Copyright 1973,Trubadour Press.
Reprinted in1980 by Starstream Products¬†
Text by Leah Waskey
Illustrated by Mark Savee
Well, Maniacs! Let me welcome you to the Vintage Zone at¬†horrornews.net. I’m sure that some of you are wondering “Monstermatt, a¬†coloring book? Come on,you can’t be serious?!”
Of Corpse , I am! It’s true.I’m going to share with you one¬†of the¬†ghoulest coloring books that there ever was! Come with me to the shelf of vintage things.(blowing off some dust)
Look here for yourself:it’s the Monster Gallery Coloring Book!!!!
Yours Drool-ly, first became aware of it in the back of Famous Monsters magazine, as a little monster.During a family trip to¬†Nantucket,I spotted it in a book store/gift shop.This would have been¬†right around 1978. The cover image of The Phantom of The Opera leering over his¬†shoulder,half turned ,with a grimace, while playing the organ, was an¬†eye grabber!Was this the same image from the ad in Famous Monsters? ! It¬†was!!
The book is printed on a thicker¬†paper stock Than usual.We can assume¬†that it is meant for watercolors,markers and colored¬†pencils, in¬†addition to crayons.
In the book,you’ll find it has fifteen different portraits of¬†individual monsters,beginning with The Fly, The Monster of¬†Frankenstein,Mummy, Creature From The Black Lagoon, Hunchback of Notre¬†Dame, Godzilla, Cyclops, Werewolf, The Abominable Snowman, Mr,Hyde, The¬†Phantom(also the cover boy),Morlock,Vampire,King Kong,and ending with¬†Bride of Frankenstein. A one page written summary of their story¬†accompanies each illustration by Mark Savee. It doesn’t follow your¬†
standard coloringbook format,of a book lengthed deveoping¬†storyline.But,with each of eye popping beautiful renderings of our¬†
classic favorites,you don’t mind at all!
Each illustration is so well done.Savee gives you the spotlighted¬†monster,with scenerey that fits their individual story.Almost as if¬†
they were taken from a storybook.
Another way you might recognize the drawings,are as card art for the¬†Tomland Famous Monsters of Legend action figures. Well,almost. If you¬†compare an example of Savee’s work with the card art,there are¬†differences. One wonders if somebody just aped his drawings and made¬†changes?!These are “knock off” figures ,so it is don’t worry,we will¬†explore those further at some point. Lets take a look at the character summaries, that accompany the¬†drawings.
Each summary varies from monster to monster.Leah Waskey gives you a¬†set up for the monster’s portrait. Also, Waskey gives you¬†a quote at¬†the top of the page, from various sources.The book or story each¬†monster came from,some from philosopy,and even a bible quote.Not every¬†monster gets a quote,though.
Reading about¬†the monsters, and applying color to their¬†portraits,really makes you want to get more involved in their¬†worlds.Is the¬†best thing to come out of this book,a desire to get¬†more about¬†the monsters?Many monster lovers would say” Yes!” I know “Yours Drool-ly” did just that!
With fifteen different monsters,it’s dificult to give you examples of¬†every one.What we can do is highlight one¬†Of them.How about an¬†anniversary celebrant?The 75th anniversary girl’s picture and story¬†can¬†give you the goods!So,let’s look at The Bride of Frankenstein! “We belong dead.” Starting with a quote from The 1935 sequel,”The Bride of¬† Frankenstein”,Waskey gives you a pretty decent rundown of the events¬† in the final act of the Bride’s story.
The Bride is brought to life in a laboratory by Dr.Frankenstein,and¬† Dr.Pretorious, while being watched by the original creation,the Monster. Tensions are high,as the doctors try to complete the process.Frankenstein wants to give his monster a mate,in hopes that he¬†can be¬†free of his self created curse.
A combination of bodies,and parts make the Bride in the same fashion¬† as the monster groom.Kind of like “Build a Bear Workshop!”.She¬†is¬† strangely beautiful, even in an unnatural state of animated lifel
In what is described as a wedding of a man made Adam and Eve, the Bride¬† is led by the doctors to the monster.She is frightened by the sight of¬†him,and hisses and shrieks. She rejects the monster groom!
This rejection brings tears to the monster.He realizes he can’t have a¬†true mate,and longs for death,which he can have with the draw of a lever.They will be together in death.
If you want to hunt this monster book down,their are two things to¬†look for.The original version will bring a higher price in the¬†collector market. The Starstream version obscures the front cover with a green bar along the¬†side.You can find either version through the usual auction sites or¬†amazon and such.Usually, the original will go for $25.00-$40.00,and the¬†reprint $10.00-$15.00.As always:happy hunting!
Monstermatt Patterson of www.monstermatt.com
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