The Bride turns 75 this week! Maybe that explains the startled look on her face, as painted by the master, Basil Gogos.
The illustration at top is my reconstruction, from two different sources, of the original art used on the cover of Famous Monsters of Filmland number 17 (May 1962). Note how the illustration was cropped and flipped left to right for design purposes.
Below, a closeup detail of the original art taken from Famous Monster Movie Art of Basil Gogos by Kerry Gammil and J. David Spurlock — an absolute, gorgeous, must-have book if there ever was one. Gogos’ intense, luminous color and jazzy brushwork is always a joy to behold.
Here, on close inspection, the orange and yellow strokes at the temple and along the cheekbone are pure abstraction. Gogos’ monster portraits were always sizzling with color and popping with life.
I’ll be celebrating The Bride of Frankenstein’s diamond anniversary all week here on Frankensteinia. Lots more to show you, and a new banner every day. Tomorrow, we’ll look at all the actresses considered for the part of The Bride.
It’s The Bride’s Birthday Bash here, this week, on Frankensteinia. Join me for the party, won't you?