Letter-size Cinema magazine printed on newsprint-quality paper; early issues perfect-bound, later ones saddle-stapled. Publisher: Warren Publishing. Editor: Sam Sherman. Ten issues on a roughly quarterly schedule, June 1962 to November 1964.
This title was Warren Publishing's effort to establish a magazine devoted to general action films, including crime, war and western productions. There was a heavy emphasis on Serial Films, and many of these were in the sf and Superhero genres. Featured examples include Batman and Robin (1949) (see Batman Films), Captain America (1944) and Flash Gordon (1936). The Tarzan Films were likewise given considerable coverage. Stunt performers were also examined. Most Screen Thrills Illustrated covers were photomontages of various film scenes, although #1 (June 1962) featured a painted cover by Basil Gogos while the cover artist for #2 (September 1962) was Norm Easton. As with Forrest J Ackerman's Spacemen from the same period, this title ultimately proved unsuccessful, presumably as a result of distribution difficulties. Sherman was later a producer of low-budget films in various genres in partnership with the late Al Adamson. [GSt/DRL]
see also: Media Magazines.
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