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Bigfoot Pummels Both Peter Graves And Mr Lobo

Posted by: Monster Island News on May 13th, 2010

Written By: Ken Hulsey
Source: Mr. Lobo

In monster movies, as well as comic books, eventually the two mightiest characters, or groups of characters, eventually find a way to square off against each other. King Kong fought Godzilla, Alien fought Predator, The Hulk fought The Thing and so on and so on.

Today, I have for you artsy types, an illustration that depicts yet, another, clash of the titans, Sasquatch taking on both the actor, and documentary film host, Peter Graves, and the horror movie host, Mr. Lobo, of the television series “Cinema Insomnia.”

Now, you may ask yourself, “What respectable comic book publisher would dedicate an entire issue to Sasquatch kicking the stuffing out of a deceased actor and a late-night horror host?”

The answer is…..well…..none.

You see, this little gem is not from a comic book, though it certainly looks the bill. In actuality, however, it’s the brand-new cover art for the upcoming Apprehensive Films (Slime Line) DVD release of the Cinema Insomnia episode, “Bigfoot: Mysterious Monster”.

As you have probably guessed, the episode features the 1975 documentary, “Bigfoot: Mysterious Monster”, which was hosted by Graves, with intros and comedy bits performed by Mr. Lobo and local Sacramento, Ca area talent.

So, how is it that a horror host would opt to feature a Bigfoot documentary, instead of a classic, below average, horror movie for his late-night movie program?

Mr. Lobo explains, “I remember “Bigfoot: Mysterious Monster” scaring me as a kid and it sat on the shows pile of ‘To Do’ 16mm film prints. When Ken Waller, our director, would say…’why don’t we do Bigfoot’, I would shake his head and say ‘No, that’s too serious’, let’s do a few others first.

“After we did another very popular episode, ‘In Search Of…Ancient Astronauts’, I was surprised how well the documentary worked on the show and came back to ‘Bigfoot’. I put it on…and laughed myself silly. It played like ‘Waiting for Guffman’ or ‘This is Spinal Tap’. I was inspired and wrote pages of documentary style humor with another writer named Chris Grill. We shot it in many many locations and pulled in a ton of local celebrities and actors to be in the show. It stands as one of my very favorite and most fun episodes.”

Indeed, the episode is a lot of fun to watch. Lobo’s take on the classic documentary is a very ‘tasteful’ spoof of Bigfoot and the people who have devoted their lives to searching for him….it…..them.

Mr Lobo adds, “It is a favorite episode among hardcore Cinema Insomnia fans and ‘Cryptozoology/Unknown/Conspiracy’ buffs. In it Mr. Lobo wraps around the 1975 documentary hosted by the late Peter Graves with some parody documentary footage of interviews with Bigfoot’s prom date, Bigfoot’s 5th grade teacher, Bigfoot’s college roommate, Bigfoot’s hair stylist, etc.”

This is not the first time that episode has been released on DVD, but Mr. Lobo and his distributor, Apprehensive Films, thought that the release needed a face-lift.

“Our New distributor Apprehensive Films, who is putting out the current syndicated series in a set called the SLIME LINE, cut a new DVD version for the release…sweetening audio and video and putting them in store ready, shrink wrapped, bar coded, quality packaged, covers with a film and show synopsis on the back and “Slime Points” inside to mail in for free goodies.”

When it came to designing the new cover for his DVD, Mr. Lobo only needed to look into his own personal comic book collection for what he wanted.

“I had a bolt of inspiration out of the blue a few days after going through some of my old comic books. I thought of MARVEL’S STAR WARS comics–and in particular one where Chewbacca the Wookie goes crazy and attacks everyone. After some research I found that issue that I have in my collection. STAR WARS#13. On the front Chewie is going nuts and is picking up C3PO by the neck and punching out Luke Skywalker. I showed it to my assistant Dixie Dellamorto and asked her what she thought it would look like if Chewie was Bigfoot and C3PO was Me and Luke Was Peter Graves with Miss Mittens (Mr. Lobos plant and co-host) standing in for R2-D2. After laughing like idiots for long long time we knew we had to make this happen in that same style.”

The cover art itself, is the work of a local San Francisco area graphic artist, Elysium Bliss, who’s classic comic book style caught the eye of Mr. Lobo at a convention.

“At Wondercon 2010 I reviewed the portfolio of Elysium Bliss a SF Bay Area artist who had drawn a very “Marvel Comics” style picture of Mr. Lobo and Miss Mittens. I knew that this project was right for this artist and we contacted Miss Bliss with the idea and sent the original comic as inspiration for this parody. Elysium “got it” and after I approved the rough, inked the final art.”

Look for this great piece of art to grace the cover of the “Cinema Insomnia – Bigfoot: Mysterious Monster” DVD starting in June. The DVD can be preordered by contacting Dixie Dellamorto at Plan-9FromOuterSpace@hotmail.com. For anyone who buys one now, Mr Lobo will knock $5 off the $14.99 SRP. That will be $10 plus $3 for shipping!

More of these great comic book style Cinema Insomnia covers can be viewed at – TheGrindhouse.net

More Cinema Insomnia titles can be ordered through Amazon.com

First Spaceship on Venus (Cinema Insomnia Slime Line)
Gamera Super Monster (Cinema Insomnia Slime Lime)
Gappa: Monsters From a Prehistoric Planet (Cinema Insomnia Edition)

About Monster Island News
Founder of the popular monster and sci-fi blogs Monster Island News and Godzilla 3D News and Information. Ken Hulsey began his writing career in 2000 when he founded kensforce.com a popular site with fans of Japanese sci fi/monster movies (Godzilla, Gamera and the like) and other B movies. In 2008, he closed down his original site and created the blog "Monster Island News" a showcase for classic horror/monster films and independent/alternative cinema.


7 Responses to “Bigfoot Pummels Both Peter Graves And Mr Lobo”

  1. MrInspector responds:

    Man, Bigfoot wouldn’t stand a chance against Peter Graves! Didn’t you see him take on that whole hoard of giant grass hoppers?

  2. Ulysses responds:

    Bwaa ha ha! you are too much Loren! i know your only posting it but you had the good taste to let us all see it and give the artist a wider audience!”The Hulk fought The Thing”? Who would know that aside from a hard core comic fan? Admit it Loren!

  3. gridbug responds:

    Well, if this is the only way to see this awesome and reclusive documentary, then I guess we’ll have to bite the bullet with the accompanying comedy shenanigans. I still have creepy flashbacks to the “boy scouts get hassled by BF” scene to this day, so it’s a small price to pay to see it with “sweetened” audio and video!

    :D

  4. Monster Island News responds:

    Well, you can’t blame Loren for this one. I (Ken) wrote this one.

    I’ve been a long-time fan of Mr. Lobo and Cinema Insomnia. I discovered his program from a DVD of “Gigantis the Fire Monster” (aka Godzilla Raids Again) that I ordered from him through ebay.

    When I got the DVD there was an e-mail adress on it, so I contacted him and told him about my website, then kensforce.com (gone now), and I started reviewing his episodes.

    I think that you will really enjoy this one. It’s a spoof on the movie, true, but it is really funny.

    Cinema Insomia is kinda like the old Elvira program….or Mystery Science Theater.

    I’ve seen most of the horror hosted programs out there today….and by far CI is the best hands down.

    Oh, and for the “Hulk vs Thing” bit. I do own a copy of Fantastic Four #12 where the two first got into a tussle.

  5. Loren Coleman responds:

    I would appreciate it if people would read more carefully for the names of the authors of all the postings on Cryptomundo, but then folks don’t. I didn’t write this one.

    It probably would help if “Monster Island News” wasn’t the author given, but someone’s actual name.

  6. Ken Hulsey responds:

    That was my bad. When Craig set up my info, he put me in as “Monster Island News”. I just went and changed it, so it shouldn’t be a problem any more.

    Of course, I was putting, “Written By Ken Hulsey” on all my posts……oh well.

  7. Donald Maxwell responds:

    I love this stuff.



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