October 06, 2014
HIDDEN MOSTERS POSTER FROM A 1980 'HOT DOG!' MAGAZINE
When I think of brand rivalry I think Coke versus Pepsi, Apple versus Microsoft, and Dynamite versus Hot Dog! magazine. I was a Dynamite reader myself, but that was a matter of availability rather than preference. So I was totally caught off guard the day I saw this masterwork of poster art floating around class, and even more so when it was offered to me as a gift! Now, thirty-some years later, I am gifting the image to the internet. If my Google image searching is true, then this is the poster's online debut.
The piece is the doing of Tim Raglin who has illustrated loads of children's books, and specializes in all things spooky, including The 13 Days Of Halloween.
The poster stayed on my wall for many years, and periodically I felt the compulsion to find all the creepy creatures, yet again. (Note the list held by the green hand at the bottom right, if you haven't already.) It can be tricky, especially since some of the definitions are rather loose, like the pineapple leaf cluster with teeth is considered a snake. But the hunt is a great excuse to get lost in the magnificent scene again and again.
When you're done there's the whole monster party to study! The mad scientist poured an eyeball into the punch. There are twin mummy children. The chandelier's "nose" is radiating. There's a miniature skeleton running on the table. Who invited the robot?
Can you find all the creepy creatures? You'll want to see it big, so you may want to right click and 'save as' or 'open in new tab' HERE.
If all else fails, here's the secret answer key...