Vintage Monster Magazines – Famous Monsters and beyond
Famous Monsters – my collection
I started collecting Famous Monsters of Filmland Magazine when I was a wee lad. I had held on to my fave issues and recently purchased a few from eBay and other channels to replace ones that I lost or had deteriorated over time.
These are my two favorite issues:
The Godzilla/Toho special issue #114 and the King Kong special issue #108
Also one of my fave issues below – it has seen better days:
Features Frankenstein Conquers the World, issue #39
Two great Harryhausen issues #37 and # 117
I also love this Gorgo issue # 50
I got this in mint condition
#125 and #132
I discovered the world of monster movies and special fx thru the pages of Famous Monsters. Knowing how the movies were made did not detract from the films – instead it made me appreciate the craftmanship even more.
It was in the back of these FM Magazines of the 1960’s and 70’s that I discovered the fantstic Aurora Model Kits, bought an 8mm projector and monster movie film reels (leading to begging my mom for a 8mm movie camera) and obsessed over monster movie masks, movie posters and macabre products of the time.
I recently purchased a new issue, July 2013, mainly because of the beautiful Cthulhu artwork on the cover. When I opened it they had 20 pages of the original Kong, too! I was sold.
Famous Monsters #287
It’s not the same as the old issues when Forrest Ackerman was at the helm but I’m glad I picked this one up.
Monsters of The Movies by Curtis Publishing
Monsters of the Movies only had 11 issues before they closed in the 1970s. It was close to the quality of Famous Monsters.
Issue #1 (King Kong) Issue # 5 (Godzilla) and issue # 6 (The Mummy)
This was one of my all time favorite depictions of a mummy
MonsterLand was around for a while but I didn’t like it as much as the others.
I only have one issue of Monster Land:
Kong and Harryhausen’s 7th Voyage in the same issue #16
it also had an interview with Peter Cushing
the center page (gatefold) was a color poster
Hope you enjoyed a look at my personal collection. Thanks for tuning in…
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