Sean from creepsylvania.com sent me an awesome surprise this month, a colouring book I've actually been looking forward to seeing for years.
The Monster Gallery Colouring Book is an early seventies masterpiece illustrated by Mark Savee (with text by Leah Waskey) and each page is a stunning tribute to a famous monster of either screen or legend.
A lot like the Bernie Wrightson Monster Colouring Book we reviewed a while back, this is a real cut above the standard fair. It's beautifully put together and honestly if you owned this, I doubt you'd put crayons to it.
Frankenstein here is a great example of this great art in this book but 70s toy dorks like myself have even more interest in this book for a very specific reason:
Some of Savee's designs were swiped and used as packaging illustrations for Tomland/Combex (A UK division of Marx) "Famous Monsters of Legend" Toy Line. I borowed these images from Megolike.com where you can oodles of info on these fun Tomland figures.
Tomland Morlock has an ascot for some reason, like a cannibal Mr. Furley
The Yeti figure is a little off model to the artwork.
Cyclops, I doubt any royalties were paid to Harryhausen.
Unlike almost every other colouring book I've covered here, this one is too good and too much great artwork to cover here, so I've created a gallery page highlighting all the great artwork in this fun book, just click here to visit The Monster Gallery
Thanks again Sean! This made my week.
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Previously reviewed Colouring Books
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SPEAKING OF MONSTERS
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