Tuesday, August 3, 2021

1978 Be Something Studios Catalog


Occasionally, there were years that Be Something Studios would not release a new catalog. It was during these years that new BSS releases could be found in the pages of Franco Halloween Catalogs. 1978 was the first time that this occurred. While many of these masks can be found in the 1977 and 1979 catalogs, there are a few that only made a brief appearance here including the Caveman and Cavewoman, and the cyborg-ish Electric Bill masks...


Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Gone on Vacation

I'll be out of town this week and away from computers for the first time in almost three years! Posting resumes next week. Stay tuned creeps...

Photo from J. Willis' Flickr Photostream Photo by Jackie Alpers

Monday, July 26, 2021

Masks in Art Monday: Order of the Thinned Veil

“It was said that the veil between this world and the next was at its thinnest on the night of All Hallows Eve.”

Image Source: Order of the Thinned Veil Instagram

Saturday, July 24, 2021

Ealry Distortions Unlimited Sculptures

 With the time off, it's been almost 7 years since the last post on Distortions Unlimited. That's too long! Here are some early Ed Edmunds sculptures of several classic Distortions characters. A big thanks goes out to Jordu Schell for sharing these images with me several years ago...

Friday, July 23, 2021


 If you're a fan of Wacky Packages and/or Garbage Pail Kids, do check out Brent Engstrom's Instagram page. He is a prolific painter for Topps, and posts work daily. LOTS of monsters and pop culture goodness to be found on his account.

Image Source: Brent A. Engstrom Instagram

Thursday, July 22, 2021

Kusan Vacuform Masks

 It seems appropriate to follow up yesterday's post of the 1974 Kusan Catalog with some images of the masks, costumes, and packages. As I mentioned previously, Kusan didn't have the same impact as Ben Cooper or Collegeville on the market, but their products had equally beautiful box art and costume designs. Personally, I don't care for the masks as much as other vacuform manufacturers, I do feel that the box art alone makes these very collectable examples of Halloween nostalgia...

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

1974 Kusan Catalog

 This 1974 Kusan catalog is chocked full of brilliantly colored illustrations combined with gaudy but beautiful mid-70's graphic design. Kusan costumes didn't have the same impact as Ben Cooper or Collegeville on the market, but their products had equally beautiful box art and costume designs. 

Kusan masks and costumes can be rather tough to track down these days, with only a handful popping up for sale on auction sites each year. A big thanks goes out to the Plaid Stallions blog where these scans were originally posted several years ago...