The Monster Times was a horror film fan magazine created in 1972.
The Monster Times Publishing Co., it was intended as a
competitor to Famous Monsters of Filmland. Although the main editorial
focus of the magazine was horror media, it also featured articles and
reviews of modern and classic science fiction/fantasy movies and
television series, as well as comic books. Each issue featured a
fold-out centerfold poster usually based on that particular issue's
The Monster Times was edited at various times in its formative years
by Chuck R. McNaughton, Allen Asherman, Joe Brancatelli and Tom
Rogers. Joe Kane (who later assumed the nom de plume The Phantom of
the Movies for newspaper columns and books) took over as editor with
Issue # 11 (June 14, 1972), and remained in that capacity until the
periodical's demise. The publishers were art directors Larry Brill and
Les Waldstein, who were the original designers for the pornographic
weekly tabloid Screw, and also for Famous Monsters of
Filmland and other Jim Warren publications in the late 1960s.
The first issue is dated January 26, 1972. Printed on
newspaper-quality paper stock, with a more refined white paper for
covers and other content in earlier issues, the magazine was published
on a biweekly schedule for its first fourteen issues, then switched to
monthly until 1975, at which point it became a bi-monthly publication.
Its final few issues were published erratically, and the title ceased
publication in July 1976 with issue # 48.
Three Monster Times special issues were also published: Star Trek
Lives #1, subtitled "Sci-Fi Super TV
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