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The Saturday Seen That: Monsters for Mac

21 Sep

September 21, 2013

Last week I showed a pair of Universal Monsters model kits I picked up for a song at Toys R Us. In the comments section we had a nice discussion of the monsters, statues, and the like. So for Mac, this week I am posting some  Universal Monsters statues I have had since at least the early 90’s, probably earlier.

These were all sold unpainted. They are made of lightweight, glow-in-the-dark resin. None of them weigh more than a few ounces but they are all sturdy and have with one tiny exception, held up very well.

What did not hold up were my paint jobs. These statues are badly in need of touch ups. I don’t claim to be an expert painter, but these were really nice when I first painted them.


The Mummy
I was pretty proud of this one because I found ways of blending paints on his bandages to make them seem dirty not jus ton the outside, but the inside as well. I’m not as happy with how his face turned out, but overall I think the bandages make the mummy.

The Wolfman
A pretty good paint job. I was never good with detail but I managed to mix in some black highlights in his brown fur. Again, not technically brilliant, but my previous painting experience was painting planes or tanks solid matte colors.

Phantom of the Opera
For some reason Dracula was not included in this set. I always assumed this was his replacement since they had similar looks. This is the only statue that’s broken, but it unnoticeable unless you’ve seen the unbroken version. The hand holding the cape (which is obscured by the Wolfman’s hand) also held a small mask. But if you never knew that it looks fine.


This is your standard Frankie paint job, though I did do a little bit with some details, like laces on his boots.

Creature from the Black Lagoon
This is my favorite. It is hard to see in the picture, but every single scale is painted green and highlighted at the tip with slightly darker green, giving it really nice texture. I also did a few black highlights to make it seem more natural. Of the set, this will be the hardest to touch up, if I decide to do so.


In the front is the Remco (correct me if it was another company) Creature action figure. This set had the same selection as the statues and each also came in a glow-in-the-dark version. I had all the regular figures and except for this one, they all fell apart from normal use. They literally fell into pieces. the bodies broke open, the limbs fell off, the heads fell off the neck. For some reason this figure remains sturdy. I’d love to have this set again.


Not Universal monsters but they came up in the comments. I did nothing to these- they came fully assembled and painted. But as an old-school Superman fan I couldn’t be happier.


Critics Corner: Michael Mongello (Classic Monge-Post)

31 Aug

August 31, 2013


What better to run on a Saturday Comics Saturday than a Classic Critics Corner featuring the one and only Michael Mongello? This was the first, but by no means the last, spotlight he’s been in. Search this site for his JLA, Star Wars, pin-up work, and more.

from September 7, 2010 

Hi everyone. I’d like to take some time away from my parade of bad B-movies, the Teutuls, Noots, and traveling teddy bears to showcase someone who actually has talent and deserves some broader recognition.

Michael Mongello is the talented creator of the comic book  Jungle Women vs. Dracula as well as the versatile illustrator of many other subjects. Below you’ll find just some of his work, spanning the superhero and fantasy genres, life-like portraits, and familiar movie and television icons.

Honestly, just picking a dozen was a Herculean task, and I was not up to it. Fourteen of his pieces are here for you, but I could have picked ten times that number and not a single one would disappoint. To see more of his work, please go to his websites, linked below and in the sidebar.

Michael has already reached a higher audience and certainly doesn’t need the exposure of this blog, but he has graciously allowed me to hang some of his artwork in my “virtual gallery.” Please enjoy!

A quick look at how a sketch becomes a finished product.

The Batmobile!

And another sweet ride.

More than just comics.

By the Power of Greyskull!

Michael Mongello is the Artist and Illustrator

of Jungle Women vs. Dracula and Titans: Icons of Mythology.

 To check out more artwork visit



Michael Mongello on Facebook


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