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Once again, as a special Halloween treat, the October issue of 3-D Review Online Magazine presents some classic 3-D monster information as well as the latest 3-D items.

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House of Dark Shadows and Night of Dark Shadows 3-D Conversions

Fake View-Master Packet of House of Dark Shadows

The Collinsport Historical Society, a Dark Shadows fansite, has posted some poorly done, but fun, 3-D conversions from the motion pictures House of Dark Shadows and Night of Dark Shadows.

The House of Dark Shadows and Night of Dark Shadows conversions are featured in "online reels" along with fake View-Master® like packets. The page also has links to a couple of fake "lost" Dark Shadows TV show conversions with one set in glorious black-and-white anaglyphic 3-D featuring images from the first year of the show (pre-Barnabas Collins) and the other in color featuring images from the 1969 season that introduced Quentin Collins.

Its a fan homage to the View-Master® packets that could have been but never were.

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Updated Diableries Book to be Released on Halloween 2019

Diableries cover art.

Pre-orders are being taken for the updated book Diableries - Stereoscopic Adventures in Hell Complete Edition. The book features 184 vintage 3-D scenes depicting life in hell, better known as Diableries, which were all the rage in 19th century France.

When first published in 2013, this book featured all but two of the 184 scenes in the series. Remarkably, the two lost remaining views have now been found! This complete edition features the full collection of views, to be enjoyed just as their creators intended in magnificent 3-D.

Uncover the stories behind the Diableries and follow their journey through the underworld using the full size OWL stereoscopic viewer, neatly housed in a storage envelope and inserted alongside the book in a protective slipcase.

Hardcover
Pages: 280 featuring 500 photographs
Size [mm]: 325 x 240
Publication date: 31st October 2019
ISBN: 978-1-9996674-3-6

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The Dark Knight 3-D Lenticular Poster Art

The Dark Knight poster art.

In 2008, a lenticular poster was issued in Britain for the Batman film The Dark Knight. The poster changes between three images, Batman, The Joker and Harvey Dent.

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Friday the 13th Part 3 3-D Poster Display Bin (1982)

Display bin design.

An anaglyphic Friday the 13th Part 3 3-D poster was issued in 1982. Here is a photo of the display bin designed for stores to sell the posters. Read more about the production of the Friday the 13th Part 3 3-D poster in our October 2004 issue.

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Mondotees Friday the 13th Part 3 Screenprinted Poster

This limited edition hand numbered screen printed poster by artist Gary Pullin sold out quickly in both a flat and 3-D version. It was printed by D&L Screenprinting and sold exclusively through Mondotees.com.

3-D Variant version
Edition size: 125
Originally sold for $65
Height: 36"
Width: 24"

Friday the 13th 3-D poster art.

Flat version
Edition size: 250
Originally sold for $45
Height: 36"
Width: 24"

Friday the 13th Part 3 poster art.

 

The FAB Book of Gerry Anderson View-Master® Sets (2011)

Fanderson - The Official Gerry Anderson Appreciation Society issued a lavish 60-page book covering the history of the Gerry Anderson View-Master® sets in 2011. The book was only available to it's club members. The FAB Book of Gerry Anderson View-Master® Sets presents reels from some of the producer's most famous shows.

The book contains:

  • An introduction to the history of View-Master®
  • Reproductions of reels from Supercar, Thunderbirds, Joe 90, UFO Space:1999, Terrahawks and Stingray
  • Notes accompanying each reel, from information about alternate packaging to original booklet reproductions
  • Original View-Master® advertisements

The FAB Book of Gerry Anderson View-Master® Sets book is another in a long line of exclusive gifts that are issued to new or renewing club members, and are not available in any shop, to Fanderson Club Members only. The book is long out of print but collector's might be able to find one in the secondary market, such as on eBay UK, if you're lucky.

In our review of The FAB Book of Gerry Anderson View-Master® Sets, we found two View-Master® titles listed in the book not found in John Waldsmith's Stereo Views Price Guide. Terrahawks (D230) issued in 1983 and Stingray (D282) issued in 1993, both as blister packets. The Stingray blister packet features images photographed from a paused print that were part of a press pack created by ITC in the 1980s to promote Stingray.

The FAB Book of Gerry Anderson View-Master® Sets is 60 pages in length. It measures 8 1/4" x 5 3/4" and is printed in full color on glossy paper stock. The book is a must have for fans of Gerry Anderson's wonderful TV shows. It is lovingly produced with notes about each packet featured. The authors make informed observations about differences in the original source material vs. how it is portrayed on the reels. Some of the titles use original stories on the reels while others are reproductions of the episodes.

Fanderson - The Official Gerry Anderson Appreciation Society is a non-profit making organization endorsed by Anderson Entertainment Ltd., The Indestructible Production Company Ltd., ITV Global Entertainment and ITC Entertainment Group Ltd. If you would like to join Fanderson, you can join online.

On joining Fanderson, you will receive a badge and membership card. Your yearly membership subscription will include three issues of the club's color magazine FAB, which is packed with in-depth articles, interviews, competitions and the latest news on the worlds of Gerry and Sylvia Anderson.

You will also receive an exclusive gift. For 2018, Fanderson is celebrating the 50th anniversary of Joe 90 with an amazing Close-Up book that analyses the fine details of every one of the series' 32 episodes!

Perhaps most importantly, members are able to access a jaw-dropping range of merchandise available exclusively to club members through Fanderson Sales.

Gerry Anderson View-Master® Values

Cartoon Carnival with Supercar - $75
Thunderbirds - $75
Joe 90 - between $100 to $150 depending on version
UFO - $24 to $50 depending on version
Space:1999 - $22
Terrahawks - $12
Stingray - Value unknown

Terrahawks cover art.

Terrahawks Blister Pack #1

Terrahawks cover art.

Terrahawks Blister Pack #2

Stingray cover art
Stingray 3-reel set


Stingray Gift Box

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Creature from the Black Lagoon Collectibles

Universal monster's Creature from the Black Lagoon continues to be a favorite to 3-D and monster collectors. Do you have any of these in your cave?

Mondo Creature from the Black Lagoon Poster

This limited edition hand numbered screen printed poster is by artist Brandon Holt. It was printed by D&L Screenprinting and sold exclusively through Mondotees.com.

Edition size: 300
Originally sold for $45
Height: 36"
Width: 24"

Creature from the Black Lagoon poster art.

This limited edition hand numbered screen printed poster by artist Gary Pullin was available in a color and black-and-white variant version. It was printed by D&L Screenprinting and sold exclusively through Mondotees.com.

Color version
Edition size: 225
Originally sold for $55
Height: 36"
Width: 24"

Creature porthole color poster art.

Black-and-white version
Edition size: 125
Originally sold for $75
Height: 36"
Width: 24"

Creature porthole black-and-white poster art.

This limited edition hand numbered screen printed poster by artists Stan and Vince was available in a color and black-and-white variant version. It was printed by D&L Screenprinting and sold exclusively through Mondotees.com.

Color 3-Dimension version
Edition size: 375
Originally sold for $50
Height: 36"
Width: 24"

Creature swim color poster art.

Black-and-white 3-Dimension variant version
Edition size: 300
Originally sold for $75
Height: 36"
Width: 24"

Creature swim variant poster art.


This limited edition hand numbered screen printed poster is by artist Morning Breath was available in an original and variant version. It was printed by D&L Screenprinting and sold exclusively through Mondotees.com.

Revenge of the Creature Drive-In
Edition size: 175
Originally sold for $40
Height: 36"
Width: 24"

Creature Drive-In poster art.

Revenge of the Creature Drive-In Variant
Edition size: 70
Originally sold for $65
Height: 36"
Width: 24"

Creature Drive-In Variant poster art.

This limited edition hand numbered screen printed poster is by artist Ken Taylor available in an original and variant version. It was printed by D&L Screenprinting and sold exclusively through Mondotees.com.

Creature by Ken Taylor
Edition size: 430
Originally sold for $50
Height: 36"
Width: 24"

Creature poster art.

Creature by Ken Taylor
Edition size: 175
Originally sold for $75
Height: 36"
Width: 24"

Creature poster art.

This limited edition hand numbered screen printed poster is by artist Jay Shaw. It was printed by D&L Screenprinting and sold exclusively through Mondotees.com.

Creature Hand
Edition size: 175
Originally sold for $35
Height: 34"
Width: 18"

Creature hand poster art.

This limited edition hand numbered screen printed poster is by artist Francesco Francavilla in both a green and gold variant version. It was printed by Seizure Palace Printing and sold exclusively through Mondotees.com.

Green version
Edition size: 275
Originally sold for $50
Height: 36"
Width: 24"

Revenge of the Creature poster art.

Gold Variant version
Edition size: 150
Originally sold for $75
Height: 36"
Width: 24"

Revenge of the Creature poster art.

This limited edition screen printed poster is by artist Francesco Francavilla and was hand numbered.

.Creature poster art.

Creature from the Black Lagoon 18-inch tall Jigglers

Creature jiggler in standard colors

Creature jiggler in pink and black colors.

Creature from the Black Lagoon She Creature Model

She Creature model.

Creature from the Black Lagoon Male and Female Model

Creature male and female model .

Creature from the Black Lagoon Museum e la Halle St Pierre Display (2015)

Museum display of Universal Monsters.

The display on the left has a Calumet Baking Powder can that looks like it has the Creature on it among other rarely seen Creature items. A Remco Creature is framed on the upper display.

Creature from the Black Lagoon on Laugh Comic Cover (Jan. 1962)

Betty meets the Creature.

Creature from the Black Lagoon Cineficcion June 2018

Cineficcion creature cover art.

Creature cover art from the June 2018 issue of Cineficcion magazine from Argentina.

Creature from the Black Lagoon Monster Stickers

Monster stickers card art

1960s Creature stickers

Creature from the Black Lagoon Monsters of the Movies Paperback Book

Monsters of the Movies cover art.

Creature from the Black Lagoon AHI Jiggler

Creature Jiggler

Creature from the Black Lagoon Biker Shift Knob

Jimmy Flintstone Creature Biker

This Creature from the Black Lagoon biker head measure 2 2/3" and is a resin shift knob. Created by Jimmy Flintstone.

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Movies That Never Were - Godzilla: King of the Monsters in 3-D 1983

Godzilla 3-D concept poster art

In 1983, American filmmaker Steve Miner approached Toho, the owners of Godzilla, about a Hollywood-produced Godzilla 3-D film with a big budget, A-list actors, and high-priced special effects. Miner had stated to have "always been a fan of Godzilla" and found that the character could be remade into a potentially "good movie". Miner struck a co-financing deal with Toho for the development of the project.

Writing
Miner hired Fred Dekker to write the screenplay, who completed the first draft in a few weeks. Miner would later state that he hired Dekker "on a fluke". Dekker had stated the reason why Miner hired him was because Dekker was not a 'Godzilla' fan, finding the original films to be "cheesy", stating, "He did not want to make a cheesy film, and I wasn't interested in just special effects and knocking buildings down. The first thing I said to Steve was, 'If all this movie is about is this big monster destroying buildings, we're screwed.'"

Dekker was not influenced by the original Toho films, having never seen a Godzilla film all the way through. Dekker instead took inspiration from Steven Spielberg films and James Bond films. Dekker wanted to write an action adventure with an Irwin Allen quality that would have been interesting even without Godzilla in it. Dekker gave the character "Peter Daxton" an eyepatch as a reference to Dr. Serizawa from the original Godzilla film. Dekker also wrote a character named "Dana Martin" ("Dana Kryer" in the first draft), who was to be based on Steve Martin originally played by Raymond Burr in Godzilla, King of the Monsters!. Burr was also considered for a cameo. Powers Boothe and Demi Moore were considered for Daxton and Martin.

Storyboards
Miner hired William Stout to provide storyboards and concept art. Stout later convinced Miner to hire him as the film's production designer. Stout was excited about doing a state-of-the-art Godzilla film, feeling that their version would be executed better than the original. Stout created hundreds of storyboards, completing 80 percent of the special effects sequences. Stout convinced Miner to hire Doug Wildey, Dave Stevens, and several other artists to help him complete the storyboards. Stout offered Alex Toth to join the project but turned it down. On how he approached the new design of Godzilla, Stout stated, "I designed him as a cross between the classic Godzilla and a Tyrannosaurus".

Special effects
A special subtitled screening of the Japanese version of the original Godzilla film was held at Century City to generate interest for the project amongst special effects artists. Miner intended to use miniatures, stop-motion animation, and suitmation, as there were no computer effects available at the time. David W. Allen was hired to provide the stop-motion effects.[8] Allen managed to build a stop-motion prototype while Stephen Czerkas created an articulated stop-motion animation figure. Rick Baker was hired to build a full scale animatronic Godzilla head, but never got around to building it.

Cancellation
The project was shopped to various studio until Miner "ran out of studios", according to Stout. Miner had considered asking Dekker to write a more budget-friendly version of the script, feeling that the original vision was too expensive and "too big". Dekker partially attributed the project's demise due to the fact that Miner was not a big-name director at the time, stating, "If Steven Spielberg or Sidney Pollack or Jim Cameron said, 'I want to make Godzilla,' they'd give it a green light in a minute. I just think that he [Miner] just wasn't enough a player at the time."

Miner verified that most studios were interested and nearly struck a deal with Warner Bros. but the project was deemed too expensive due to the budget reaching $25 million to $30 million. Jon Peters and Keith Barish had also shown interest in the project. Miner let the rights revert to Toho due to being unable to secure financing. Miner stated that the production of The Return of Godzilla put a "big hold" on the project.

Synopsis
A meteorite collides with an American defense satellite which triggers a nuclear missile to launch towards the Earth. The missile detonates in the middle of the South Pacific, which awakens a giant reptilian creature on the ocean floor. A Japanese fishing vessel is towed to San Francisco for examination after it recently disappeared. Journalist Dana Martin sneaks onto the ship and finds a perfectly preserved trilobite. She finds a burnt survivor whose last words are "Gojira".

Martin takes the trilobite to paleobiologist and dinosaur expert, Gerald Balinger, who seems skeptical about the fossil's authenticity. On Oto Island in Tahiti, an American Special Forces squad come into contact with a giant reptilian monster, who lays waste to nearby villages. Navy Colonel Peter Daxton leads an investigation off the coast of Mexico for a mysteriously sunken Russian submarine. The investigation is secretly being observed by Russian spies and Daxton's old enemy, Boris Kruschov, who wishes to retrieve the sub's two nuclear missiles.

Daxton finds a video onboard which reveals that the sub fired one of the missiles on a giant reptilian creature. The missiles are then taken into military custody pending negotiations with Russia. Daxton returns home to San Francisco and his son, Kevin, only to be called back for another mission. Daxton, Kevin, and Balinger are taken to Baja, Mexico where the carcass of a reptile "the size of a house" has washed ashore. Daxton recognizes it as the same creature from the video.

Balinger theorizes that the creature is a dinosaur, however, the military disregard his theories and assume it came from another planet. As Balinger and Kevin watch the military transport the body, Balinger names the creature "Godzilla", based on an old Japanese myth about a dragon. Off the coast of California, the adult Godzilla surfaces and destroys an oil derrick and a tanker. The dead Baby Godzilla is stored at a warehouse at the Embarcadero for studying purposes.

Balinger becomes alarmed when researchers who came into contact with the body begin suffering from radiation poisoning. Balinger deduces that the Baby is a living atomic reactor with regenerative properties. Since the sea disasters continued even after the Baby's death, Balinger concludes that the adult Godzilla is coming to the city, but the military disregard his ideas again. Kruschov kidnaps Kevin and demands that Daxton exchange the missiles as ransom. Kevin manages to escape just as Godzilla rises from San Francisco Bay.

The military attack the beast but to no effect, which angers Godzilla into a rampage. Daxton, Balinger, and Martin plan to lure Godzilla out of the city with a recording of the Baby taken from the submarine video and kill it with the Russian missiles. As Daxton flies the helicopter carrying the missiles, Kruschov appears onboard with Kevin and demands the missiles be returned. After a brief fight, the helicopter crashes and Kruschov lands in Godzilla's hand, where he is incinerated by Godzilla's atomic breath.

Godzilla finds the warehouse holding its offspring and unleashes a mournful roar after discovering the Baby dead. Balinger and Martin turn on the Baby's recording at Alcatraz Island, which attracts Godzilla's attention. Daxton drags the remaining missile onto the Scorpion-78, a high-tech prototype battle helicopter. The co-pilot falls off as the Scorpion-78 lifts off and Kevin takes the co-pilot's place. As Daxton flies the chopper, Kevin reluctantly fires the missile into Godzilla's throat, which successfully kills the monster. Kevin falls off the Scorpion-78, but is saved by Godzilla. Kevin weeps as Godzilla takes its last breath.

Hear Dekker talk about the movie on the podcast Best Movies Never Made,

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Auction Results

Penn-Plax Creature in box.

Penn-Plax Creature rear panel box art.

A 1971 Penn-Plax Creature from the Black Lagoon aquarium bubbler was offered for $300 with no bids. Another seller offered the same item for $300 but it had the original plastic box cover and had never been opened. The original $9.99 price sticker was still on it.

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