Saturday, October 27, 2012

The Rabbitville Gazette

This cute page is from the October 1964 Jack and Jill.  It takes a certain kind of talent to come up with gentle humor that a kid will get.  But that also can get a smile and a shake of the head from Mom and Dad.
"Invisible Ghost Costume," get it?  "Bottomless Candy Bag"?
See you tomorrow!

Friday, October 26, 2012

Monstrous Playing Cards

I picked up these and a set based on the 1932 The Mummy at a dollar store a few years ago. 

As you can see by the lower left item, the playing cards come in a card-shaped plastic case.

It's hard to see, but on the back side of each card (the side with Karloff's face), on the bottom, is a tiny tagline that says:

"© 2006 Property of X one X Archive Inc"

See you tomorrow!

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Let's Get Hairy! ... Or Larry?

Meanwhile, in stately Wayne Manor ...  WAIT A MINUTE!  This is stately TALBOT Manor, sorry about that!

Larry is calibrating his dad's telescope, the better to see into the girls' locker room, my dear.  Note that we are in the realm of generic people again, so as not to have to pay royalties to families of stars, I guess.  In fact, in the above line drawing, the father looks more like Claude Rains than the son looks like Lon Chaney Jr!

Note that Larry now has a jacket on, signifying that he is no longer with his dad at home as shown above in the second panel.  This is really a pretty good line-drawing depiction of the silver head of the momentous walking stick.

See you tomorrow.


Wednesday, October 24, 2012

The Mummy Comes Unraveled ...

Helen Grosvenor has decided that she doesn;t want eternal life with ol' Imhotep, so she hollers for help.

In this coloring-book pantomimic telling of the Karloff movie, we don't get to see the payoff at the end of this final page, wherein dat bad ole puddy-tat (I mean, that bad ol' MUMMY) gets his overdue come-uppance and dissolves into a dessicated pile of ...stuff.
See yo tomorrow!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

The Munsters at Carl's Jr

In 1987, Carl's Jr used this bucket for one of their kid's meals.  Featuring America's "First Family of Fright," the Munsters, it is also distinctive in the fine print whre it says "Made in the U.S.A."

Herman is saying, "Now Eddie, you have to wait til after dinner to eat your candy."

Monday, October 22, 2012

Ghouls with Attitude, Volume 2

Here's the second release in Oddio Overplay's Halloween assemblage.  Once again, this is a fine compilation that is no longer available on their own site!

I've added some disc art.

These are the songs:

1) Billy DeMarcus - Drac's Back
2) Movie Trailer - Ghost In The Invisible Bikini
3) Peter Pan Singers - Theme to Casper the Friendly Ghost
4) The Creatures - Mostly Ghostly
5) Tyrone A' Saurus & his Cro-Magnons - The Monster Twist
6) Mann Drake - Vampire's Ball
7) Movie Trailer - The Return of Count Yorga
8) The Hamburger Brothers - Omar The Vampire
9) The Zanies - The Mad Scientist
10) The Cool Ghoul - You Can't Ghoul Me
11) Ted Cassidy - The Lurch
12) The Detergents - Igor's Cellar
13) The Milton the Monster Show - Theme Song
14) Movie Trailer - Graveyard Tramps
15) Cathy Mills - Monster Hop
16) Glen Ryle - Wolf Gal
17) Movie Trailer - Dr. Jeckyl and Sister Hyde
18) Ralph Marterie and His Marlboro Men - Alfred Hitchcock Presents
19) Lois Prante Ellis and Mary Ann Parker - Troll At The General Meeting
20) Jimmy Cross - I Want My Baby Back
21) Count Baltes & The Egors - Opening The Coffin
22) Sounds of Terror! - The Exorcism
23) Al Zanino - The Vampire Speaks

There is one mistake in this listing (which is the same as the liner).  Track 4, "Mostly Ghostly," is NOT by "The Creatures."  I don;t know what "The Creatures" is, but ...

"Mostly Ghostly," and specifically THIS PERFORMANCE of it, is from the 1959 Monster Rally album.  This great disc is performed by two giants of characterization:  Hans Conried (the voice of Captain Hook in Disney's Peter Pan and the blustery Uncle Tonoose on the Danny Thomas Show);  and Alice Pearce, star of stage and screen (On the Town, 1949, and that nosy neighbor Gladys Kravitz on TV's Bewitched).  Ain't no "The Creatures" here.

Anyway, this aggregation of holiday silliness is lots o' fun.  Here is the link:

Later, Zombie Gator!

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Ze Mummy, He Is Steamed, No?

More coloring book pages . . .

These four pages, with their left-and-right views of supposedly the same scene, are the coloring-book equivalent of pan-and-scan.

Of course, in the movie, the scene shown in the pages above takes place in Ardath Bay's home, while the bottom two pages' scene takes place after hours in the musem.

The part of Helen Grosvenor is being played tonight by Zita Johann . . .

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