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Monday, November 22, 2010

Bela Lugosi is Dead, and Monsterverse Has Him...


Bela Lugosi's Tales From The Grave
You can hear Peter Murphy crooning sinisterly in the background, or at least you could if you clicked here or hit the play button down below to the left a bit.  Ah Bauhaus.  The good old days.




Monsterverse is a fresh new alternative comics publisher that is reviving and resurrecting the genre of old school Horror Comics like EC, Warren and a lot of other Pre-Comics Code publishers used to crank out long ago and far away.  You can find out a bit more about them here, Read their blog, or watch a Preview or a teaser-clip for the recently released Bela Lugosi's Tales From the Grave, which is available here.  Issue one features a beautiful portrait of Lugosi as Dracula by Basil Gogos himself.  They also feature Reprints of Famous Monsters of Filmland on the Monsterverse Store-page, which is very cool.

Bela Lugosi died August 16, 1956 after a memorable career in the movies that hit its peak with Tod Browning's Dracula in 1931...and arguably hit its nadir with his involvement in Ed Wood's gloriously terrible Plan Nine From Outer Space, though that point could be argued by hardcore Lugosi-fans, depending how they feel about some of the other less than awesome roleshe had to take on in order to make a living. It is Lugosi's performance in Dracula for which most people remember him, and this is for good reason.  Just watch the classic trailer:



Some Suitably Macabre Bela Lugosi Links
Bela's page at Findagrave
Bela at Findadeath
Bela Lugosi Bio at the NY Times site -- Full Biography is here, a filmography is here
A nice Fan Site for Lugosi, including another filmography, just in case
Lugosi at the International Movie Database site
The obligatory Bela Lugosi Wikipedia entry
Lugosi at AllMovie
Lugosi at the Internet Broadway Database
Info on the Stage Production of Dracula at the IBD site
More info on Lugosi at a site that is mostly in Hungarian
Biofile page on Bela Lugosi
Lugosi at Rather Grim Tales
Lugosi at Netflix
Some Bela Lugosi Quotes
Lugosi at The Pit
Lugosi Bio at the Who2 site
Bela at NNDB
"I have never met a vampire personally, but I don't know what might happen tomorrow."
Bela Lugosi

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