Official Warner Bros GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS Ack-Ives Variant Cover
Apr 2, 2019 | Featured, FM Magazine |
Just when you thought the first volume of the ACK-IVES couldn’t get any more exciting…
We have officially teamed up with Warner Bros Pictures for a special newsstand edition of Famous Monsters Ack-Ives: Godzilla!
This variant edition features an exclusive cover created by the team at Art Machine for Warner Bros and inspired by the highly anticipated new MonsterVerse picture GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS, which is due to hit theaters on May 31, 2019!
The variant issue will be available on newsstand shelves on May 7 to give you just enough time to peruse it… before the movie swallows you whole. It is also available for preorder on our web store NOW, so don’t wait!
GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS comes on the tail successes of Legendary and Warner Bros’ GODZILLA (2014) and KONG: SKULL ISLAND (2017), the latter of which contained a post-credits scene foreshadowing the debut of MonsterVerse creatures Mothra, Rodan, and King Ghidorah. These three famous kaiju star alongside Godzilla himself in the new movie — though as friends or foes, it’s not entirely clear.
In addition to over 100 pages of long out-of-print content from Famous Monsters’ 60+ year history, Famous Monsters Ack-Ives: Godzilla also contains an up close and personal interview (sneak peek below) with GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS director Michael Dougherty. Dougherty is an admitted lifelong fan of the big green beast, and he talks to FM about what fans can expect from the movie — as well as details of his own semi-embarrassing fandom history, which may or may not involve doodling in the pages of his elementary school Bible.
Check out the official cover art above, and don’t forget to go see GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS on May 31!
Director Michael Dougherty on Putting the “God” in GODZILLA
Feb 15, 2019 | Interviews |
The anticipation for Legendary’s new MonsterVerse picture GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS has reached a pointed peak and is now teetering rather gleefully over the edge. Fans all over the world are being treated to brand new posters, teaser trailers, and toy reveals, and the much-delayed release of the movie is finally on the horizon: May 31, 2019. Godzilla freaks are already marking their calendars, but with a new director on board in Michael Dougherty and three new monsters to contend with since GODZILLA (2014), what should the average monster kid be expecting?
“The approach that my writing partner Zach Shields and I took was that Godzilla, the MUTOs, Mothra, Rodan, King Ghidorah — they’re a super-species,” Dougherty explains in a new FM interview. “These creatures were worshipped as ancient gods; they are the reasons we have stories about dragons and giants and titans. Because if you look at the entire world’s collection of ancient myths, you realize that they all have stories about monsters. What we’re trying to establish is the idea that Godzilla and his brethren are the reason for that.”
Might that give the giant green lizard some religious implications?
“There’s a reason that Godzilla is called Godzilla,” he laughs. “Humans understood once — these guys are the bosses, we need to live under them. But then that relationship was severed. That covenant was broken, the creatures went into hibernation for a long while, and humanity forgot that connection. This film is really about mankind trying to rekindle that relationship, to understand that humans are no longer at the top of the food chain.”
The message seems similar that to 1954’s Gojira: a historic cataclysm come to life as a monster, terrorizing and humbling the human race.
“I think the human species is overdue for a humbling,” says Dougherty.
Many would agree with him.
GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS opens in theaters everywhere on May 31, but you can read all about him and his foes — as well as our full interview with Michael Dougherty — in the inaugural edition of the Famous Monsters Ack-Ives, released on May 8!
Introducing the Famous Monsters ACK-IVES!
Feb 11, 2019 | Featured, FM Magazine |
The rumors are true, boys and ghouls and ghosts: in May 2019, Famous Monsters will debut a brand new series of print reference guides, each dedicated to a subject revered by horror and Sci-Fi fandom!
These “Ack-Ives”, thus named after FM’s longtime Editor-in-Chief Forrest J Ackerman, will consist of carefully curated selections from the magazine’s 60-plus year history, from the classic “Filmbooks” to more current interviews. Each volume will boast brand new covers and at least one as yet unpublished feature, bringing monster fans up to date on a veritable smorgasbord of topics.
The Ack-Ives are much more than simply reprints of old material. We will look at FM coverage through a historical lens, presenting “fun facts” and comparing dates of publication, as well as marking the debut of certain collectible items in Captain Company’s monstrous mail order back catalogue.
This May, we present to you the Famous Monsters Ack-Ives: Godzilla.
The choice of subject for our first volume was a no-brainer. Godzilla has dominated the pages of Famous Monsters since his first appearance in Issue 30 back in 1964 (“Giants from Japan”). Famous Monsters Ack-Ives: Godzilla includes over 100 pages of essential Godzilla coverage from FM’s archives, as well as an exclusive new interview with Michael Dougherty, the director of Legendary’s landmark MonsterVerse picture GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS.
For the first cover, we asked our maestro Sanjulian to paint his own interpretation of the original cover to Issue 114, which was FM’s first all-Japanese monsters issue, and features Godzilla and Rodan destroying a city. Rodan has a rather prominent role in the upcoming KING OF THE MONSTERS movie, and Michael Dougherty had some pointed things to say about his loyalties and popularity in our new interview!
Forthcoming editions of the Ack-Ives promise retrospectives on all manners of beasties, from black and white classics to color-drenched gore. We’ve got plans, dearies. Oh so many plans.
Famous Monsters Ack-Ives: Godzilla Quick Stats:
-120 SKREEOONNKing pages
-Sanjulian Cover Art
-Exclusive New Interview with Michael Dougherty
-Our first-ever GODZILLA filmbook from 1965
-Vintage writeups on all the original Godzilla film releases
-New FM era articles by Bob Eggleton, Hajime Ishida, and August Ragone
Sign up to be notified when FAMOUS MONSTER ACK-IVES: GODZILLA is available for pre-order here!
Cinefex #34 (Japanese edition) will feature a Godzilla cover from the new film, it will feature the same content as the american version (issue #138) featuring articles on Godzilla: I Am Become Death, Captain America 2, Spider-man 2 as well as other movies. The american edition hit in June, the Japanese version is due in September. Go to Cinefex.com and Cinefex.jp to check out all the details.
The July 2014 edition of Eiga HiHo has a 6 page spread on Godzilla 2014 featuring interviews with the cast, the issue also has an article on the new X-Men film but Godzilla is front and center.
FANGORIA #333 doesn’t hit the shelves or arrive in your mailbox for another few weeks, but we’ve got the first peek at the full contents and the cover—with a very big subject flashing back to our very first issue.
Way back in 1979, FANGORIA #1 put Godzilla up front, and we’re doing the same, spotlighting the updated monster from Gareth Edwards’ much-anticipated megabudget take on the Japanese classic. We’ve got a set visit and exclusive words from Edwards, along with a trip to the Aussie location of Greg McLean’s WOLF CREEK 2; Jim Jarmusch and Tilda Swinton talking their cool new vampire movie ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVE; Ti West on his religious chiller THE SACRAMENT; Lucky McKee and Chris Sivertson explaining why ALL CHEERLEADERS DIE; ex-cop turned film guy Randy Jurgenson revealing the true facts behind William Friedkin’s shocking CRUISING; director Jeremy Saulnier discussing his knockout revenge pic BLUE RUIN; and much more.
INTERVIEW: JIM JARMUSCH The veteran poet of cinematic cool expresses his passion for vampires in “Only Lovers Left Alive.”
INTERVIEW: TILDA SWINTON It took a one-of-a-kind actress to breathe new eternal life into her “Only Lovers” bloodsucker.
INTERVIEW: JOHN POGUE He ventured across the pond to helm the Hammer production “The Quiet Ones” on the studio’s home turf. Plus: star Jared Harris speaks up.
PREVIEW: “PENNY DREADFUL” Victorian London plays host to classic creatures; can transplanted American Josh Hartnett cope?
PREVIEW: “THE SACRAMENT” Ti West leaves devils and ghosts behind to find the horror in religious manipulation.
INTERVIEW: HUH JUNG “Hide and Seek” allows the Korean director to reveal what spooks his fellow citizens.
PREVIEW: “BLUE RUIN” The way Jeremy Saulnier’s intense thriller presents it, payback is a bitch for both sides.
ON SET: “GODZILLA” Fango tours the badly battered locations of Gareth Edwards’ monster remake. Plus: reviews of classic Big G films on new Blu-rays!
PREVIEW: “THE MACHINE” It looks like a lady and tries to act like a human in Caradog W. James’ near-future opus.
PREVIEW: “MALIGNANT” The protagonist of Brian Avenet-Bradley’s latest indie chiller finds Brad Dourif literally messing with his head.
INTERVIEW: RANDY JURGENSEN The former policeman’s input made William Friedkin’s “Cruising” all the more arresting.
PREVIEW: “MR. JONES” Pry too deeply into his secrets, and you’ll suffer for his art in Karl Mueller’s surreal flick.
DIARY OF THE DEB: “BILLY’S CULT” On this New Jersey set, the terror would begin after Debbie wrapped for the day.
ON SET: “WOLF CREEK 2” Some people call tourists annoying; the villain of Greg McLean’s sequel calls them targets.
PREVIEW: “ALL CHEERLEADERS DIE” Lucky McKee and Chris Sivertson rework their formative first feature as a meatier, bloodier project.
INTERVIEW: SCOTT SNYDER The comics writer is far from done telling the century-spanning saga of the “American Vampire.”
INTERVIEW: TOM SPINA When you want a screen creature to look its best/worst again, he’s the man you call.
FIRST RITES Growing up with Godzilla
POSTAL ZONE Bill Moseley says hi! Plus: remembering GWAR’s David Brockie
MONSTER INVASION Preview of “Cold in July,” and the 2014 Chainsaw Awards results!
TRASH COMPACTOR David A. Prior talks “Killer Workout”
THE VIDEO EYE OF DR. CYCLOPS Reviews of “Ms. 45,” “The Visitor,” “Dead Shadows,” “Daddy’s Little Girl” and others
DUMP BIN DIARIES Columbia River’s “Psychopaths and Maniacs”
SCREEM #28 starts off with a big roar as we delve into all things GODZILLA, with the film's director, Gareth Edwards.
Other interviews in the issue include Alejandro Jodorowsky (Jodorowsky's Dune, The Dance of Reality), Joshua Oppenheimer brings horror to real life when discussing his documentary The Act of Killing, Chester Turner relives memories on the set of Black Devil Doll from Hell, British actress Vanessa Howard (Girly, Corruption) is remembered, The Creature from the Black Lagoon celebrates its 60th anniversary, 1923s The Hunchback of Notre Dame gets an HD rebirth (Lon Chaney historian Michael F. Blake gives readers all the details), Blu-ray/DVD reviews, and a few more great surprises come your way in SCREEM #28.
Limited Edition (500 copies) HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME alternate cover includes a 17 x 22 poster that features both Godzilla and Quasimodo covers by Mark Maddox!
God-Zine-La is a full colour, 72 page zine dedicated to the most famous kaiju of them all - Godzilla along with his colourful rogue's gallery.
Each page features a piece of original artwork by some top
illustrators and comic makers. We even have a piece of
artwork submitted by Godzilla 2014 director Gareth Edwards.
Preorders will support the first print run. GOD-ZINE-LA will be dispatched in late April! Go here to order.
Twelve years after I published the previous issue of Xenorama, the Journal of Heroes and Monsters has returned! Copies can be ordered here, and in a few days it will be available on Amazon as well. Once I get the formatting down it will also be available for download on Kindle as well.
This issue features articles by Christopher Elam, Jeff Goodhartz, Tara DeVeau, Chad McAlpin and Mike Lawyer. It also features the awesome cover by Dan Ross. Which is probably the best cover that has ever graced Xenorama in it's 20 year history!
the issue features articles on these subjects:
the Valley of Gwangi
the history of Xenorama's first run
a Moby Dick episode guide
Gigantis, the Fire Monster
El Baron Brakola (El Santo movie)
Maki's 13 Steps (Etsuko Shihomi movie)
and a cool Owari column!