Halloween Countdown

It’s Halloween Month here at Longbox Graveyard, and to help you countdown the days to All Hallows’ Eve, here’s the October entry from Marvel’s 1975 calendar!

October 1975

(In an everything-is-new again twist, this 1975 calendar also works just great for 2014 … you see, I’m not the only one stuck in the 1970s!)

Marvel Monsters by Mike Ploog

I had this calendar as a kid, and I well remember that Mike Ploog Marvel monster tribute, though I was not yet a particular fan of Marvel’s horror books … my affection for Tomb of Dracula would come later. As such, I likely missed some of the details that leap to my eye now, like the clever way that Werewolf By Night’s eyes track the passage of the moon across the sky. So, too, in 1975, a back-to-back celebration of the Son of Satan and Satanna would not have seemed shocking — hard to imagine Marvel putting those properties so front-and-center today.

That Scorpio reference seems out-of-place, until you realize Marvel was acknowledging astrological signs (and, yes, I remember Scorpio).

The entire 1975 Marvel calendar is worth remembering — and the calendar is valid for the rest of the year! I grabbed these scans from Andertoonsmouse on over for a visit, and tell them Longbox Graveyard sent you!


About Paul O'Connor

Revelations and retro-reviews from a world where it is always 1978, published every now and then at www.longboxgraveyard.com!

Posted on October 8, 2014, in Pinups and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. Everything old is new again! You can re-use this calendar again in 2025, as well, and then in 2031. So don’t throw it away 🙂

    Whatever happened to Mike Ploog? He is such an amazing artist. You really do not see too much by him in a number of years, at least as far as I can recall. Sort of reminds me of Frank Brunner, another superb Bronze Age artist who, like Ploog, was also very well-suited to horror & supernatural material, and who also hasn’t been seen anywhere near enough in the last couple of decades.


    • Sadly, the comics business doesn’t have the greatest track record of finding work for old pros. If your editor leaves the company, and you don’t have a relationship with the guy who replaced them, then a freelancer can be out of luck. All too often, comics decide they are done with a pro before a pro feels they are done with comics.

      (Also, tastes change. And sometimes pros wear out their welcome, though I have no insight if that is the case here).

      I wasn’t much of a Werewolf or Ghost Rider guy, so I never had a lot of Ploog in my Accumulation, but I always liked Brunner, particularly on Doctor Strange and in Savage Sword of Conan.

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  2. That Ploog color piece of all the “monsters” is great. I want a high res print to put on my office wall! Ploog did a lot of movie work up until around 2005, mostly as a storyboard artist. Here’s an interview with him from 1998: http://goo.gl/Tq2moC

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