The Masks of Famous Monsters – Issues # 40-41

by on Nov.29, 2012, under Syndicated from the Web

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Welcome to the seventeenth installment in The Masks of Famous Monsters Series. Famous Monsters of Filmland magazine was an absolute treasure trove of early mask history. By combing through the 191 issues published between 1958-1983, it’s possible to gain a good understanding of the decades of evolution and history of Don Post Studios and Topstone monster masks. The eventual goal of this series is to catalog and archive each monster mask appearance in the pages Famous Monsters.

Issues 40 and 41 of FMOF where published in August and November 1966 respectively. Each issue contained a few nuggets of news that would have put a smile on the face of any self-respecting mask fiend…

Issue 40 featured a three page “Men Behind the Monsters” spread which contained news of Don Post’s creation of a Peter Lorre wax head…


 Issue 40 would not directly contain any new monster mask ads, or news. However,  mask maker and part owner of Don Post Studios, Verne Langdon contributed not one, but two, articles to the issue. The first was titled “The Thin Monster Captured!” which was an interview with the great John Carradine. The second article, which is posted below,  is a “Men Behind the Monsters” featuring the work of make-up master Harry Thomas

Finally, both issues wrapped up with the now familiar monster mask ad formats that were present for the better part of 1966…

Next up, our journey into the masks of Famous Monsters takes us to the year 1967 with feature length article on Don Post Studios, and another full length article on make-up man and monster maker John Chambers. Stay tuned creeps for the next installment… coming in December!

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