Mad Monster Party (1967)
All of this is a distraction. It’s Kirby Day, but my mind is looking forward to Halloween (I get started early, okay?). What I really wanted to post was Count Dragorin.
Count Dragorin is from a Kirby-style horror story that predates The Demon by a year or so, from his work on Superman’s Pal, Jimmy Olsen. The Count there is the leader of a planet called Transilvane, which is about the size of a Volkswagen bug and has devil horns.
Believe it or not, NASA commissioned the creation of this tiny bedevilhorned planet so that it could study how life reacts to extraterrestrial environments. On a whim, the chief of the project filled the planet with tiny genetically modified people and for some reason Universal monster movies are continuously projected onto the clouds? Anyway, the planet is full of monster people is the point.
Transilvane is one of my hands-down favorite Kirby stories, even if all the Jimmy and Superman faces were re-drawn by Al Plastino.
This is one of my favorite things ever.