Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Some people won't understand. Maybe it's a babyboomer thing. But there was a time when sneaking copies of Famous Monsters of Filmland under the covers to read by flashlight was the best thing in late night entertainment. Flipping through pulp pages of black and white pictures of old horror films occasionally seen on Saturday afternoon television, or after school matinées, and reading Forrest J. Ackerman's corny copy was pre-adolescent Nirvana. And so were Aurora models.
Do kids still make models? I had an amazing collection. From The Addams Family House, loving painted and mounted on a wood base complete with miniature skeletal trees and cemetery, to the full host of Universal monsters. The best had to be Dracula, with Frankenstein's monster coming in a close second.
Gluing and painting, creating horrific panoramas, the experience fueled the imagination. If you're interested in exploring some of these creations, or jogging memories, follow this link to Bobby's Monster Models, "my macabre mausoleum of morbid monster mayhem"
My poor parents. "When are you going to outgrow this stuff?" The answer now is obvious. Never.
Posted by Stewart Sternberg at 11:01 PM