Halloween Mask Madness, Day 3: Let Dick Smith take you to Space!


By Shawn Robare

For day three let me present an ad for Dick Smith’s iconic Space Creatures make-up/mask kits from the very first issue of Fangoria published in 1979!

Granted, these kits required a little more effort than just pulling an all-in-one mask over your head, but for what they lack in ease of use, they make up for in spades with awesome moveable jaw pieces and originality.  Well, sort of original.  That Vorkan kit is an obvious rip-off of the Darth Vader mask design, but it’s still pretty darn cool!

I also wanted to share this ad, even though it’s not strictly for masks, because it comes from the pages of Fangoria.  That magazine was a big horror touchstone for me growing up in the 80s, in particular for the many mask ads that littered the pages of each issue.  So I thought it would be cool to share something from the very first issue to help set the tone for the rest of the month.  I’d say that about 80% of the ads I’ll be sharing this month come from the pages of Fangoria or its sister publication Starlog.

Anyway, come back tomorrow for more mask tomfoolery, and if you’re looking for a ton of Halloween content all through the month of October, make sure to stop on by the official Countdown to Halloween site and check out the list of participating blogs for 2011.  You’ll be glad you did!

  • http://www.cavalcadeofawesome.net/ Paxton Holley

    Yes, I too was a huge Fangoria fan in the late 80s – early 90s. They had great ads not only for masks/costumes but tons of huge ads for mail away movie souvenir magazines. Looking back on some of my old mag collection yielded tons of awesome stuff like that. I’m really enjoying these so far, Shawn, as I recognize a lot of them. I can’t wait to see more. Pax