Thursday, December 24, 2015

Guest Strip - Happy Holidays from PFG

Doug: Resident guest artist PF Gavigan has a holiday treat for the BAB community.



pfgavigan said...


Just wanted to let the readers know, strip 3 and strip 5 should be reversed and read in that order. Sorry for any confusion.

A quick note for Karen. There's always contrary information, but according to several sources Ygor, Bela Lugosi's second greatest role, was largely an act of improvisation between him and the director of 'Son of Frankenstein', Rowland V. Lee. Bela's role was originally much shorter, a minor character. Lee felt that the script needed something and knew that Lugosi could use the money for the additional weeks of work. Between the two of them they fleshed out the part and Lugosi stole the show.

Happy Holidays


Redartz said...

Wow, an early Christmas present! Fantastic job, pfg! Thanks for sharing that; Merry Christmas to you, and to everyone at BAB!

Doug said...

PFG --

Many, many apologies for the strips being out of order. That is all on me. I think I have corrected them now, based on the numbers you assigned to each .jpg file. Please let me know if they are still incorrect.

Christmas egg on my face,


david_b said...

Great work, thanks PFG. What a great post.

Edo Bosnar said...

Yeah, what everyone else said, PFG: that's a great comic! Thanks for posting it.
Otherwise, Merry Christmas to everyone.
And Doug, I believe it's called egg nog, not Christmas egg, and I believe - although I admit I'm no expert here - that you're supposed to drink it rather than apply it to your face ... :P

Karen said...

What a fantastic Christmas present! When we got this in the BAB email, I was just stunned. I had no idea what to expect, but when I saw it, I was floored by how brilliantly drawn and presented it was, and the sheer amount of effort that went into the project. So I say again: thank you PFG!! And Merry Christmas!

I think this does give us an idea of why the footage was cut -the script is clearly not anything to get worked up about. The kernel of the idea is still an interesting one, but it just seems undercooked. And with Lugosi's voice -maybe it just would have been too ridiculous. With all its flaws, I can say I am satisfied with the film we got. It ain't perfect, but it'll do.

pfgavigan said...


Hey Doug, I can never be upset over anything here. After all, you two elected to put the strip up and shared your blog with me.

Hey Karen, Philip J. Riley, the man behind the Universal Filmscript books was friends with Curt Siodmak. One of the stories that Siodmak shared with him was the development of the script, I'm not prepared to state how factual some of his recollections were, but I believe he was accurate when talking about the hinge pin of the plot, or the catch as he put it. The basic conflict was that with the two monsters one wanted to die while the other wanted to live. Larry's motivation for death was his torment caused by his transformation. Siodmak elected to make the monster's motivation revenge upon the world and the desire to rule.

We hear many stories about screenwriters complaining about how their work was butchered on the way to the big screen. Some times that can be true. Other times a different perspective can make a difference. Frankenstein Meets the Wolfman was Siodmak's from conception to final draft. Perhaps more cooks could have improved the broth.



William said...

Too awesome, PFG! Thanks for that. It was great! You definitely put a lot of work into it, and it's not unappreciated.

Anonymous said...

Simply awesome stuff PF! Dang now that is some sweet artwork here!

Oh and Merry Christmas to everyone!

- Mike 'dreaming of snow' from Trinidad & Tobago.

Humanbelly said...

Hoo-doggies, Brother PFG-- you are simply a treasure. And this is possibly(?) an unprecedented visual presentation of some of that missing material, yes? The writing is stiff and dry, considering who these two characters are-- but even moreso, I don't think it's tailored to these two actors' strengths very well-- esp. Chaney, Jr's.

Hunh-- how ironic that both actors were in the previous film. . . playing different monsters/characters (sort of).

Ah-- this is so good, though. Thanks a million, PFG, and Hap-py Holidays to all our cohorts out there! (Just got FINALLY finished with all the zillion preparations for a busy Christmas morning tomorrow!)


Martinex1 said...

Wow! Really great PFG. Not my ch else to say...just Wow!

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