Monday, December 3, 2018

A Quick Look: GODZILLA'S REVENGE (1970 - color)


   Without doubt the weirdest Godzilla movie was GODZILLA'S REVENGE. This peculiar outing follows a small boy living in poverty, so hard off that both his parents must work. He also gets bullied by his peers, and ends up being kidnapped by bank robbers! To escape his lonely world, he retreats into a fantasy in which he gets to wander around Monster Island and befriend Godzilla's son, Minya. The son of Godzilla here has the ability to change his size and speak to our youthful star. The pair watch Godzilla fight off a bunch of stock footage monsters before confronting the horrible Gabera, Minya's own bully. Back in the real world, our hero uses the lessons he learned on Monster Island to fight back against the robbers and escape. Weirdly, this all ends with the boy misbehaving and vandalizing -which apparently represents a healthy change in his nature! The film was picked up for US distribution by UPA, where advertising it must've presented a challenge. Ads and previews focused entirely on the monsters, giving no hint of the film's true nature. The urban nightmare must've taken a number of kiddies by surprise! Possibly, all this is why the film had very little television play, and video releases were late in coming. A nice scope transfer hit tape and later disk not long ago. Bizarre flick, to say the least!

Friday, November 30, 2018

THE INVADER WITHIN begins pre-production!


   Some time back, I was set to begin filming a micro-budget monster movie called THE INVADER WITHIN. Nothing came of it, but the project is again stirring to life thanks to Canadian micro-budget director Seb Godin! Details when available. Praise the Lord!

Monday, November 26, 2018

Della


   Here's some in-progress work on a potential new project, God willing. Originally planned as a cheesecake anthology comic, Della, All-American Dream-girl will follow the misadventures of a wide-eyed blonde bombshell and her friends. Still on the ground floor at the moment, but ideas are taking shape... No pun intended!


Saturday, November 24, 2018

Kookie sketch

   Kookie was one of numerous pretty girl characters created for the comic books, in this case for Dell in the early 60's. Kookie was a well-meaning waitress who worked in a coffee shop frequented by beatniks. She ran two issues. This sketch was done as an experiment to see what it would be like to draw her for new stories to be printed by InDELLible.

Friday, November 23, 2018

A Quick Look: HOW THE WEST WAS WON (1962 - color)


   The ultimate horse opera may be the all-star cast, Cinerama sagebrush saga HOW THE WEST WAS WON. The film follows the members of one family across three generations, from the early westward expansion to the last days of the wild west. An epic on every level. Editing it must've been a nightmare! A true classic, it's charging theme music remains one of the most referenced western themes (this and THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN more or less set the tone for post-matinee western scores). Romantic, exciting, inspirational. Well worth the long runtime. Check it out.