Potter & Potter Auctions of Chicago, Illinois, is auctioning a “previously unknown” insert poster for the 1947 re-release of Dracula. Listed as lot 37 in the Movies, Circus, Advertising & Posters Auction, the 35 ½” x 14” black and white unrestored poster has a starting price of $4,000. The catalogue describes the poster as “remarkably well-preserved, in bright unfolded condition with full margins, insignificant pinholes and chips at corners, and toning at edges. A-.”
Other items of interest to collectors of Bela Lugosi memorabilia in the 484-lot auction include individual lobby cards for The Ape Man (1943) and The Human Monster (aka Dark Eyes of London, 1939) and seventeen cards from various episodes of The Return of Chandu (1934).
Starting price $100. Insignificant, nearly invisible staple holes at right corner and some thinning of paper at bottom right edge. B+
Starting price $30. In used condition with corner pinholes and lower right hand corner stain. Scarce. B-
Starting price $200. Insignificant and nearly invisible staple holes at top corners. A-
Starting price $150. Episode 2 title lobby card. A-
Starting price $50. Episode 3 lobby card. A-
Starting price $50. Episode 6 lobby card. A-
Published by Street and Smith Publications, Inc., a New York publisher of pulp fiction, dime novels and comic books whose roster included The Shadow, Doc Savage and Astounding Stories, Movie Action Magazine ran for just six issues between November 1935 – June 1936. The pulp magazine featured film reviews, articles about movies and actors and adaptations of film scripts. It was edited by John L. Nanovic, who had previously edited The Shadow and is best remembered as co-creator with publisher Henry W. Ralston of Doc Savage. The January 1936 issue of Movie Action Magazine featured an adaptation of The Invisible Ray, Universal’s third co-staring vehicle for Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi. The February 1936 issue contained a review of The Invisible Ray and Masters of Horror, an article detailing how horror actors achieved their most famous characterisations. Included in the article were Bela Lugosi, Boris Karloff, Henry Hull, Lon Chaney, Frederic March, John Barrymore and Peter Lorre. Boris Karloff’s 1936 Warner Bros. film The Walking Dead was the featured adaptation in the final June 1936 issue of Movie Acton Magazine.
Movie Action Magazine January 1936: The Invisible Ray Novelization
Movie Comics 1939 Adaptations of Son of Frankenstein and The Phantom Creeps
A collection of editions of Dracula and Bela Lugosi-related books.