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Monsterwax Atomic Skull Lenticular Trading Card Available in the Horrible Ugly Monsters Set

Atomic Skull artwork.

Kurt Kuersteiner from Monsterwax has let the world know, "The Horrible Ugly Monsters base sets, art cards, and lenticulars have arrived. They all look Horribly GOOD! (But the printers are still working on the wrappers and a few other chase items, so we're running behind on shipping. It will be worth the wait though."

The Atomic Skull is a special lenticular flicker card produced by Monsterwax. His eyes roll around, a planet flies across the background sky, his jaws open and close, and the flames burn behind him. Every box will include one of the lenticulars available at Monsterwax.com.

These monster cards are filled with nostalgia and nausea… a perfect, putrid blend of respect and irreverence for everything sacred in non-sports. They were lovingly created by the mad Dr. Bob X in his Xex Laboratory— the birthplace of the “bad art” movement in the 1980s. Xex was the underground rag that published art that was so bad, it was actually good! Bob’s main contributor and buddy for that zany zine was the infamous Xno, also known as Chet Darmstaedter, who not only painted many of the magazine’s memorable monster covers, but also drew some of non-sports most garish monster knock-offs (including 80% of the Dinosaur Attacks cards, and other gruesome goodies like Bathroom Buddies for Topps)!

Only 500 numbered boxes will be made, each containing 24 wax packs. Each pack has five cards, a sticker, and a gruesome stick of ghoul gum. The gum comes inside a plastic penny sleeve to prevent damage from long-term storage. Special inserts include dozens of “Krazy Cover” cards, which reproduce the best Xex covers from their gory, glory days of monster mayhem. There are also random inserts of actual printing plates, metal cards, the Lenticular card, and original artist sketch cards by Bob “X”!

Monsterwax Trading Cards conducted a Kickstarter campaign to team up with trading card collectors and Bob "X" to publish his passion project, Horrible Ugly Monsters. It has a cleverly crude style that's addictive, and it has a wonderfully weird history behind it: Bob "X" was one of the pioneer artists in the "Bad Art" movement, an organized chaos of creatively, influenced by the oddball cultural crazes of the 1960s & 70s-- including monster movies, hot rod art (especially Ed "Big Daddy" Roth), psychedelic posters, MAD magazine artists (like Basil Wolverton), underground comics (think ZAP Comix by R. Crumb), and of course, hardcore punk music. X started Xex Graphics, along with another infamous "Ugly Artist", Xno (who is considered by many to be the best low brow horror artist of all time). They are unquestionably some of the baddest "bad art" artists around! They somehow made ugliness attractive.

Bob X not only conceived of and drew them all, he also wrote all the weirdo backs. Not since the original You'll Die Laughing trading cards by Jack Davis (1959) has there been a more unique, stylized, and individually created monster series. The only other monster-maker help provided was from Richard Parks of RRParks fame, who did the dynamite coloring to this series.

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In Memoriam: Sheldon Aronowitz 1946 - 2020

The 3-D community lost a great enthusiast with the passing of Sheldon Aronowitz. Read more about Sheldon on the 3-D Legends memorial page.

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Outside the Third Dimension - Surfing's Only 3-D Movie

Outside the THird Dimension poster art.

Outside the THird Dimension poster art.

Outside the THird Dimension poster art.

Outside the THird Dimension poster art.

Jim Freeman with camera on tripod and surfboard behind him.

Jim Freeman was a surfing filmmaker from Santa Ana, California; co-creator along with Greg MacGillivray of the 1972 surf movie classic Five Summer Stories. Freeman was born in 1944 and raised in Santa Ana. Let There Be Surf, his debut film, was released in 1963. Over the next two years he produced Outside the Third Dimension (surfing’s only 3-D movie) and The Glass Wall. He was also co-host for the 1964 Los Angeles–based Surf ‘s Up TV show.

Freeman was 22 in 1966 when he met Greg MacGillivray, another Orange County surf filmmaker, and formed what would be one of surfing’s best-matched and most successful partnerships. While both were meticulous and hardworking, the easygoing Freeman generally served as the team’s technical expert, while MacGillivray was the creative force. They made three full-length surf films, Free and Easy (1967), Waves of Change (1970; rereleased in 35mm the following year as The Sunshine Sea), and Five Summer Stories, along with a number of shorts, including Moods of Surfing (1967), The Loser (1968), and Who’s Best? (1969). They also filmed the 1967 and 1968 Duke Kahanamoku Invitational contests for ABC-TV.

The MacGillivray-Freeman team began working in Hollywood in the early ’70s, with Freeman establishing himself as an aerial-shot expert in movies such as Jonathan Livingston Seagull (1973) and The Towering Inferno (1974).

To Fly!, MacGillivray-Freeman’s 1976 IMAX film, was the first movie shown in the just-opened National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. On the day To Fly! debuted, Freeman, 32, was killed in a helicopter crash in the Sierra Nevada, near Bishop, California.

Film critic Charles Champlin, in a eulogy for the Los Angeles Times, wrote, “It is hard to imagine anyone cramming more excitement and achievement into 32 years.” MacGillivray continued to make movies under the MacGillivray-Freeman imprimatur. Freeman was inducted into the Huntington Beach Surfing Walk of Fame in 2000.

Source: Encyclopedia of Surfing

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Reel-O-Rama Pin-up Reels

Reel-O-Rama pinup reel advertisement.

Vintage magazine advertisement offering Reel-O-Rama six different pin-up reels.

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View-Master® Pictorial Products Ad

View-Master magazine ad.

This vintage GAF View-Master® Pictorial Products ad promoted virtual trips to Disneyland, Hollywood, Transylvania or Gotham City.

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Kmart View-Master® Christmas Ad (1977)

Kmart View-Master® Christmas ad.

This vintage 1977 Kmart ad featured a Spiderman Talking View-Master® Gift Pak among other cannisters and viewers.

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3-D Wishlist - The Evil of Frankenstein

The Evil of Frankenstain poster art.

In 1964 I ran out scared out of my wits from the dark recesses of my hometown movie theatre while watching Hammer Films release of The Evil of Frankenstein. Pretty tame by today's standards but to 7-year old me it was true horror. This is just one of the great Hammer films I would like to see converted to 3-D. What movies would you like to see converted to 3-D and released on 3-D Blu-ray?

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Auction Results

U.P.R.R. Transcontinental Railroad Stereoview

UPRR Railroad stereoview.

A Chicago stereoview celebrating the completion of the U. P. R. R. transcontinental railroad and the telegraph lines sold for $331 with 11 bids. Photographed by Copelin & Melander, Chicago, Illinois in 1869.

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers View-Master Viewer

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers box art.

A Mighty Morphin Power Rangers View-Master viewer was listed online for an opening bid of $21.95. The character viewer was released the same time as Batman, Casper and Sesame Street Big Bird viewers. The Batman viewer was infamous for being listed as one of the most dangerous toys that year as protection groups stated the hard plastic Batman ears could put children's eyes out.

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