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John Michael Cozzoli
New York
A monsterkid with a blog. Scary.
Interests: halloween, horror movies, horror, science fiction, and fantasy books, pressbooks, mexican lobby cards
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Of the two horror movies in this double bill, Day the World Ended gets my vote of approval. It helps to see it as a kid (which I did, on television, properly horror-hosted of course), but the movie is still quite palatable if you're older. With Roger Corman heading Day... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at From Zombos' Closet
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At an astounding 32 pages, this T-Men pressbook is a novel's worth of promotion. Striking use of red ink, thriller poster art, and enough publicity articles to choke a theater manager. The tie-ups are plentiful too, from Albolene Face Cream, Ritz Electric Broiler, Emerson Radio, and a T-Men kiddie button... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at From Zombos' Closet
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From the pressbook: ""In my picture," Jones says, "the right-thinking, right-acting, clean-living man always wins out. This man is not a prude. He is not a painfully righteous person. He has plenty of faults, as well as virtues." Comic book reader version: Download Rocky Rhodes Pressbook Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at From Zombos' Closet
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Ray Harryhausen's stop-motion animation is a real visual treat in Earth vs. the Flying Saucers, but the alien design is stellar also. This still remains one of those science fiction movies you should watch at a drive-in or on a big screen, with popcorn and a Coke. It's quintessential 1950s... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2019 at From Zombos' Closet
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One of the last few serials produced by Columbia, the Adventures of Captain Africa: Mighty Jungle Avenger!, were born when Columbia lost the rights to the Phantom, of which this movie was going to be the sequel. A lot of coffee and rewrites later, the costume was altered and the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2019 at From Zombos' Closet
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More chills and spills (in the aisles) as Bride of Frankenstein and Son of Frankenstein top this double bill of horror! Comic book reader version: Download Phantom Monster Show Pressbook Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2019 at From Zombos' Closet
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Dramatic poster art for Outcast of the Islands drew my attention to this pressbook. Looking at it, I find it interesting how some movies played up the exotic woman (here it's Kerima) in the tropical/jungle milieu, until the 1950s, in the horror and adventure genres; one of all image, no... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2019 at From Zombos' Closet
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Here's a monster matinee issue of Monster World for your Saturday morning coffee reading pleasure. Issue 7 has lots of those wonderful advertising pages we loved as kids (but now I realize how much page-space was taken up for them!), and a Son of Frankenstein filmbook, a note about Basil... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2019 at From Zombos' Closet
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I caught this on television a long while back and found it disturbing. A psychological horror story, it leaves you with a definite depressed mood. Terrence Stamp and Samantha Eggar provide the tension and terror as he displays really bad social skills and she's desperate to escape. Comic book reader... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2019 at From Zombos' Closet
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In 1981 I lost a girlfriend and watched Raiders of the Lost Ark on the big screen. Let me explain. I had just broken up with my girlfriend. She was still in love with a previous boyfriend who did a lot of bar-hopping playing in a band he never could... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2019 at From Zombos' Closet
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Here's another jam-packed issue for The Monster Times, issue 36. I get goosebumps when I read news blurbs like the one you'll find on page 25, in Trek Talk. A bloody sweet tw0-pager by Dez Skinn and Dave Gibbons provides the comic relief, and Jason Thomas brings us part 1... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2019 at From Zombos' Closet
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This is the 'insurance policy' theater giveaway for Night of the Living Dead. Of course, if you were actually frightened to death you couldn't spend the money anyway. Below it is a copy of the NOTLD pressbook page highlighting this promotional gimmick. You can see the rest of the pressbook... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2019 at From Zombos' Closet
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Fellow purveyor of popular culture goodness (and geekdom), Terry Michitsch, generously provided these scans of The 7th Voyage of Sinbad pressbook. My favorite Sinbad movie, this has it all: fantastic musical score, wonderful dynamation from the master, Ray Harryhausen, a perfectly nasty villain, romance, and a solid fantasy storyline with... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2019 at From Zombos' Closet
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Here's a monster timely issue for Godzilla fans. Issue 35 of The Monster Times covers Tokyo's eternal monster problem with a nifty rundown on the big nasties across the movies (up until 1974, of course). Howard Phillips (um, yeah) provides an overview of Supernatural Horrors in the comics, and the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2019 at From Zombos' Closet
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Here's another Columbia movie serial pressbook for a comics hero, Mandrake the Magician. Lots of magical promotion for this movie can be found here. Wikipedia mentions that Mandrake may possibly be the first superhero (he appeared in 1934). Comics reader version: Download Mandrake the Magician Pressbook See more pressbooks From... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2019 at From Zombos' Closet
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Here's another rare pressbook that recently went for over a thousand dollars at auction (crazy over-bidders!). Columbia's promotion for Batman and Robin is pretty smashing in these 16 pages. Of note is the single, but still important, promotion, Attract the Girls! on page 6. Looking back on those costumes, we... Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2019 at From Zombos' Closet
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This looks like a repop, but here's the still impressive Mexican lobby card for Black Dragons, one of the Monogram 9 movies starring Bela Lugosi. I must recommend two books for you to fully appreciate these low-budget but highly interesting (and downright weird most of the time) movies from poverty... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2019 at From Zombos' Closet
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Wikipedia notes this is the first Disney movie to be shown on television in a two-hour time slot, in 1975. Previous movies were edited or shown in two one-hour time slots. As usual, Disney heaps on the tie-ins, from jewelry to wallets and purses, to the Dell comic book. There's... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2019 at From Zombos' Closet
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When I think of movie serials, Spy Smasher, Flash Gordon, and Buck Rogers come to mind. Swashbuckling pirates, not so much. I wouldn't mind having a club card, though. Comic reader version: Download Great Adventures of Captain Kidd Pressbook See more pressbooks From Zombos' Closet. Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2019 at From Zombos' Closet
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The format of this Spanish pressbook for Olsen and Johnson's zany Hellzapoppin compelled me to add it to my collection. Their comedy was brash, insulting, crazy, and non-stop fast. They covered it all: vaudeville, radio, theater, television, and film. The wild cover art and long, slim appearance of this pressbook... Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2019 at From Zombos' Closet
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First, I'd like to confirm that I want the Capt. Video wallet and hosiery. The two-way radio and basque shirt with day-glow are also high on my list. Of particular note in the series is the Mu-ray camera, which allowed viewing of imagery of past events. This ability, in scientific... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2019 at From Zombos' Closet
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This just in from... UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif., ORLANDO, Fla. (April 29, 2019) – “Universal Monsters” will come to life in all-new terrifying Halloween Horror Nights mazes at Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando Resort, inspired by Universal’s original cinematic monsters and the movie studio that invented the horror films. The... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2019 at From Zombos' Closet
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Yes, the only reason I like this pressbook is the Cajun beauty poster art and tagline. How can anyone pass up on "born to take love and make trouble?" Sounds like a perfectly good trashy drive-in movie to me. You can catch it on YouTube if you have some time... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2019 at From Zombos' Closet
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This pressbook for Johnny "Mack" Brown's Valley of the Lawless is red, white, and blue all over. Brown appeared in Dell comics and on Wheaties boxes as well as making over a hundred cowboy movies. Comic reader version: Download Valley of the Lawless Pressbook See more pressbooks From Zombos' Closet. Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2019 at From Zombos' Closet
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SOS Submarine, the American title for the Italian movie, Men on the Sea Floor (1941), had a surprisingly interesting pressbook created for it. While only four pages, plus a one-page supplement for double-billing with Harpoon, its cover is more sophisticated in design and execution than most foreign movies pressbooks. The... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2019 at From Zombos' Closet