This Mexican lobby card for the Republic Pictures' 12 chapter serial, Flying Disc Man From Mars, has it all. Blasting ray gun, cool space alien suit and rocket, burning cities, fleeing people. This is a costume for Halloween I'd die for.
I'm a pushover for Halloween paper decorations. Not overly fond of "cute" stuff, but I had this Beistle mobile in my closet for ages, and I like the colors and cartoon whimsy. So now it's hanging from the ceiling this Halloween, and for many more to come.
Good thing this Beatnik costume, Beatnick Boy, from Ben Cooper is flame retardant; you never know what those beatniks are smoking. Just practice snapping your fingers together with an air of aloofness, and have a short beat poem ready to amuse the candy givers. (For those of you old enough to know what I'm talking about, for the life of me, the mask keeps reminding me of Paul Winchell!) Oddly enough, this is the first mask I've seen that fits comfortably in the box--like, just hanging out man--you know what I mean?
While horror, fantasy, and science-fiction magazines crowded the racks at the corner store in the 1960s and 70s, fanzines grew in popularity as more fans became knowledgeable in the genre and rolled their own. Here's Famous Fantasy Films from 1965, courtesy of Professor Kinema, which addressed the following concern: "Are you sick and tired of puns? Are you vexed at seeing the same monster pictures and information repeatedly printed? Do you enjoy reading magazines which contain over 25% advertising? If these are your complaints, then Famous Fantasy Films will try to alleviate them."
From the Wikipedia entry on fanzines: "Alex Soma's Horrors of the Screen, Calvin T. Beck's Journal of Frankenstein (later Castle of Frankenstein) and Gary Svehla’s Gore Creatures were the first horror fanzines created as more serious alternatives to the popular Forrest J. Ackerman's 1958 magazine Famous Monsters of Filmland." Courtesy of Professor Kinema's archives comes issue 3 of Horrors of the Screen, murky fanzine printing and all. Articles include Edwin Schallert's How the Invisible Man Was Filmed, which delves into the special effects used to create the illusion of invisibility, Annette Florance's Peter Cushing. Steven Jochsberger recalls a birthday with Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi's career coverage is continued in part 2 of William G. Obbagy's article.
I don't read French, but Professor Kinema visits Paris every year. He brings back a lot of good reading he finds in the book stalls. Here's his copy of La Methode Revue De CinemaNo. 9, which is full of great horror movies. While we were punning our way through the movies in the 1960s, the French took a more serious approach to our horrors. We caught up in the 1970s but I will always be grateful to the French fans and critics who saw the classic in our terrors before we did.