Description

    REYNOLD BROWN (American 1917 - 1991)
    The Creature Walks Among Us, 1955
    Gouache on paper
    22 x 19 in.
    Signed in pencil, lower right
    "Terror stalks the city's streets! The Creature walks among us."

    The legendary Reynold Brown was one of the most acclaimed movie poster artists of the fifties and early sixties, and his work colorfully encapsulated the nation's postwar social climate.

    Even if Universal didn't create the monster movie genre in the thirties, they certainly perfected it. The genre died down for a few years, but the studio revived the concept successfully in 1954 when they released "The Creature from the Black Lagoon," a landmark picture that helped to spur the "monster revival" of the fifties. The Gill Man's debut was such a sensation that it spawned two sequels, "Revenge of the Creature," and "The Creature Walks Among Us," in which scientist Dr. William Barton ( played by Jeff Morrow) attempts to "humanize" the Creature through surgery, with predictable results. All three films featured the spectacular Creature makeup, designed by Bud Westmore for the original film, which has become one of the most recognizable monsters in media history. All pieces associated with the Gill Man are highly desirable, and this painting must be considered among the greatest prizes of them all.

    The type on this design is attached to the art board.

    A copy of the window card movie poster is included in this lot. From the Fabulous Horror Collection of Thomas C. Rainone.


    Estimate: $45,000 - $50,000.

    Condition Report*:

    This piece was framed to an approximate overall size of 34 x 29 in., and aside from damege to th type elements, the art is in Excellent condition.

    *Heritage Auctions strives to provide as much information as possible but encourages in-person inspection by bidders. Statements regarding the condition of objects are only for general guidance and should not be relied upon as complete statements of fact, and do not constitute a representation, warranty or assumption of liability by Heritage. Please note that we do not de-frame lots estimated at $1,000 or less and may not be able to provide additional details for lots valued under $500. All lots are sold "AS IS" under the Terms & Conditions of Auction.

    Fees, Shipping, and Handling Description: Framed - without Glass, Large (view shipping information)

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