). The nuclear misbe- peated, as I've mentioned, over and once he has been touched and dog freaks out and stalks a middle- Guitry, was assigned the handling special germs, before being trapped
the iron chops of primitive struggle gotten are then usually destroyed over again. Anyway, the range of the California culture with re- class home in search of something of that particular fIlm. Based on a in the Manhattan " Beach Amuse- "
contaminated by the devil's paw o~
and brutal daily survival. In the true either by nuclear energy (stressing revived and magnified monsters was radioactivity? " markable ease. In fact, the first to kill. A mentally retarded farm- Ray BradbUry story called "The Continued on page 2S
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A SpQQK-OF-
THE-MONTH CLUB
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by M.G. BRUNAS
Humphrey Bogart was a vampire! At least
in the science-fiction horror film , THE
RETURN OF DR. X, his only monster
flick_ And it was TERRIBLE! How he
came to play in it rs a great mystery.
Perhaps his agent had a grudge against
him. Perhaps he slugged Warner Brothers'
mogul, Jack L Warner . Perhaps he w s
drunk when he signed the contract.
Perhaps .. . ah, but we shall never know.
In any case, he had his face sloppily
gunked up with greasepaint, and a weird
electric streak of white paint striped
across his hairline so he resembled an
undead skunk_
THE RETURN OF DR. X was a sequel Storrin.
to an earlier (and better) Warner Brothers WAYNE
opus, DR. X.

he couldn't Return
MORRIS 'r•• ented by WARNEI BIOS_, with

John Litelelya lys


ROSEMARY
from whence he came \\.
In case your memory of DR. X is dim,
suffice to say that it dealt with a
LANE Dir.cted by VINCENT SHERMAN
A Warner Bra •. -First National 'idure
5< ..... 'loy by loo K.tz • Fr..... Story by
HUMPHREY Willio", J . M.ld"

one-handed scientist (Preston Foster) of


the sinister and slightly deranged variety
who concocts a formula for synthetic
BOGART A SPG>G>K-OF-
DENNIS THE -MONTH CLUB
flesh which the good doctor happily coats
'himself for the purpose of killing off
unsuspecting victims. Naturally the fiend
MORGAN 9~

is done in by the last reel of the movie by


a reporter, Lee Tracy, who ignites him
with a kerosene lamp.
The return opens with a bumbling
reporter, Walt Garrett, arriving at a swank
New York hotel to interview actress
Angela Morrova (Lya Lys) but instead
finds her knifed body sprawled on the
floor. He promptly rings up the
authorities telling them that there is no
trace of the killer, but he found the
actress' pet monkey ("No one is here , ,
ys Monster film!
except the monkey and he couldn't have
dun-it"). But when the police arrive the
body has disappeared, however, the next
day Merrova re-appears alive and
disclaims Garrett's story_

a ~ience-created vampire monster movie (and almost his career!). shrewdly commented that the part should leaves. And if you can't have fun
Garrett now joins forces with his have gone to Boris Karloff or Bela Lugosi . watching horror movies, where can you?
doctor friend, Mike Rhodes (Morgan), His make-up doesn't give the illusion of
and they trace the case to the laboratory terror, but rather makes us think that we trust The Critics . . ~
of a noted hemotologist, Dr. Francis are watching Sam Spade at a grotesque "Patterned after FRANKENSTEIN,
Flegg (played by John Liel) who Halloween party_The rest of the cast the daddy of horror films, THE RETURN
confesses that he has almost succeeded in doesn't fare much better reading off OF DR. X deals in shocks rather than
synthesizing human blood not to mention pages of witless dialogue, but they mystery, although there is enough of the
that he has resurrected the corpse of a Dr. weren't as fortunate as Bogie who at least latter to provide abundant suspense until
Maurice Xavier (Bogart) who was hid his face under all of that make-up. light is thrown on the weird experiments
executed for murdering a child . But However , despite the many of an egomaniac.
science-created Vampire Xavier can only shortcomings in the film, which by the The first part is extremely well-done,
stay alive with a constant supply of a very Bogey's Boogey-Man! way, only runs a mere sixty-two minutes, and will have you jumping out of your
rare type of blood which he obtains by it is a hard movie not to enjoy. After all it skin. But after the strange case of Dr.
killing people known to have that blood "A stinkin' pitcher" ... Bogey was by Warner Bro.thers (those wonderful Quesne is cleared up the suspense falls
type. Flegg managed to bring one of Humphrey Bogart, being a man of folks who brought you Bugs Bunny) and flat while you're waiting fOT the
Xavier's victims back to life, Angela taste, once panned THE RET URN it bears the gloss and fervourous spirit of inevitable ending. THE RETURN OF DR.
Merrova, but only for a limited period of OF DR. X in an Interview as "a stinkin' movie-making that the studio skillfully X deserves another good word. The
time. picture" and one for which he felt the conveyed in (even their most disasterous releiving bits of comedy are deftly done
Before Rhodes and Garrett can get to urge to ask Jack Warner for more bread, stinkeroos!) which gave their products a and in very good taste for this sort of
the police, Xavier murders Flegg. The probably because of the hardship he pulsating personality. It · isn't such a film. You'll get YOW thrills from the
police gun down Xavier as he tries to endured suffocating under a layer of terrible flick that it isn't fun to watch picture even if it is an anemic copy of the
make a pretty nurse (Rosemary Lane) dried greasepaint which looked ready to even if you take your horror thrillers as red-blooded FRANKENSTEIN.
one of h~s victilll$. This ends Bogey's only faU off his face in the movie. Bogie also .seriously as the Mummy takes his tanna **~-THE DAilY NEW$
The Monster Times page 19

AS HIS COFFIN WAS LAID TO REST, HIS SCREAMED -!.' I AM NOT DEAD!"

Last issue, our prolific pounder of torment on his face, as if he were more

ROGER CORMAN
of the pulpy typewriters (our concerned about getting a head cold
typing machine keys are made from rather than being haunted by the
fingertips of dead children, you shattering prospect of being buried alive.
Also, since it is a surface film, it fails to
know) Joe Kane covered HOUSE
01 USHER and PIT & THE
PENDULUM. Now he lovingly meets give any indication that there might be
something behind that surface. Corman's
attempts to jnstill a few moody effects
vivisects Poe-interpreter Roger into the film are as trite and transparent
Corman's next three films; as any trick ever pulled from his
PREMATURE BURIAL, TALES well-worn sleeve. For all the frantic
OF TERROR & THE RAVEN. pumping of the perennial AlP fog
So we now witness witless machine, the whistling of "Molly
degeneration of the series before Malone" by the scuzzy scavengers of the
our very eyes, our claim supported grave who lurk about the screen
by photographic evidence. We begin throughout, and the cobwebbed descents
into the family crypt, the film is so
with PR EMATURE BURIAL,
mechanical in its approach that all the
which, as Poe-ish Joe once audience can do is nod their collective
crypt-ically quipped; "Contrarily, head in acknowledgement as each pre-fab
PREMATURE BURIAL couldn't piece of horror film cliche is meticulously
be buried fast enough". Let us see fitted into place and to try to keep said
why ... head from falling into their collective lap
from sheer ennui (boredom).
PREMATURE BURIAL had the fatal feel On the plus side (there's usually
of programmed horror to it ; and something on the plus side in every
programmed horror is something that Corman film) is Floyd Crosby's vivid
color photography and one extended
seq uence- where Milland has a nightmare
fantasy of being buried alive in his
specially constructed tomb, one equipped
with elaborate escape devices designed
. with that possibility in mind. Even this
scene, however, as one by one Milland's
means of escape fail him and even the cup
of poison entombed with him to shorten
his suffering is overrun with graveyard
worms , does not exploit fully the
terrifying potential of such a prospect.
Only the cup of worms detail succeeds in

PARTT~O
BY JOE KANE adding a touch of genuine horror to the
proceedings.
Continued on page 22

only works when it fails completely,


when it is so bad that it becomes funny,
descends to the level of Camp ; a
dubious kind of success at best.
PREMATURE BURIAL is not even liTHE PREMATURE BURIAL" (the story)
funny. Instead it is usually painful to In the 1860's in London, in a neglected public graveyard, Dr. Gideon Gault
watch and, worse than that, boring. (ALAN NAPIER) and medical students, Guy Carrell (RAY MILLAND)
and Miles Archt:r (RICHARD NEY) are engrossed in the labors of two grave-
The slick programmed feel of diggers, Sweeney (JOHN DIERKES) and Mole (RICHARD MILLER), who
PREMA TURE BURIAL serves as a are busy uncovering a coffin in the grave.
distancing effect, an effect that turns our Sweeney passes up the coffin lid and on the underside are seen a series of
attention away from the film and towards long bloody trails, the frantic efforts of an imprisoned person to gain freedom.
The corpse itself offers complete evidence that the person had been buried
God knows what - that's . ·up to the alive. 'rite sight overcomes Guy and he shuts himself away from the world.
individual viewer (I, for one, lapsed into a His bride-to-be, Emily Gault (HAZEL COURT), daughter of Dr. Gault,
depressing fantasy in which I was being visits Guy to discover why he has called off the wedding plans and gone into
seclusion. She is greeted at the door by his sister Kate Carrell (HEATHER
buried alive in an old movie house where ANGEL). Guy explains the strange circumstances under which each of his an-
I was forced to watch PREMATURE cestors met their untimely demise. This, and the fear of being buried alive, is
BURIAL through the endless hours of his reason for the wedding postponement. Emily dissuades him and, despite
the objections of Kate, Guy and Emily decide to marry.
eternity). Miles soon visits the Carrell household and finds Guy is acting strangely.
Since the marriage, Guy's obsession about being buried alive has resulted in his·
With PREMATURE BURIAL, as with building a tomb. Within, he has built every possible escape device so that
others of the Poe-Corman efforts, you are should he ever be mistaken for dead, he would be able to free himself.
all too aware that you are watching a Miles insists that Guy can never be free of his fears until he opens the family
crypt and sees for himself that his father was not buried alive, but the corpse
movie and with horror films particularly, is found as if it had been. It falls against Guy and he collapses as though dead.
it is essential to forget that fact, and He is declared dead and buried alive, unbeknownst to his family.
"willingly suspend disbelief." The only After the interment, Sweeney and Mole open the grave to steal Guy's body.
When they lift off the lid, Guy is freed and destroys them. He goes to Dr.
way you could possibly forget that fact in Gault who had intended using his body for scientific experimentation, kills
this case would be to walk out of the him and goes on to Emily. He binds her and throws her alive into the grave.
theater, into a world far more interesting Miles discovers Dr. Gault's body and the disappearance of Emily and heads
for the graveyard where he and Guy engage in a fierce battle. A shot rings out
and terrifying than the one Corman is and Guy slumps to the ground, killed by a bullet from Kate's gun. She had
showing you. known all along that it was Emily who was using various devices to bring on
Guy's attack through his fear of premature burial.
Part of the failure of PREMATURE
BURIAL can be attributed to some limp,
uninspired performances, especiiillY the
one turned in by star Ray Milland.
Ray Milland sighs Throughout the seemingly interminable
. With· big bland eyes
At h~ BURIAL's ·
duration of the film, Milland grimaces
Coffin carry-all ... with an expression of annoyance instead
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ROGER
CORMAN "Who let Soupy Sales
MEETS on the set?"
EDG--R
ALLAN
POE Continued
from page 19

TALES OF TERROR Roger's next


foray into the oft-trod turf of Edgar
Allan Poe's grave , fared a bit better.
Comprised of tli.ree short episodes of
roughly 30 minutes duration , the film
had a unity and a mu ch tighter
construction (partially due to the brevity
of the individual segments) than
PREMATURE BURIAL. Of course, Poe's
material gets mangled again after being
run through the AlP movie machine, but
T ALES OF TERROR manages to work

liT ALES OF TERROR" (the story)


"MORELLA"
Locke (VINCENT PRICE) has lived as a hennit for 26 years, mourning
the death of his wife, Morella (LEONA GAGE) soon after the birth of their
only child. Blamed for her death, the child, Lenora (MAGGIE PIERCE)
~ was sent away. Aged 26, she returns to her decay-ridden home hoping her
father will explain her rejection. Dismayed at her reappearance, however, he
refuses a reconciliation.
Forced to stay overnight at the deserted house, Lenora explores the rooms
and discovers her mother's bedroom with Morella's body still on the bed,
mummified. Locke enters and orders Lenora out, then reveals that he and her
mother thought the girl responsible for her death. This revelation breaks the
barrier between father and daughter.
That night, Morella's tortured spirit rises from its corpse and possesses
Lenora. Her screams rouse Locke who finds her dead. As he mourns her, the
covered body shows signs of life. Under the sheet, however, lies Morella-back
from the dead. Locke rushes to his wife's bedroom and sees to his horror that
Lenora's body is there, apparently dead for 26 years. When Morella follows
him and announces that she has returned to avenge herself, the terrified Locke
drops his candle and as Morella strangles him, flames consume the bodies,
.living and dead. .
"THE BLACK CAT"
Montresor (PETER LORRE), who drinks to excess and has a foul temper,
prefers alcohol to his long-suffering wife, Annabel (JOYCE JAMESON),
"... and there was a woman of simple tastes and a simple mind. Given no love or attention by
an oozing liquid her spouse, she transfers her affections to her black cat, Pluto.
On one of his drunken excursions, Montresor is beferiended by Fortunato
putrescence (VINCENT PRICE) , a wine-taster who carries him home when he falls into
The horrible slimy "putrescence" a .stupor. Fortunato and Annabel are mutually attracted and enter into a love
in the ad was only wax-drippy 01' ... all that affair. When Montresor finds out, the effrontery to his pride leads him to plot
Vincent Price, pie-in-the-face·eYed. remained of the murder of the two lovers.
He uses Fortunato's love of Amontillado wine to drug him and entombs
Mr. Valdemar." him and Annabel alive behind the cellar wall. Believing that he has committed
pretty well on its own terms, if you are the perfect crime, Montresor lets the police inspect the cellar, only to be dis-
willing to forgive Corman's exercise of his covered when the black cat, accidentally trapped in the tomb starts wailing.
only semi-poetic license. With a cast
"THE CASE OF M. VALDEMAR"
headed by Basil Rathbone, Peter Lorre,
and Vincent Price, it would seem pretty An old man, M. Valdemar (VINCENT PRICE) is tom by the pain of a
fatal ailment. He asks M. Cannichael (BASIL RATHBONE), an unscrupu-
tough NOT to make an entertaining lous mesmerist, to ease his pain, despite the opposition of Dr. Elliot James
mOVie, although we all know only too Cat episode but was actually lifted from
(DA VID FRANKHAM). Through this difficult period, M. Valdemar's young
Poe's "The Cask of Amontillado." But wife Helene (DEBRA PAGET), sticks to her husband faithfully, though in
well that such a feat has been
Corman and screenwriter Richard love with the young doctor. Cannichael has designs upon Helene, however,
accomplished time and again (witness and when Valdemar is dying, the mesmerist strikes a strange bargain with him.
Matheson had performed similar juggling
Rathbone in THE BLACK SLEEP and He agrees to put him under his spell at the end to see if mesmerism can fore-
feats before and this time they took stall death itself.
Price in the Poe-Corman PIT AND THE
elements from both "The Black Cat" and Over the protests of Dr. James, Cannichael succeeds in holding Valdemar
PENDULUM). in a tortured nether-life. When this trance continues for months and the old
''The Cask of Amontillado" blending
The three episodes were based on a trio man "tarts to speak in agony from nether-world, Cannichael exhorts Valdemar
them into a single story which, for all its to command Helene to give up Dr. James and marry him. To end her husband's
of Poe tales - "Morella," ''The Black
infidelity, was still entertaining. A tighter torture and give him the peace of death, Helene agrees. However, Valdemar
Cat" (previously butchered by Universal stirs and rises from his deathbed to envelop the evil Cannichael, who dies from
framework and a more generous
in the Karloff-Lugosi vehicle of 1934 fright. The hypnotic spell lifted, all that remains of Valdemar is a liquid putre-
allowance from AlP mini-moguls also sence enveloping the mesmerist's body.
which, beyond the purloined title, then
contributed to the film's success.
bore no resemblance to Poe), and "The
Most impressive of Corman's Poe
Strange Case of M. Valdemar." Corman
adaptations are the sets, designed by
incorporated a feeling of circus-like
Daniel Haller. In an interview appearing
horror into the proceedings reminiscent
in Canadian film magazine TAKE ONE
of a tamer and less ambitious version of When I went to 20th Century Fox it was reasonable, bring it out to here.' And I
FellinL Juicy scenes of Price's face Corman spoke at length about Haller's think he was totally correct, because they
really a surprise: all these draftsmen, and
disintegrating before your very eyes, of uncanny talent for creating got themselves so wound up in the studio
these guys are drawing things out and the
Price playing with Peter Lorre's severed extravagant-looking sets on Ii miniscule in such needless detail on sets. You
sketch artists and everything else. Dan
head, and of Price being entombed budget: know: 'This wall is going to be 35 feet,
used to walk out on the set and he'd,take
behind a brick wall enlivened the film and "We would discuss the sets and Dan a piece of chalk, make a mark, and say, 14 inches.' It means nothing whatsoever
added to the overall fun. The brick wall would kind of sketch them out on a 'Start it about here.' Then he'd walk out in a motion picture. The set will change
scene was i. cluded as part of the Black napkin at lunch, and that would be it. about 15 feet and say, 'Well that looks with every lens you use anyway."
The Monster Times page 23

offspring was a dull programmer called


THE TERROR. Years later Corman
turned over several minutes of footage
from that film over to Peter Bogdanovich
(in his pre-LAST PICTURE SHOW days),
who incorporated it into his first film,
TARGETS, starring Boris Karloff as
elderly horror star Byron Orlock (like
Corman before him, Bogdonavich also
had Boris only for a couple of days).
Scenes from THE TERROR, a film
fashioned from the remains of THE
RA VEN remember, appears on a drive-in
"gnm,
· ghastly, movie screen in T ARG ETS!

• Editor's Note:
OlRlftOUS ... The moral from all this which ' we can
glean, horror hipsters and menacing

BIRD or mites, is that we can always trust


American International Pictures to turn a
bad penny into a fast buck. When THE
DEVIL! RA VEN was made, Boris Karloff was
very aged, and

thing of evil.. :'

Literally. His. legs had just about given


out on him, and he frequently collapsed
in his wheelchair after every take. He was
in very ill health, yet he was such a "pro"
... a trouper ... that the film came in
three days ahead of schedule. And he was
such a "pro" (and a gentleman) that,-even
in his very fragile health, he consented to
do THE TERROR in three days,
respecting the contract with Corman and
the other AlP greedy~uts, obviously
more than they respected Boris Karloff,
or his ill-health. No doubt this incident
probably prompted Karloff, the King of
Horror, to say of Roger Corman's
Poe-films; "Poor Poe; the things they did
to him when he wasn't around to defend
himself!"
_Continued next issue

'THe liTHE RAYEN I I (the story)


"The Raven" tells of three sorcerers in Fifteenth Century England-a primi-
tive time ruled by magic, fear and superstition. One sorcerer, Dr. Erasmus
Craven (VINCENT PRICE), has been inactive since the apparent death of
his wife, Lenore (HAZEL COURT) and with his daughter Estelle (OLIVE
Like the Karloff-Lugosi quickie of THE RAVEN gives the trio free reign to STURGESS) still mourns her loss. One night he is startled by the appearance
1935, ehrman's THE RAVEN had camp it up and they do look like they of a talking raven at his window and learns that it is a fellow magician, Dr.
Bedlo (PETER LORRE) who has been made into the bird for daring to chal-
nothing at all to do with Poe's poem of were having a fine old time of it all. lenge the power of Master Sorcerer, Dr. Scarabus (BORIS KARLOFF).
the same name, outside of the Unfortunately, Corman's flair for When Dr. Bedlo regains his human form, he tells of seeing a woman resem-
ironically-intended incidental presence of obvious jokes, strained sight gags, and bling Lenore at Scarabus' castle and enlists Craven's aid in gaining revenge.
Bedlo and Craven, together with Estelle and Rexford, Bedlo's son (JACK
a raven perched on Karloffs shoulders. tired low-key attempts at humor show NICHOLSON), journey to Scarabus' castle and arrive safely despite mysteri-
Teaming veteran horror superstars Boris through too often and flaw what might ous interruptions which peril the entire party. Dr. Scarabus greets them as a
Karloff, Peter Lorre, and Vincent Price as have been a much smoother film. But disarmingly charming host and at a lavish dinner banquet pays tribute to
Craven's magic and allays suspicion about Lenore. However, we soon learn
a trio of black magicians locked in an there are just too many · broad swipes of that Scarabus is really scheming to learn the secrets of Craven's special and
elaborate duel, trying to outdo each other his heavy hand that prevent the film's long inactive magical powers.
(not only as wizards, but as actors as moving at a steadier pace. The mystery further unravels when Craven's late wife Lenore appears on the
scene-very much alive. She had tricked Craven into believing her dead .so she
well) and generally hamming it up in a A typical AlP history surrounds the could desert her husband and daughter for the comforts of Scarabus' wealth
spirit of pure fun, no seriousness making of this film. When Corman and power. It was Lenore who tried to prevent the party from coming to
intended, the film works primarily managed to bring the film in ahead of Scarabus' castle in an effort to protect her scheme. Now Scarabus admits his
evil designs and imprisons Craven, Bedlo, Estelle and Rexford, threatening to
because it allows the three horror film schedule and discovered that he had torture the girl unless her father reveals the secrets of his magical powers.
titans an opportunity to kid themselves, Karloff under contract for three more When Scarabus, in a rage, once more changes Berlo into a bird, the Raven
each other, and the type of film that days, he hastily rearranged the RAVEN cuts Craven's bonds, enabling him to engage Scarabus in a fantastic duel of
made them famous. Refreshingly magic, each pitting the full extent of his power agaitlst ·the other in a fight to
set, had a script knocked out literally the finish.
unpretentious, and sprinkled with several overnight, and another quickie rose
clever bits and imaginative special effects, from the ashes of THE RAVEN. The
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With Godzilla, Rodan, Gammera, Mothra


and the Green Slime.
Memories, wewill surely keep,
And remember them well,
Even when, the time will come
When we're all fast asleep

And we all, will be thankful for this,


That we cry, and we shake and we scream
And know, when the time has COME!
To dream , the most horrible DRE;AM!

You know, Ron, that new lyric could


become a hit record ... but we can't
think of anyone who'd have the courage
to hit it. Readers may find interesting the
monster pasted onto Ron's envelope ,
which , amazingly enough, arrived in good
condition. What's even more amazing, is
that the stamp on Ron's letter didn't get
cancelled. Somebody "down there" (in
the Postal Department) must like us ...
enough to contribute stamps to our
cause. Readers are encouraged to write
monster song lyrics like Ron's. If they are
as good and we get enough of them, we
may run a special pageful of them, some
time.
HE & WE LIKE EVERYTHING!
A MODEL MISTAKE
Dear Monsters:
I am hoping that you will run a letter Dear Sirs,
column in future issues, so I will tell you I was extremely impressed with issue
a little about myself. No. 2 of THE MONSTER TIMES and
In your ad in ERBdom you mentioned would like to take this opportunity to
all of the things that I collected; AMAZ- express thanks for the gracious mention
ING! Your publication is the first to of my models and equipment.
cover all the fields that I am interested in. There were a , couple of items that
Comics, Large-size Horror Comics, SF someone must have mis-informed Chuck
Books & Magazines, Pulps, Original and McNaughton about. The text gave the
print art, EVERYTHING! impression that I had built the ENTER-
THANKX. PRISE that was pictuntd; I didn't, that
Sincerely yours, was the model actually used in 'THE
"Tales From the Crypt" CAGE' and 'REQUIEM FOR ME-
Metromedia Producers Corporation presents An Amicus Production Sean P. Kendall
starring Joan Collins · Peter Cushing · Roy Dotrice . Richard Greene· Ian Hendry THUSALA'. Also, the craft I built pic-
San Jose, Ca.
Patrick Magee · Barbara Murray· Nigel Patrick · Robin Phillips and Sir Ralph Richardson tured in the lower left hand corner of the
~Screenplay by Milton Subotsky' Produced by Max J . Rosenberg and Mitton Subotsky ~'ROM You're welKong, Sean. article was the ROMULAN, not the
~ . Executive Producer Charles Fries· Directed by Freddie Francis .V~:~~:SING
KLINGON. Also, if you ever want a

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better picture of the shuttle craft model,
NEW IENf/ TWINS 2'"/1/1 MURRAY HILL I R.F . ... REALLY FRIGHTFUL take a picture of the second one, now in
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Dear people at Monster Times, Allan Asherman's collection. (A shot of it
I've just bought the 1st & 2nd editions is enclosed.) The lines are more out-
of your newspaper and loved them. My standing and it won't require retouching.
name is Ronald Fleischer. My initials are Thanks to Chuyk also for suggesting to
R.F., so all my friends call me Rat Fink. I the fans to write to AMT in hopes of
couldn't survive without monsters. I getting a shuttlecraft made. They refused
made spook-shows & showed Bmm . films my repeated requests (that's w!\at got me
started on the models) but they at least

RECORD DEPT.
on monsters. I buy every model that
comes out on monsters. All I think is sent me enough decals to finish another
. shuttle craft or two. I will try again,
emphasizing how fast the ENTERPRISE
models sold at the Can.
Thanks, and BE SEEING YOU!
EDGAR ALLEN POE TALES OF TER- thousands of American homes from
Rich Van Treuren
ROR, Read By Nelson Olmstead, Van- 1939-49. He was a pretty big celeb, but
guard Records, VRS 9007. Price about listening only to his work with Poe, one
Yes, Rich, someone misinformed
$4_95 wonders why. But listening to a com-
Chuck McNaughton about the ship; the
panion album, SLEEP NO MORE!
fellow who exhibited it at the STAR

"'....
Vanguard hasn't let loose a re-issue of this FAMOUS GHOST AND HORROR
TREK-CON. But no matter. What's a
oldie but moldy for a few years nqw, but STORIES (to be reviewed another issue).
'"", ;>" • letters page for, but to cop to goofs in
copies of it are still to be dregged from one can understand why. Poe's writings
the Spoken Word sections of most large don't take well to the overly emotive '. ~.•. \ .. . preceeding issues? Good look with AMT.
metropolitan record stores. Generally for hamming of Olmstead. They are written ~t&.~~
about $4.95, this record can be yours, for in a subtle descriptive prose rich in Ron Fleischer
WANTED: JAPANESE MONSTERS!
what it's worth . language-quirks and rhythms, and able to monsters. I saw every Horror Movie, on
It's really grim, the way there's little cast glimmers of queasy horror and stage, in the movies, or on T.V. I used to
Dear Sirs:
good horror and monster and science hidden spectral mysteries on the insweep buy junky magazines until your news-
of the palsy-shaken turn of phrase ... the paper came out. It's fantastic! I think the Monster Times is the best
fiction stuff available in records, and so
words are in themselves dramatic enough, T a show how much I love monsters I newspaper on monsters in New York, and
much stuff glutting the record stalls, now,
that masquerades as music (I won't name mellowly so, and call more for a calm wrote a song, all about monsters, to the I really like the article on the Sci-Fi
any particular type, for we all feel any mellifluous-to-sonorous reading voice .. : tune of (The Man of La Mancha's) "The picture "Them". But I wish you could
music but our own favorite stuff is a a shell-shocked numbed voice laden with Impossible Dream". (I'm only 12.) I want put some more Sci-Fi articles in the
charade). Maybe with "American Pie" stunned foreknowledge of the terr ifying to ask you to do me the favor of printing Monster Times. Like some Japanese
tricking everyone into hypnotically inevitable . .. but NOT the hysterical this song in one of your papers. monsters . I have never seen Toho monster
chanting that catchy tuneful lyric, histrionics of Nelson Olmstead. Not on Your fiend, articles in Monster Magazines. Like
"This'll be the day that I die!" the mood Poe! Ronald Fleischer
Godzilla, Rodan, Mothra , Barugan,
might be set for a mass-revival of interest Yet, there are probably many who will P.S . Don't forget to read the song.
P.S.S. I'm also enclosing my picture. Gamera and others. I hope I find Toho
in that writer who died a thousand deaths disagree with me, or say that Olmstead's
TALES OF TERROR are Great Camp, or monsters in one of your issues. Thank
(even before Roger Corman came along). you.
in his writings and in tragic real Iife, the something like that. Well, you can't have "THE MOST HORRIBLE DREAM" Yours Truly ,
ever-popular (and ever dying) late, great your camp and read it, too. There are To The Tune of "The Impossible Dream"
Miguel Ramos
Edgar Allen Poe. many subtle mental horrors to Poe's
writing that are better read and not To dream , the most horrible dream New York City
Olmstead edited and read the six heard. I'll take a book, any day. If it's To see, the most horrible sight
stories on the record in a manner which, Poe. Olmstead reading Agnew or Martha To live, in a cave with Godzilla! Very soon, Miguel, we will be doing a
if Poe could hear them, would probably Mitchell is a Horror record I might well Where man, cannot live without fright super article on the life of GODZILLA
make him die again. For editing the invest smother $4.95 in ... but not too (as told by himself). Watch for it in issue
stories down to listenable 8-minute seg· soon. Only when they've been gone from Rodan , in the air flying high NO .7! Here's Toho your health!
ments, Olmstead did very well, and the scene for about as long as old Edgar With Mothra, flying right by his side
should be commended ... but as for his A. Poe has ... and not until! Monster X, getting ready to battle
reading' of them? Well, some of you might The stories read on the album are: The Gammera, getting ready to hide! Send us so many letters,
like it, but then, there's'no accounting for postcards, boosts, detractions,
Pit and the Pendulum; a Cask of Amon-
taste. Olmstead HAS a WAY of READing tillado; The Fall of the House of Usher; This is their quest: bomb threats, etc., that the Post
EVery OTHer SYLlaBLE in A verRY To be our friends, Office will have to deliver our mail
The Tell-Tale Heart; The Masque of the
dra-MAH-tic WAY! If YOU get WHAT i To make very sure, with a bulldozer. Address all
MEAN!!! . Red Death; and The Strange Case of M.
Valdemar. And Corman almost did Our hair stands on ends, correspondence to: THE
Olmstead worked on radio, reading better. T a be very cruel, MONSTER TIMES, Box 595, Old
literature over the airwaves to 100's of • Chuck McNaughton And to fight all the time, Chelsea Stat ion , N.Y. , 10011.
THE
through the carnival carnage and
scale the giant coaster in hot pur-
suit of the Beast. When the park
catches fire, the Beast strikes out
blindly at the flaming wreckage
surrounding him, and is brought
down by a radioact.ive lance.
The fact that Lourie employs a
G
night setting greatly enhances this
scene. The highly atmosopheric
ambience created by Lourie and
Harryhausen (when we first espy
the beast, for example, he is half-
hidden by a raging Arctic blizzard)

MUStlflll1lM was soon abandoned by the studio


and Warner's next Primal Beast

MllNSTEflS
production, THEM!, although a
classic in its own right, was bereft
of such moody details. The odd
Continued from page lS thing about the scrapping of Lourie
and his counterparts' moody, Euro-
pean style was the fact that TH E
BEAST FROM 20,000 FATHOMS,
ment Park perishing in a burning brought in at a cost of $250,000,
roller coaster, destroyed by a radio- eventually grossed over $5 million.
active isotope, shot into an open But, considering the nature of
wound. Hollywood studios, I suppose it
Despite its phony philosophizing isn't really "odd" at all. They are
(something Hollywood screenwriter the only enterprises (save for the
hacks can't seem to resist) and U.S. Government) that makes
predictable romantic sub-plot, THE business of short-changing them-
BEAST FROM 20,000 FATHOMS selves. The Hollywood studios are
works primarily because of the today dying.
special effects concocted by Lourie Other worthwhile titles in this
and veteran special effects ace Ray genre include THE DEADL V
Harryhausen . The final scene brings MANTIS which, despite its inept
it all together in an orgy of fright- special effects, managed to achieve
ening images the monster a great degree of tension thanks to
writhing about among the ferris the taut and skillful direction of
wheels and roller coasters, crazy Nathan Juran. Juran was also
thrill machines that have a night- responsible for 20 MILLION
mare quality of their own, while MILES TO EARTH in which a tiny
men in white radiation suits sneak Tyrannossaurus Rex (another

"They told me KING KONG started this way," said darn cleverly imitative
GODZILLA, doing the old " train-wreck schtick.

THE GIANT BEHEMOTH was no dim&a-dozen dinosaur. By ~he time he showed UP. the price
was down to a nickle.

Harryhausen creation) arrives in Japanese monsters attack


Italy via a spaceship returning from world: World giggles to deat~!
a space probe on Venus and grows . .
up to terrorize the land of grapes Throughout the late 50's and
and gangsters. But not only were 60's, Japan suffered (and continues
America and Italy feeling the to suffer - as does anyone who has
effects of the sudden and drastic to sit through these films) from the
comeback of the Primal Beast and destructive advances of the' hordes
other gangsters, residents of of the strangest spawn of the Bomb
England, Sweden, and especially ever to crowd the screen. Included
Japan were hearing their thundering in Japan's filmland zoo, were
footsteps as well. bullies named RODAN, GOD-
Eugene Lourie went to work in ZILLA, MOTHRA, GAMMERA,
England where he was responsible GHIDRA, VOG (among many,
for the birth of the GIANT BE- many others!), and even a playful
HEMOTH in 1959. The following looking version of KI NG KONG.
years saw the emergence of Many of them were created by
GORGO and his mother who Ishiro Honda, who set the tone for
slouched through London, wreak- Japanese horror films for years to
ing innocent havoc wherever he come, beginning with Godzilla and
went (Gorgo, in dinosaurian terms, with no end in sight. .
was only a little kid at the time and Not that they have fared any
did his damage without malice better in terms of artistic success
aforethought). Sweden fell prey to than their American counterparts.
REPTILICUS in 1962, who con- With washed-up American actors
siderably altered the face of their like Brian Donlevy, Rhodes Reason,
previously beautiful countryside. and Myron Healey (yes, Myron
But it was Japan who couldn't Healey, who starred in VARAN -
escape the rampaging onslaught of THE UNBELIEVABLE), unsteady
those prehistoric monsters who special effects, and execrable dub-
loved nothing more than to take bing, they became little more than
Tokyo apart in film after film. imitators of a previously established
Their dedication to the destruction mediocrity.
of Japan remained unparalleled, at It all depends on what you think
least until we undertook a similar is worse - the rotten egg or the sick
crusade in Vietnam. chicken who hatched it. •

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The Monster Times

· . . is our way of getting the latest


hot-off· the-wire info to you,· reviews,
previews, scoops on horror films in
production, newsworthy monster
curios i ties, bulletins, and other
grues- flashes. There are several
contributors to our hodge-podge Teletype
page . . . BILL FERET, our man in Show
Biz (he's a professional actor, singer,
dancer with the impressive resume list of
stage, film and TV credits to his name),
makes use of his vast professional
experiences and leads to Feret-out items
of interest to monster fans, and duly
report on them in his flashing
Walter-Wind-chill manner.

FRANKENSTEIN AND THE


MONSTER FROM HELL" may
have a highly oriental-sounding
title, but it's actually been
announced as issuing forth from
Hammer studios. Hammer also has
on the books remakes of DANTE'S
INFERNO" and RNA
DOONE." (No, it's
Cookie-monsters. )
Fanfare Corp.
readying

'he Saucers have landed! CBS Everyone, male and female alike,
has just bought 26 (hour-long!) wear see-thru fish n} t tops as
segments on a new British TV series uniforms! The miniaty,res look fair,
entitled "UFO." It'll be aired in special effects reasifnable, and if
New York, Philadelphia and LA they have pretty good scripts, they
going nationwide if it's a hit. might have a-hit. Let's hope "UFO"
The Series- stars American-born won't mean Undeniable Failure
Ed Bishop, George Sewell, Peter Overall.
Gordon, and luscious Gabrielle As you can see, there seems to be
Drake. It takes place in 1980 and a real boom in television
concerns an organization called science-fiction as well as horror. All
~ 'SHADO" (Supreme Headquarters this stems from . the incredible
Alien Defense Organization.) (Only suc<;ess of the made-for-TV movies.
the Shado knows.) They have a
moon base, space stations, There is a wealth of stories and
super-submarines, rocket ships, and books by some of the finest authors
computer wizardry programmed by of the horror circle available for
the most glamorous girls of the filming. I certainly hope they make
"TOWER OF EVIL" starring space age. use of them. _
Bryant Haliday and Jill Haworth,
for release.
The Italians have a conclave of gruesome .. . "CREEPING Anthony Quale is set as host of a The Science Fiction Film
films due on the scene shortly. DEATH," "PAID IN BLOOD," and half hour anthology teleseries titled Festival at Trieste, France and the
"WHO KILLED THE "DOOMSDAY" starring Ty Hardin "Evil Touch". The 26 Science-Fiction Cultural Center of
PROSECUTOR AND WHY?", and Rossano Brazzi, hey sound suspense-chiller episodes will star Venice, Italy are trying to organize
starring Adolfo Celi (Thunderball) more like 'How the West was Bled.' name people each show. a world-wide sci-fi convention for
is a thriller and "INFERNAL Edgar Allen Poe's poem, The famous British sci-fi series the 3rd week in july. (Lotsa Luck!)
NOOSE," is a psycho piece. (No ANNABELLE LEE" has been "DR. ' WHO." is planned as an- Already registered for competition
noose- is good _ .. ) There'll be some turned into a film version starring all-new' color half hour series of 50 is SOLARIA," written by
'spaghetti' Westerns too, but the Margaret O'Brien. Film was shot in. episodes>~"'Y ou'li remember "DR. Stanislaus Len and directed by
titles are so en i gm atica II y Peru and has a score by Les Baxter. WHO AND THE DALEKS." Soviet Andrei T arkovski.
The Monster Times page 27

Producer Blake Edwards (THE


GREAT RACE; DARLING LlLI) is
currently lensing on British soil a
film-musicalization of "TRI LBY
DATE CONVENTION LOCATION PR ICE
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AND SVENGALI." Julie Andrews

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The CON-CALENDAR is a special exclusive Detractors of such events put them down by or if you wish to see classic horror and science
feature of THE MONSTER TIMES. Across this saying that they' re just a bunch of cartoonists fiction films, or meet the stars of old time
lI"eat land of ours are quaint and curious and science fiction writers and comic book movie serials, or today's top comic book artist
John Barrymore as SVENGALI.
gatherings of quaintly curious zealots. The publishers talking, and signing autographs for and writers-or if you just want to meet other
gatherings called "conventions," and the fans who, like maniacs, spend sums on monster or comics science fiction freaks, like
zealots, called "fans," deserve the attention of out·of-date comics, science fiction pulps, and yourself, alld learn you're not alone in the (Mrs. Edwards) is starred and
fans and non-fans alike, hence this trail-blazing monster movie stills. But that's just the reason world, OR· if you want to meet the affable hopefully Jack Lemmon will be
reader·service. for going. If you want a couple of glossy demented lunatics who bring out THE 'Sven, Golly.' (The Sound of
To those readers who've never been to one of pictures of Dracula or King Kong. or a 1943 MONSTER TIMES, go ahead and visit one of Mesmer?)
~ hair·b ... ined affairs, _ recommend it. copy of Airboy Comics (God alone knows why) those conventions. We dare ya!
If you're interested in the H.P.
Lovecraft stories, principally his
A Texas based company, Chicos "CTHULHU MYTHOS," there just
Productions, is lensing "DISCIPLES recently cam.e out an excellent
OF DEATH" in Houston . study about his work and related
Warner Bros. is releasing "THE works by other authors. Lin Carter
EXORCIST" dealing with a girl was the author of this dissertation
who is possessed by the Devil and he handled it most admirably.
himself. Mr. Carter himself ·had authored
Also from Warners, by Michael several books of the same type,
C ric h ton, aut h 0 r 0 f ~ nH E notably the THONGOR" series.
ANDROMEDA STRAIN," comes So if you aren 't into Lovecraft's
"THE TERMINAL MAN.", It 's World of Monstrous Menace... get
about a man with a computer for a into it, you won't be sorry. I
brain and murder on his mind . personally love (Aha) his craft .
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theater, here in New Yawk, New notes o n a product ion of "LADY
Vawk, the wunnerful town. Just FRAN KENSTEIN."
the other week they ran a complete
FLAS H GORDON serial at a
midnite sh o w, and · Ro m an
Polansk i's immortal classic, T HE
FEARL ESS VAMPIR E KILLERS,
one of t he fu nniest and yet
scarifying vampi re c lassics ever. Fun
City is graced with lots of terror
treats from hip theater owners,
though there could be more.
Readers across the country are
encouraged to clue in their local
theater owners about TMT . .. and
have them submit schedules to
TMT of any horror and Sci-Fi
festivals, (at least a month in
advance). We may become the TV
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TERRIFYING MONSTER OF
THE AGES RAGING WITH
PENT-UP PASSIONS!
... with every man
his mortal enemy T here were some redeeming qualities,
however. There is a particularly amusing
••. and a woman's segment that starts with my escape fro m
the Ocean Harbor Seaquarium and con-
cludes with yours truly furiously tossing a
beauty his prey! car through the air with the greatest of
ease. Another shattering ' episode in-
volved two College kids who discover the
unconscious Miss Nelson on a local beach,
and when they attempt to revive her, I
literally knock their brains out. Although
quite grisly for the time, the scene may
take on a new meaning today, with me as
sort of a "Super Spiro", rescuing young
women fro m do-gooder college student
radicals. Or maybe we just should have
hired Carroll O'Conner for the part and
retitled the movie THE BUNKER FROM
THE BLACK LAGOON. Archie, of
course.
What bugged me most about the film
was that it destroyed me in the eyes of
the American public. Sure, it did OK
moneywise, but the people who came to
see it no longer identified with me. I had
become, of all things, A MONSTER!
Alas!

My Film Career WALKS


To the Finish.line

CREATURE FROM THE The follow ing year held certain


promise. With the completion of THE
CREATURE WALKS AMONG US , things
were looking up. The stalwart scientists
this time around included Jeff Morrow
and Rex Reason (after just completing an

-' BLACK'LAGOON orbit around Metaluna in Universal's


technicolor spectacular THIS ISLAND
EARTH ).

Starring

RICHARD CARLSON· JULIA ADAMS wi~:~TH:~~ DENNING


MORENO Me, after I got my nosejob, in the thira-picture,
WALKS AMONG etc.
1iI1t1!d II JACH ARNOlD· SaIlllliJ II HARRY [SS[X lid ARlilUR ROSS , ~. . ~ WilliAM ,\llANO . AUniwtrsal lntemationll Pitture
And the girl - WOW!
Leigh Snowd en certainly renewed my
faith in the studio's contract players.
"A woman's beauty my prey," indeed ! Just ONE? What did they take me f or, a cold fish?
Bu t that's HOllywood for you , accord ing to the press agents, I was a small· pond fi sh in a b ig reservoir.
To all my fri ends at TH E MONST ER TIMES, a speCially autographed photo,
f ro m the Creature who remembers . . . Gill !

CREATURE
change in their pockets prompted Uni-
versal personnel to film a sequel to my
first adventure. With the identical crew
working on this flick, it was a sure bet

CONFESSIONS
Continued from page 5
that REVENGE OF THE CREATURE
( yeah! ) would retain that same sense of
imagination and wonder that made the
first epic a breadwinner.
Now comes a Hollywood confession- Well , 1 must confess, we did kind of
type bit of info, which the pUblicity
bomb out on this o ne.
departments of both MGM and Universal Although the prod uc tion was the same,
kept hushed up :
the cast was diffe ren t. Instead of the
During that exasperating year, Dick, visionary Mr. Carlson, I was pitted against
Julie and Richard Denning accompanied
courageous John Agar, who turned actor
me to MGM , where I met a personal
after being laid off by the Armour Ham
favorite of mine .. . the lovely Miss Packing Co. In place of the sultry Miss
Esther Williams. Man, could she swim! We Adams, plopped tomboyish Lori Nelson
got together one sinful evening, filled our ( who never did learn HOW TO MARRY
restless throats with cocktails and hit the A MILLIONAIRE) , and to follow in the
surf for a wild spree in the moonlite. It footsteps of the seasoned Richard Den-
• wasn't long before Van Johnson heard of ning, Universal hired John Bromfield,
our rendezvous and threatened Universal who paraded around the lot with gritted
with a lawsuit and a song. Fearing the t eeth and a sweatshirt labeled , "Kiss me,
frustration of the former and the re- I'm Superman" .
pulsio n of the latter, I left the MGM lot
and .bid Miss Williams adieu. Just about everything went wrong with
my REVENG E. Even with Nestor Paiva
and his magic beard on hand, the film still
The Second Creature Feature! looked as if smilin' Jack Arnold had "lost
The mesmerising sound of jingling all his comic books" while directing it.
page 30 The Monster Times

Apart from the inspiring cast, this third


thriller boasted an unusually atmospheric
music score by Henry Mancini (this was
long before Hank drifted down Moon
River and nearly drowned himself), plus a
truly imaginative script penned by Arthur
Ross. '

I just didn't make out too well with the dames,


once I had my ~pet'ation.

Some ambitious, clear-thinking scien-


tists decide to capture the feared Gill-Man
and transform him into an air-breathing
creature, proving the laws of evolution
and producing a totally unearthly, fu-
turistic mutation. Wild! Of course, I'm
still primitive enough to tear the entire
place apart in the last reel as expected,
but the bizarre connotations of the un-
usual screenplay stick in the viewer's
mind long after the flick fades, and THE
CREATURE WALKS AMONG US
emerges as an intringuing example of
science fiction cinema. Too bad it sank at
the box-office.

II A Creature for All Seasons"


Well, that about wrapped up my movie
career. John Q. Public was growing weary
of me and my blaring "da-da-daaaaaaa!"
theme song, and so I sadly left the studio
late in 1956 and returned to my home on
the river. Occasionally Universal would
resurrect me for cameo appearances on
their TV series, including one particularly
ludicrous affair on THE MUNSTERS, Now that I look back on it, I not only got the short end of the stick, but I got the long end and the pointed end, too, in my Tin.ltow.... Career.
with the entire cast hailing me as "Uncle Vet, I still pine to again be the big shrimp of U - salad days, wen if it me.. lfO"Iing before the Hollywood big shots. as I once did.
Gilbert", as if I'd be caught dead being The bottom picture is of me groveling. .
any relation to those morons.
Most recently, I appeared in the "Pick-
man's Model" episode of NIGHT GAL-
LERY (slightly disguised, of course), and
when I ran -off with lovely Louise Sorel in
my arms, it felt just like old times!
So, that's my earth-shaking life story.
Even though my career spawned quite a
few frightened clods with nothing better
to do than to run around spreading false
rumors, I still believe the large bulk of
fantasy-oriented fanatics regard' me and
my films as entertaining symbols of a
simpler age of science fiction movie
making. Leading horror author Robert
Bloch has been known to call them
"works of obvious crud", but we must
excuse dear Robert. He could never get
ovef the fact that H.P. Lovecraft found
me far more intriguing than the novel
"Psycho"!
As I type out these last few words, I
notice my pals on the river still haven't
forgotten my Buster Crabbe imper-
sonations. Would you believe it - they
actually sent away for Buster's "muscle
control body shirt"! I may not be the
most popular monster in town, but at
least I'm the only one with a reeeeeeeal
corporation up front! And no body-shirt
. .. yet!
Transcribed (with maddening results)
• by Gary Gerani
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