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Mail Order Monsters

October 27th, 2007 Leave a comment Go to comments

Hey everyone! Well this week has been a lot crazier than I thought it would be, but I’m still planning on getting my act together enough to post a few more pre-Halloween audio goodies. In the meantime however I figured I’d issue a stop-gap in the form of some visual treats, specifically several scans I’ve made of (mostly) monster-related mail order items from the 1960’s.

Some background: The majority of these come from Charlton Press’ “Mad Monsters” & “Horror Monsters” magazines, and a smaller percentage are from even less common mags like “Modern Monsters” (Prestige Publications), “3-D Monsters” (“Fair Publishing” — actually Myron Fass!) and “Monster Mania”(Renaissance Productions).

Warren Publications and the Captain Company are represented by a few pages from “Monster World” & “Spacemen” (most of the “Spacemen” ones are at the end of page 4 — some cool stuff I’d love to check out there), but for the most part I tried to avoid the big guns (Famous Monsters, Creepy, Eerie, etc) since many of those ads are readily available online (case in point: here’s a great Flickr set.)

I also avoided using anything from the 1970’s (Monster Times, Castle of Frankenstein, House of Hammer, etc etc), but I bet I eventually break down & just start scanning everything in. That’s how this stuff always starts, isn’t it? Anyway, enjoy!

Monster Magazine Ads from the 1960’s

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  1. Dewster
    October 28th, 2007 at 00:16 | #1

    Man! I love this stuff! Had never seen over half of these before and I’m no stranger to monster ads. “the cult of horror” is my new desktop background!

  2. J.R.
    October 28th, 2007 at 02:48 | #2

    I remember a lot of these…I even had some of the actual toys, etc., once upon a time. you can see full-color reproductions of the “Weird-o & Monster Krazy Labels” (029.jpg) here:

  3. Anonymous
    October 28th, 2007 at 17:22 | #3

    Nice…. very nice. Seeing these ads, I wonder how many kids expectations were met once they received their orders? Funny to see the ones with the 8mm films… I still have several of these. Those met my expectations!

    Say…. what about rips of the “Horror” and “Fright” Lps from Taylor?

    Great Halloween!

  4. Jason
    October 28th, 2007 at 17:24 | #4

    It’s like you read my mind — check the newest post for the complete Taylor/ Poe series.

  5. Anonymous
    October 28th, 2007 at 17:30 | #5

    You, my friend are brilliant!

    Thanks so much!

  6. TheMadBlonde
    November 6th, 2007 at 16:30 | #6

    Wow, music from the planet Saturn & a $1 record player. One wonders what kind of sound THAT produced?

  7. Lunarshape
    January 22nd, 2008 at 10:52 | #7

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