Early life[ edit ] Basil Gogos was born to a Greek family living in Egypt. Gogos was 16 years old when he and his family immigrated to the U. Interested in art from a young age, Gogos spent his early adult years working at various jobs and studying art periodically with the goal of eventually becoming a fine artist. After winning a competition at the school sponsored by Pocket Books, Gogos began his professional career with the cover painting for a western paperback novel called Pursuit published in Famous Monsters of Filmland magazine, created by publisher James Warren and editor Forrest J Ackerman , premiered in and was aimed at young readers who were then discovering the classic horror films of the s and s on television. Over the next two decades, he created almost 50 covers for Famous Monsters, many of which have become iconic images of that period.
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By Richard Sandomir Sept. He was Linda Touby, his wife and only immediate survivor, said the cause was probably a coronary. Gogos produced dozens of covers for the horror magazine Famous Monsters of Filmland over more than 20 years. Many looked as if Mr. Gogos had invited the monsters into his studio, where he meticulously lighted them and bathed them in brilliant hues. In Mr. The background is dramatically illuminated by a single glowing candle.
The menace that Mr. Touby, who is also a painter , said in a telephone interview. He felt he was a victim. Karloff , who died a few months before Mr. In an undated letter to Mr. Gogos described some of the traits that made the actor a compelling subject. Gogos created many of his paintings from black-and-white still photographs of films made at various studios, most significantly Universal, which started making monster movies in the s.
Gary Pullin, whose monster art has appeared on posters and in books and magazines, said that Mr. Pullin said in a telephone interview. Gogos was born on March 12, , in Alexandria, Egypt, to parents of Greek ancestry who had also been born in Egypt.
His father, Steve, was a railroad worker, and his mother, Maria, was a fashion designer. After living in Boston and Washington, they moved to Manhattan, where they eventually opened a clothing shop. Gogos attended art schools in Washington and then studied with Frank Reilly, an artist and illustrator , at the Art Students League in Manhattan. Warren told Mr. Gogos that his painting needed to be something new and unusual, which Mr. Gogos found difficult to define.
David Spurlock. After his agent handed in the Price illustration, Mr. Gogos recalled, Mr. I mean, what colors were they? Nobody knows, so I went ahead and used blues, greens, yellows.
Gogos said using stills from old black-and-white films helped him reimagine the monsters. In the book, he described the process of turning each photograph into a painting. He also taught art classes. He eventually returned to his old world of horrors. Gogos said that what he liked best about doing monster art was being his own art director.
It gets in the way and it hurts the job.
Famous Monster Movie: Art of Basil Gogos
By Richard Sandomir Sept. He was Linda Touby, his wife and only immediate survivor, said the cause was probably a coronary. Gogos produced dozens of covers for the horror magazine Famous Monsters of Filmland over more than 20 years. Many looked as if Mr.
Book Review: ‘Famous Monster Movie Art of Basil Gogos’
Famous Monster Movie Art of Basil Gogos (2006, Paperback)