The Monster Times was probably more adept at selling books, posters, and comic-related merchandise to horror, science fiction, and fantasy fans than any other related magazine. Here's The Monster Catalog Number 2 for a nostalgic treat.
So I'm thinking if you're not young and beautiful, you're safe, right? By the 1970s, pressbooks were becoming cut-up and paste efforsts (worst efforts, clever huh) with lurid colors and few pages. This one is a double-sided sheet. That's it. Two beautiful girls stumble onto a ghost ship filled with flesh-eating ghouls. They (the girls) insist on checking it out so they can be devoured as they (the ghouls) check them out. Rescuers arrive for more snacks. And the illustration makes it look like she's fighting little people dead men with rope. In a bikini. Midnight show anyone? And yes, it's those Knights Templars back for more. This is the third installment, El Buque Maldito, in the Blind Dead series. It does have its atmosphere and creep factor, though, so midnight show, anyone?
Thanks to Tony Rivers and his taste in classy, ahem, movies, we have this double bill pressbook for Viking Women and the Sea Serpent and The Astounding She Monster. The pressbook is the folder design with insert sheets, which makes a wonderful presentation for distributors. Usually, this pressbook winds up being cut up and in terrible shape (maybe those movies were pretty popular!?) when it comes up for auction, but thanks to Tony and his pressbook collection (yeah, Zombos is jealous), we've got a great bunch of scans to share with fellow lovers of feminine pulchritude and pugilistic prowess.
I'll never forget seeing this one, with my mom, at the Benson Theater (86th Street, Brooklyn). It was a hot summer evening, the air-conditioning was busted, and they kept the doors open to the street in a futile attempt to cool the theater. I pity the poor bastard running the projector that night. Every so often the elevated train would rumble past. We didn't care. We loved the movie. One of Vincent Price's best. Here's the pressbook.
Issue 14 of The Monster Times is the last one to be published bi-weekly (although it actually hit the newsstands a week later than scheduled). Starting with issue 15, TMT would hit the newsstands monthly, then eventually go bi-monthly, then eventually go whenever, until its final 48th issue. In this issue, Godzilla becomes "the Rona Barrett of Monsterdom," The Wolf Man receives the "complete filmbook" treatment, and Peter Cushing talks about Tales From the Crypt. The Phantom gets beat up as "a mercenary running-dog lackey with license to kill" by one Ms. M. J. Blowemup Weatherperson, and The Dead Are Alive and Frogs get roasted.