Riverside, CA: Cinefex, 1981. Small quarto, publisher's stapled photo-illustrated wraps.
Issue number five of longrunning special effects film journal Cinefex, largely devoted to the work of stop motion pioneer Ray Harryhausen, creative force behind dozens of fantasy classics, including Mighty Joe Young, One Million Years B.C., The Golden Voyage of Sinbad, and the early 80s all-star sword-and-sandals mythology mash-up Clash of the Titans: "The number of snakes in Medusa's hair was...a matter of some debate before an optimum compromise was made between aesthetics and practicality. 'The fewer snakes you have, obviously, the less complicated everything becomes. But the main thing is to have the figure look good. You don't want to hamper the appearance by cutting back too much. After all, who wants a gorgon that's skimpy on snakes?'" Other articles include a feature on Roy Arbogast, the effects expert for Jaws and Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and a feature on prehistoric comedy Caveman, starring Ringo Starr. Illustrated throughout with color and black-and-white film stills and behind-the-scenes production shots. Journal editor Shay chose an 8" x 9" layout for the publication the better to present stills in a format approximating their original film aspect ratio. Fine. Item #2083