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JM 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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My book review for Dancing With Tombstones first appeared in The Horror Zine. It is reposted here with permission. Turns out evocation is a good word to describe Michael Aronovitz’s collection of short stories and one novella in Dancing with Tombstones. Sure, there are the de rigueur sudden or drawn-out... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at From Zombos' Closet
My book review for Fugue Devil: Resurgence first appeared in The Horror Zine. It is reposted here with permission. What started out as a dream for a young Stephen Mark Rainey turns into nightmares for his fictional people in Fugue Devil: Resurgence. In his introduction to this collection of thirteen... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2022 at From Zombos' Closet
At 24 pages, this 11 x 17 inches pressbook is a good deal of promotion, theater ballyhoo, and actor articles. Take a look at the portable Emerson Radio (I'd still want one!) or the "inner sanctum" wallet (ditto). Very interesting is the 16-page comic story in Mysterious Traveler Comics. The... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2022 at From Zombos' Closet
JM Cozzoli added a favorite at lost & found vintage toys
May 5, 2022
After you watch enough movies from the 1940s you get a feeling the men did most of the heavy lifting storywise. Women were either hometown girl, femme fatale, or cute and sassy cut outs to paper over. While the guys threw all the punches, the woman either dodged, sidestepped, or... Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2022 at From Zombos' Closet
Okay, so what if a young Joe Dante panned Cry of the Werewolf in an issue of Famous Monsters of Filmland. Sure, the poster art is the best thing about this movie, but at least you can read the Scary Wolf-Woman On Vegetable Diet for a laugh, anyway, on page... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2022 at From Zombos' Closet
This Paramount airborne thriller has a nifty cast that includes Brian Donlevy, Dean Jagger, Fred MacMurray, Joan Bennett, Zasu Pitts and others. It has the usual beautiful blonde-intoxicated male driven plot with a few twists and turns. Of particular interest for us jaded passengers is the United Airlines Boeing 247... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2022 at From Zombos' Closet
The poster art and unusual size (9 inches x 20 inches folded, 18 inches x 20 inches unfolded) grabbed my attention for this Underground (1941) pressbook. More pulp than noir in effect, but still noirish enough to be compelling. Here are the first few pages. To read the entire pressbook,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2022 at From Zombos' Closet
Here's another rare pressbook: Tower of London with Boris Karloff and Basil Rathbone. A wild and wonderful 17.5 x 23 inches when opened to read. I'm not sure if any pages are missing as I found this one in loose sheets. But what's here is still stellar. Aside from the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2022 at From Zombos' Closet
This is the rare and quite fragile pressbook for Song of the Thin Man, an enjoyable detective movie from an enjoyable MGM series of Thin Man movies). Unfortunately, MGM, around this time period, liked to print their pressbooks on cheap newsprint pulpy paper, which doesn't hold up well over time.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2022 at From Zombos' Closet
Along with the pressbook, many times there were advertising or promotion supplements. These were printed inserts that included promotional articles and ideas, merchandising tie-ins, poster advertising, theater lobby displays, and additional newspaper adverts. Here are the two supplements (2 pages and 4 pages) for Tarzan the Ape Man. Johnny Weissmuller... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2022 at From Zombos' Closet
At 18.75 x 12.5 inches, this 8 page pressbook is large and packed with promotion for the ape man. Unfortunately it was printed on thin, acid-prone paper, so handling had to be kept to a minimum for scanning. Also, I think the paper was tan originally, not white, so I... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2022 at From Zombos' Closet
Another lost city reluctantly found, another treasure stolen by dastardly white hunters. Brenda Joyce takes over the role of Jane (but without the chemistry of Maureen O'Sullivan) and Tarzan's home atop the Great Escarpment changes into a next door over from the trading hut location. So, both chemistry and mystery... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2022 at From Zombos' Closet
I caught Meet Nero Wolfe on a double bill with a Margaret Rutherford Agatha Christie movie back in the 1980s. I forget exactly where in New York City the event took place, but I recall the cramped theater was rather hot after a while and also that both movies were... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2022 at From Zombos' Closet
Here's the 11x17 inches pressbook for Tarzan's Desert Mystery. While Jane is away helping the war effort, Tarzan must contend with Nazis, hungry plants, and a pesky giant spider. A fun matinee romp in the series, this is the 8th movie for Johnny Weissmuller as Tarzan. Amazingly, while I'm a... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2022 at From Zombos' Closet
"Exciting expose of parole racket," The Wayward Girl (not to be confused with The Wayward Girl starring Liv Ullmann) is a 1950s crime movie through and through. The poster art, especially the color-version, is fairly lurid in mood. ComicRack reader version: Download Wayward Girl Pressbook You don't need to stray... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2022 at From Zombos' Closet
Captain Midnight's most dastardly villain turned out to be his ex-sponsor, Ovaltine, who owned all the rights to the name. When the television show (he appeared on radio, in the comics, and there was a serial and newspaper strip), went into syndication, Ovaltine forced a name change to Jet Jackson,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2022 at From Zombos' Closet
Here's a nifty giveaway for Blood Orgy of the She-Devils: the hypnotic eye psychometry test. It's very simple. What do you do to drum up interest in a no-budget horror by Ted V. Mikels? Why, just add orgy and blood in the movie's title and hand out cool stuff like... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2022 at From Zombos' Closet
A stunningly sad, desperate, and atmospheric movie, Sunset Boulevard is a flashback narrated by a dead guy, the one you see floating in the middle of the pool at the beginning. How can you not love a story narrated by a dead guy? And he's not even a zombie. He's... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2022 at From Zombos' Closet
While the non-American pressbooks can be short on pages and promotional and commercial tie-ins, the artwork and printing layout can be quite creative. Here's the French pressbook for Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy. Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2022 at From Zombos' Closet
See Mary Poppins pressbook Part One. In this second part of the Mary Poppins pressbook is the incredible merchandising. My favorite is the Louis Marx wind-up, but you will find Gold Key comics, Whitman books, records, puzzles, her carpet bag, Golden Books, clothes, and more. Toy merchandising on a grand... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2022 at From Zombos' Closet
At 44 pages, the pressbook for Mary Poppins is supercalifragilisticexpialidocious, indeed. Every Disney pressbook I've seen has an incredible amount of merchandising and promotion packed into it. While the sequel, Mary Poppins Returns was enjoyable, there's magic to be found in the original that cannot be repeated. The Sherman Brothers... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2022 at From Zombos' Closet
It looks like this pressbook for Secret Service in Darkest Africa took quite a trip through the jungle itself. The large format, and at 12 pages, it does still stands out as a promotional seller for this sequel to G-Men vs. the Black Dragon by Republic. This time around the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2022 at From Zombos' Closet
The Living Dead, also known as The Scotland Yard Mystery, has another mad scientist somnambulizing people (yes, I think I just made this word up!) into a zombie-ish trance to do his criminal bidding. Since my favorite color is purple I couldn't pass up this pressbook. That poster art is... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2022 at From Zombos' Closet
I'm sure this pressbook was originally eight pages, but six is all I have for now until I can track down another copy. The East Side Kids were quite a movie franchise, especially if you count their various iterations (Dead End Kids, Little Tough Guys, Bowery Boys) along the way... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2022 at From Zombos' Closet