Movie Monsters in Scale

A Modeler’s Gallery of Science Fiction and Horror Figures and Dioramas


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About the Book

This book showcases stunningly realistic and wonderfully posed models and dioramas depicting various characters and scenes from science fiction and horror cinema. The models and dioramas are presented in chronological order starting with the silent films from 1910 to 1927, then the classic films from the 1930s and 1940s, including Universal Studios’ Dracula, Frankenstein, and Wolf Man franchises. Next are the many radiation induced mutants and invaders from outer space of the 1950s, followed by offerings from the 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s. Hammer Films are included as well as the Mummy movies and Universal’s Gillman series. A detailed explanation of the nitty-gritty of model and diorama building is presented and particular details unique to each piece are shown in close-ups and discussed. The figures are of unprecedented artistry.

About the Author(s)

Mark C. Glassy is a professor at the University of California, San Diego; Moores Cancer Center, Translational Neuro-Oncology Laboratory and a member of the advisory board for the University of California, Riverside, School of Medicine.

Bibliographic Details

Mark C. Glassy
Format: softcover (8.5 x 11)
Pages: 268
Bibliographic Info: 317 photos, (51 in color) appendix, index
Copyright Date: 2013
pISBN: 978-0-7864-6884-3
eISBN: 978-0-7864-9262-6
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Preface  1

Introduction  3

Part One: Process  9

I. Materials  11

II. Methods  18

Part Two: Models and Dioramas  27

III. The Silents  31

IV. 1930s  44

V. 1940s  96

Between pages 112 and 113 are

16 color plates with 36 photographs

VI. 1950s  113

Between pages 172 and 173 are

8 color plates with 15 photographs

VII. 1960s  173

VIII. 1970s  201

IX. 1980s  204

X. 1990s  213

XI. Tributes and Serials  216

Summary  227

Appendix: Missing in Action  229

Index  23

Book Reviews & Awards

“his enthusiasm for his long-time hobby, coupled with his down-to-earth attitude make the text…an enjoyable read…lushly illustrated…a feast for the eyes that will have monster model kit enthusiasts drooling with envy”—Rue Morgue; “recommended”—Bookgasm; “a must-have for figure modellers and fans of the genre alike”—Sci-Fi & Fantasy Modeller.