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Movie Monsters

Entry updated 20 September 2021. Tagged: Publication.

1. US letter-size, perfect-bound Cinema magazine printed on newsprint-quality paper. Publisher: Atlas/Seaboard Comics. Editor: Jeff Rovin. Four issues, December 1974 to August 1975.

This publication was the short-lived Comics publisher's attempt to compete with Famous Monsters of Filmland, and was presented in much the same format. Topics covered included actors Lon Chaney Jr and Boris Karloff, Batman, and various classic films such as Forbidden Planet (1956), Gorgo (1961) and Planet of the Apes (1968). The "Creaturerealm Fan Magazine" a section offered reader contests readers plus as news on upcoming films and Television productions. Movie Monsters ended when the publisher ceased operation in 1975. It is best remembered for the spectacular covers by artists Greg Theakston (1953-2019) and George Torjussen (1932-?   ). [GSt]

2. US letter-size saddle-stapled Cinema magazine printed on newsprint. Publisher: Myron Fass as Eerie Publications. No editor named. Three issues: Spring, Summer and Fall 1981.

This was among Fass's last ventures into the Monster Movies magazine field, and consisted largely of unacknowledged reprint material from his various 1970s media publications. Although #1 (Spring 1981) shows a scene from Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back (1981), the contents are mostly articles on Vampires and the like. Former Fass employee Jeffrey Goodman has indicated that he was editor for most of the company's media magazines from the mid-1970s to the early 1980s, either uncredited or using a pseudonym. This title is desirable to collectors owing to its low print run rather than its actual content. [GSt]

see also: Media Magazines.

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