It’s that time of year again! Halloween! And long-time visitors to my site might recall that I have something of a loose tradition of doing Frankenstein-themed stuff in honor of the holiday. Here’s this year’s: a single from the ’60s by the Orloks, doing the Frankenstomp.
There was a big pop culture fascination with monsters in the ’60s, likely spurred initially at least in part by TV stations looking to fill time, and resorting to running old monster movies. They caught on with young viewers and created a demand for more, resulting in all kinds of games, models, TV shows, cartoons…and even novelty 45’s like this.
I’m a big fan of this kind of mid-century art style (and the style of graphic design that goes with it). It’s very silhouette- and shape-oriented. I must confess, it doesn’t come entirely natural to me to try to draw this way (it’s like throwing a car in hard reverse, after years of trying so hard to get volume and dimension into all my work). But it’s fun to at least attempt it like this every now and then.
Enjoy, and Happy Halloween!