Rob Kelly’s art is timeless. His graphics recall the bold, call-to-arms symbolism of WPA posters and the Deco geometry of Soviet Constructivism, yet they are resolutely fresh and modern. Explosive colors and dynamic typography make his digital editorial and advertising illustrations pop off the page.
Between assignments, the ever-experimenting Kelly creates faux movie posters and make-believe paperback covers that reveal a love for noir fiction and classic horror movies. The Frankenstein and Bride of Frankenstein posters shown here are just two of his excellent Universal Monsters series displayed on his abundantly illustrated website.
Rob Kelly has been a great friend and supporter of this blog from day one, frequently posting comments and even contributing a delightful guest shot about the Dell Frankenstein comic of 1963. Inspired by a recent post of mine, Rob came up with an eye-popping would-be poster for Frankenstein Meets Shirley Temple — The Movie!
Of course, by the time Glenn Strange piled on the Monster makeup, Miss Temple was no longer a cutie-pie tot, but we’re on fantasy time here. As Rob says, “Roll with me on this”. We’re delighted to play along.
I love that Bill Bojangles Robinson puts in an appearance, possibly tap-dancing up and down the twisted staircase at the castle. Barrymore would make a great Burgomeister, Atwill no doubt returns as Inspector Krogh and Lugosi might be a sinister butler, or a red herring groundskeeper. Jean Yarbrough as director suggests this was a low budget effort.
Thanks, Rob, for letting me premiere your newest (and possibly silliest) poster on Frankensteinia!