James Warren, Empire of Monsters

By Bill Schelly (Author)

This heavily illustrated biography features eye-opening ― often outrageous ―anecdotes about Warren, a larger-than-life figure whose ability as a publisher, promoter, and provocateur make him a fascinating figure.

In addition to Forrest J. Ackerman’s Famous Monsters of Filmland, he published Help!, a magazine created by MAD’s Harvey Kurtzman, which featured early work by John Cleese, Gloria Steinem, Terry Gilliam, Robert Crumb, and Diane Arbus; Creepy and Eerie magazines, with covers by painter Frank Frazetta and comics art by Steve Ditko, Wallace Wood, Bernie Wrightson, Al Williamson, and many others. His most famous co-creation, the character Vampirella, debuted in her own magazine in 1969, and continues to be published today.

“Ask anyone who has been associated with the fantasy-horror-science fiction genres in the last thirty years about [Famous Monsters of Filmland], and you’ll get a laugh, a flash of the eyes, and a stream of bright memories ― I practically guarantee it.”
Stephen King

“Bill Schelly has an obsessive yet intelligent passion for things many might consider marginal if not bizarre―always the mark of an interesting mind.”
Tom Robbins

Product details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Fantagraphics Books; 1 edition
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1683961471
  • ISBN-13: 978-1683961475

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