In 1994 they made a movie called "The Man Who Drew The Bug-Eyed Monsters." It was a documentary about a truly astounding artiste named Reynold Brown, who was responsible for creating many of the everlasting movie posters from Science Fiction and Monster Movies of the 1950's and 60's.
This Saturday Night Special is dedicated to that man! Prepare to be amazed!
Let's get started with the classic "Creature From The Black Lagoon" from 1955.
We've shown you many of these posters before, mostly because of the studio, but not the artist, who for the most part, always stayed sinfully uncredited!
Just keep reminding yourself that this is all the work of one man, because it really is a little bit hard to believe! Again in 1955, here's the poster from "Revenge Of The Creature."
"Tarantula!" I like the weird double spacing on the stars names they did to get the composition right. Reynold paid great attention to the expressions on all the little people in the background, but the posters were printed so cheaply, a lot of his detail was lost!
Still from 1955, here's "This Island Earth," a color film that deserved an even more colorful poster. Reynold's compositions are starting to also get busier.
Probably one of the reasons that Reynold could paint such good flying saucers was because "during World War II he worked as a technical artist at North American Aviation."
"The Deadly Mantis."
Reynold did not only paint posters for the monster movies, he did over three hundred, and many of them were for mainstream films like "The Alamo."
Small or tall, Reynold got the call, and every one of these films is a classic! Again in 1957, he did the poster for "The Incredible Shrinking Man." And never forget this was long before the internet or Photoshop, and this all had to come out of the mind of one man!
"The Land Unknown." Actually a whole lot of kids were pretty disappointed seeing movies like this after seeing a dynamic poster like this one.
Now this is one of my favorites from 1957, "The Monolith Monsters." The movie is wack, and this poster of Reynold's explodes with excitement. It's almost three dimensional! I need to take a break, I think I'll go watch it for a while right now!"The Saga of the Viking Women and Their Voyage to the Waters of the Great Sea Serpent," aka "Viking Women And The Sea Serpent," is ten times more exciting than the movie.
Is there a more classic poster than "Attack Of The 50 Ft. Woman?" Maybe, but it's debatable!
Again in 1958, this was the poster from "Attack Of The Puppet People."
This "I Was A Teenage Werewolf" poster also from 1958 was a beaut!
Believe it or not, Reynold didn't really like making these monster movie posters that much. It was just a job to him, that considering everything, didn't even pay that well, but that didn't stop him from putting his all into each and every one of them, many times to find his artwork chopped up by some art director.
What kid in 1958 wouldn't want to go see "Monster On The Campus" after viewing this poster?
"Atomic Submarine" poster is a good example of that.
"House On Haunted Hill" is way beyond classic!
Also in 1960, the Italian horror films like "Black Sunday" were becoming very popular, and Reynold came up with this incredible imagery.
By 1970, the movies were becoming too sexy and violent, and Reynold decided after creating the poster for "The Dunwich Horror," that he had just had enough, and he went back to doing the art that he loved, painting cowboys, and enjoying life as best he could.
To find out everything they never taught you in school or history class, go to
where you can find out so much more about this great man and gifted artist!
ATOMIC SUBMARINE has several of the
best posters in that era of Sci-fi, IMO.
This one is cool too. Print it on photo paper
& hang it on your wall it looks awesome:
All cool posters!
My favorite is still (and has been for decades) the Attack of the 50ft Woman, movie and poster. Talk about a single, most iconic movie poster! For an iconic movie of an iconic decade, too! lol
If I had to get rid of all of my fifties movie DVDs and collectibles in a big damned hurry, 50ft Woman is likely the *one* DVD and script I'd grab! ;D
I saw 11 of those movies at the theater when they came out... !!
Dang, TABONGA! You lucky bum! The oldest poster movie here that I saw (at a drive-in) was BLACK SUNDAY! The opening scene just about did me in!
My first color movie-going in a theater that he "postered" was Ib Melchior's THE TIME TRAVELERS ('64). An eye-popping experience for this ten year old Cosmic Kid whose folks didn't have a color tv 'til 1970!
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