It has been awhile since I wrote. I hope to get back into the swing of things over the next couple of weeks by completing my series on the monster of the twenty-first century. Like a monster itself, this series has grown out of control. I would like to lay it to rest.
A blog without pictures isn't always very interesting. I have written most of this series without posting any images. I hope today's posting will make up for that.
|Our popular image of Frankenstein's monster comes of course from the Universal movies of the 1930s in which Boris Karloff played the creature. The makeup, by Jack Pierce (1889-1968), was green but showed up on black-and-white film as light gray.|
|. . . or like the Phantom of the Opera, whose portrait was painted by Basil Gogos in the 1960s.|
|Another poster with the same slogan, obviously in the same series and presumably from about the same period. The artist was Victor Arnaud (1890-?). The date looks like 1919.|
|I have not been able to find an image of Lenin depicted as a monster of any kind, but you don't have to use much of your imagination to see the demonic quality in his visage.|
Text and captions copyright 2014 Terence E. Hanley