It’s been a while since I discussed one of my favorite places on Earth. The Newsstand in Grove City, Pennsylvania. It’s now a shimmering memory, my favorite place, as it was between 1965-1977. A place of magic, discovery and a large floor fan that cooled the interior on those hot golden summer days.
It’s one of those places, I image, that maybe I can re-visit somewhere in a future dimension. That period of time still existing out in space there somewhere. When I’m gone…you can look for me in that newsstand in that segment of time. I’ll be the one in the blue jeans, plaid untucked shirt, black Converse tennis shoes and crew cut.
I wish I could go back there now. Push down that gold, well worn metal thump tab that would open the door. The mixed aroma of newsprint, tobacco and oiled wooden floor hitting me in the face. It was a refuge, a kinda place where I felt at home. Dark and cool.
To my right would be he wooden magazine racks. I’d have to stand on the lower tier to reach the place where FAMOUS MONSTERS magazine would be…maybe hidden behind a wrestling magazine, hot rod magazine, football magazine and next to CREEPY, MAD and CRACKED magazines. I might even, on occasion, see a CASTLE OF FRANKENSTEIN or FOR MONSTERS ONLY mag.
On the left would be stacks of the latest newspapers from the towns of Sharon, Butler, Pittsburgh and others. These stacks would often be taller than I was. Beyond the stacks was the counter with a big old cash register that had those push-down buttons. A box of Bazooka bubble gum on the counter.
Moving down the dark cool store there were the comic book spin-around racks. Maybe there was no new issue of FAMOUS MONSTERS…surely I could find a FANTASTIC FOUR comic or a TALES FROM ASTONISH that featured The Incredible Hulk. There might be a STRANGE TALES with Doctor Strange with that Steve Ditko fantastic art. Maybe a METAL MEN or JERRY LEWIS comic where he met monsters. Or, a STAR SPANGLED WAR STORIES that had army men fighting prehistoric, ravenous dinosaurs.
Then another step back into the long narrow newsstand and there was a large red Coca-Cola cooler. You could insert a dime and open up the top. The glass bottles of soda pop could be slide along a metal rail and released as you pulled up. The bottle opener was on the side of the machine. On the floor, wooden crates with slots to put empty bottles in.
At the back of the store, paperback book racks. I would stare endlessly at the great cover art. DOC SAVAGE books, Gothic novels with some fleeing woman and a castle in the background (one upper window lit), CONAN books with Frazetta covers (I didn’t know his name at that time) and DARK SHADOWS books too.
In the 1980s the newsstand was closed. The last time I checked, there was a travel agent there with carpeted floors, desks and no sign of my newsstand. That place in time that I remember, I want to find again someday, someway. It was heaven to this Monster Kid.
Have a blessed and happy Easter,
On with the show, now let’s check out the new cool stuff and classic monster news…
Stop In and Fill Those Baskets
Please stop in through the weekend to load up your Easter baskets with cool goodies, the kind Mom used to get for your Easter basket.
Maybe pick some stuff out to give as a gift to another dear Monster Kid friend.
Click here and wonder around, you’ll love all the stuff you see.
New Adds! The Wonderful World of Warren Magazines…
We just pulled open warehouse boxes of Warren magazines from the 1960s and early 1970s. Wow, some great rare stuff that is now available for your collection. These great James Warren publications include early FAMOUS MONSTERS OF FILMLAND, CREEPY, EERIE, MONSTER WORLD, SCREEN THRILLS ILLUSTRATED and even, the ultra rare Warren magazine TEEN LOVE STORIES!
Here are just a few of the selection in our Creepy Magazine Newsstand:
FAMOUS MONSTERS OF FILMLAND #10 – Magazine
A early issue of the classic James Warren and Forrest J Ackerman landmark monster magazine. Other than tape on the spin, this magazine is tight and super nice. How often do you get a chance to grab one of the first ten issues of FM? Mad labs, Mexican monsters, The Phantom, Robert Bloch!
FAMOUS MONSTERS OF FILMLAND #16 – Magazine
Other than tape on spine this vintage FM is in super nice shape…tight. From 1962 this James Warren and Forrest J Ackerman masterpiece seems unread…really, really great. Lon Chaney, Canada’s THE MASK, Robert Bloch, Way Out and more. A real gem for your collection!
FAMOUS MONSTERS OF FILMLAND #53 – Magazine
Warehouse find in NYC. The great iconic monster mag from James Warren and Forrest J Ackerman! Inside this issue: The Horror of Hammer, You Axed For It, William Castle – Man of Terror, Face 1001 of Lon Chaney, WHAT starring Christopher Lee and more! FM from the 1960s. Great condition!
CREEPY #20 – Magazine
The great vintage black and white horror comic magazine with a super color cover of the WAR OF THE WORLDS Martian. The James Warren horror publication that warped a generation of kids. In this issue, great horror stories illustrated by George Tuska, Gray Morrow, Reed Crandall and more! Unused warehouse find. Some shelf/storage wear, but unread.
EERIE #6 – Magazine
Classic Warren black and white horror comic magazine – from 1966! Features one heck of an artist line-up: Steve Ditko, Gene Colan, Gray Morrow, Reed Crandall and others.
EERIE #12 – Magazine
Original 1967 magazine. This James Warren publication features great artists like Dan Adkins, Tom Sutton, Jeff Jones, Joe Orlando and others! What a great cover, based on Lon Chaney in THE MUMMY’S CURSE. A really GREAT issue.
EERIE #15 – Magazine
Warehouse find! Unused original 1968 EERIE magazine from James Warren Publishing! Great black and white horror comics that our moms all frowned upon… In this issue, lots of monsters with art by greats: Pat Boyette, Gray Morrow, Joe Orlando and more. Classic Warren.
EERIE #36 – Magazine
The classic James Warren black and white horror comic magazine from 1971! Art in this issue by Dave Cockrum, Bruce Jones, Pablo Marcos, Tom Sutton and others. A beautiful uncirculated magazine in super condition.
EERIE #37 – Magazine
Uncirculated new! The classic black and white horror comic magazine from James Warren. Artist Gene Colan and other greats! Stories include: The Other Side of Atlantis, Horror at Hamilton House, Dethslaker and more. Issued in 1971. Cousin Eerie hosts these great horror stories.
MONSTER WORLD #6 – Magazine
One of my all-time favorite magazines….for the cover alone! The 1965 James Warren and Forrest J Ackerman companion magazine to FAMOUS MONSTERS OF FILMLAND. Inside: RETURN OF THE VAMPIRE, REVENGE OF THE ZOMBIES, TARANTULA, DRACULA-PRINCE OF DARKNESS and more golden age monster movie fun. Warehouse unused copy.
SCREEN THRILLS ILLUSTRATED #1 – Magazine
The James Warren FAMOUS MONSTERS OF FILMLAND spin-off magazine with editors Sam Sherman and Forrest J Ackerman. From 1962, serial, classic movies, horror and sci-fi. Three Stooges, Dick Tracy, The 13 Tarzans and more. Seems unread, but owner put tape on spine..otherwise GREAT! Not loose at at all.
SCREEN THRILLS ILLUSTRATED #8 – Magazine
A James Warren-Forrest J Ackerman magazine in the great FAMOUS MONSTERS OF FILMLAND formatting. A great issue: THE SPIDER serials, SABU – Hero of Modern Arabian Nights, The Marx Brothers, Bela Lugosi, classic westerns and great monster ads! Unused warehouse find!
TEEN LOVE STORIES #1 (Warren Publication) – Magazine
Jim Warren (FAMOUS MONSTERS OF FILMLAND) created this, now rare, teen magazine in 1967. First premiere issue. Black and white teen love comics, photos, Davy Jones, Twiggy, Frazetta anti-smoking ad. Very hip 1967…summer of love teen mag! Familiar FM formatting. Great condition!
Get all of the above and more in our on-line Creepy Magazine Newsstand…where else, but Creepy Classics?!
Get Your Hotel Room Booked Now for MONSTER BASH OCTOBERFEST 2020
Get Your Hotel Room Booked Now for MONSTER BASH OCTOBERFEST 2020!
Hotel rooms at the host hotel, The Marriott Pittsburgh North are discounted now to $109 a night for MONSTER BASH attendees.
Call (724) 772-3700, or CLICK HERE to register on-line!
Blu-Ray Marathon Deal Right Now
Check out this new bundle pack of Blu-Rays:
BLU-RAY MOVIE MARATHON (5 Movies) – Bundle Pack
Get these five movies on Blu-Ray for a weekend marathon! A variety of horror, chills and science fiction: A STUDY IN TERROR (1959 Sherlock Holmes Meets Jack the Ripper, NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD (1968), YOR – HUNTER FROM THE FUTURE (1983), NIGHTWING (1979) and SHADOW OF THE HAWK (1976).
Find this movie marathon Blu-Ray bundle in our Bashin’ Bundles Department. Or, you can get them individually in our Creepy Blu-Ray Department. What a great variety to spend a weekend watching while you have cabin fever!
Ready to ship to you….we’re shipping three times daily on weekdays and every Saturday morning too. Creepy Classics is here for you…keeping monster movie fans entertained for 28 years.
New! Double Feature History Book
We’ve just added to our Creepy Bookstore, copies of this great book by Bryan Senn….incredible research:
TWICE THE THRILLS! TWICE THE CHILLS! – Large Softcover Book
By Bryan Senn. In the 1950s, distributors began releasing double-bills–including many horror and sci-fi features. This book presents these double features year-by-year, and includes production details, historical notes, and critical commentary for each film. Big 423 pages, ad art and photos!
Snag your BIG double feature history book now in our Creepy Bookstore at Creepy Classics. Boy, I sure wish we had these kind of history books back when I was in school…
Make Sure You’re Caught Up On Your MONSTER BASH Magazine Collection!
Do you have all of the magazines pictured above?
Frankenstein, Dracula, The Wolf Man, The Mummy, Creature From the Black Lagoon, King Kong, The Phantom of the Opera, Mr. Hyde…they’re all here, at home in MONSTER BASH MAGAZINE.
Collect them all….Click Here to get them right from the publisher (us!), new glossy mags shipped bagged and boarded for protection to you!
All at Creepy Classics, right now!
New! Vintage Creepy Collectible Library Books
These are the books that we took out from the school library…we’d search the stacks and shelves for movie books, UFO books and spooky story collection books. When we’d find ones like those pictured above, we knew we hit the target and would quickly pull it off the shelf and head for the desk to check it out! New arrivals:
MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH (Poe) – Hardback Library Book
Similar to the Crestwood House books…hardback aimed at young adult reader. Amazing, beautiful color paintings as illustrations by John Lawn. The classic Edgar Allan Poe tale. Typical library wear with Library stamp, check out card in back.
CASK OF AMONTILLADO (Poe) – Hardback Library Book
Similar to the Crestwood House books…hardback aimed at young adult reader. Amazing, beautiful color paintings as illustrations by Ann Toulmin-Rothe. The classic Edgar Allan Poe tale. Typical library wear with Library stamp, check out card in back.
These ones were just added to our Creepy Bookstore.
You can also see more in our Crestwood House Collectible Department at Creepy Classics.
Virginian and Forbidden Planet Actor, James Drury Passes Away
Another star of movies and TV passes away at 85 years old, James Drury. Here’s more from Monster Bash’s Leonard Hayhurst:
Western actor James Drury died April 6, 2020, in Houston, Texas, of natural causes, according to the Hollywood Reporter. He was 85. He was born April 18, 1934, in New York City, New York.
Drury is best known for playing the title character of THE VIRGINIAN in the western series that ran on NBC from 1962 to 1971. He also played a crewman in the landmark 1956 sci-fi film FORBIDDEN PLANET.
Others movies included BLACKBOARD JUNGLE, THE TENDER TRAP, THE LAST WAGON, LOVE ME TENDER, POLLYANNA, RIDE THE HIGH COUNTRY and MAVERICK. Television guest starring roles were on GUNSMOKE, ALFRED HITCHCOCK PRESENTS, THE RIFLEMAN, RAWHIDE, WAGON TRAIN, ALIAS SMITH AND JONES, IRONSIDE and THE ADVENTURES OF BRISCO COUNTRY JR.
Rest In Peace Honor Blackman
This in from MONSTER BASH MAGAZINE writer Leonard Hayhurst:
British actress Honor Blackman died April 5, 2020, of natural causes at the age of 94, according to The Guardian. She was born Aug. 22, 1925, in London, England.
Blackman had a career than spanned nearly 70 years across stage, film and television. She’s best remembered for three roles.
She played femme fatale Pussy Galore in the 1964 James Bond flick GOLDFINGER, considered by many to be the best in the long running franchise. She was leather-clad judo fighter Cathy Gale on the cult series THE AVENGERS from 1962 to 1964. She played the goddess Hera in the 1963 stop-motion movie JASON AND THE ARGONAUTS.
Her other movies included DAUGHTER OF DARKNESS, THE GLASS CAGE, A NIGHT TO REMEMBER, THE SECRET OF MY SUCCESS, MOMENT TO MOMENT, FRIGHT, SOMETHING BIG, TO THE DEVIL A DAUGHTER, THE CAT AND THE CANARY, TALE OF THE MUMMY, COCKNEYS VS. ZOMBIES and BRIDGET JONES’ DIARY. She also played the vivacious Laura West for seven seasons on THE UPPER HAND, a British adaption of the U.S. series WHO’S THE BOSS.
New! More Vintage Fantastic Classic Scholastic
Throwback time. It’s 6th grade all over again and the Scholastic Book order just came in. Your teacher is calling out names for you to come up to her desk and get your book order! The excitement of getting your books…the mysteries, the ghost stories, the magic books.
More titles entering our retro hallowed halls include: OZMA OF OZ, THE RUNAWAY ROBOT, MISS PICKERELL GOES TO MARS, HOMER PRICE, THE GHOST ROCK MYSTERY, CALL IT COURAGE, THE MYSTERY OF THE CRIMSON GHOST, STORIES OF GHOSTS, MONSTER JOKES AND RIDDLES and more!
Re-live it all one more time…order your Scholastic Books in our Scholastic Book Department at Creepy Classics. They’ll be in your mail box or at your door fast. The wait and excitement is on…but, you won’t have to wait too long now!
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