We’re back with more from Lee Lambert, author of The Illustrated History of Don Post Studios. Tell me how the new deluxe edition of your book differs from the original. And tell me about that cool Frankenstein collectible cover. Lee: The necessity for a second edition really arose out of something that had happened last August. As I was nearing completion of the writing of the book, the publisher had made the arrangements to have copies printed in both hardcover and softcover versions to appeal to different budgets. We had also committed to have the book launch at Mask Fest, and in exchange the promoter of Mask Fest gave us some valuable assistance in promoting the book. Everything was on track until 5 weeks to the day before the launch of the book. That was when the printer contacted my publisher to say they underestimated the size of the book and they would not be able to print it. Related Images:Read More →

I’m a lover and a collector of all kinds of movie and TV memorabilia and I love pretend shopping the catalogs of the top collectible auction houses like Blacksparrow. A few months ago, I got an update from the company that surprised me so much, I had to double check to see if I wasn’t confused. The update was all the upcoming release of the The Illustrated History of Don Post Studios: Deluxe Edition. I didn’t know that Blacksparrow was a publisher but I was so excited to see a book dedicated to one of the most famous mask makers of my childhood. I saw them advertised in the back of Famous Monsters magazine when I was a kid and I desperately wanted one but $34 (in the 1970s) was way out of my reach. When I saw the book, it brought back so many childhood memories that I had to interview the author; Lee Lambert. Lee isn’t a writer by trade but once he got pulled into the world of Don Post, there was no turning back until it was done. . . and then done again for this new, deluxe edition. I’ll let him tell you the wholeRead More →

Mary Shelly, the author of Frankenstein was born on August 30, 1797, so I’m dedicating this whole week to the pop culture icon that she created – the monster himself. I wonder what Mary would think of what her creature has become. I doubt she suspected that her book would become a classic, let alone the subject of hundreds of movies and TV shows. Heck, she didn’t even know what a movie was but I’ve heard that she got to see her book played out on the stage. The image we all think of when we hear the name Frankenstein is only partially due to her magnificent story. Most of the credit goes to makeup artist Jack Pearce who created the now iconic look for Universal’s telling of the tale in 1931. My fascination with the monster doesn’t go back quite that far, but it does go back to childhood. I don’t know why, but I fell hard for the whole Universal monster squad which led to my spending every cent of my allowance on Aurora monster models, movie posters, and issues of Famous Monsters magazine. Dracula was my favorite but I had room in my heart for the misunderstood,Read More →