Like thousands of other red-blooded monster kids, I drooled over ads for this record in pages of Famous Monsters of Filmland. I could never afford it, and I dreamed that it was the coolest thing ever put to vinyl.
One day I got it. I paid a few bucks, but not a lot. I finally was able to listen to these two classic monsters tell their tales. It isn't bad. Kind of cool, but really nothing to special. Fun, though.
Definitely a cool but for old(ish. LOL ) Monster Kids like us.
I began to covet this as soon as I got my first copies of FAMOUS MONSTERS at about six years old. I can still remember my mom buying me my first issue from a local "mom & pop" store that was about a mile from my childhood home. Then, not too long after that, my mom's younger brother, my uncle Lance, gave me a whole stack of FM, a couple of issues of SPACEMEN & a SCREEN THRILLS ILLUSTRATED before he left for college.
There were probably only about 15 or 20 magazines total, but to me, it seemed like a positively massive haul at the time!
Anyhow, it was in the back pages of those wonderful old Warren publications that I saw the ads for this record album & I practically salivated over it, but never did find a copy of it in any store. And since I was too young to get into the mail order thing, I never got a copy.
I still very much wanted it as I grew older & began to order things through the mail starting when I was about ten. But, by that point, I was more interested in ordering back issue & I'd begun seriously collecting comics at the time too, plus the Mego action figures came out & I just never got around to purchasing this album.
Well, flash forward to 2010 when I was browsing through e-bay one day & there it was. A picture of a beautiful copy was staring out of my laptop screen at me & all of a sudden I felt that old longing for it all over again. And I knew I had to have it. But, in that instant between instantly recognizing it, feeling that old intense desire to have it & looking at the price, I was certain that it was likely going to put a dent in my wallet. As my eyes moved over the ad to take in the price, I figured that it was going to be somewhere between $50-$100, easy.
Imagine my surprise (relief!) when I saw that it said eleven bucks!
Right away, I assumed that that was a "starting bid" price, but nope. It was $11.00 "buy it now.
Needless to say, I did "buy it now" & about a week later it arrived in the mail & after four decades plus, it was finally mine.