Semiotics, Pulp fiction, Nightmares and Monsters

Posted by Dale Townshend on October 12, 2008 in News tagged with

Cotter, Robert Michael. The Great Monster Magazines: A Critical Study of the Black and White Publications of the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s. McFarland & Co Inc. 2008. Hardcover, 238 pages. 

Robert Michael "Bobb"Cotter is a graphic designer and a writer. His previous work, also worth checking out, was The Mexican Masked Wrestler and Monster Filmography. This is his most recent publication.

Summary: This is a critical overview of monster magazines from the 1950s through the 1970s. "Monster magazine" is a blanket term to describe both magazines that focus primarily on popular horror movies and magazines that contain stories featuring monsters, both of which are illustrated in comic book style and printed in black and white. The book describes the rise and fall of these magazines, examining the contributions of Marvel Comics and several other well-known companies, as well as evaluating the effect of the Comics Code Authority on both present and future efforts in the field. It identifies several sub-genres, including monster movies, zombies, vampires, sword-and-sorcery, and pulp-style fiction. The work includes several indexes and technical credits.

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