MEARS Comic & Art Auction #82, Ends September 26th, 2015 W/ 15-Minute Per Lot Rule
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Still scared by the thought of Frankenstein’s monster, the freighted villagers united to destroy the threat once and for all. Armed with picks, shovels, and fire, the entire village swarms on Frankenstein’s castle to destroy all remnants of the cursed monster and his abode. Their plan back fires as an explosion released the Monster from his grave in the Sulphur pits. Chaperoned by Ygor, the duo hatch a plot to find much needed help from Dr. Ludwig Frankenstein, the second son of the baron.
Ygor and Frankenstein wander through the village of Vasaria, Ludwig’s home, and befriend Cloestine Hussman. The town’s people, thinking the monster is trying to kill Cloestine, attack immediately. While defending himself, the monster killed one of his pursuers.
After the malay, the monster is captured and put on trial. Visited by the ghost of his father, the monster’s creator, Ludwig agrees to perform a brain transplant to restore the monster back to health, and decides to use Igor’s, a willing subject who sees the benefit of the strength of the monster’s body. A problem with the nervous system caused by the transplant caused Igor to go mad, accidently lighting the laboratory on file, killing himself, and the current version of “Frankenstein’s Monster”.
Surviving for over 65 years, this ultra rare 3-sheet poster is the only known example. One-sheets and ½ sheets from the 1942 & 1948 Realart releases rarely enter the market, but examples do exist. Top examples of the ½ sheet have been marketed by dealers for $50.000+.
The image of the poster is simply stunning. Predominately featured, the classic image of Frankenstein dominates 50% of the large, 3-sheet poster. The poster’s artist chose classic monster green to capture the traditional image of Frankenstein. A yellow death glow highlights the monster’s stern, emotional-less expression. With his head tilted slightly back, his squinting eyes, broad noes, slight frown, and flat top hair cut offers the viewer a timeless portrait of this Universal Monster legend.
Keeping with the tradition of “Sex Sells”, the beautiful Evelyn Ankers appears on the right side of the poster with elbows bent and hand raised, looking surprised, shocked, and horrified all in the same expression. Her full length dress with deep slit exposes a long and sexy leg, yet keeping the image perfectly tasteful, a condition of the era.
To get viewers into theatre seats, bold lettering proclaims, "The King of Monsters in a Terrifying Adventure". Additional lettering, “The Ghost of Frankenstein” jumps off the upper section of the 3-sheet in blood red lettering. Complementing the dark overtone design, a grave stone is placed in the lower right corner, carefully designed to list the key members of the cast. “Chiseled” into the stone are the names of, Cedric Hardwick, Ralph Bellamy, Lionel Atwill, Bela Lugosi, Evelyn Ankers, and Lon Chaney. To the right of the grave marker is a “ghost” skull, a symbol of the foreshadowing of the fate of those involved with the monster. The distributer of the poster, Realart, is found in the lower right corner and serves as part of the poster design.
Realart Pictures was a motion picture re-releasing organization started in 1948 by Jack Broder and Joseph Harris. When Universal Pictures became Universal-International in 1946, new studio head William Goetz discontinued the studio's popular B-pictures - comedies, musicals mysteries, westerns, and serials - to begin a prestigious operation that would feature many independent productions. Goetz had no interest in Universal's sizable backlog, and leased the entire sound-film library (dating from 1930 to 1946) to Broder and Harris. Realart had theatrical reissue rights for 10 years; television rights were not included.
Realart reissued Universal's old product in double-feature package deals, with new and more exciting advertising (Universal was never mentioned in the ads or posters). Most films went out under their original, familiar titles, while others were given more effective (and often more lurid) titles. The Ghost of Frankenstein met all of the Realart criteria for its contractual release with partnering theatres.
The condition of the poster is near mint. The colors are all original with slight restoration done on the edges and some of the fold lines. A large, professional frame with museum glass entombs this rare piece of horror history. Due to its large size, shipping charges will be determined by the shipping company of your choice. LOA MEARS Auctions.
1948 RARE Ghost of Frankenstein (1942) Realart 3-Sheet Movie Poster (Professionally Restored, Linen Backed, and Framed)
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