As I mentioned in the post “Princess Lovely’s Doctor Beautiful Dream Bride Pretty Set” there is a wonderful store on Church Street here in Toronto called Ontario Specialty Co. that has an awesome selection of vintage toys, sunglasses key-chains, purses, stickers and more, from what must be a large hoard of deadstock merchandise. I buy many thinks from this store, and though the items are vintage, the stock changes regularly, so you must snap up the things that catch your fancy quick or you’ll be disappointed. I got a taste of this a little while ago when I bought just one set of these amazing horror stickers, foolishly thinking that I could come back for more later. But alas I was not the only one who fell in love with these retro monster “puff” style stickers, so they’ll be no”‘tradesies” for these awesome ghouls, not for “Mello Smello” scratch-n-sniffs or anything!
I feel like there must have been a fifth sticker of Dracula, but if there was, I guess I must have lost it.
I found this great cheap paperback from the 1970s at Value Village thrift store called “Great Monsters of the Movies”. It had cool pictures and information on many classic horror films and the monsters that were their stars. These stickers looked a lot like some of the monsters in these films:
Compare that to the Frankenstein sticker; same scar on forehead and jawline, but sticker has poutier lips for some reason.
The Mummy sticker looks like the Mummy monsters from “The Mummy’s Tomb” and “The Mummy’s Hand”, which was released two years later, in its similar wrinkled and dry appearing face.
There’s no movie in the book with “The Skull” in the title, but this gross thing from “The Abominable Dr. Phibes” sure looks like the sticker.
I don’t know, the wolfman sticker kind of seems more like a cross between this incarnation of a canine-man monster, and the giant ape in King Kong (1933)
Is it just me, or are these old monsters way freakier than the new CGI crap they churn out now? To punctuate this point, check out these horrifying creatures from two other classic films:
Gah! Isn’t that way scarier than the stupid asymmetrical white mask wearing goon made famous by the Andrew Lloyd Weber musical?
And look at the weird visage of the murderous snake in “The reptile”, who, despite the obvious phallic association and symbolism, is a woman: