|ON THE FRONT: The amphibious Gill Man from the Amazon, |
"Creature from the Black Lagoon" (1954).
This morning I dug past those sets (again, in varying rates of completeness) such as Buck Rogers In the 23rd Century (1979), Star Trek the Motion Picture (1979) and Moonraker (1979), for something seasonal. With autumn in the air, and Halloween just around the corner, I was pleased to find such a large number of Topps' 1980 Creature Feature cards adrift in the box. In addition to the cover card, and two of 22 possible stickers, I cobbled together about 60 different cards with (of course) numerous doubles, While I could give background about the Topps set, I'd rather point you to others (such as Mr. Potter's Fun-time Blog) who have already done so far better than I could have.
|The Masked Phantom from|
"The Phantom of the Opera" (1925).
Looking back at these cards now, my response now is likely very similar to the reaction I had many years ago. Hardly as humorous, they are after all from the "You'll Die Laughing" series, as intended, the black and white stills and images of famous (Boris Karloff as the Monster) and not-so-famous (Bela Lugosi as the Monster) actors and the creatures they portrayed are beautiful. The set includes the iconic (such as the aforementioned Frankenstein's monster as well as the prominently featured Creature From the Black Lagoon films) and lesser-known but beloved (by me anyway), Oliver Reed's werewolf in Hammer Films' The Curse of the Werewolf.
On the back of each card, in addition to a lame pun, joke or anecdote, is a very brief caption describing whats "ON THE FRONT." Unfortunately, the actors in each movie still are not credited, but fortunately I watched enough afternoon chillers to figure it out, so I've added (where possible) the names of the actor(s) involved using [brackets].
|The Creature from the Black Lagoon.|
|ON THE FRONT: The air-breathing humanoid known as The Gilman |
[Don Megowan] from "The Creature Walks Among Us" (1956).
|These jokes still kill.|
|ON THE FRONT: Kharis [Lon Chaney, Jr.] the crumbling one|
carries on in his third feature movie, "The Mummy's Ghost" (1944).
|ON THE FRONT: A scene from the original "Frankenstein" (1931)|
[starring Boris Karloff].
|ON THE FRONT: A creature [Eddie Parker] from the past threatens the student |
body in "Monster on the Campus" (1958).
|ON THE FRONT: A fellow [Bryant Haliday] turned inside-out when an experiment went awry |
in "The Projected Man" (1964).
|ON THE FRONT: The Gill Man [Tom Hennesy] was the most famous|
movie monster created in the 1950's, from "Revenge of the Creature" (1955).
|ON THE FRONT: Two of the screen's mightiest monsters|
[played here by Bela Lugosi and Lon Chaney, Jr.] were
featured in "Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man" (1943).
|ON THE FRONT: The hairy horror of "The Wolf Man" (1941)|
iconically portrayed here by Lon Chaney, Jr..
|ON THE FRONT: Only a silver bullet can end |
"The Curse of the Werewolf" (1961)
[here played by Oliver Reed].
|ON THE FRONT: Kept alive for 5,700 years, it's Kharis [Tom Tyler]|
from "The Mummy's Hand" (1940).
|ON THE FRONT: The Cyclopean Xenomorph (got it?) from "It Came from Outer Space" (1953).|
|I'm definitely using this one at the next happy hour.|
|ON THE FRONT: Once a household pest, now 100 tons of horror, "Tarantula" (1955).|
|ON THE FRONT: "Feast your eyes, gut your soul, |
behold my horror!" Another scene from the classic "Phantom
of the Opera". (1925) [starring Lon Chaney, Sr.]
|ON THE FRONT: "The Mole People" were prehistoric creatures who lived at the |
center of the earth in this 1956 chiller.
|ON THE FRONT: From "This Island Earth" (1955).|
|Always leave 'em laughing!|