Thursday, October 28, 2021

Kooky Spooks - Retro Musings Blog Post

Do any of you Monster Kids from the late 70's and early 80s remember the wild and wacky Kooky Spooks costume craze? While these are not particularly collectible nowadays, and not precisely masks either, they should bring back some fun childhood Halloween memories for a generation of 40-50 somethings. 

This blog post from Retro Musings is loaded with ads, photos, packages and videos. It's worth a look if only to remember just how wild these costumes were. 

 















Image Source: Retro Musings

Wednesday, October 27, 2021

In the Loop Magazine Article: Zagone Studios

This article titled "Legendary Mask Maker, Zagone Studios, Approaches Fifty-Years Of Innovation Right Here In Chicago" has some killer behind-the-scene photos of the studio. The article was written and shot by James Currie, who was responsible for the Freaky Frights on Forest, which was an epic two-block long home haunt experience that ran for several years in the Chicago suburb of North Riverside.



Tuesday, October 26, 2021

1984 Savage Eye Catalog

The 1984 Savage Eye catalog showcased two expanded line-ups. The deluxe 76 Line, which featured extended bibs and zipper backs, included the addition of the "Wolfman", "Crone", and "Pirate". In addition, the 60 Line doubled in size from the year prior from five to ten masks. This catalog also boasted much improved black and white photographs compared to the '83 catalog. many of these photos went up for auction during this past year. I will be posting several of them in the coming weeks. 




Monday, October 25, 2021

Goosebumps - The Haunted Mask Behind the Scenes Photos

Some behind the scenes photographs during production of the debut Goosebumps episode, “The Haunted Mask: Part 1”, featuring R.L. Stine and Kathryn Long





 

Thursday, October 21, 2021

1980 Distortions Unlimited


 These scans of early Distortions Unlimited offerings come from the 1980 Morris Costumes Catalog...





Wednesday, October 20, 2021

New Rock Bottom Novelties Releases Coming Tomorrow

Tomorrow night marks the release of two new Super Masks! The Super Skull sculpted and designed by yours truly, and the Super Space Demon designed by SKINNER and also sculpted by your ol' pal the Yellow Phantom. Here is the promo and official statement from Rock Bottom...

 "It's another epic battle of Super Monster vs. Super Space Monster. The Super Skull meets it's arch enemy the Super Space Demon in a duel to the death. New from rock Bottom Novelties comes Super Masks #6 and 7. Now with More than Before!!"

Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Early 80's Don Post Studio Ad

 I'm not sure of the exact year this ad was published, but the masks pictured fall in line with the line-ups available in the 1980-82 Don Post Studios catalogs...



Saturday, October 16, 2021

The Rich Correll Collection

 I ran into a folder on an old hard-drive the other day with these random images from the immense collection of Rich Correll. Most of these images are low-res, but some older Death Studios, Stroke of Midnight Studios, and Henry Alvarez, masks can be spotted among the impressive groups of rubber.










Friday, October 15, 2021

1931 N. Shure Co. Catalog Masks

 While this old ad was published almost two decades before rubber and vacuform masks were manufactured commercially, it is still a very cool piece of Halloween and monster mask history. 90 years after this catalog was published,  these old gauze masks and hat masks are still just as creepy as ever...




Thursday, October 14, 2021

1959 Brach's Candy Ad

Advertisements from decades past that depict trick or treaters wearing masks really makes my guts feel good. Happy October Creeps!



Friday, October 8, 2021

Devils' Workshop DW25 Resurection Series - Werebat

Tonight at 7pm CST on the Devil's Workshop website, the 25th anniversary resurrection series of the Werebat will be available for purchase. Limited to 25 sets that include a Werebat mask and matching hands, bagged with a signed and numbered header card. Production of the Werebats was done at the legendary Zagone Studios. 


 The Werebat was originally sculpted and produced by yours truly back in 1996. Less than 5 copies were ever made and it remains one of the rarest of the early Devil's Workshop masks. I wish I had kept my personal copy as the old mold is long gone. Here are a few shots of the catalog paint master...


I re-sculpted the Werebat back in August for this release...


 

The DW25 Resurrection release features a Werebat mask and matching pair of hands...

And all 25 sets are bagged with a signed and numbered header card...