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Monsters of the Movies

Entry updated 19 February 2024. Tagged: Publication.

Letter-size Cinema magazine printed on newsprint-quality paper. Published by Curtis Magazines. Nine issues, June 1974 to August 1975; perfect-bound until #5, then saddle-stapled until #8, reverting to perfect binding for the final edition. Editors were Roy Thomas and Jim Harmon.

Attempting to exploit the renewed interest in Horror, and to imitate Famous Monsters of Filmland in particular, this publication was of fairly good quality. Covers often featured glowing artwork by Bob Larkin and Luis Dominguez. Inside were Interviews with performers such as Peter Cushing and Elsa Lanchester, plus retrospective articles on Boris Karloff and others connected with the genre's early years. The final "Super Annual Issue" featured an examination of Star Trek (1966-1969), a look at Monsters in science fiction films, and an excellent cover by Gray Morrow.

The publisher Curtis Magazines, a subsidiary imprint of Marvel Comics, was also Marvel's distribution company at the time. The editorial divide of Monsters of the Movies, with Harmon on the west coast and Thomas in Marvel's New York offices, proved impractical in those pre-internet times and probably contributed to the magazine's short life. Fan and screenwriter Ron Haydock (1940-1977) was also involved with this publication. [GSt/DRL]

see also: Media Magazines.

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