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Mad Monster Party?/Movie Classics No. 460

   


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the Baron






Count Dracula






the Werewolf






Dr. Jeckyl






bumbling Felix Flanken






Yetch






Phyllis Diller






he slaps her face!






a huge, green, scale-covered creature






a startlingly odd – but strangely familiar – sight






the giant monster smashes one of the flying saucers






promotional piece



Title: Mad Monster Party?/Movie Classics
Issue: None/No. 460/ MOVIE CLASSICS #12-460-801
Date: September, 1967
Publisher: Dell Publishing Co., Inc.
Cover Artist(s): None

From Rankin-Bass Productions -- the folks who brought you all of those classic holiday specials – comes MAD MONSTER PARTY?, starring none other than Phyllis Diller! This ODDBALL COMIC is an adaptation of a feature film that was co-written by MAD creator Harvey Kurtzman and designed by the great Jack Davis – but this Dell MOVIE CLASSICS was written and drawn by neither of 'em! And what kind of crummy movie adaptation features the wrong ending? Why, that's enough to make any monster mad!

It's The Silliest Party Of The Year...And You're All Invited!” That was the tag-line used to promote MAD MONSTER PARTY? (released March 8, 1967), a 94-minute-long theatrical film from Rankin-Bass Productions, Inc. that is now a fondly regarded cult classic. The musical comedy was created using Rankin-Bass’ stop-motion animation process known as “Animagic”. It was directed by Jules Bass and co-written by Len Korobkin and the creator of MAD, Harvey Kurtzman (with associate director/second unit director Kizo Nagashima) based on a story by Arthur Rankin, Jr. The film’s executive producer was Embassy Pictures’ Joseph E. Levine, its producer was Arthur Rankin, Jr., and its associate producer was Larry Roemer. The film’s original music was by Maury Laws and its cinematographer was Tadahito Mochinaga. The movie’s characters were designed by Jack (MAD) Davis, its storyboards were drawn by Don Duga and its elaborate musical routines were choreographed by “Killer” Joe Piro. The sound engineers of MAD MONSTER PARTY? were Stephen Frohock, Peter Page and Eric Tomlinson. The voices of MAD MONSTER PARTY? were performed by Boris Karloff (in one of his final movie roles, as “Baron Boris Von Frankenstein”), Phyllis Diller (as “The Monster’s Mate”), Allen Swift (as “Felix Flanken” (in a voice approximating that of actor Jimmy Stewart), “Yetch”, “Count Dracula”, “The Invisible Man”, “Dr. Jeckyl” and “Mr. Hyde”), Gale Garnett (as “Francesca”) and Ethel Ennis (as the singer of the film’s title song). Although the film was apparently inspired by the popularity of such TV series as THE ADDAMS FAMILY and THE MUNSTERS and (both 1964 – 1966), MAD MONSTER PARTY? arrived on the pop culture scene a bit too late to take full advantage of the monster phenomenon. In 1972, Rankin-Bass produced a sequel (more or less) to MAD MONSTER PARTY? Appearing on an episode of THE ABC SATURDAY SUPERSTAR MOVIE, an hour-long, traditionally animated special titled MAD, MAD, MAD MONSTERS, featuring many of the same characters.

Arthur Rankin, Jr. and Jules Bass founded Rankin/Bass Productions, Inc. in the early 1960s under the name of “Videocraft International”. (“International” was a reference to the fact that a large portion of the studio’s animated output was produced in Japan.) One of Videocraft's first projects was an independently produced series based on the character Pinocchio. It was done using "Animagic", the company’s term for the stop-motion animation process using dimensional figurines, similar to George Pal's PUPPETOONS, Art Clokey's GUMBY and DAVY AND GOLIATH and the fantasy films of Willis (KING KONG) O’Brien and Ray (THE SEVENTH VOYAGE OF SINBAD) Harryhausen. This was followed in 1961 by another independently produced series using more traditional cel animation and based on already established characters, TALES OF THE WIZARD OF OZ. In 1964, the company produced a special for NBC and its sponsor (and later owner of NBC) General Electric. It was a stop-motion animated adaptation of the Johnny Marks song RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER, an instant TV holiday classic. The fledgling studio began to exploit the success of this “special” by producing more holiday-themed TV specials, in both Animagic and traditional cel animation, most of which featured voiceovers by many well-known American entertainers. As Rankin-Bass became more established as providers of family entertainment, they expanded their projects into the realm of feature films, including 1967’s MAD MONSTER PARTY? (Many references incorrectly list the film’s release date as “1969”.) In 1968, Videocraft International officially became “Rankin-Bass Productions, Inc.” The studio continued to produce a variety of animated holiday specials, Saturday morning TV cartoon series and theatrically released feature films and made-for-TV-movies, some of which were even executed in live-action. In 1987, Rankin-Bass Productions, Inc. began a long period of inactivity; the company would eventually be amicably dissolved following its participation in the poorly-received animated feature adaptations of THE SWAN PRINCESS (1994) and THE KING AND I (1999). In 2001, the Fox Network aired Rankin/Bass' first new, original Christmas special in sixteen years, SANTA BABY!, featuring the voices of Eartha Kitt and Gregory Hines.

In addition to 1967’s MAD MONSTER PARTY?, Rankin-Bass Productions, Inc. produced other feature films, including:

-- WILLY McBEAN AND HIS MAGIC MACHINE (1965)

-- THE DAYDREAMER (1966)

-- THE WACKY WORLD OF MOTHER GOOSE (1966)

-- KING KONG ESCAPES (1968)

-- MARCO (1973)

-- THE LAST DINOSAUR (1976)

-- THE BERMUDA DEPTHS (1977)

-- THE BUSHIDO BLADE (1979)

-- THE IVORY APE (1980)

-- THE LAST UNICORN (1982)

-- THE SINS OF DORIAN GRAY (1983)

Rankin-Bass’ animated TV specials include:

-- RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER (1964)

-- RETURN TO OZ (1964)

-- THE EDGAR BERGEN & CHARLIE McCARTHY SHOW (1965)

-- THE BALLAD OF SMOKEY THE BEAR (1966)

-- THE CRICKET ON THE HEARTH (1967)

-- THE MOUSE ON THE MAYFLOWER (1968)

-- THE LITTLE DRUMMER BOY (1968)

-- FROSTY THE SNOWMAN (1969)

-- THE MAD, MAD, MAD COMEDIANS (1970)

-- SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN’ TO TOWN (1970)

-- HERE COMES PETER COTTONTAIL (1971)

--THE ENCHANTED WORLD OF DANNY KAYE: THE EMPEROR’S NEW CLOTHES (1972)

-- MAD, MAD, MAD MONSTERS (1972)

-- WILLIE MAYS AND THE SAY-HEY KID (1972)

-- 20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA (1972)

-- RED BARON (1972)

-- THAT GIRL IN WONDERLAND (1974)

-- ‘TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS (1974)

-- THE YEAR WITHOUT A SANTA CLAUS (1974)

-- THE FIRST CHRISTMAS (1975)

-- THE FIRST EASTER RABBIT (1976)

-- FROSTY’S WINTER WONDERLAND (1976)

-- RUDOLPH’S SHINY NEW YEAR (1976)

-- THE LITTLE DRUMMER BOY, BOOK II (1976)

-- THE EASTER BUNNY IS COMIN’ TO TOWN (1977)

-- THE HOBBIT (1977)

-- NESTOR, THE LONG-EARED CHRISTMAS DONKEY (1977)

-- THE STINGIEST MAN IN TOWN (1978)

-- RUDOLPH AND FROSTY’S CHRISTMAS IN JULY (1979)

-- JACK FROST (1979)

-- THE RETURN OF THE KING (1980)

-- PINOCCHIO’S CHRISTMAS (1980)

-- THE LEPRECHAUN’S CHRISTMAS GOLD (1981)

-- THE CONEHEADS (1983)

-- WIND IN THE WILLOWS (1985)

-- THE LIFE AND ADVENTURES OF SANTA CLAUS (1985)

-- THE FLIGHT OF DRAGONS (1986)

-- SANTA BABY! (2001)

Rankin-Bass’ animated TV series include:

-- THE NEW ADVENTURES OF PINOCCHIO (1960)

-- TALES OF THE WIZARD OF OZ (1961)

-- THE KING KONG SHOW (1966)

-- THE SMOKEY BEAR SHOW (1969)

-- TOMFOOLERY (1970)

-- THE RELUCTANT DRAGON AND MR. TOAD SHOW (1970)

-- THE JACKSON 5IVE (1971)

-- THE OSMONDS (1972)

-- KID POWER (1972)

-- FESTIVAL OF FAMILY CLASSICS (1972)

-- THUNDERCATS (1985)

-- SILVERHAWKS (1986)

-- THE COMIC STRIP (featuring “TigerSharks”, “Street Frogs”, “Mini Monsters” and “Karate Kat”) (1987)

The first issue of Dell’s MOVIE CLASSICS is cover-dated April, 1956; oddly, WALT DISNEY’S WATER BIRDS AND THE OLYMPIC ELK was also issue No. 700 of Dell’s FOUR COLOR series. But when Dell and the Western Publishing Company – soon to become the “Gold Key” imprint -- went their separate ways in 1962, Dell continued the MOVIE CLASSICS series until December, 1969. A list of these later Dell MOVIE CLASSICS titles includes:

-- AROUND THE WORLD UNDER THE SEA

-- BATTLE OF THE BULGE

-- WALT DISNEY’S BON VOYAGE

-- THE CAT

-- THE CASTILIAN

-- CHEYENNE AUTUMN

-- CIRCUS WORLD

-- THE CREATURE

-- COUNTDOWN

-- DAVID LADD’S LIFE STORY

-- DIE, MONSTER, DIE!

-- THE DIRTY DOZEN

-- DR. WHO AND THE DALEKS

-- DRACULA

-- EL DORADO

-- ENSIGN PULVER

-- FRANKENSTEIN

-- THE GREAT RACE

-- THE HALLELUJAH TRAIL

-- HATARI!

-- THE HORIZONTAL LIEUTENANT

-- THE INCREDIBLE MR. LIMPET

-- JACK THE GIANT KILLER

-- JASON AND THE ARGONAUTS

-- LANCELOT AND GUINEVERE

-- LAWRENCE

-- LION OF SPARTA

-- MAD MONSTER PARTY?

-- THE MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH

-- MAYA

-- THE MAGIC SWORD

-- McHALE’S NAVY

-- MERRILL’S MARAUDERS

-- THE MOUSE ON THE MOON

-- THE WAR WAGON

-- THE MUMMY

-- THE MUSIC MAN

-- THE NAKED PREY

-- THE NIGHT OF THE GRIZZLY

-- OPERATION CROSSBOW

-- OPERATION BIKINI

-- -- WALT DISNEY’S THE PRINCE AND THE PAUPER

-- EDGAR ALLEN POE’S THE RAVEN

-- RING OF BRIGHT WATER

-- THE RUNAWAY

-- SANTA CLAUS CONQUERS THE MARTIANS

-- SKI PARTY

-- SMOKY

-- 6 BLACK HORSES

-- EDGAR ALLEN POE’S TALES OF TERROR

-- THE THREE STOOGES MEET HERCULES

-- TOMB OF LIGEA

-- NATHANIEL HAWTHORNE’S TWICE TOLD TALES

-- WALT DISNEY’S TREASURE ISLAND

-- TWO ON A GUILLOTINE

-- THE VALLEY OF GWANGI

-- WAR-GODS OF THE DEEP

-- THE WOLFMAN

-- WHO’S MINDING THE MINT?

-- ZULU

In 1999, alternative publisher Black Bear Press produced a single, black-and-white issue of MAD MONSTER PARTY, the first part of a projected three-issue authorized adaptation of the original film.

This issue’s 32-page cover-story, “Mad Monster Party?” – described on its cover as “Monsters…monsters…monsters…The wildest party out of this world!” -- was edited by Don Arneson. (The identities of the writer and artist of this film adaptation remain unknown.) It begins with this introduction:

INTRODUCTORY NARRATIVE CAPTION:
The mysterious, isolated island castle of that strange and fantastic scientific genius, Baron Von Frankenstein – where for years many unusual experiments have taken place – and where the kindly, twisted old baron is about to announce his latest and greatest creation!

Taking a sample from a glass vial that contains “the power of the universe”, the Baron (a caricature of Boris Karloff, who provided the character’s voice) experiments upon a small vulture (which he erroneously refers to as a “raven”):

BARON BORIS VON FRANKENSTEIN:
I must test its power! A few drops on the leg of the raven, and – Now fly away little birdie – and put my formula to the test! As soon as it touches down, I shall know what I have created!

But when the wacky-looking buzzard alights upon a barren tree in a nearby cemetery, it explodes in a fiery mushroom cloud!

SFX:
BA-ROOM!

BARON BORIS VON FRANKENSTEIN:
It works! I now have the power to destroy everything! “They” must all know! I will send the invitations at once! Each of my little pets will carry an invitation! And what a fine party we’ll have when “they” all arrive!

With that, the elderly Baron attaches invitations to his pet bats, which fly away with the missives like they were carrier pigeons. Then we’re taken to the locales of their intended recipients, including Count Dracula (in his coffin, hidden in a European castle), the Mummy (in his sarcophagus, on display in an archaeological museum, the Hunchback of Notre Dame (in Paris), the Werewolf (high atop a craggy mountain), the Invisible Man (upon his doorstep), Dr. Jeckyl – yes, that’s how the character’s name is spelled in this adaptation -- (on the foggy streets of London) -- since the invitation is for Mr. Hyde, the good doctor takes a swig of his special formula, and he turns into the green-skinned monster – and a huge, scaly hand, extending out of a fetid swamp. The final invitation goes out – via standard mail -- to bumbling Felix Flanken, the soda fountain “jerk” – and aspiring pharmacist – working at Mr. Kronkite’s Drug Store:

FELIX FLANKEN:
I’ve been invited to a big scientific convention on a Caribbean island! Can I take my vacation and go, Mr. Kronkite?

At first, Mr. Kronkite refuses Felix’s request, but when the soda jerk starts sneezing uncontrollably, scattering medicine all over his shop, Kronkite relents.

MR. KRONKITE:
GO! TAKE A MNTH! TAKE A YEAR! TAKE FOREVER! Before you destroy my drugstore!

FELIX FLANKEN:
Oh, thank you, Mr. Kronkite! And pardon the mess! I always sneeze when I get excited! Oh, boy! Scientific convention, here I come!!!

Meanwhile, back at Baron Von Frankenstein’s Caribbean castle, Francesca, the Baron’s sultry secretary, is unaware that her employer’s monster has a crush on her. But before he can grab her, she reports in to the Baron; they’ve received replies to all of their invitations – all except one, which was sent to “It”. Then they discuss a particularly odd R.S.V.P.:

FRANCESCA:
But we did receive a strange letter from a Felix…Flanken. He says he’s anxious to meet all the FUN PEOPLE. Does he mean Dracula and the Werewolf?

BARON BORIS VON FRANKENSTEIN:
Felix Flanken is a mere human. He doesn’t know what kind of friends we have. But I wanted him to come because he is my nephew!

FRANCESCA:
Nephew??

BARON BORIS VON FRANKENSTEIN:
My sister was the WHITE SHEEP of the family. Years ago she ran away from Transylvania to the United States with a traveling medicine man. They’re both dead now, and their son Felix is my only living relative – and heir! I am tired of the horror business. I’m going to retire. Now that I’ve discovered the power to destroy all matter, I want to quit while I’m ahead. Have some coffee.

FRANCESCA:
But how does this Felix fit in?

BARON BORIS VON FRANKENSTEIN:
I’m going to present him to all our friends as my successor – their new leader! And I’ll turn over all my secrets to him!

FRANCESCA:
UGH! BLAH! That coffee’s strong! – Err – What a wonderful ideal, Baron!

BARON BORIS VON FRANKENSTEIN:
I do hope you’ll like Felix. I want you two to be friends.

FRANCESCA:
Felix Flanken – Like him? I’ll love him to PIECES!!

Later, Baron Von Frankenstein and Francesca deliver orders to the Baron’s creepy, Peter Lorre-ish assistant Yetch and his squad of zombie butlers:

BARON BORIS VON FRANKENSTEIN:
You all have your instructions. Our guests will be arriving shortly. But we must make certain that IT does not get onto the island. IT always spoils everything. Now go to your stations. And don’t lose your heads!

Typically, at that exact moment, Yetch’s warty head tumbles off of his shoulders, roiling onto the castle floor. As the Baron replaces his noggin, Yetch explains that seeing Francesca always makes him lose his head, even if she does consider him to be nothing but “a bore”. Just then, the first of their guests arrive – it’s Count Dracula, followed soon by the Werewolf, the Invisible Man, the Hunchback (carrying the Mummy’s sarcophagus) and Dr. Jeckyl (who immediately transforms himself into Mr. Hyde.) Soon, they’re all gathered together at the castle’s giant dining table – but some of them have their own plans for the Baron’s latest discovery:

BARON BORIS VON FRANKENSTEIN:
I have called you all together to tell you about my latest and greatest discovery. A few drops from this vial and I can destroy anything…anybody, anyplace.

COUNT DRACULA (thinking):
I’d give my EYE TEETH to have that secret.

FRANCESCA (thinking):
Maybe Dracula can help me get that secret for myself!

BARON BORIS VON FRANKENSTEIN:
I also wish to tell you that I am resigning as your leader. Tomorrow night I shall tell you who will be taking over for me!

THE MONSTER’S MATE (thinking):
I’m sure he will give me the job. I am more evil and sneaky than anyone else!

Later, while a Beatle-wig-wearing rock group lay in the background, Francesca confides in Count Dracula:

FRANCESCA:
Count Dracula, I know who is going to get the job from the Baron, and it’s not you or me!

COUNT DRACULA:
I’m crushed! Tell me who it is. You and I will get rid of him and we’ll share the Baron’s secrets!

FRANCESCA:
It’s a bargain! The Baron’s successor will be his own nephew – Felix Flanken. A human!

COUNT DRACULA:
A human! They’re the worst kind! He must be done away with!

Suddenly, they discover that the Monster’s Mate (a caricature of pre-facelift comedienne Phyllis Diller, who provided the character’s voice) has been eavesdropping on their private conversation. But before Drac can lay his vampiric whammy on the Monster’s Mate, her husband grabs the Count and flings him across the hall. He lands with a crash on the dining table, covering the Werewolf and the Mummy with gooey goodies, quickly escalating into an all-out food fight among the monsters! Meanwhile, Felix Flanken finally arrives on the shore of the Caribbean island, where Baron Von Frankenstein and Francesca greet him. Taking a dragon-prowed boat back to the castle, where Felix is introduced to Yetch. Later, Francesca takes Felix on a tour of the island, having previously arranged a series of deadly ambushes for him with Count Dracula. First, the Werewolf attack Felix, but the soda jerk/pharmacist mistakes him for a friendly pooch, getting him to fetch a stick. Next, the Mummy sneaks up on Felix, but, assuming that “the poor sick fellow” is in need of first aid, re-ties his “bandages” to a nearby tree. In frustration, Count Dracula (“You can count on the Count!”) takes matters into his own bony hands, but merely gets a mouthful of Felix’s insect repellent for his efforts. When Francesca and Felix set out a picnic lunch beneath a shady tree, Dracula repeatedly attempts to grab the Baron’s clueless nephew, but every time he strikes, Felix ducks his head to look inside the picnic basket. Finally, the Count charges at Felix, misses and runs smack into the tree. Later, Baron Von Frankenstein shows his nephew around the castle, including a hall full of flying saucers:

FELIX FLANKEN:
Your castle is full of surprises, Uncle. What’s this?

BARON BORIS VON FRANKENSTEIN:
Here is where I used to conduct some flying experiments with your Uncle Wilbur Orville Von Frankenstein.

FELIX FLANKEN:
Do you still fly these things, Uncle?

BARON BORIS VON FRANKENSTEIN:
Not for years now…but we did have gay times frightening passing ships…

While showing Felix around his laboratory, the Baron reveals his plans for his nephew:

BARON BORIS VON FRANKENSTEIN:
After I retire, my boy, I am turning over to you, all my secrets and discoveries. The entire business!

FELIX FLANKEN:
But Uncle, I already have a job. Besides, I don’t even know what business you’re in!

BARON BORIS VON FRANKENSTEIN:
I am head of the world-wide organization of monsters. You know, witches, warlocks, demons, ghouls, zombies, creatures, vampires – just plain monsters!

FELIX FLANKEN:
MONSTERS???

BARON BORIS VON FRANKENSTEIN:
You have Frankenstein blood in your veins. So you must follow in my footsteps. This is a family business.

FELIX FLANKEN:
I may have the blood for the job, but I sure don’t have the stomach for it! I don’t want to seem ungrateful, Uncle, but I’ll jut have to think about it. Maybe there’s a place on the island where I can fish. I do my best thinking when I’m fishing.

BARON BORIS VON FRANKENSTEIN:
The castle moat has plenty of fish. I’m sure you’ll make the right decision, my boy.

Meanwhile, Francesca learns that Count Dracula is a double-crosser, making a separate deal with the Baron’s Monster and the Monster’s Mate:

COUNT DRACULA:
So now you know. To tell the truth, the monster and will make a much better partnership—when you are not around!

THE MONSTER’S MATE:
We must get of her! She’ll tell Baron Von Frankenstein!

Before the monsters can grab her, Francesca activates a secret control and drops out of sight through a trap door.

FRANCESCA:
Thought they could get rid of me, eh? I’ll show them and I’ll show the Baron, too! They all betrayed me! Now I shall have my revenge!

She takes one of the Baron’s “carrier bats” and sends it on a secret mission:

FRANCESCA:
Fly, my lovely. Carry my message to the one who will make them all pay for what they have done to me!

Suddenly, the trio of monsters catches up with her, having tumbled down the secret chute. But before they can close in on her, Francesca wields two special objects to keep them at bay:

FRANCESCA:
Stay away from me! I’ve got the wolfsbane for you, vampire! And a torch for you, Monster. Or is it a torch for the vampire and wolfsbane for the Monster? Or wolfsbane for the Werewolf, and a torch for the vampire. Or a silver bullet for the --

Unable to make up her mind, Francesca takes the easy way out and dives out a nearby window. Landing in the castle’s crocodile-infested moat, Felix, who’s been fishing in a little rowboat, immediately pulls her to safety. Surprisingly, this does not please her:

FRANCESCA:
Ever since you came here, you’ve ruined everything! I hate you! I HATE YOU! I HATE YOU!

Responding to her tirade, meek Felix does something totally unexpected – with totally unexpected results – he slaps her face!

FELIX FLANKEN:
Sorry about this, Francesca! But you must calm down!

SFX:
WHACKJ!

FRANCESCA:
Oh, Felix! You…you’re wonderful! A real man! I’ve been such a fool!

FELIX FLANKEN:
I think you’re still hysterical!

As Francesca makes a startling admission, she covers Felix’s face with passionate kisses:

FRANCESCA:
Oh, Felix! I’m in love with you!

FELIX FLANKEN:
You know something? I think I’m in love with you, too!

FRANCESCA:
We must leave this island immediately! Dracula and the Monster and his Bride are out to get us! And they want to get rid of your uncle, too!

FELIX FLANKEN:
But why me? I don’t want my uncle’s job! And I’m going to tell him that!

FRANCESCA:
They won’t care! They’ve already gone too far! Besides, something more horrible and deadly than any of them will be threatening this island soon! Hurry!

FELIX FLANKEN:
Without saying goodbye to anyone???

FRANCESCA:
I have a boat waiting at the end of this island to help us escape!

FELIX FLANKEN:
Well, if you say so. But I hate to fish and run!

They run into the jungle toward the other end of the island, unaware that Count Dracula and his gang are hot on their heels. Soon, Francesca starts to falter:

FRANCESCA:
I – I can’t take another – step! I must – rest! I wasn’t made for this kind of activity!

Felix gallantly tries to carry Francesca, but she’s much heavier than she looks. While he tries to build a sling to carry Francesca in, Yetch and the Werewolf grab her. Felix tries to defend her, but he’s easily overcome by his monstrous foes, which carry away Francesca. Later, when Felix stumbles into Count Dracula, the Monster and the Hunchback Of Notre Dame, they try to take him prisoner. Going into a fit of nervous sneezing, Felix reaches for a test tube full of nose drops, but his monstrous attackers recoil:

COUNT DRACULA:
He has the Baron’s secret formula that can destroy everything! Watch out!

FELIX FLANKEN (thinking):
They think my nose drops are dangerous…Hmmm…Maybe I should just let them go on thinking that!

FELIX FLANKEN:
So you recognize this vile-vile-vial! Then you know what will happen if I drop it! Take me to Francesca – or else!! Ah-haaa! Frozen with fear, are you? You didn’t realize that Felix Flanken could be so rough and tough and hard and ---

But what Felix doesn’t realize is that, behind him, a huge, green, scale-covered creature (vaguely resembling the Creature From The Black Lagoon) emerges from the sea – it’s “It”! Finally noticing the amazing, colossal creature, Felix promptly passes out. Meanwhile, the creature invades the Baron’s castle, ogling a photo-portrait of Francesca before trashing the place. Then it tracks down Yetch and the Werewolf, who still hold Francesca as their captive. The creature grabs Francesca, swats her captors into submission and then grabs them, too. Felix finally catches up with the creature, he’s joined by his uncle, who offers some timely advice:

BARON BORIS VON FRANKENSTEIN:
Don’t worry yourself, Felix! I’ll save Francesca! You go and wait for her in the boat. I have a plan!

Felix hacks his way through the jungle; once he reaches the other end of the island,a startlingly odd – but strangely familiar – sight greets him. Perched atop an offshore volcano, the creature battles a squadron of flying saucers, one of which is piloted by Baron Von Frankenstein:

FELIX FLANKEN:
Uncle Boris is sacrificing himself to save Francesca! He must think she’s pretty nice!

During a momentary break in the battle, the creature takes the opportunity to carefully set down Francesca. While she and Felix climb into the waiting motorboat, the giant monster smashes one of the flying saucers and grabs Felix’s uncle:

BARON BORIS VON FRANKENSTEIN:
Al right, you overgrown chimpanzee! You’ve caused me trouble for the last tine! All of you monsters! You and your jealousies and hates! You wanted my vial! You tried to kill my nephew for it! Well, now you’re going to get it – but good!

YETCH:
Do you think he’s mad at us?

BARON BORIS VON FRANKENSTEIN:
It was a nice life while it lasted! Goodbye to all of you!

With that, Baron Von Frankenstein tosses the vial of explosive formula right into the crater of the volcano they’re perched upon:

THE MONSTER’S BRIDE/PHYLLIS DILLER:
I think he dropped something!

COUNT DRACULA:
HOO-BOY! At least we’ll go out with a bang!

As Felix and Francesca make their getaway in their motorboat, the volcano explodes, taking the entire island with it. Hugging each other, Felix and Francesca watch the spectacular pyrotechnic display, which ends with a tremendous explosion accompanied by another mushroom cloud:

FELIX FLANKEN:
I know it’s wrong, but I have this tremendous urge to sing “Should Old Acquaintance Be Forgot…”

As they watch the remains of the island sink beneath the waves of the Caribbean sea, Francesca makes a mind-blowing confession:

FELIX FLANKEN:
It’s all over, darling. We’re going home now. My place isn’t much…two small rooms…a furnished medicine cabinet…We’ll be married…

FRANCESCA:
Felix…I do love you. But we can never be married…

FELIX FLANKEN:
Why not? I’m not going to keep dating you in the jungle. It’s too much for me…All that hacking and chopping!

FRANCESCA:
You see, I’m not a human being like you. I was created by the Baron. Where other women have a heart, I have a mainspring. Instead of lungs, I have a battery-operated pump. And metallic joints that will one day grow rusty and stiffen…

FELIX FLANKEN:
Well, Francesca…None of us are perfect!

(Does something about this story’s climax seem more than a bit “off” to you? That’s probably because – for unknown reasons – the writer and artist of this adaptation of MAD MONSTER PARTY? failed to use the correct character in the role of “It”! Instead if featuring a King Kong look-alike arriving to interrupt the monsters’ takeover – as did MAD MONSTER PARTY? the movie, this funnybook substitutes a giant Creature From The Black Lagoon knock-off for Kong! Oddly, the comic’s dialog isn’t altered to reflect this; check out Baron Von Frankenstein’s “overgrown chimpanzee” remark, or the fact that Felix offers the creature a banana before he faints.) There are numerous reasons for which this may have occurred – an attempt to make the movie’s climax a bigger surprise, fear of reprisal by Universal (since Dell had a working relationship with the studio), poor communication between Rankin-Bass and the publisher, a last-minute change in the script, sheer error-- but none of them are available now. Supposedly, rights issues prevented the use of King Kong’s name being used in the film – hence, the character was only referred to as “It” – but that shouldn’t have effected this comic books’ visuals. In any event, it’s certainly another factor that contributes to making this adaptation even more Oddball!)

Also included in this issue of MAD MONSTER PARTY? are the following stories, features and advertisements:

  • “Fabulous New ‘216’ Collection Includes All These Dramatic Man-In-Space Stamps – You Get 216 Different…25¢”, a black-and-white, inside-back-cover ad for collectible stamps, available through mail-order from the “Zenith Co.
  • 204 Pc. Revolutionary War Soldiers Set Only $1.98”, a back-cover advertisement – drawn by the great RussThe Haunted TankHeath -- for “2 complete armies” of plastic toy soldiers, available via mail-order from “Revolutionary Toy Soldiers”.

ODDBALL FACTOID – The movie poster for the original 1967 release of MAD MONSTER PARTY? was illustrated by the great Frank Frazetta!

Bonus ODDBALL FACTOID – Voiceover talent Gayle (“Francesca”) Garnett also had a 1964 Top Forty hit song, “We’ll Sing In The Sunshine”!

Double-Bonus ODDBALL FACTOID – Although he has never confirmed or denied it, pun-loving FAMOUS MONSTERS OF FILMLAND editor Forrest J Ackerman has long been rumored to have contributed to the script of MAD MONSTER PARTY?!

Extra-Double-Bonus ODDBALL FACTOID – It’s very likely that the look and tone of MAD MONSTER PARTY? provided inspiration for director Tim Burton in his creation of THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS!

Triple-Bonus ODDBALL FACTOID – During Rankin-Bass Productions, Inc.’s hiatus, Jules Bass, a longtime vegetarian, created HERB, THE VEGETARIAN DRAGON! “The first children's book character developed specifically to explore moral issues related to vegetarianism”. Herb's original story, along with a follow-up cookbook, became bestsellers for an independent publishing house, Barefoot Books!

Ultimate ODDBALL FACTOID – MAD MONSTER PARTY? has also appeared under the titles MAD MONSTER PARTY (note the lack of a question mark) and MAD MONSTERS PARTY (plural).

New Next Week: ODDBALL COMIC #1,170: MONDAY, APRIL 23, 2007 – DC’s CHALLENGERS OF THE UNKNOWN face their most ODDBALL challenge ever in “The War Against The Moon-Beast” (written by the late, great Arnold Drake), when they face an alien monster with built-in organic rocket engines – which are apparently fueled by its own super-potent farts! Plus, an “Imaginary Tale” in which the four Challengers – Prof, Ace, Red and Rocky -- meet their as-yet-unborn children! To quote Mick Jagger, "It's a gas, gas. gas!"



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