Tuesday, October 28, 2014
As reported on many other blogs, the General Mills ("Big G") Monster Cereals are back in a retro-stled box as a Target exclusive for Halloween 2014. (The standard boxes bear new designs by DC Comics artists.) These monstrous breakfast foods have been feuding since they were introduced in 1971. (Boo Berry was introduced in 1972.) These retro boxes are styled as if from 1979, complete with an illustrative-type child who looks a little too enthusiastic about the "Free Mask" on the back of the box. ( I love how it says, "Fool Your Friends!"—especially as I don't think that mask would really fit on anyone's head.") The boxes this year include a fun story on the side of the box in which the monsters do what they do best: argue about whose cereal is best. You can dig up some more fun-but-frightful facts about the Monster Cereals at Dinosaur Dracula and the official General Mills site. These "super sweet" cereals are all part of the 2014 Countdown to Halloween blogathon.
Monday, October 27, 2014
What would the spooky season be without Linus and his annual pumpkin-patch wait for the Great Pumpkin? That television classic It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown debuted on this date, October 27, in 1966, and Halloween has never been the same. This wonderful Schulz art below (as always click on the image for a larger view) ran in TV Guide to promote the 1971 telecast of this October favorite, only the 6th time it had been broadcast. This animated special has been run (at least once) every Halloween season since 1966. This is another post in the Countdown to Halloween blogathon of which Tulgey Wood is a proud "cryptkeeper."
Saturday, October 25, 2014
Did you know that today, October 25, 2014, is Halloween ComicFest day? You can visit your local (participating) comic book shop today and get a free comic book! Such funny-book favorites as Batman, Scooby Doo, Archie and My Little Pony are participating in free special-edition comic books. Below is the cover of the Scooby-Doo Team-Up issue that's available, a special edition of the first issue (featuring Batman and Robin) of that title. If you are not familiar with this hard-to-believe-they're-publishing-this-and-I-mean-that-in-the-best-possible-way comic, check out Joe Torcivia's blog for a fun overview. And for more info on Halloween Comicfest click here. This post is part of the 2014 Countdown to Halloween blogathon. Stop by right through October 31st for more spooky silliness.
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
As mentioned, both The Addams Family and The Munsters debuted in 1964. These two monster-family comedies are often lumped together but The Munsters differed in that they were actually a traditional sit-com family with everyday values—they just happened to be monsters. And since this series came from Universal the producers were actually able to use copyrighted designs such as the classic famed Karloff Frankenstein monster (square head, neck bolts, etc.). The Munsters inspired much merchandise and below is an example. Happy Golden Anniversary to The Munsters!
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
For some a Halloween tradition are the McDonald's treat buckets given away at the eatery. These Halloween Pails, as they are called, have traditionally been given away as Happy Meal premiums. I collected Happy Meal prizes but never these. The Book of Life-themed Halloween Pails offered this year (see below) are the first I have ever obtained myself. For a lot more background on these unique Halloween premium please pay a visit to the Euclid Boo blog—it's one of 200-plus blogs (including Tulgey Wood) participating in the 2014 Countdown to Halloween blogathon.
Monday, October 20, 2014
In the 1970s, Marvel had their own version of the Frankenstein monster (Dracula and Wolf Man too) and in this issue of Marvel Team-Up from 1972, "Patches" (as Spider-Man, always the wiseguy, calls the Monster) is paired with the web-crawler. As is so often the case with comic books, the cover below (by Mike Esposito, inks, and Ed Hannigan, pencils) is a come-on, as the Monster doesn't want to kill Spider-Man in the actual story within but only tries to help.
Sunday, October 19, 2014
Archie Comics marches on with this World of Archie comic digest for 2014. Here, Archie is neither dead nor undead (as he is in some of the recent alternate universe Archie comics)—he's just his same old lovable self, and (as you can see in the cover below) so is Jughead.
Saturday, October 18, 2014
Friday, October 17, 2014
Halloween was a favorite subject of the classic Little Lulu comic books. The spooky-season stories took the form of Lulu spinning tales of Witch Hazel and her niece Little Itch for little Alvin. Another Witch Hazel? That certainly was a popular name for a witchy woman, for both Disney and Warner Bros. had their own Witch Hazels. Here is a cool and ghoul-ish gallery of some Little Lulu Halloween-esque covers.