One for horror film geeks: Famous Monsters of Filmland is being relaunched (yet again!) this summer as a quarterly. America’s first horror film title, the Jim Warren published & Forry Ackerman edited mag was a strong influence on many leading film directors of today (and a few magazine editors!). Comics publisher IDW is handling the relaunch, but what a messy cover! The Rich Corben visual’s a joke, the topline & the IDW box don’t fit the space… Maybe they should stick to comics! Dynacomm’s 1990s relaunch (pic 6) did it so much better. Hopefully so will my toe-in-the-water HoH limited edition collection thingie (pic 8) when I eventually get around to doing it.
When I first posted the above visual on Facebook, it led to a rush of comments…
Dave King: Totally agreed on the FM cover. I thought it was a joke when I first saw it. Not laughing now, mind… A relaunch for HoH!? How fab! When’s it hitting?
David Flint: An HoH relaunch? Interesting…
Nick Setchfield: At least they’ve kept the logo, but what an insane cover choice, especially as an old school painting of a Predator would have looked terrific.
Stephen Hooker: Relaunch HoH!!!! And I’ll beat path to your door!
Alan John Dempsey: An HoH relaunch would be fantastic, Dez. Count me in!
Adam Blavatsky: Me too, Dez- ah, those were the days……..:-)
Adrian Salmon: Get that HoH launched Dez ! People are gagging here…
Cavan Scott: I’d buy a new issue of HoH. Hell, I’d buy two!
Alan Woollcombe: Dunno when your HoH is set to relaunch but how about a piece on soon-to-be-flattened Bray Studios (http://www.maidenhead-advertiser.co.uk/news/article-15841-film-studios-hit-by-recession-could-become-homes/)?
Gerry Turnbull: Dez, are you really relaunching HoH? I still have all my originals in the mail away binders!
Dave Reeder (who edited the 1980s relaunch): Halls of Horror? Seems to me I remember that…
Andrew Ralton: Loved HoH. As a horror magazine with top graphical artists it’s never been bettered, IMHO.
John Gibben: Hey Dez, i note you changed the colour from that horrible yellow to black on issue 1 on this cover, good call imo ;- ) Looking forward to the relaunch should it happen.
Des Glass: Can’t wait for the new HoH Dez, do you have a possible launch date for it? Always thought that a complete Van Helsing’s Terror Tales trade paperback would be brilliant, any chance?
John Gibben: Well, if and when on both HoH and VH trade paperback I’m in for buying ’em, Dez ;- )
Nick Neocleous: Sounds like a great trade paperback Dez, all those great strips by Bolton, Neary, Lewis etc. Would have loved to have seen a new painted cover though.
To which I replied: Wouldn’t we all, Nick. Brian Lewis is sadly missed and a tough act to follow…
Stephen Hooker: Brian Lewis was the first comic pro, for me, anyway, who seemed human and happy to be at cons rather than looking like he’d like to be somewhere else.
John Gibben: Brian Lewis was indeed a class act.
To which I replied: He was a definite one-off. The stories I could tell (some more adult than others)…
At which point it digressed somewhat, culminating in me saying I really should move the discussion elsewhere, and here it is! (Posting of new comments for this section temporarily disabled.)