Here's the US poster for "Count Dracula and His Vampire Brides," better known to the rest of the world as "Satanic Rites of Dracula!" I guess the US distributor didn't feel comfortable with the "Satanic" part of the title?
With the success of Kenner's Star Wars action figure line, action figures were changed forever, and Remco responded with their Mini-Monsters line! Check out those capes to see how faithfully they copied Kenner's Star Wars style!
Here's a really neat item, especially if you're a monster fan AND a comic book fan, as I am! Power Records (a division of Peter Pan Records) produced this 33 1/3 RPM book and record set in the 1970s, and the book's art (as well as the cover art) was done by Neal Adams, perhaps best known for his work on The X-Men, Green Lantern/Green Arrow, The Avengers, Superman, and -- his best known work, I'm sure -- Batman, among many other characters. While the story itself isn't all that clever (descendant of Dr. Frankenstein and his fiancee, who's a werewolf, encounter Count Dracula, who forces Frankenstein to build him a monster slave, with the expected results), the art is great! But if you really, really want to hear it (it's never been released on CD), you can listen to it here! This site, the Power Records Blog, also has scans of the story pages.
I hope I don't offend anyone's sensibilities with this post! If you're one of the uninitiated, the Groovie Goolies was an animated series produced by Filmation, a spin-off of their Sabrina, The Teenage Witch series (itself a spin-off of their Archie cartoons). Try to imagine someone combining the Munsters and the Addams Family with Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In, plus a bubble gum rock number in each episode!
The entire series is available on DVD... you can order it from this link:
This is one of those movies I haven't seen (heck, I can say the same thing about almost all the Hammer Draculas), but I have read a storybook version of the movie (you can look for that to show up on one of my other blogs, Random Acts of Geekery, in the future)!
Something different this time around... it's a page from Heroes World Catalog #1 featuring the book, "The Annotated Dracula." The Heroes World Catalog primarily featured super-hero items, but a number of monster things found their way into it, too! Heroes World's catalog was published comic book-style, and their catalogs are collectors' items these days!
Dell Comics had a series called "Movie Classics" that ran from the 1950s through the 1960s, and each issue adapted (usually) a then-current movie... but they did end up doing some of the classic Universal Monster movies, as witness above!
Unfortunately, with the success of this issue, plus the popularlity of superheroes, someone at Dell had the bright ideal to turn Dracula into a superhero!
Here's a set of four AHI World's Greatest Super-Monsters action figures... well, three plus an extra Dracula, anyway! AHI, or Azrak Hamway International, was best known in the 1970s for their lines of "rack toys," usually very cheap things like Batmobiles, paratrooper Batman, Spider-Man, Planet of the Apes and more... all kinds of stuff (check out the 1979 AHI Catalog on the Plaid Stallions website to learn more about AHI). They also produced a line of 8" action figures to compete with Mego's more successful line! And unlike Mego's "Mad Monsters," AHI actually licensed the Universal Monsters! OK, so you could only tell that by looking at the Frankenstein Monster figure...
I'm sure this isn't a reissue of the original, but a new (at the time) recording. Peter Pan Records was well-known for producing seasonal records for the kids... I remember seeing their Monster Mash 45 as well, and you can be sure that wasn't by Bobby "Boris" Pickett!
This was part of a line of classic Universal monster action figures, with glow-in-the-dark heads and hands! Plus, when you pressed a button on the back, the arms would "clutch" at you. A "Monsterizer" accessory was available that would apparently "charge up" the glow-in-the-dark features.
I've always regretted that this movie didn't truly feature Dracula alongside the Wolf Man and the Frankenstein Monster... it could've been really cool! As it is, Dracula's portion feels like a separate movie all together!
Like the Godzilla Blog, this blog will bring you, every day of the week, a photo of something related to Dracula... it could be a poster, still, or lobby card from any of the Dracula movies (at least, up through the mid-70s, anyway), or it could be some other kind of Dracula collectible, like toys!
I chose the above photo, obviously, because I used it in the header! It's a still from Dracula, starring Bela Lugosi!
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