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Kerry Gammill, an artist who specializes in Hollywood monster design, is the author of the perennial favourite Drawing Monsters and Heroes for Film and Comics J. David Spurlock is an award-winning author, illustrator and editor who has taught at the School of Visual Arts in New York.
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  • Paperback: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Vanguard (March 24, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1887591710
  • ISBN-13: 978-1887591713
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.5 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #235,008 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Truely a great book.
ori k.
Basil Gogos is most famous for his cover paintings for Famous Monsters of Filmland magazine, and most of those are beautifully reprinted here.
Arch Stanton
Get the book, and then cry about it if you want.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Steve M on January 14, 2010
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Like many who have reviewed this book, I grew up with Famous Monsters of Filmland, and was really looking forward to getting this book because of the fabulous artwork of Basil Gogos that I remember so well. Unfortunately, I was a little disappointed - with a title like "Famous Monster Movie Art of Basil Gogos", one would expect (at least I did) that it would concentrate on his well-known covers of monster and horror magazines, specifically Famous Monsters of Filmland, for which he is best known by many. Instead, a good portion of the book is devoted to his wildlife, western, military, adventure, and whatnot work. It would have been more accurate to call it "The Art of Basil Gogos", not the "Famous Monster Movie Art of Basil Gogos". Also, many of his Famous Monsters of Filmland cover art paintings are cropped - not a whole lot usually, but when compared with the actual magazine covers it's obvious (again, to me at least) that they have been cropped, and I just cannot understand why they would do this. And lastly, a good number of the covers are small, some very small, and are reproductions of the actual FMOF covers, not his actual paintings used to create those covers. Don't get me wrong, I'm still glad I got the book, the quality of the reproductions are great, and it's better than not having a book of his art. But they could have, and should have, done a much better job.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Tim Janson HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 2, 2006
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If you were fortunate to have been born between 1950 and 1970 or so, you're lucky to be a part of a wonderful fraternity. Like me, you are a "monster kid". Monster Kids are the generation that grew up with Shock Theater and campy horror movie hosts, old Aurora model kits, classic Universal horror films on 8MM, and...a fantastic magazine called Famous Monsters of Filmland. Famous Monsters was edited by legendary collector and Sci-Fi sage Forrest Ackerman and one of the great attractions throughout the years were the magnificent magazine covers painted by Basil Gogos. From Vanguard Productions comes "The Famous Monster Movie Art of Basil Gogos." Basil Gogos has rightfully been called, "The World's Most Famous Monster Artist." His bold, expresionistic use of color is what caught the eye of little ghouls like myself and my friends. Edited by Kerry Gammill and J. David Spurlock and with an introduction by Rob Zombie, the book provides a dazzling display of Gogos' art not only from Famous Monsters, but from many other magazines, books, and films.

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.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Martin Arlt on March 29, 2006
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Basil Gogos is known to monster fans all over the world, if not necessarily by name, then by his art. His paintings of monsters, aliens, and werewolves graced the covers of Famous Monsters of Filmland magazine. His art brought a dignity to these beasts, and this book reproduces many, many, many of Gogos' works, past and present. In addition to the expected monster images that fill this volume, there are many examples of Gogos' other art, ranging from illustrations from 1960s men's adventure magazines to paintings of subjects ranging from cowboys to wildlife to cityscapes. Each and every image, regardless of medium or subject, is remarkable. Anyone who fondly remembers Gogos' Famous Monsters covers can't possibly be dissapointed with this book! And even those without a nostaligic remembrance of those old monster images (like my wife!) will still find themselves enthralled. A book that truly deserves to be placed on a coffee table where people will look at it!-
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By 2littlemoney on April 15, 2006
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For any old school FAMOUS MONSTERS OF FILMLAND collector (and I mean the true ORIGINAL ~Forry Ackerman~ helmed FM *ahem*ahem*), this is like recieving a Holy Grail from those issues. I have both the Deluxe LE 600 copy signed, slipcased hardcover as well as this softcover ordered from Amazon.
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.
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