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King Kong cometh! : [the evolution of the great ape] /
edited by Paul A. Woods.
imprint
London : Plexus, c2005.
description
192 p., 8 p. of plates : ill. (some col.) ; 24 cm.
ISBN
0859653625 (pbk.)
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Book
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imprint
London : Plexus, c2005.
isbn
0859653625 (pbk.)
general note
Subtitle from spine.
catalogue key
5695627
A Look Inside
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Boston Globe, December 2005
Guardian UK, December 2005
PW Annex Reviews, January 2006
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Summaries
Main Description
This compelling volume will include: The origins of Kong: The jungle movie travelogues of the 1920s and 30s. Detective fiction writer Edgar Wallace's original story, plus an extract from his novelisation of King Kong. The making of King Kong (1933): Vintage reports from monster mags of the fifties, sixties and seventies, by the people who were actually there. The missing Kong: the censored scenes replaced in recent years and the lost scene that survives only in still form -- as sailors chasing Kong and Fay Wray are eaten by giant spiders. The sons of Kong: Soft-centred spin-off Son of Kong (1933), rushed into theatres for Christmas, and Willis O'Brien's last great ape movie, Mighty Joe Young (1947). Low-budget Kong rip-offs and Japanese monster movies. The King of the Kongs?: The evolution of Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson's ambition to remake King Kong and early production reports from the forthcoming film. Plus stills, posters, comic book covers -- and all things Kong.
Main Description
This compelling volume will include: - The origins of Kong: The jungle movie travelogues of the 1920s and 30s. Detective fiction writer Edgar Wallaces original story, plus an extract from his novelisation of King Kong.- The making of King Kong (1933): Vintage reports from monster mags of the fifties, sixties and seventies, by the people who were actually there. The missing Kong: the censored scenes replaced in recent years and the lost scene that survives only in still form - as sailors chasing Kong and Fay Wray are eaten by giant spiders.- The sons of Kong: Soft-centred spin-off Son of Kong (1933), rushed into theatres for Christmas, and Willis OBriens last great ape movie, Mighty Joe Young (1947). Low-budget Kong rip-offs and Japanese monster movies.- The King of the Kongs?: The evolution of Lord of the Rings director Peter Jacksons ambition to remake King Kong and early production reports from the forthcoming film.- Plus stills, posters, comic book covers - and all things Kong.
Main Description
Published to coincide with the release of director Peter Jackson's remake of King Kong, King Kong Cometh! is the ultimate tribute to the archetypal 50-foot gorilla, who has wreaked havoc on the silver screen since 1933. This vividly illustrated compendium traces the evolution of King Kong, from his predecessors in the jungle-movie travelogues of the 1920s and 1930s to B-movie spin-offs of the legendary motion picture. Highlights include the early careers of Kong makers Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack, the influence of Willis O'Brien's The Lost World, Edgar Wallace's original story, scream queen Fay Wray, the impact of Kong on giant monster movies, Dino de Laurentiis' remake of King Kong in 1976 and, finally, commentary on the Peter Jackson remake of King Kong. Offering the best new and vintage writings on King Kong, his forbears and his descendants, King Kong Cometh! provides monster coverage to satiate even the most avid Kong fan. With contributions from veteran monster maker Ray Harryhausen, monster movie expert Donald F. Glut, stop-motion effects historian Paul Mandell, enthusiast and collector Steve Vertlieb, film historian Kevin Brownlow, Hollywood expert Lawrence French, cult movie buff Pete Tombs and Godzilla authority Ken Hollings - plus sci-fi/horror legend Forrest JAckerman on animator Willis O'Brien, the Father of Kong. Book jacket.
Bowker Data Service Summary
Published to coincide with Peter Jackson's remake of 'King Kong', Paul Woods' book pays homage to and traces the evolution of the colossal gorilla who has wreaked havoc on the silver screen since 1933.
Long Description
King Kong Cometh pays homage to the colossal gorilla who has wreaked havoc on the silver screen since 1933. This vividly illustrated compendium traces the evolution of King Kong, from his predecessors in the jungle-movie travelogues of the 1920s and 1930s to B-movies and American and Japanese spin-offs of the legendary motion picture. Highlights include the infamous faked "mondo movie" Ingagi, the influence of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's The Lost World, Edgar Wallace's original story, Kong animator Ray Harryhausen, scream queen Fay Wray, the impact of Kong on monster mags of the fifties, sixties, and seventies, Dino de Laurentis's remake of King Kong in 1976, and finally, the cinematic event of 2005 - Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson's multimillion dollar remake of King Kong. Offering the best new and vintage writings on King Kong, his forebears, and his descendants, King Kong Cometh provides monster coverage to satiate the avid King Kong fan. Includes 100 black-and-white photos.
Table of Contents
Introduction: 'The Beauty of the Beast'p. 5
Evolution
'Missing Links: The Jungle Origins of King Kong'p. 11
Changp. 17
'His Majesty, King Kong - I'p. 26
The Lost Worldp. 31
'The Lost World: Merely Misplaced?'p. 32
'Restoration: The Lost World'p. 40
'His Majesty, King Kong - II'p. 41
Kong: (King Kong - 1933)
'His Majesty, King Kong - III: Eighth Wonder of the World'p. 45
'The King of Kongs'p. 49
'The Men Who Saved King Kong'p. 52
'His Majesty, King Kong - IV'p. 58
'Interview with Ray Harryhausen'p. 67
King Kongp. 69
'Beauties and Beasts: The Eroticism of King Kong'p. 74
'Untold Horrors of Skull Island'p. 84
Sons of Kong: (Son of Kong - 1933; Mighty Joe Young - 1949; Konga - 1961; King Kong vs. Frankenstein - aborted 1962; King Kong vs. Godzilla - 1962; King Kong Escapes - 1967)
'His Majesty, King Kong - V: The King's Successors'p. 91
'Orphan in the Storm: Son of Kong'p. 93
'His Majesty, King Kong - VI'p. 99
'Father of Kong Farewell - Willis O'Brien in Memoriam, 2 March - 8 November 1962'p. 102
'Interview with Ray Harryhausen - II'p. 106
'His Majesty, King Kong - VII: The Second Banana Kongs'p. 110
'King Kong Appears in Edo (A Literal Translation): The Toho Kong Years'p. 118
Dino Kong: (King Kong - 1976)
'An Open Letter to Universal and Dino De Laurentiis'p. 127
'His Majesty, King Kong - VIII: The Usurpers of the Throne'p. 133
'Return of the Urban Gorilla - The Two Kongs: A Comparative Review'p. 142
'They Killed King Kong'p. 144
Sons of Kong II: (A.P.E. - 1976; The Mighty Peking Man - 1977; Queen Kong - 1977; King Kong Lives - 1986)
'His Majesty, King Kong - IX'p. 151
'The Ape Goes East'p. 152
'His Majesty, King Kong - X: King Kong Lives'p. 158
'King Kong Lives: Is It Monkey Sequel, Monkey Do?'p. 169
King Kong Lives reviewp. 174
'Racial Imagery in King Kong'p. 175
King of Kongs?: (King Kong - 2005)
'Kingdom Kong'p. 177
'Kiwi Kong Cometh!'p. 179
Acknowledgementsp. 192
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