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Horror of Party Beach by BryanBaugh Horror of Party Beach by BryanBaugh
I originally drew this illustration in 2003. I also colored it back then - but I had only just begun to learn Photoshop, and the results weren't great. My memory is a little fuzzy but I'm pretty sure I posted the original version on my website and probably left it there for a couple of years... but ultimately I decided I wasn't happy with the colors and removed it. I don't think I ever posted it on Deviant Art before.

The drawing itself was adequate and it's a fun little tribute to a fun little movie: "The Horror of Party Beach". So I always intended to go back and re-color this piece some day.
Well, I finally did, this weekend.

The original version was colored predictably bright and sunny. This time around I thought it would be funny to color it like a dark, cloudy day, with a storm brewing on the horizon... The worst kind of day you could possibly imagine for a girl to go sunbathing. Haha.

Back in the 1990's I owned a rare videotape of "Horror of Party Beach" that was all fuzzy and muddy. The poor picture quality was so grainy it looked like all the beach girls were covered with zits and the monsters were so completely drowned in darkness that you could barely even see them. But I assumed, "This was a super low budget movie... That's probably as good as it EVER looked..."

But eventually I got the DVD released by Dark Sky Films [link] ...and was absolutely shocked by its crystal clear picture quality. All the sudden those 1960's bikini girls looked smooth and attractive and the monsters were perfectly visible in the night-scenes... and the whole movie became much more fun to watch. In the years since, it has become one of those cheapie monster flicks I have returned to and re-watched many times.

I will never try to convince anyone that "Horror of Party Beach" is a great film or an unrecognized classic. But it is FUN and that is all that matters to me.
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Matsuemon Featured By Owner May 8, 2015
Hey Bryan, figured you might be a good guy to ask, but do you read horror comics, yourself? Probably a stupid question. Any you can recommend?
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BryanBaugh Featured By Owner May 9, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
You mean besides the ones I write and draw myself? (Haha, sorry, couldn't resist.)

To answer your question, all my favorite horror comics were published between 1947-1989. Some cool stuff has been done since then, but I like the old fashioned comic book horrors, best.

My absolute favorite comics to come out in the past year, is the "Harvey Horrors Collection" hardcover reprints from PS Publishing. To explain...

Harvey Comics was one of the many (and in my opinion, one of the best) comics publishers that jumped on the horror bandwagon in the 1950's, emulating the success of the trend-setting E.C. Comics (who did "Tales from the Crypt", "The Haunt of Fear", and "The Vault of Horror"... the most famous and highly regarded horror comic books of all time).

The E.C. Horror comics have been reprinted many times, and I am a proud owner of the complete hardcover boxed sets of all three titles that were printed by Russ Cochran in the late 1980's.

But horror comics published by the OTHER publishers - the E.C. - imitators - of the 50's - have never been reprinted in any sort of complete, collectible editions... Until now.

The "Harvey Horrors Collection" is something I've been waiting (and wishing) for somebody to make, for a long time. Now at last, rabid fans of old school horror comics, who have already read all the E.C.'s to death, can finally start enjoying something else equally fun, that we knew existed, but which hasn't been available to us before.

These Harvey Horrors books are being released one volume at a time, over the next few years. Each volume is hardcover and contains 4 or 5 complete comics issues, of each Harvey horror title, in chronological order.

I feel lucky to have discovered these when the first volumes were coming out, and I've been ordering them one-by-one as each new book has been released.

That said, I am selective.

I am collecting 4 of the 6 Harvey titles being published in these volumes:

Chamber of Chills
Tomb of Terror
Witches Tales
and
Black Cat Mystery.

These 4 are my favorites.

It's a good deal. I get a new volume in the mail every month and read it cover-to-cover till the next volume comes out. TOO MUCH FUN!!!

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Matsuemon Featured By Owner May 9, 2015
Oh, and I totally agree about the older comics, thing. For me, the 60's to the very early 90's are best. A lot of the newer comics are really well drawn and colored, but I don't like the overly rendered style of work in comics, probably because I grew up in the 70's and 80's, so I just love the older look.
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BryanBaugh Featured By Owner May 10, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Right there with you.
1950's E.C. Comics and Harvey Horror Comics, are my favorites...

After that...

1970's Marvel and DC monster comics like: Werewolf By Night, Tomb of Dracula, Tales of the Zombie, Ghosts, House of Mystery, House of Secrets, Weird War Tales...
and
1970's Warren horror magazines like Creepy, Eerie, Vampirella.
and
1970's Eerie Publications magazines (totally insane!) like: Tales of Voodoo, and their countless other titles... etc...

Also the great "small press" horror comics of the
1980's, such as, Gore Shriek, Twisted Tales, Deadworld, Death Rattle, etc...

The best? worst? or perhaps I should say - most shocking - horror comic being done today is "Fukitor" by Jason Karns, but be warned, it's a thousand times more nasty than anything listed above. Gut-bustingly hilarious though, if you can get into the right 14-year-old, naughty little boy mindset for it. Not for the easily offended!

This other new one, "Blood and Gourds" also looks promising, but it hasn't been released yet.
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Matsuemon Featured By Owner May 13, 2015
Oh, and I do love Tomb of Dracula. I got one of the compilations a couple years back and will get another one, soon. Also love Werewolf By Night, but haven't been able to find any of the older compilations or comics for cheap. I'll take another look. I do have one of the compilations, but it only had one or two of the old comics in it, and a few of the newer ones, which I don't like as much.
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Matsuemon Featured By Owner May 11, 2015
I didn't actually start reading horror comics until very recently, maybe three years ago, so I have a LOT to catch up on. Read mostly super-hero comics growing up. I love all kinds now, but really want to check out more horror ones, especially around Halloween, to give me ideas of how to draw certain things, for Halloween art projects. I have this idea for a cool animation, too, of a guy turning into his werewolf form. Maybe I can use Wulf as the model for that =)
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Matsuemon Featured By Owner May 9, 2015
haha it's funny because I sort of felt bad asking you about horror comics =) I do LOVE the E.C. Comics and have a couple of the hardcovers. They are a bit more expensive, so I can't buy them as often as I'd like. I'm on disability so really on a budget. Those other ones you mentioned sound great. I'll have to check them out. Do you do other horror comics that perhaps I'm not aware of. besides Wulf and Batsy? If not, you should! haha
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BryanBaugh Featured By Owner May 10, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
I have done various other comics.
Most recently: My adaptation of "The Hound" by H.P. Lovecraft, for "The HPL Comics Anthology Volume 2" by European publisher, Self Made Hero.  Read the text at this link for more info: The Hound

You can also see samples of some of the other comics I've done here: www.cryptlogic.net/othercomics…

I may have some other comics projects to announce coming in 2015.
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Matsuemon Featured By Owner May 11, 2015
Awesome! I'll check out that link ASAP. Thanks again for all the great info and messages =)
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BryanBaugh Featured By Owner May 11, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
No problem! Thank YOU for your interest in my work!!
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grazatt Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2015
Do the monsters have hot dogs in their mouths? 
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jarelkortan Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2015
Wonderful artwork
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grassa48 Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
It has always seemed to me that those reptilian, ichthyoid creatures who lust for human females must be perverts. The aquatic version of bestiality in humans. 
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Lozanou Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
I need to get this movie, because of this. Love it!
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ardashir Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014
What I remember is that scene with the slumber party. Man what a bloodbath for a 50's film!
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BryanBaugh Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
OOo, yeah, that was fun! I must drag out my old DVD and watch that again soon... And possibly draw that scene as well!
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DARKZADARPRIME Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
awesome illustration i have seen that movie twice once on mst3k and on a local show called chiller drive-in 
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Mindslave24-7 Featured By Owner May 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
"Oh great! I finally get a chance to get to the beach.... and still some prehistoric lunks hit on me. ...I have mace, and I will use it!"
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Ragnar0z Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2013
I remember this from Mystery Science Theater 3000. Love your tributes. 

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Rock-Raider Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2013
Nice drawing.  I believe this movie was riffed on Mystery Science Theatre 3000.

Those monsters remind me of Nauthilax from Chaotic. -> chaotic.wikia.com/wiki/Nauthil…
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HighRollerHydra Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
"Six miles out, and I STILL hear that awful music." X(
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White-Knuckles Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
They want some arse!
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BlackEvilSkull666 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
The creatures of Black Lagoon need some love too :heart: I'd give them a hug :hug:
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ArchiCrash Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012
Well, the Del-Aires did the soundtrack. So the movie has that going for it...

...That said: Bwa-ha-ha! Awesome work! Really got a chuckle out of it...
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BryanBaugh Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Glad you like it!
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Marcuzan Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012
Actually, "TEENAGERS FROM OUTER SPACE" is not a bad film at all. The director did care about what he was doing. Give the flick another go. It's a million miles away from true drek Like Monster A Go-Go or The Creeping Terror. I'd put it more within the league of great stuff like THE FLESH EATERS & THE BRAIN THAT WOULDN'T DIE. No doubt the monster (A lobster) is the pits, but the film itself is very honest and well done.
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BryanBaugh Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I like "The Brain that Wouldn't Die" a LOT.
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Chinesegal Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012
Wow, I really must say that the way you draw the girls is really beautiful!!!!!!
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BryanBaugh Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much!
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grazatt Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012
Why do the monsters have knockwurst in their mouths?
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BryanBaugh Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
See the movie and learn all about them!
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Samurai-Poet Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Better than being caught with your pants down. :XD:
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BryanBaugh Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Not if the monsters eat you! Haha.
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Samurai-Poet Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
:XD:
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kunoichi96 Featured By Owner May 9, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
its aways the blondes who get eaten/ killed first. its times like this im so glad to be a brunette
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BryanBaugh Featured By Owner May 9, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Haha, well that is a funny observation and a good point.
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SXGodzilla Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
look much more intimidating than the monsters do in the movie.

Though it was surprisingly bloody for it's time period, like "Monster Who Challenged the World".
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MonsterKingOfKarmen Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
GJ
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tiamat9 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012
Killer work as always. Great job with the details and colors. "The Horror of Party Beach" kind of ranks up there( or down there:)) with "Manos: The Hands of Fate" for me. Both are unintentionally hilarious and quite enjoyable:).
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BryanBaugh Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I agree with your opinion of the film!
And thanks for your kind words on the art.
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tiamat9 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012
You're welcome:).
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Darkleaf333 Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Hahahahhaha
Cool :D




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my entry for ''Cute Monster''
[link]
Thanx :)
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John38E Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012
My uncle Ed and Henry were extras in this fine film, which was made in Stamford Connecticut. Thanks for this great tribute to the finest Atomic Zombie movie ever made.
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John38E Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012
I need to edit this. My Uncles had FEATURED roles! Ed played the detective and Henry spoke the line "It might have been a wild shark or something"

Thank God for sodium!
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BryanBaugh Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Wow, cool!!!! Show them my drawing if you would. And tell them I LOVE that movie! And thank you for your compliments on my illustration.
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NeuStrasbourg Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012
The horror... They just came out of the water from a little swim... AND SOMEONE WAS LYING ON THEIR TOWEL! Aaaaah! Aaaaah!
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BryanBaugh Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Haha.
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MatWashburn Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012
Hey monster wanna party too. Great job!
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BryanBaugh Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Haha, thanks!
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daggerclaws Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012
LOVE this movie! And you are talented enough sir to make those goofy, hot dog eating fish men actually look SCARY for once! Great job!
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