Art, Music & Monsters
It seems fairly universal that growing up liking monster movies seemed to go hand-in-hand with drawing, writing and music.
I grew up drawing dinosaurs, monsters…and even imagined making monster magazines and drawing covers….see above from when I was about eleven. Ironically I’ve gone on to publishing MONSTER BASH magazine and even used a Lorraine Bush painting for issue #23 that kinda mirrored that drawing from long ago.
My grandfather would let me go to work with him a lot and would give me used poster boards from signs that college kids had put up. I could draw on the back of them (which was blank) with all kinds of magic markers. On the floor, near his desk drawing. Years later, my daughter would do the same thing…drawing monsters on the floor next to me while I worked.
In my twenties and thirties I did a lot of pen-and-ink drawings and paintings of monsters (see to the left). It just seemed to be the thing I gravitated to.
I always enjoyed reading and writing. The movies would inspire me to read things like H.P. Lovecraft and Ray Bradbury. I’d write stories on torn out notebook pages and on a beloved portable typewriter I had when I was in 6th and 7th grades.
And, music seemed to always be a part of my life too. Playing my dad’s oldies albums of 1950s rock and roll endlessly.
Remembering being in the barber shop, getting my hair cut when I was five or six. Looking through the comic books the barber had there for kids that waited. A Jerry Lewis comic book had a back cover ad for Aurora monster models…I was grooving on a careful examination of that when “I Want To Hold Your Hand” by The Beatles came on the barber’s radio. I loved it and the barber was talking to another older customer about those long-haired guys from England that were on the Ed Sullivan TV show.
But, it’s always been art, music and monsters for me. The more fellow monster movie fans I meet, the more I see this as a pattern too. It’s all that pop culture wax that molded together to make us.
On with the show, now let’s check out the new cool stuff and classic monster news…
New! It’s An “End of the World” Epic on Blu-Ray
Here’s a new Blu-Ray at Creepy Classics that will make you think as you sit out the virus. It’s ON THE BEACH from 1959 with a stellar cast and an “End of the World” scenario:
ON THE BEACH (1959) – Blu-Ray
Stars Gregory Peck, Ava Gardner, Fred Astaire and Anthony Perkins. It’s post nuclear war and a crew aboard a submarine reach Australia were blasts and radiation haven’t reached. But, there’s a massive radiation cloud coming their way and no hope of escape. How do the small group of people react? Amazing and powerful.
Get it now for fast shipping right to your door…you’ll locate it in our New Blu-Ray Department here in the bunker at Creepy Classics!
Creepy Classics is Still Shipping…Three Times A Day!
Yes, we are still packing and shipping movies, magazines, t-shirts, posters and collectibles! While you’re holed up, we’ve got the stuff for horror and science fiction fans and are shipping them to your door.
We are shipping boxes three times a day….make one of our stops, your house!
Start shopping now and you can order on-line or call (724) 238-4317. If we can’t pick-up, leave a message and we’ll call back ASAP.
Happy Birthday To Monster Bash Staffer John Bishop
We extend a BIG Happy Birthday wish to our dear friend and true black and orange blooded Monster Bash staffer John Bishop. He rolls over the half-a-century mark today (Friday, April 3, 2020).
He’s at an undisclosed location, behind 4 foot concrete walls watching Godzilla, Martial Arts, John Wayne movies and listening to Bill Haley & The Comets.
Happy birthday John!
…And They’re Off!
These photos and this note coming in from Monster Basher Mark Glassy:
Ron…greetings. Due to shelter at home the streets are empty so the monsters got together for the “Monster 500” hot rod race and on the last lap it was a photo finish between Frankenstein’s Flivver and the Wolf Man’s Wagon. Having fun at home.
First Convention of the Season
As of right now, our first convention appearance for Creepy Classics will be the re-schedule CHILLER THEATRE from Kevin Clement! We’re looking forward to things re-setting in June and being at CHILLER.
The re-scheduled dates are June 5-7, 2020.
Details at the CHILLER THEATRE web site, Click Here!
Here’s a photo of our past set-up at CHILLER:
New! The Sci-Fi Adventure from 1935…AIR HAWKS
Now on factory sealed DVD, digitally re-mastered AIR HAWKS (1935):
AIR HAWKS (1935) – DVD
Stars Ralph Bellamy, Tala Birell, Wiley Post, Douglas Dumbrille, Robert Allen and Edward Van Sloan. Planes are mysteriously dropping from the sky on important government mail runs. Ralph Bellamy’s new private mail service has got the job of delivering the goods now. Little does he know that an evil professor (Edward Van Sloan) has created a giant ray gun that zaps the planes like pesky flies out of the air. A rock ‘im sock ‘im science fiction adventure.
Get it on re-mastered DVD in our New DVD Department at Creepy Classics. A fun 1930s programmer that we love!
Art-back of Notre Dame by Dave Heywood
Above is a super nice color art piece by Monster Basher Dave Heywood (holed up somewhere in the deep, dark swamps of Florida). Here’s what Dave said:
Here is a colored pencil drawing I did of Quasimodo. I really enjoy Charles Laughton in that role. His portrayal was excellent. Take care and see you at Monster Bash… Dave Heywood
Thanks for sharing Dave! Bash is coming….
We are GO for MONSTER BASH in June
You won’t want to miss out on this next summer’s MONSTER BASH at the Double Tree Hotel in Mars, PA on June 19-21, 2020! We expect things to be returning to normal by BASH time, and what better way to celebrate than with Monster Bash with all your friends.
The place were fans, professionals and Monster Kids meet! Plus, movie & TV stars signing autographs.
Special presentations by historians and writers: Tom Weaver, Greg Mank, Frank Dello Stritto, Deborah Painter. Plus TV Horror Host Son of Ghoul!
Guests and events subject to weird transformation.
200 vendor tables, film festival, talks, Q&A with the fans, autographs and the amazing Monster Bash fun for the whole family!
Bill Luciani is back at MONSTER BASH June 2020 with his life-size monsters lining the hallway! Bill, along with Tony Pitocco create these amazing figures, some over seven feet tall. Their torch-wielding assistant is Paul Palmireri. Don’t miss the photo-ops with these great creatures in our Horror Hall.
Reserve your 3-Day VIP admission for all events, dealer ballroom and meeting guests! Available right now, Click Here!
All the details, Click Here!
Latest Monster Art from John Sargent
The above piece of work by artist John Sargent features Evelyn Ankers and Lon Chaney. Jr. as The Wolf Man.
Rumors are swirling that John’s magazine MONSTER-ART #3 is in the works. Here are the first two all-color issues:
MONSTER-ART #1 – Magazine
An all glossy, full color classic monster magazine! New, premiere issue. Classic films, great articles, color illustrations. Lugosi, Karloff, Chaney, Lee. Inside: Universal classics, THE TWILIGHT ZONE, HERE COMES THE BRIDE (of Frankenstein), FJA, TV Horror Host Chilly Billy, Hammer Girls, more!
MONSTER-ART #2 – Magazine
An all glossy, full color classic monster magazine! CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON gurgles on the over! Classic films, great articles, color illustrations. Inside: John Agar Gets the Girl, Vincent Price – Price is Right, STAR TREK, TWILIGHT ZONE, Bela and Boris, Universally Classic, more!
Get these two monster mags for your collection in our Monster-Art Magazine Department at Creepy Classics!
The Latest! MONSTER BASH MAGAZINE #39
Get your copy of the latest MONSTER BASH MAGAZINE right now! Don’t miss out on getting it right away from Creepy Classics…home of MONSTER BASH MAGAZINE.
This is it….what a cool ghoul issue:
MONSTER BASH MAGAZINE #39 – Magazine
Wow! This issue is packed with great articles: Bela Lugosi’s Ygor, Lon Chaney’s Inner Sanctum series, Jack Pierce and THE WOLF MAN, Tom Weaver’s TERROR IN THE WAX MUSEUM interview, Monster Music stax of weird wax, Fan Flashbacks and more. Writers include Tom Weaver, John DeGarmo, Leonard Hayhurst, Thom Shubilla, Ron Adams…cover art by FAMOUS MONSTERS OF FILMLAND classic artist Basil Gogos!
Order before midnight, so you don’t forget!, CLICK HERE, or call (724) 238-4317.
It’s in our “Monster Bash Magazine Department” now at Creepy Classics!
….and now, photos of fun from past MONSTER BASH shows! Stay up-to-date with MONSTER BASH Shows: