Wednesday, June 21, 2017

My Wife Assures Me This Joke Is Too Esoteric -- So I Had To Share It!

So, there I was sitting at my drawing table, inking Batgirl's arm and a Sally Rand movie loaded up on the channel I was streaming, and I thought it would be fun to envision a "Snoop Sisters" style of movie series starring Ayn Rand and Sally Rand. Minutes later, I had this faux poster for a PRC movie slapped together, only to hear: "NO ONE will ever get that gag!"

How sharper than a serpent's tooth a wife's judgement can feel... and even worse, what if she is correct?

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Casting Call for James Coburn! A Slightly Blue Tale Of Old School Hollywood:

It's Showbiz Saturday with (L to R) me, DIC's wonderful voice director Marsha Goodman and the effervescent James Coburn. Chatting after the recording, Coburn mentioned that he kinda enjoyed doing voice work and to keep him in mind. (Warning: If you're easily offended stop reading now.) So, 6 years later, when I was doing Spy Dogs and we had an episode that needed a 60s manly man to play against Adam West, I had our casting guy give Coburn's agent a ring to offer him the part at double scale (a big hit for an indy studio like Saban, a tad less than 3 grand, if I recall correctly). The agent (whom I visualized as being very much like Jesse White) listened to our offer and turned it down with: "Mister Coburn does not get up to take a piss for less than $10,000." Old Time Hollywood, gotta love it.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Tired of Looking Forward, I've Started Looking Back. Part 01: Blackhawk!

Lately, perhaps in a sign of my age, I find myself looking back to the things that gave me joy in the past. Sometimes it's comics, others movies, or fanzines, or toys, or TV shows -- all from the era of the late 1950s to the early 1970s. Sadly that end date of my fannish interest and innocence is capped by my becoming a professional artist and writer in the mid-70s.

The DC Comics of the late 50s and early 60s played a big role in developing my love of science fiction. While as adults we may bemoan their largely unintentionally camp, formulaic stories and wooden heroes, there was a charm about them that remains undeniable. 

 This issue of Blackhawk (December 1959) is a great example of the fuel DC poured on the fire of my young imagination. So much so, that I remembered the cover as being vastly different than this image of middle aged men in Nazi gear fleeing a portly short dinosaur. So, I decided to draw it as my child's eye saw it back in the fall of 1959. Here's the resulting sketch:

While it's true that you can't go home again, sometimes it can be a pleasure to cast a kindly glance in its direction.

Saturday, October 1, 2016

The Masked Mayhem Presents Must Have Magazines of the 1960s: Modern Monsters #2!

The Masked Mayhem has just unleashed the newest of his must have magazines of the 1960s: Modern Monsters #2.
(The Masked Mayhem intro to Modern Monsters #2 alongside that amazing cover.)
MM #2 was a different sort of monster magazine, and everything from its shockingly simple, bright green and purple cover featuring a verdant Dracula juxtaposed with a bright yellow Bat Signal to its coverage of James Bond screamed of its modernity – 1966 style.

(The inside front cover and title page of the vintage mag.)
 The unpainted cover, coming in an era when paintings were the norm for the genre, was just the tip of the editorial iceberg. Modern Monsters delighted in being different. The editors gloried in stressing the magazine’s new, modern take on the genre. Puns were out, facts were in. The articles were serious in tone. The pictures were run large with no text defacing them. And the page layouts were simple, clean and clear.

(Two pages of Modern Monsters James Bond coverage.)
 The subjects covered in MM #2 include:

(Things to Come and Flash Gordon get the MM treatment -- big pictures without all that annoying text.)
 Nick Adams in an exclusive four page interview,  extensive coverage of AIP’s genre output with many stills featuring Vincent Price and the other horror stars, four pages of James Bond content, a hefty ten pages spent on Batman on TV and in the serials, ten lavishly illustrated Dracula pages, a slick paper Horror of Dracula pullout poster, six pages on the worlds of tomorrow with great stills from Metropolis, Flash Gordon and the then-new Creation of the Humanoids, a shockingly good and thorough look at The Bride of Frankenstein with some terrific stills, ten pages about the Universal monster movies that had just been released to TV, and one page features about the movie serials, silent movies and fan art – this issue’s fan artist being future genre star, Ed Naha. Eighty-eight pages in all.

(The Bride!)
 Plus, we’ve added over a dozen new color pages to our digital edition. If you’ve ever wondered what you would have gotten from the ads at the back of you magazine, we’ve got a special feature just for you. 
(Modern Monsters' back cover paired with the first page of our newly created bonus content.)

(Two pages of our AIP bonus material.)
 If you're ready for a great blast from the past, just click on the cover below to see Modern Monsters #2 on Amazon.
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Saturday, September 24, 2016

The Amazing Return of The Masked Mayhem & The Almost Unseen Art of Will Meugniot

Sorry to have disappeared on you for the last 3 weeks, but I’ve been engaged in creating my most massively ambitious  e-book yet: The Masked Mayhem Presents The Almost Unseen Art of Will Meugniot, a 500 page collection of my sketches, designs, comic art, pin ups and TV presentation pieces – many never before published in any form. 

(You can judge this book by its cover.)
The drawings range from the roughest of rough layouts to polished TV art, never before seen outside animation studio and network conference rooms. 

(The first two pages.)
Here is a mini-gallery of a small fraction of its pages: 

(Some live action TV presentation art.)

(A future comic book, perhaps?)

(My new eco-heroes, The Enviro-Men.)

(You know there has to be some Rainbow popping up in any compilation of my art.)

(Not to mention her team, The DNAgents.)

(Part of an OVA pitch.)

(A sneak peek at The Treasure Team, a new comic feature.)
 Hope you’ve enjoyed the tour. Just click on the image below to see it in all its glory on Amazon, and should it so please you, you could even buy a copy!

Buy it here!

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Photobomb Friday: At least He Didn't Go Blind!

Today's still is from Eddie Romero's Brides of Blood,  a movie I first encountered on KCOP 13 Los Angeles' long forgotten Sinister Cinema, hosted by Famous Morris, played by Don Sherman. Morris was a movie agent for all of the famous monsters like Frankenstein and Dracula, and his hosting bits usually had him on the phone trying to deal with his unruly clients, rather than interacting with the particular movie being screened.

The series ran from 20 September 1975 to 26 February 1977, and is perhaps best remembered in these parts for introducing the Hemisphere and Paul Naschy films to TV in often surprisingly uncut form.
 Every once in a while a stray nipple, a bit of the nether regions, or some grindhouse gore would pop up on screen -- even on second and third airing.
 Apart from the Naschy and Philippine flicks there were some surprising Euro-thrillers as well including Night of the Sorcerers. Here's a look at its trailer:
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If you enjoy monster flicks and 60s pop culture, check out our e-books on Amazon! click the image below for details:
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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

It came From 1964: My Newest Digital Magazine Is 3-D Monsters -- Glasses NOT Included Edition!

1964’s 3-D Monsters is the one monster magazine many baby boomers really wanted as kids, but never bought. Why? It was overpriced at 50 cents when all of its competitors were 35.

(3-D Monsters from 1964 50 Cent Cover Price)
Why? Because you could never find a copy of it with those eminently swipe-able 3-D glasses still inside. So, if you look at it right, buying this digital publication without 3-D glasses is much like the 60s buying experience – no glasses included!
(Try it out with the 3-D glasses you have lying around the house: Right Eye Red, Left Eye Blue)
But now it seems as if everyone (including you, dear reader) has at least a couple of pairs of those red/blue glasses lying around from their 3-D movies and video games, and they can be used to read this digital publication’s 3-D pages.
(One of the original magazine's 42 NON-3-D pages)
There are many curious things about 3-D Monsters, not the least of which is that only 10 of its 52 pages are in 3-D, despite its inflated price tag. Also, 8 of the 10 3-D pages appear to have been shot specially for the magazine. And they are odd photos, using toys and model kits rather than live models, apart from the human hand that shows up a couple of times. One of the images even incorporates the infamous pants dropping Frankenstein novelty figure.
(Hey, is this supposed to scarifying?)

(The 3-D production is great, but the subject matter is mainly toys!)
 The editorial content includes articles about The Haunted Palace, The Brain That Wouldn’t Die, The Evil of Frankenstein, Konga, and I was a Teenage Frankenstein.
(The gorgeous Phyllis Coates Slips out of her Lois Lane suit and into a... slip!)

Plus, there are random stills from older movies, including This Island Earth, The Creature From the Black Lagoon, The Wolf Man, The Mummy, Dracula, and The Phantom of the Opera. The book also includes what might be the most reprehensible feature ever printed in a monster magazine, Count Cagliostro’s Cannibal Cookbook. It is presented here for its historical value, but it is a truly ill advised effort.
(A page of 50s monsters, not in 3-D, but still eye-popping!)
I've also included over 15 pages of new content with this edition, including brand new 3-D pages and color promotional material from some of the featured films.
(The original magazine has a Konga feature -- not printed in 3-D, so I added a couple of 3-D Konga pages in the extras.)
(I Was A Teenage Phyllis Coates Fan! A 3-D look at the best Lois Lane is also in the bonus pages.)
As always, a good deal of time has been spent straightening and restoring the pages of the vintage magazine, every one of which is included.Click on the cover below for ordering information:
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