10/29/10

Vintage Scares #24: Aurora Monster Scenes


A lot has been said about the infamous Aurora Monster Scenes advertisement that appeared in comic books in 1971.  The notorious ads were pulled, and so was the product after much public appeal.  Perhaps rightly so, given the violent nature of it all..... I mean, I can understand a Frankenstein or Vampirella model,but a "girl victim" model?.... Really:?

As if this controversy wasn't enough, Vampirella sports a pronounced camel-toe both in the ad and on the model itself (Aurora claims it was due to the shrinking plastic).

Evidently, there were a whole lot of burgeoning sadists back in the early seventies, because, before the public outcry got too loud, Aurora added to the product line with such accessories as: The Pain Parlor, The Hanging Cage, Gruesome Goodies, and The Pendulum.

Today, these model kits are extremely valuable, especially considering the original molds were destroyed in 1974 for their beryllium steel.  Also valuable is the small comic illustrated by Neal Adams that came with the kits.  I must admit, I hadn't seen one of these until recently. Check it out! (click to enlarge)
 

6 comments:

  1. oh my gosh, thanx, i had forgotten about the comic! i had the Frankenstein model once(wanted the Vampi but my mom wouldn't have it, a real prude), wish i still had it...

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  3. There is a book, out of print but available used on Amazon, about the history of Aurora Models. It's kinda pricey usually (I paid about $25 for mine with some trepidation). The book is about 200 pages and about 1/2 of that is text. You probably wonder how 100 pages could possibly be filled with information about a model company and if it is interesting at all or just filler. I was happily surprised by how good the book was, a real rags to riches story.

    Apparently the company was started by two guys in a shed/garage, literally in a neighborhood (i.e. not in a developed commercial area of a city). IIRC they lifted the initial designs from a travling salesman who was encouraging them to try their hand at cheap models that could be sold at stores like Woolworth for under a buck.

    the book covers pretty much everything, the molds, the art, the advertising, ideas good and bad & the growth and fall of the company. If the nostalgia bug bites you for this sort of thing you can do a lot worse than this book.

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  4. Damn, I remember these, and boyhood titillation at Vampi, too. Regular Joe >The book suggestion is great. Cheers to Halloween nostalgia, cancel that - RETROSPACE!!! Now can someone tell my if "Mad Monster Party" will ever be aired again? Seems like a natural for the Retro-set.

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  5. Thanks, Greg. The Book I mentioned is this one:

    http://www.amazon.com/Aurora-Model-Collectors-Thomas-Graham/dp/B002U2OYCG/ref=sr_1_6?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1288516169&sr=1-6

    but I don't see anymore being sold used. Too bad as it is a great book that tells you things about this company you would have never thought to ask. I guess I should get off my butt and buy the one about the Monogram & Revell kits.

    This item could be a reprint, the page count is the same but the ISBN is different.

    http://www.amazon.com/Aurora-Model-Kits-Schiffer-Collectors/dp/0764325183/ref=pd_sim_b_1

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  6. AnonymousJune 17, 2014

    Just for everyone's information, a new book titled "Aurora Monster Scenes, the Most Controversial Toys of a Generation" has now been published and is available through Amazon.

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