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Famous Monster Movie Art of Basil Gogos PB Paperback – March 24, 2006
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In fact, his first professional sale was not a monster, but rather a cover for a western paperback (reprinted in the book) in 1959. Gogos did numerous covers in many different genres including westerns, war, jungle adventures, spicy adventures, and more. Dozens of examples of his work from this period are included. His first cover for Famous Monsters of Filmland appeared on the cover of issue #9 from November, 1960, depicting Vincent Price from "The House of Usher". For the first time, kids who were used to only knowing them from black & white films now saw their monster heroes in bold color thanks to Gogos. In all, Gogos did 48 covers of Famous Monsters and they are among the most popular issues for collectors.Read more ›
Regarding both editions (there's also an unsigned HC available too), this is a LONG OVERDUE retrospective for this highly underrated artist (well, underrated by the sheeple, and near God-like to those of us who know better...hehe;-). It amazes me that it has taken this long for a tome to be produced showcasing the beauty of this master's work. Luckily, the wait has been more than worthwhile.
The reproduction of Gogos' paintings, much from the Warren era are so incredibly vibrant. In fact, even the Warren covers weren't as crisp and eyepopping. If you've ever seen the care and print quality put into, say for instance, a Frazetta art volume, you know that those are top of the line reproductions. I had been a little suspicious how this Gogos volume would look and am here to say I was more than pleased (hey, I ordered this SC 'reading copy' so my HC didn't get any more scuffed up going in and out of its ridiculously tight slipcase!).
If you are wondering if the FM covers are all here, well....many of them are (I haven't gone through and checked what's shown against the Warren covers gallery yet). But rest assured, classic covers, most minus the cover text, some with, are present. Paintings like Price from FM #9, Lanchester from FM #17 (and a huge 2 page blow up of the later painting with her & Karloff), Frye (#18), King kong, Barnabas, the Creature, Karloff...I mean, it goes on and on...what's also cool, is Gogos adds some comments for the images regarding what he used, his motivations etc etc.Read more ›
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Fantastic and inspiring! No one should be without this book in their possession – especially artists.Published 9 months ago by Kristin W
Got to Basil Gogos recently and this book really covers his work. Really enjoyed the book.Published 10 months ago by Kevin
Gorgeous book, everything I hoped it would be. A good choice of gift for any vintage monster art fan. Arrived quickly, too!Published on June 17, 2013 by MB
This book, which reviews the long and complex work of one of the horror scene's greatests painters, is a true eye candy. Read morePublished on February 27, 2011 by ori k.
First of all...Like so many reviewers before me have said; almost every boy that grew up in the '50s & '60s anxiously collected our 35 cents every month so we could go to the local... Read morePublished on September 2, 2007 by Daddyo
this book is great.Very happy to included this one in my collection.Already have a tattoo planed of bride of frankenstein.Published on March 13, 2007 by Bob Moreault