Topic: Other Non Comics Works
TODAY'S FEATURE IS BLOG #3684 - I saw Philip Kim, the Publisher of Famous Monsters of Filmland, again, this time at the 2012 Comic-Con International: San Diego. I had last blogged about FMOF back at the 2009 Comic-Con, as seen in this link.
Philip brought to my attention the next issue of FMOF #263, which I picked up and finished reading after Comic-Con. Although it is not a comic book... I wanted to share my thoughts of it with you.
First, here is what the publisher has a promo for the magazine:
"No studio has been more closely tied to Famous Monsters than Universal. In its storied history, the house that Carl Laemmle built gave birth to horror icons like Bela Lugosi as Dracula, Boris Karloff as Frankenstein's monster, and Lon Chaney Jr. as The Wolf Man. In celebration of Universal's 100th birthday, FM will take a look back at the history and highlights of the dream factory that created the most iconic horror and Sci-Fi films of all time."
Plus: "2012 is a year for celebration! This issue we take a journey through 100 years of Universal Pictures Sci-Fi and Horror. The house that Laemmle built has become the first name in horror. We're also celebrating 30 years of the monster classic THE THING. John Carpenter's 1982 masterpiece almost ended his career, but in the following decades it has become one of the most revered monster movies of the modern age. Featuring THE THING cover by Hollywood concept artist John Gallagher. Ships in August."
Well, let me tell you... That the Universal monsters are ones that I really like, and I have seen several of the Universal films that cover the monsters! So this issue should be of interest to me!
Here's my take on the magazine:
Front Cover: Exactly what the lower title says it is: 'Universal Pictures: A Century Of Screams. Featuring 30 Years Of The Thing!". Nice front cover in that it portrays exactly what the title of the magazine is about.
Inside Front Cover: Strange that the next issue, #264, is pictured here... But it is a nice cover of the 1st Family Of Horror... The Munsters!
Splash Page: A 1931 letter from Universal Pictures President to Forrest J Ackerman, previous publisher and founder of this magazine. Pretty interesting!
Checking on the Table of Contents Page: There are 16 features in this magazine! Quite a few!
The photos shown on the pages regarding the Universal Pictures films are pretty darn good! So is the text that surrounds those photos.
I found that reading the features really brought me back to when I first viewed several of those films, making me want to see the flicks again!
The Thing film is one that I missed, but the feature on that film was pretty good also.
There were many pages in this magazine, (80), and I found this magazine to be a very interesting read...
This magazine is one that no film buff of monster films should be without!
My rating for this magazine? A Near Mint Minus (NM-) 9.2 out of a possible 10.0 comic book grading scale. Thanks to Philip Kim for this magazine preview!
You can find this item, along with other Famous Monsters Of Filmland magazine at their web site, Famous Monsters of Filmland.
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