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FAMOUS MONSTERS #262: "CLASH OF THE KAIJU" OUT NOW

Postby August » Sun Apr 08, 2012 7:58 pm

As a regular columnist at Famous Monsters of Filmland magazine, and since the overwhelming success of the last year's special issue was so fang-tastic, the FM Grue Crew decided to put together another "All Japanese Monsters" spooktacular for 2012! Bob Eggleton returns to paint another mind-blowing cover (also available as a t-shirt!), and many of the same writers from our last Kaiju-filled spectacular are with us again as well! To read more about the new issue (which ships in June), and to order your own copy today, click on the image below — before it's too late!

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Postby sachiel » Sun Apr 08, 2012 8:15 pm

Very intriguing issue. For some odd reason I've never heard or read this magazine before. August is there a way to look on the website to see what kind of featured articles there are?
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Postby August » Mon Apr 09, 2012 2:03 am

"Famous Monsters of Filmland" has been around, on and off, since 1957. Google it. In 1975, the legendary #114 was their "All Japanese Monsters" issue, which was the hottest selling issue of the time. We struck with lightning twice, by putting out another "All Japanese Monsters" issue last year with the award-winning #256 (where I interviewed Haruo Nakajima), and now we're back for more! If you go to the link, it will tell you more about this issue. But, I'm not at liberty to reveal all of the contents and articles, but there are articles by Bob Eggleton, Matt Frank, myself and many others — and it is an "All Japanese Monsters & Sci-Fi" issue with tons of juicy photographs! :)
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Postby ebirahsmeg1 » Mon Apr 09, 2012 10:08 am

Love the cover....vintage Eggleton. Looking forward to this and put in my pre-order...
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Postby RaymondBurr » Mon Apr 09, 2012 1:41 pm

Awesome cover, thanks for posting this August. I've put a pre-order in at my FLCS!
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Postby Hybrid Gojira » Sat Apr 14, 2012 4:54 pm

Awesome cover art...

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Postby briizilla » Sat Apr 14, 2012 8:15 pm

Great cover! Reminds of something you'd have seen in G-fans heydey before that magazine went to crap.
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Postby Thomas » Thu Apr 19, 2012 4:59 pm

FLCS will be ordering a copy or two for myself. A t-shirt with the cover on it you say? Guess I'll be getting a t-shirt too.
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Postby August » Mon Jun 04, 2012 8:41 pm

The issue is shipping now and subscribers have already been receiving their copies — this issue is selling BIGGER and BADDER than last year's, so don't be left out and order yours TODAY! (Click on the cover in the first post!)
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Postby Tyler E. Martin » Mon Jun 04, 2012 10:24 pm

Mine's been ordered. Last year's issue was terrific, so I'm looking forward to even more kaiju goodness!
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Postby August » Wed Jun 06, 2012 5:19 am

Here's what you'll find in the new FM #262: This time around, we've got more variety and close-up looks at films and television shows that aren't covered elsewhere. For starters, we have my feature on the new SPACE BATTLESHIP YAMATO: 2199 (and reviews of the recent live action version from 2010 and the animated feature film from 2009 by Tim Eldred) as well as solid features on THE SPACE GIANTS (by Roy Ware), SPECTREMAN (by Edward L. Holland), VARAN THE UNBELIEVABLE (by Bob Eggleton), INAZUMAN (by David E. Chapple), MATANGO (by Jason Varney), an overview of the contemporary monster suit makers Tomo'o Haraguchi and Fuyuki Shinada (by Jim Cironella), and an in-depth comparison of the 1990s Godzilla and Gamera films (by Matt Frank). Plus pieces on THE WAR OF THE GARGANTUAS (by Richard J. Schellbach), IDW's Godzilla comic (by Holly Interlandi), Kaiju Eiga on Super 8mm (by David McRobie), an In Memoriam listing of Japanese filmmakers who've left us over the last year (by John Paul Cassidy), and a look at some upcoming Japanese toys being released in the US (not to mention an interview with Rick Baker on his retro-aliens for MIB 3). If there's anything you'd like to see in the next issue — and there will be another coming in time for Comic-Con 2013 — let us know! We're open to suggestions! Tell us what YOU want to see in the next "All Japanese Monsters" issue! We're all ears!

And, just for kicks, here's the variant "Monster World" cover of the current issue:

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Postby MekaGojira3k » Mon Jul 02, 2012 9:12 am

The ladyfriend picked this up for me yesterday. I've only glanced through it, but looks amazing. Can't wait to get into the Spectreman section!
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Postby Thomas » Mon Jul 02, 2012 6:04 pm

Got this at the FLCBS and haven't read all of it yet, but what I have read so far is great, also I do wonder why Matt Frank left out all the Godzilla movies after GMK and the one Gamera movie after the Heisei series when comparing the two series agaisnt each other. Agenda? Time or space constraints? unnecessary in his opion? I would like to know.
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Postby king_ghidorah » Mon Jul 02, 2012 6:19 pm

I don't know but most discussions of the Gamera series leave out GTB. It was even left out of the previous kaiju issue if I remember correctly.

It's a shame....great film.
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Postby August » Wed Jul 04, 2012 2:13 pm

How so? In #256, David McRobie talked about the Showa Series, and Jason Varney reviewed the '90s Trilogy. Those are complete. In #262, Matt Frank compared the '90s Godzilla to their Gamera counterparts. That article was complete. GAMERA, THE BRAVE was meant to launch a new series. It didn't. That doesn't mean that we won't get around reviewing it — although the focus of these specials is on the Old Skool.

We also didn't include GINO or THE X FROM OUTER SPACE or GAPPA... Yet (well, maybe not GINO). But if this ruins the whole magazine(s) for you (which are full of great articles and information), I can't help you.
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Postby MekaGojira3k » Wed Jul 04, 2012 10:22 pm

I don't think he ever implied it ruined the magazine for him.
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Postby Thomas » Fri Jul 06, 2012 5:59 pm

August relax. I'm not looking for a review of all available kaiju material in every magazine that would be ridiculous. Just curious about why an article comparing Godzilla movies to Gamera movies leaves out Gamera the Brave.

Finished reading all of the articles in Famous Monsters of Film Land #262 and I have to say it is a great issue. I'm glad that they covered Space Giants and Spectreman and Inazuman, I always like to see relatively unknown kaiju genre stuff put out there for more people to discover. Jim Cirronella has the best article (imo) in the magazine with his interview/article of Tomo Haraguchi and Fuyuki Shinada suit makers for Gamera and Godzilla movies. I'm also really glad to see Jim Cirronellla writing about the kaiju genre, I hadn't heard of him since the late nineties until a convention in Indianapolis a few years ago. August's article on Yamato 2199 has me interested in checking out Star Blazers and a couple of other Yamato related items as well as checking into Yamato 2199. Matt Frank's article comparing Godzilla movies to Gamera and their influence on one another is very good (probably the second best article in the magazine), but if he was supposed to just compare like to like series then he should have stopped the Godzilla movies at 1995 or 1999 at the latest instead of bringing in GvMegaguirus and GMK followed by mentioning the next three Godzilla movies and no mention of the most recent Gamera movie. There is a strong arguement to be made about bringing up GMK what with it being a Kaneko, Higuchi made Godzilla movie, but seriously if the idea was to compare like to like series then GMK is out.

Again great magazine well worth a purchase for any fan of monster movies, in fact I'll need to get another copy.
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Postby August » Mon Jul 09, 2012 2:43 am

Mekagojira: Sorry, I wasn't speaking personally towards Thomas, in terms of one thing off that will ruin it for some people, and was meant as a generalism; "You" can be used in that way. Perhaps, it was ill-chosen, and I should have said, "People", or some-such.

Thomas: No need for me to "relax" — I wasn't upset. I responded to your gripe. I don't take these things personally, because I can't anymore — it's a futile waste of energy. You can't control what people like or don't, and not everyone is going to like everything someone produces. That's just the way it is. If you want to know why Matt didn't bring up GAMERA THE BRAVE, perhaps you should direct that question to the writer, Matt Frank (he's a great guy, and I'm sure he'd like to address it). Personally, when I proofread his piece, GAMERA THE BRAVE never entered my mind. Why? Because I just didn't think the film was that memorable. I liked it enough, and I didn't hate it, but I guess it just didn't make that much of an impression on me.

With that being said, thanks for the kind comments on the issue, and I'm sure that the writers also appreciate them. In the future, I'll make sure that we feature an article on the film. Also, if there's anything you want to see our annual Japanese Monsters issues, please let me know.

Thanks for pointing that out and I apologize if my response came across as reactionary.
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Postby king_ghidorah » Mon Jul 09, 2012 5:15 am

That August is one stand-up guy I tells ya :wink:

A GTB article sounds great. I volunteer myself as one possible author choice for said article :D. I've already written about GTB once for G-Fan but that article was more of a personal anecdote about my adventures trying to see the film while I was living in Japan. I'm super willing to write an article about GTB if you don't have anyone else in mind.
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Postby msunz27 » Mon Jul 09, 2012 2:17 pm

For future issues? Definitely an ULTRASEVEN article. Or going over the bulk of Tsuburaya shows from the 70's like RETURN OF ULTRAMAN (!!!), FIREMAN (!), MIRRORMAN and JUMBORG ACE etc.

Maybe one on ATRAGON or SPACE AMEOBA.

These past 2 issues were great stuff! Hope there will be future annual issues.
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Postby August » Tue Jul 10, 2012 9:19 pm

Thanks for the kind words!

king_ghidorah: Send me your previous article, and I'll look it over after I return from the San Diego Comic-Con! I just want to see a sample of what you do and what you know! :)

msunz27: Some of your requests are in the pipeline for next year's issue! And yes, this is going to be an annual issue for "Famous Monsters"! Plus, we're going to be making an exciting announcement at the FM Panel at SDCC this Thursday!

Stay tuned...
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Postby king_ghidorah » Wed Jul 11, 2012 5:04 pm

August- I sent you a copy of my article on FB. Thanks for your consideration.
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Postby Thomas » Wed Jul 11, 2012 5:49 pm

August I apoligize for the "August relax." comment it was uncalled for.

Again a great issue and I enjoyed all the articles.
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FAMOUS MONSTERS #269

Postby mr.negativity » Thu Aug 08, 2013 6:40 pm

FAMOUS MONSTERS #269
This summer the Kaiju invade the pages of FAMOUS MONSTERS once again. But this year they're not alone. In honor of Guillermo del Toro's (HELLBOY 1&2, BLADE 2) new film PACIFIC RIM, FM will feature the best of giant monsters battling giant robots. August Ragone and his kaiju crew return once again to take you to school. From Godzilla battling Mechagodzilla to del Toro's giant robots (Jaegers) defending earth from trans-dimensional giant beasts, we'll have only the best to bring to you from the Land of the Rising Kaiju. With GODZILLA VS. MECHAGODZILLA by Bob Eggleton.
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Postby lhb412 » Sun Aug 18, 2013 7:12 pm

I usually avoid mags like these. I mean, a $10 price tag is hard to swallow in these days when info is readily available for free - but when I perused through Famous Monsters #269 at B&N it was impossible not to buy! Packed with awesome stuff! Retrospectives on Honda, Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla, Megalon, Wolfman vs. Godzilla, Iron King, Red Baron, Kamen Rider V3, the original Japanese Shogun Warrior toyline... stuffed with stuff!
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