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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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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 yesterday 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 2 days ago 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
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On a relatively modest budget, The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms grossed millions. Beating Godzilla to the theaters, the giant monster here became the first to usher in the oops-we-dropped-an-atomic-bomb-and-this-happens movies that revitalized date-nights for countless teenagers in the 1950s. Ray Harryhausen does an excellent job of bringing the rhedosaurus to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2019 at From Zombos' Closet
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An Edward D. Wood Jr. movie; need I say more? This pressbook is pretty nifty, though, for an exploitation movie with an atom-sized budget. The die-cut cover opens to reveal poster art and photos, but no synopsis and an emphasis on newspaper advertising. Comic reader version: Download The Sinister Urge... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2019 at From Zombos' Closet
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A colorful pressbook for an awful science fiction movie. Good for a few laughs. Very few. But this pressbook is quite impressive; I think they spent more money on this than the movie. Comic reader version: Download Phantom From Space Pressbook See more pressbooks From Zombos' Closet. Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2019 at From Zombos' Closet
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In the Green Spider cabaret, somebody gets shot during a trumpet solo. Cue the crime drama mystery. This Mexican lobby card is just as mysterious. Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2019 at From Zombos' Closet
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A gorgeous and dynamic Mexican lobby card for Big House, U.S.A draws attention to the crime drama. Five criminals go after the loot. Who will survive? Lon Chaney Jr gets minuscule billing. (Note: I'm thinking this is a repop, not the original card, but still a beauty.) Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2019 at From Zombos' Closet
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Dick Powell made an excellent Philip Marlowe in Murder, My Sweet. He plays another tough guy here, successfully going against type (you know, the musical comedy leading man role that Hollywood wanted to peg him to). This Mexican lobby card shows the dames, the look, and the gun, essential elements... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2019 at From Zombos' Closet
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Here's one for Doris Day's 97th birthday. I don't think she showed as much cleavage in the movie as shown here, but yee-haw! Keep 'em cracking, DD! Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2019 at From Zombos' Closet
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It's not often you see pinball used as the construct for a world view, but Ralph Bakshi liked to push the animation envelope in the 1970s. Possibly his biggest success was Heavy Traffic (which followed Fritz the Cat), but my favorite was his Lord of the Rings adaptation. Comic reader... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2019 at From Zombos' Closet
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Apr 1, 2019
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Zombos Says: Very Good Just finished Bill Schelly's James Warren: Empire of Monsters. Let me put it this way. There are books I tend to dawdle over and books I have trouble putting down, once I start reading them, because something about them, maybe it's the style or the content... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2019 at From Zombos' Closet
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The Time Machine kicks off issue 34 of The Monster Times, with It Came From Out of the Underground (comix, that is), and Star Trek Lives! By 1979, Star Trek fandom would get their fix with Star Trek the Motion Picture (well, okay, sort of), and more ST to follow... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2019 at From Zombos' Closet
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In issue 26 of The Monster Times, Destroy All Monsters brings out the big guns, Metropolis, Illinois, gets super coverage, Richard Bojarski tells us all about Rondo Hatton in Horrorwood, and Star Trek lives! -- as a Saturday morning cartoon (which was pretty good, actually). Also not to be glossed... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2019 at From Zombos' Closet