Frankenstein shares headspace with fellow classic creatures on the cover of Monsters of the Movies No.1, published in June 1974 by Curtis Magazines, a Marvel Comics imprint. Artist Luis Dominguez was a busy contributor to Marvel, DC, Charlton, Gold Key and Warren, producing comics and covers in all genres.
With only nine published issues, Monsters of the Movies remains one of the best of the many titles inspired by Famous Monsters. The magazine’s West Coast editor, Jim Harmon, passed away on February 16.
In the Fifties, a teenage Harmon broke into print in the science fiction digests, but he is perhaps best remembered as a pop culture historian. He wrote knowledgeably and passionately about classic horror movies, pulp magazines, comics, and Old Time Radio. Among his books, The Great Movie Serials, co-written with Don Glut, is a vastly entertaining overview of the classic Hollywood chapterplays. Harmon also contributed an essay about comics to Lupoff and Thompson’s All in Color for a Dime.
Prior to his stint on Monsters of the Movies, Harmon contributed to Burns and Blaisdell’s Fantastic Monsters of the Films.