Thursday, December 22, 2016

No. 23 / 1996

MADE IT!  Here is the very first issue of Scarlet Street which I laid eyes on, #23!  What could it have been that caught my attention?  Well, there's Bela right at the top for one thing, looking as wonderfully menacing as he can.  "King Kong" is dead center, and the name Ray Harryhausen in the top right-hand corner draws the eye.  Oh, and there's two half-naked beautiful looking people of both sexes (Irish McCalla & Chris Atkins) on each side of the cover sandwiching in "Kong".  How could one go wrong?

That's the thing about Scarlet Street, it always seemed so inclusive.  Everyone was invited to open the pages and enjoy what's inside.  Yet, don't be fooled, as with each issue, Richard Valley would strive to keep some sort of theme alive throughout the magazine.  It was never just a hodgepodge of unrelated articles, each issue had a life of its own.  

So with this, my 'homecoming' issue, I can happily say Merry Christmas and (God-willing) I will (in three years) be able to finish up posting all 55 issues in time for Xmas 2019.  This is also that time of year I take a short break from posting, but #24 is planned to be out for Valentine's Day 2017.  

So with that, here's a huge HAPPY HOLIDAYS wish to all!  It is a sincere wish for everyone to enjoy this time of year in the unique way each one does, yet hopefully in Peace and with Love.

*Ray Harryhausen (above) and art from "20 Million Miles To Earth" [1957].

*Ray Harryhausen (above) and concept art for "Mighty Joe Young" [1949].

*Concept art for "The Seventh Voyage of Sinbad" [1958].

*Concept art for "Jason and the Argonauts" [1963].

*Ray Harryhausen (above) and concept art for one of his fantastic projects.

*Ray Harryhausen (above) and concept art for "The War of the Worlds".

*Concept art for "The Mysterious Island" [1961] above and "The War of the Worlds" [below].

*Ray Harryhausen (above) and concept art for "The Seventh Voyage of Sinbad" [1958].

*Test photo from "King Kong" 1933 (above) and the Television Debut of the film.

*Ray Harryhausen/King Kong T-Shirt (above) and Ray's first attempt at re-creating the King himself (below).

*Willis O'Brien on the set of "Son of Kong" [1933].

*Willis O'Brien and crew

*Hal Roach (above) on the set of "One Million B.C." [1940] with Lon Chaney Jr.  Another shot from the set below.

*Promoting 'Unknown Island" [1948]

*Promoting "The Lost Continent" [1951]

*Ray Bradbury & Ray Harryhausen (below), the two who made "The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms" [1953] possible and promotional art (above).

*Concept art (above) for "The 7th Voyage of Sinbad" [1958] and Ray, Ray & FJA (below).

*Irish McCalla

*Irish McCalla

*Irish McCalla

*Irish McCalla

*Irish McCalla

*Christopher Atkins

*Christopher Atkins

*Christopher Atkins

*Christopher Atkins

*Christopher Atkins (& Brooke Shields below)

Christopher Atkins has other business interests these days, but he also remains attached to the entertainment industry.  His official website is here:

*Christopher Atkins

*Randal Kleiser

*Randal Kleiser (with Olivia Newton-John & John Travolta above.)

*Randal Kleiser (with Jerry Lewis below.)

*Randal Kleiser on the set of "White Fang" with Ethan Hawke (above) and on the set of "Grease" with Olivia Newton-John & John Travolta (below).

Randal Kleiser is 70 years old now, and it appears he may be in retirement.

*"Terror Is A Man" [1959]

*Greta Thyssen in "Terror Is A Man" [1959]

*Francis Lederer and Gretta Thyssen in "Terror Is A Man" [1959]

*"Terror Is A Man" [1959]

*"Terror Is A Man" [1959]

*Irish McCalla

Irish McCalla would pass away in 2002 at the age of 73 of a stroke.

*Ray Harryhausen on the set (above) and concept art for "The Valley of Gwangi" [1969] below.

"Uncle" Ray left us on May 7, 2013 at the age of 92.

*The USA title for "Terror Is A Man" [1959]

*"Terror Is A Man" [1959]

* Supplemental images are noted with an (*) asterisk. My intention is to only enhance the reading experience and not take away from the original publication.

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