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!

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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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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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Friday, August 26, 2016

Photobomb Friday: The Tiger Woman's Moral Dilemma!



She was the "IT" girl of the Saturday matinees. Despite having made only 4 serials and a handful of movies in the 1940s, Linda Stirling was the crush of three generations of boys and men alike due to those serials' constant re-releases to theaters and television. Her best known role was as the misnamed Tiger Woman in the serial of that title. Looking great in that strangely designed costume was a major achievement. She transformed it from silly to sexy with her jaunty performance.
(There's the smile that won The Mayhem's heart.)
So, any excuse to run a few pics of one of my first crushes, here's a mini-gallery of Linda at work:
(Earnest in action!)

(Oh, Nurse!!!)


(She's striking in The Purple Monster Strikes.)

(You can tell she's no liar -- her pants aren't on fire.)

(Linda can't return your calls right now -- She's all tied up!)
If you like the serials and goofy gags about them, you might enjoy my Cliffhanger Cut-Ups magazine, now on Amazon:

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Thursday, August 25, 2016

As Seen on TV -- Simon and Simon: “Almost Completely Out of Circulation” Custom Condor Comic Art

(A massive 36 inch wide marker comp done for the episode's finale.)

While at the Van Nuys office of Marvel Productions, I got a call to head out for a meeting with Stan Lee and Takashi (the studio’s art director), pronto. It turned out that Stan had a request to generate some prop comic book art for the prime time detective series Simon and Simon. The producers of the show had worked with Stan on the Doctor Strange TV pilot in the late 70s and figured if anyone knew how to get some comic book stuff going, it would be he.

(Frame captures from the Doctor Strange TV movie pilot.)

They’d decided to do the art on the West Coast to allow faster communication, and as I’d just come off the DNAgents comic book, which was under option as a live action show at CBS, everyone agreed that I’d be the right fit for the job.

(Some of the Condor art as seen on screen.)
 But there was a small rub. Since I was not a member of the Illustrators Guild, I couldn’t get a screen credit for my work. Their art director came up with the solution: DNAgents comics would be featured throughout the episode alongside the Marvel books and the faux comics I was creating – and the kid in the story would wear a DNAgents t-shirt part of the time. 

(Check out the DNAgents in the background of this scene filmed at Los Angeles' Hi-De-Ho Comics.)
Creating the fake comics was a blast. I penciled and where needed, wrote, the pages. Young Bruce Timm helped me out with some seriously nice inking on many of them when time got tight.

(A pair of my 6 inch by 9 inch faux cover comps.)
Takashi did the initial Condor and Condor logo designs, Jo Meugniot and I did the coloring, both color guides for the printers and marker color for the originals used on screen. Bill Spicer did the lettering, and Murphy Anderson’s outfit did the color separations. 

(A finished panel featuring the Condor.)
 So, here’s a look at The Claws of Condor, as seen on TV! 

(A large version of this on Masonite hung in the halls of Marvel Productions for many years.)

(My favorite of the Condor Covers.)
 
(To make the faux comic books, we removed the cover and centerspread from issues of Alpha-Flight and stapled our new art into the books in place of the pages we' d taken out. The Condor art was printed on both slick and pulp paper.)


Sadly for me, the original art for the finished pieces mysteriously disappeared while it was in Universal's hands, so I never got it back -- and Simon and Simon wouldn't take on my case.

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Sunday, August 21, 2016

Modern Monster #1: A Must Have Magazine of the 1960s

When I talk to my baby-boomer buddies who also grew up to become professional writers and artists, it wasn't just comic books they read in the 60s. While the cultural impact of the era's four color funnies -- particularly Batman with its TV series and Marvel with its marvelous new take on superheroic adventure cannot be denied -- paperback books, model kits, gum cards and monster magazines also held considerable sway over our youthful imaginations.

(Even its cover screams out that Modern Monster is a different sort of beast.)

Those monster magazines are of particular importance, and there were some that EVERYbody seems to have read: Famous Monsters, Castle of Frankenstein, Fantastic Monsters of the Films and the subject of this piece, Modern Monster (which became Modern Monsters with its second issue).
(A look at MM and its newstand competion. From Must Have Magazines of the 1960s)
Thanks to the incredibly successful Famous Monsters' pun-filled approach to writing, most mags targeted at the emerging monster fans had a certain Batmanish campiness about them. But not Modern Monsters. It took the subject seriously with well-written histories, thoughtful reviews and surprising interviews, like the one with Don Post in MM's first issue.

(Modern Monsters took its subject seriously with good writing and big, unblemished images,)

Published from the Hollywood Playboy Building Modern Monsters was something else -- color centerfold and all -- and it remains worth reading even today.
(The full color King Kong pull out centerfold)
Here're a few more pages from my digital restoration of the book, including that totally surprising ad for flamenco dancer paintings. Now that's grown up!
(Page from a detailed and well-researched article about the Shock Theater TV movie package.)

(Invasion of the Body Snatchers also gets some great coverage.)
("Humor in a Jugular Vein" -- just like Mad's first issue from over a decade earlier.)

(Any excuse is acceptable when it allows a Julie Adams image to be used.)

(Oh the horror! Flamenco dancers in a monster mag!)

And you can get this issue of The Masked Mayhem Presents Must Have Magazines of the 1960s: Modern Monster #1 on Amazon, too. Just click anywhere on the image below for ordering info.
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