Friday, October 17, 2014

STARLOG, March 1979 - Preview of ALIEN

From Starlog #20, March 1979, we have this preview:

No indication if an industry-changing chestburster, or of the psyche-ruining oppressions of those lightly mentioned Giger designs.

Upon seeing this film at the movies, I was stirred and creeped out, and thrilled!

See you tomorrow.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

The Creature from the Paper Book!

Here's a fine example of coloring technique by a twelve-year-old who is now twice that age.

Your inner twelve-year-old can color this one.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

That Silly Lily Munster -- She's So Vain

 Note the beauty parlor's  name.  There ARE "Shady Lawn" cemeteries in such places as Georgia and Kentucky.  But I imagine the name is meant to evoke the idea.

 It's a nice touch that Lily reads "Fantastic Tales" while in the chair.

It's not certain exactly WHAT HAPPENS when Lily Munster goes to the Beauty Salon.  But as with all Munster interactions, the point is on watching the "normals" react to the Munsters' outre appearance.

See you tomorrow!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Color Herman Munster!

Another blanked-out coloring page from 1964.  Now you can color Herman Munster in his Halloween Costume!

This is from a coloring-book sequence that mirrors the first episode:  Herman and Lily become a hit at a local costume party.  When Herman removes his knight-in-armor helmet to show his real face, he's congratulated on the clever idea of "a second mask."

Wait 'til THEY find out THE TRUTH!

Monday, October 13, 2014

H27Fe3 -- A Tale of Authorial Overreaching

Here’s a bit of daring sci-fi horror composed around 1970, when I was thirteen.

The chemical formula, needless to say, was made up and I’m sure it is impossible.  Any chemists out there was to comment?

A dramatic idea, the idea of a “layered” gas that would give you a few feet of breathing room below its bottom edge.  Evidently the author has never considered the effect of a stiff breeze on this wonderful concept.  Oops!

The last line on the page is sooooo dramatic:  “as if breathing for everyone in the world.”  What a deep breath that would make!  What sheer poesy!

On our next page of this mercifully brief composition, you will wonder why the world government or “Security Council” decided to send a truck with an almost-empty gas tank on such a momentous mission.  Even if it’s a long trip and requires several refueling stops, you might next wonder where the heck is its military escort?

You may laugh at the next-to-last paragraph’s description of George Freeham’s choice of words.  He “swore obscenely.”  You know why?  Because the thirteen-year-old author had no practical experience with cuss words or bad language.  He didn’t hear it at school, didn’t hear it from his (few) friends. and definitely was not exposed to it at home.  Believe it or not, it’s true!

Left for the reader to imagine are the magic nursemaid robots who would care for these infants for a dozen or so years until they could provide for themselves!

Well, thank you for participating in this depiction of world destruction.


Sunday, October 12, 2014

Monster Stamps Postcards

This first postcard is, as you can see, a repro of a sheet of the stamps.

Erik, that poor misunderstood romantic soul, gets pride of place (as chronologically he SHOULD), in our roll-call of Universal Monsters.

As you can read from the copyright cutline, these came out in 1997.

See you tomorrow, kiddies, for some more scary "creative" writing from junior high days past!

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