A super issue 6 for Cracked's For Monsters Only has it all: Vic Martin's groovy monster mobile cut-out (I did cut it out way back when and hung it up!); Jerry Grandenetti's poetic, kinetic art in The Secret Files of Marc Vangoro, Frankenstein '68 (with story by Otter Binder?); Richard Bojarski's articles on John Carradine and Lionell Atwill; and must-have items like the miniature secret spy camera (yes, I bought it!) and the Monster Size Glow in the Dark Skeleton (ditto!) in the ad pages. I also bought the x-ray binocular specs but I still couldn't see through walls or clothes. Damn.
In 1965, the corner store's magazine rack was filled with monster magazines and young monsterkids reaching up to grab them. Gorged on the zany, horror host, hosted Shock! television packages of classic (and spastic) horror and science fiction movies, monsterish humor was all the rage by the middle 1960s. It would take the 1970s and maturing monsterkids to clamor for more sophisticated reading, but until then, blame Forrest J. Ackerman's Famous Monsters of Filmland for making horror movies fun and cool by poking a little fun and a lot of puns their way. Carrying the humor to the extreme was Cracked's For Monsters Only. Cartoons, wacky John Severin drawn comics, and photo-captioned mutants, aliens, monsters, and other assorted nasties went for the readers funny bone instead of his or her jugular vein. Here's issue 1.
If you missed the first go-round of Cracked's For Monsters Only, here's your chance to get a taste of the zaniness with the cartoons, funny captioned photos, and monster comics that went for the yucks in those issues. The humor is give or take for me. The artwork is to die for, though, and it captures the monsterkid love with style.