Publisher/Editor Rich Sala just posted on FaceBook this cover for an upcoming issue — and Don is happy to say that Rich asked him to write a story based on that Sanjulian painting. It was a challenge. Most stories about evil Santas have tended to owe something, often a lot, to that classic EC story that was included in the Tales from the Crypt movie. The challenge was coming up with a story that was different while remaining true to that cover image. At least for once the cover didn’t also come with an existing title! You’ll have to wait a few months to see how Don did! Ho, Ho, Horror!
Dpm thanks sculScott C Fensterer for a really fun interview. If anyone would like to hear it, it’s now on YouTube, at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ecq0_bbmkUw
After several years hiatus, mostly due to the pandemic, Don will be returning to his old volunteer job preparing dinosaur fossils in the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County’s Dinolab! As soon as the paperwork is processed, he will be back at his old Thursday late morning-middle afternoon slot. The Dinolab is on the 2nd floor and visitors can look through the lab window and see the preparators working away. Maybe Don will meet some of you if you happen to stop by.
Don thanks to Peter Richardson for including him in his excellent (2-edition) book on the Warren magazines.
This just came out. Don has an essay in it about the first time he saw the movie King Kong.
Don thanks Ed Lute (our last names rhyme!) for the terrific article he wrote about Don’s Gold Key Comics characters Dagar and Tragg (as well as others) in the current issue of BACK ISSUE magazine. And very nicely illustrated.
Don loves getting good surprises like this in the mail — The Art of Dracula of Transylvania, written and illustrated by his good friend Ricardo Delgado, a gorgeously illustrated hardcover book for which I had the privilege of writing the forward. Don heartily endorses this book and knows that for Ricardo it was a labor of love (which clearly shows). All that’s missing from it is Ricardo’s autograph, which Don intend to get next time they have lunch at the Coral Cafe in Burbank.
Out at last and available from Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0C5YVY9TY/ref=sr_1_2?crid=2J2TMWVR1FWVJ&keywords=glut+classic+movie+monsters&qid=1684861867&s=books&sprefix=glut+cl%2Cstripbooks%2C289&sr=1-2
This issue includes a lengthy, detailed interview with Don, mostly about making movies. Somehow Alex managed to avoid asking the usual, cliche questions that many interviewers tend to ask, where Don’s responses are by rote sounding like “Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln.”
This interview with Don was just posted on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FsOF0bKyN6U
Don received a request from paleontologist friend David Gillette to use clips from my Edwin H. Colbert video interview in Dave’s documentary about Ned; received proofs for an an article by Peter Richardson on the Warrant and Warren horror comics magazines for a journal published in the UK; and asked by curator John Gray to contribute to his Frankenstein exhibition opening next month at the Gardyne Theatre in the UK.
Out soon! Don wrote the cover story — based on this artwork by Pat Broderick and long-time collaborator Bill Black.
For a recent interview in which Don talks about how to write comic book stories, go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LvJE4p9moLs
To hear a new (and long!) interview with Don focusing on the old live “spook shows,” go to https://spookshowmovie.com/podcast/
Don’s first movie Dinosaur Valley Girls will be reissued later this year by Wild Eye Releasing on Blu-Ray — restored, with the bonus features included on the most recent Frontline Entertainment DVD, plus new extras including a 2nd commentary track featuring Courtney Joyner interviewing Don, plus a video tour through his museum-house and prehistoric collection. Coinciding with this reissue, Strange Particle Press will be bringing back into print Don’s novelization of the movie and maybe also his making of book.” Looks like another busy year!
Available at Amazon …
Don wrote a foreword … and it contains the illustrations Rick did for his “New Adventures of Frankenstein” stories when they were issued in magazine format by Druktenis Publishing. The book looks terrific!
Interview with Don about his writing for the Dino-Riders TV cartoon show in this issue, out now.
This now up on YouTube, 1st in a series …