Halloween Mask Madness, Day 2: Fit for a Famous Monster…


By Shawn Robare

Welcome back to the Month of Monster Mask Madness!  For today’s feature I thought I’d share the remaining ads from my Famous Monsters of Filmland collection (which I started this past Thursday.)  I don’t have a lot of issues of FMoF, but I really dig the ones I’ve managed to get my grubby little hands on.

This first ad comes from the July 1975 issue of FMoF, and features a lot of the same masks from the 1968 Creepy ad I shared last week…

The main difference is that this ad has omitted the Dracula mask in favor of the unfortunately Out-of-Stock Zombie mask.  What I liked though was that they added a section of monster glove accessories that you could pair up with the masks to better complete a spooky ensemble…

Next is an ad from August of 1976…

This ad was neat because it features some non-Universal horror icons, namely some of the characters from the Planet of the Apes flicks, Dr. Zaius, Cornelius, and a warrior ape!  These are paired with some of the classic cheap-o monsters masks, like the Frankenstein’s monster mask that FMoF was peddling since 1959.  At least readers finally got a chance to see what was in store before they purchased them this time around…

Last up today we have an ad from November of 1979…

I really dug this ad because it was one of the first to really stray away from only offering Universal monsters.  Don’t get me wrong, I love their stable of monsters as much as any monster kid, but there is a whole wide world of other creatures to celebrate.  In particular I was happy to see the Sargoth the Cobra and the very realistic visage of a Mummy.  I also really dig that screen-accurate Christopher Lee Hammer Dracula mask.  I did think it was a little odd to be offering two variations on the Werewolf mask, especially since they were so close in description (one being grey while the other was snowy white)…

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!