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From the official Cinefantastique website:

“During a decade when many mainstream critics were dismissing THE EXORICST as sadistic pornography, and when Forest J Ackerman was filling Famous Monsters with puny puns (e.g., “A Clockwork Lemon,” referring to a malfunctioning robot in FUTURE WORLD), publisher-editor Frederick S. Clarke created a little magazine with a big ambition: to cover the genre better than anybody, and to do it with all the seriousness of Cashier du Cinema, American Film, or Film Comment.”

spineFor anyone fascinated by sci-fi, fantasty, or horror films riding on big dreams and a tiny budget, Cinefantastique is a goldmine. The writers do not simply dismiss their subjects as many critics are apt to do with genre films, nor do they shower their subjects with praise as in a fanzine. Cinefantastique was composed with both the genuine passion of a devoted fan and the thoughtful insight of a critic, resulting in an engaging editorial. Interviews, critiques, and in-depth explorations of special effects and prosthesis are complimented by film stills and behind-the-scenes shots on every page. There are also fantastic full-color spreads throughout, framed by well-designed layouts and text. Feature articles are prodigiously in-depth and as such have left behind invaluable sources for research and admiration relating to dozens of seminal genre films.  There are very few advertisements and most are beautifully painted film posters regardless, making the magazine all the more enjoyable to read.

In 2000, Frederick Clarke, publisher since 1970, committed suicide. Mindfire Entertainment bought the magazine, renamed it “CFQ” and entirely remodeled its approach and aesthetic in an attempt to meet the demands of today’s consumer. In 2006 the last issue of CFQ was printed, and has been exclusively published online ever since.

In the periodicals section you will find 15 volumes of  Cinefantastique beginning with the 4th volume, published in 1975, up until the final 2006 issue.

Cinefantastique, Volume 20, Number 05. May 1990.
She-Creature by Jackie and Paul Blaisdell

Cinefantastique, Volume 20, Number 05. May 1990.
Blaisdell’s Venusian

Cinefantastique, Volume 20, Number 05. May 1990.

Cinefantastique, Volume 6, Number 01. 1977.
Brian DePalma’s “Carrie”.

Cinefantastqieu, Volume 6, Number 02. 1977.
Stills from stop-motion films by Ray Harry Hausen.

Cinefantastique, Volume 07, Number 03. 1978.

Cinefantastique, Volume 07, Number 03. 1978.
Tom Burman’s Aliens.

Cinefantastique, Volume 08, Number 01. 1978.

Cinefantastique, Volume 09, Number 02. 1979.

Cinefantastique, Volume 10, Number 04. 1979.
Animation in “Superman” and “Xanadu”

Cinefantastique, Volume 11, Number 01. 1981.

Cinefantastique, Volume 11, Number 02. 1981.

Cinefantastique, Volume 11, Number 02. 1981.
“Altered States”

Cinefantastique, Volume 13, Number 01. 1982.

Cinefantastique, Volume 13, Number 01. 1982.
Left: Madeline Kahn. Right: Jerry Lee Lewis.

Cinefantastique, Volume 17, Number 01. 1987.

Advertising – Paper & Printing

Currently at a modest 50 items, Advertising – Paper & Printing deserves to be cultivated more (and the depths of my hermit-packed, cave like office could certainly provide the materials). Illustration Westvaco (1927-1954), which has been around far longer than this infantile subject, are essentially printing advertisements in booklet form. These are single-page ads culled from publications such as Communication Arts, Fortune Magazine, and Graphis, ranging from the late 1940’s to the early 1980’s.

We have a number of chivalrous Champion Paper ads, some of which are variations on the  below but with a different background saturation color.

Fortune Magazine, August 1949. Champion Papers.

Fortune Magazine, August 1949. Champion Papers.

The Automation of the Gaze:

Fortune Magazine, July 1949. UPLS (The United States Printing and Lithograph Company).

Fortune Magazine, July 1949. UPLS (The United States Printing and Lithograph Company).

If it is an ad placed in a late 1940’s or early 1950’s Fortune Magazine, there is a one in three chance that a hand will feature prominently.

Fortune Magazine, September 1949. Levelcoat Printing Papers by the Kimberly-Clark Corporation.

Fortune Magazine, September 1949. Levelcoat Printing Papers by the Kimberly-Clark Corporation.

Consolidated boasts about landing the coveted American Airlines Account.

Fortune Magazine, March 1950. Consolidated Enamel Papers.

Fortune Magazine, March 1950. Consolidated Enamel Papers.

Prepared in the public interest by Beloit Iron Works.

Fortune, July 1951. Beloit Iron Works.

Fortune, July 1951. Beloit Iron Works.

Fortune Magazine, July 1951. Beloit Iron Works.

Fortune Magazine, July 1951. Beloit Iron Works.

Graphis, v. 9, n. 49 (1953)

Graphis, v. 9, n. 49 (1953)

Communication Arts, v. 13, n. 1 (1971). Kimberly-Clark.

Communication Arts, v. 13, n. 1 (1971). Kimberly-Clark.

Seymour Chwast illustrated this, equal parts regal and far-out, irrational fear of mushrooms.

Communication Arts, v. 13, n. 1 (1971). Strathmore.

Communication Arts, v. 13, n. 1 (1971). Strathmore.

And finally…

Geo, December 1980. Champion. Painting By David Wilcox.

Geo, December 1980. Champion. Painting By David Wilcox.

Magazine Covers – 1980-1989 – Part 1 (“Mainstream Magazines”)

From 1982 we have”the world’s only consumer magazine about beer:” BEER. This is the Beauty (Barbara Eden with her shirt apparently completely unbuttoned) and the beer (that thing pictured in the upper right corner which Barbara made materialize) issue.

Beer 1982 December

The Mob moves in on Wayne Newton. Beverly Hills Diet: Can it kill you? Brazil gags Baez. And the fairy tale wedding (sans the longevity of ever after or happiness).

People 1981 August 3

Dick and Judy Blinn demonstrating what 1980 money looks like:

Money 1980 October. Oh, yeah, hhhott investments.

Some standard 1980 props from Time:

Time 1981 May 4

Time 1983 April 11.

Geo was a great magazine. We have a number of issues in our periodicals from 1979-1985. It was sort of like a more artsy National Geographic, but it is sadly no more.

Geo 1980 July

Next we have a selection of Atlantic magazines, many of which, at least in content and posturing, seem like they could have been published this year.

Atlantic 1987 August. Illustration by (graphic designer, illustrator, and type designer extraordinaire) Seymour Chwast.

Atlantic 1989 April. Illustration: Fred Otnes

Atlantic 1989 February.

Atlantic 1989 June. Illustration by Nicholas Gaetano.

Atlantic 1989 May. Illustration by Robert Grossman. 2012: Just switch China for Japan and Fu Manchu (or other such Chinese stereotype) for the sumo wrestler.

A selection of Omni magazine seems a fitting way to stagger your imagination, blow your mind, and be done with the mainstream 1980’s. Much like the 1980’s itself, and especially the end of the 80’s, which like the end of any decade tries too hard to descend and ascend and define, the graphics presented here are just a little too awkward and conceptually far-reaching for even 20+ of nostalgic inducing passing time to render endearing. But what do I know?

Omni 1988 November.

Omni 1989 April. Yes, CREATIVITY run amok.

Omni 1989 August

Omni 1989 February

Omni 1989 March

Omni 1989 September

Omni 1989 June

Omni 1989 November. Dreams. Wild Ones.

Omni 1989 October

Film Dope

The Visual Arts Library recently acquired most of the dope:

Film Dope no.7(1975:Apr.)-no.50(1994:Apr.) We are missing the first 6 issues, and I believe no.50 is the last issue (I know it ceased some time in 1994). This is a British publication, the obsessively fussed over, though sometimes neglected love-child of David Badder & Bob Baker (Markku Salmi is credited as a co-editor on issue 7, but not after).

What is the Dope? Each issue of Film Dope provides information on 30 to 40 directors, actors, cinematographers, and writers. An exhaustive list of credits (mostly film and television, but also commercials) is given for each person that they profile. Now, if that is all that Film Dope provided, I would have not felt that it needed to take up precious space on our periodical shelves (even though they are beautifully bound, have great front and back covers, and a goodly number of production stills).

Left: Back cover of issue 8 credited in the following Manner: “A mystery-still. It’s officially described as ‘Pare Lorentz filming THE RIVER’ but from the look of the location, it could as easily be THE PLOW THAT BROKE THE PLAINS. We sent a copy to Floyd Crosby who commented ‘I don’t know what picture this is from. The man on the right could be Lorentz but doesn’t look like him to me. The man with the beret and the Akeley camera is certainly not me.’ Anyone else got an idea? Right: Katherine Hepburn in George Cukor’s LITTLE WOMEN

Right: Jeanne Moreau and Stanley Baker in EVE (1962) Left: Boris Karloff in THE MASK OF FU MANCHU (1932)

Right: Charles Rogers and Jean Arthur in HALF-WAY TO HEAVEN (1929), d. George Abbott. Left: Addison Richards (left), Raymond Massey in SANTA FE TRAIL (1940). Production still by Mac Julian.

If credits were all that Film Dope offered, IMDB and Wikipedia would have rendered this fine publication obsolete. What keeps this publication relevant, endearing, and worth having around are its format, its subjectivity, and its rich collection of primary sources of information.

Issue 7 (April 1975) includes the following entries: Paddy Chayefsky, Nikolai Cherkasov, Maurica Chevalier, Marvin Chomsky, Montgomery Clift, Sean Connery and 33 others. Issue 50 (April 1994) includes the following entries: Al Pacino, Jack Palance, Dorothy Parker, Robert Parrish, Charles Parrott, Christine Pascal. The twenty years between those two issues chronicled people with last names that started with D to O. Sadly, they would never make it to R-Z, but what we are left with is a periodical that over the span of twenty years morphed into an encyclopedia. During that time they went from thanking the British Film Institute staff for “their patience and assistance” to thanking them “for [their] continuing financial assistance.” Obviously they were creating something of apparent value.

David Badder & Bob Baker were two very dedicated, knowledgeable, and intelligent chaps, and it is their input and discretion that gave a value-added aspect beyond free online sources before they even existed. Many of the issues include an editorial (which normally offers some apology for how long its been between issues). But their real editorial influence is both in the amount of time they chose to give to each subject and the very personal opinions that they have of almost everyone chronicled. Normally, out of the 30 or so people featured, a handful have a more extensive narrative biography, along with an interview, reprinted correspondence and/or reflections from peers. These are the primary sources of information I was touting earlier. Some of the interviews, such as with the director Louis Daquin, go on for ten dense pages. Other entries are little more than the credits, but more often than not include some sort of anecdotal information and very personal, though meaningful opinions, such as Bob Baker’s of Julie Christie:

After lauding and defending Julie Christie, the ever honest film critic/hound is forced to admit, “I can’t ever imagine her moving me very deeply. I am at a loss to account for this and hope to be proved wrong very soon.” It’s informative but deeply subjective and gives a contemporaneous context of critical reception and in this case emotional barometer.

The people that made it to these issues, though impressive in scope, are obviously not exhaustive of everyone that worked in the motion pictures in England and the USA up to that point. But the fact that it is limited and now static, lends the publication a curatorial quality. The scope is, however, quite large (say, maybe 1200 people in our 43 issues) and full of variety (from Bob Clampett to Boris Karloff). Film Dope is a marvel and a joy, not to mention a rich, important resource for film research.

The list of credits reads like a companion piece to John Yau’s poem “I Was a Poet in the House of Frankenstein: Boris Karloff Remember Being Chinese on Several Occasions”