THE STORIES - SERIES II
Here are the six Stories of the second series as they appear on the back of each package.
Question: I read that some aspects of the copy you wrote for the characters were tongue-in-cheek, but I still find it compelling.
Answer: I loved the crazy pun filled copy under the photos of Famous Monsters magazine. I remember a photo of a Morlock from the film "The Time Machine", being menaced by a man with a flaming torch. The caption read "You're Fired!" I thought that was hilarious! The little stories on the package backs had a lot of that in them. Clichés and puns, that I liked to turn around to imply an unconventional, but surprisingly appropriate, double meaning: As the one-eyed Cyclops travels throughout eternity, forever seeking “more than meets the eye”.
I might add, that I once heard a quote from Picasso, who when asked how long it had taken him to do a particularly quick looking drawing, answered, "All my Life". That is true of those stories. I did them in minutes, but had spent a lifetime, filling my head with the clichés that now spilled out and settled on the page.
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