Frankenstein to visit Ocean City Library in October

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Frankenstein to visit Ocean City Library in October Frankenstein to visit Ocean City Library in October

OCEAN CITY — Frankenstein is coming to the Ocean City Free Public Library this October thanks to actor-artist Ron MacCloskey, who has gathered the most extensive collection of Frankenstein artwork ever shown at a single venue.

The exhibit, which will feature some of the country’s most famous artists and illustrators, will be displayed during the month of October in the atrium and adjacent area of the Ocean City Free Public Library, 17th Street and Simpson Avenue.

The Frankenstein image, made famous by Boris Karloff, has been prominent in drawings for over 80 years, said MacCloskey, who has been an avid collector of Frankenstein memorabilia since he was 7 years old.

“You will be amazed about how artists have taken this one kind of look and used it over and over again, but always with a different point of view,” he said.

In conjunction with the exhibit, “Jeepers Creepers … It’s Boris, Karloff,” a tribute show dedicated to the life and career of the actor, will be performed on Oct. 25 (Frankenstein Friday) at the library. The show will feature MacCloskey and his daughter, Rachel, along with video clips. The same presentation received critical acclaim when it premiered at Lincoln Center in 2011.

Some of the artists and cartoonists who will be represented with their versions of Frankenstein include: Wiley Miller, Non Sequitor; Tom Wilson, Ziggy; John McPherson, Close to Home; Joe Martin, Mr. Boffo; Mike Peters, Mother Goose and Grimm; Don Piraro, Bizaro cartoon; Gary Larson, The Far Side; Dana J. Summers, Bound and Gagged; Dave Blazek, Loose Parts; Mike Scott, editorial cartoonist; and Basil Gogos, the artist who drew many of the famous Monster of Filmland Magazine covers.

Gogos will visit Ocean City during the exhibition to receive the Franky Award, created by MacCloskey and presented each year to someone who has paid tribute to Boris Karloff and/or continues to add to the Frankenstein legend. 

Previous recipients include writer and actor Gene Wilder, make up artist Jack Pierce, Monsters of Filmland’s James Warren and actor Bela Lugosi.

For information, call 609-525-9300.

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