Ray Harryhausen - Master of the Majicks, Vol. 1: Beginnings and Endings - First Printing



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The latest--and final--volume in the definitive Ray Harryhausen series. Foreword by Tom Hanks. Out of print.

From the publisher:

Chapters in Volume 1 extensively cover:

Ray's Early 16mm Experiments, The Influence of Willis O'Brien and King Kong, George Pal's Puppetoons, Ray's Film Work During World War II, The Fairy Tale Short Subjects, Ray's Retirement Years (including tributes, awards, convention appearances, colorizing his films, unfinished projects, The KING KONG 50th Anniversary celebration at Grauman's Chinese Theater in 1983, Ray's cameo appearances in other films, Ray's Lifetime Achievement Oscar from The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Ray's "Star" on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and much more).

As a special adjunct to the Willis O'Brien chapter, we're including the complete first draft of the King Kong screenplay by British mystery writer Edgar Wallace.

Interview subjects/contributors to Volume 1 include: Forrest J Ackerman, Professor Sir Christopher Frayling, Darlyne O'Brien, Bessie Love, Beveley Cross, Kenneth Kolb, John Landis, Arnold Kunert, Randall William Cook, and many others, some of whom have since passed away.

Stills and other visual material come from numerous private collections, including considerable material that has never been seen in print before (including in Ray Harryhausen's own books).


Ray Harryhausen's Los Angeles: A map of key locations connected to Ray and his films
Reproductions of advertising art & posters from different countries
Compilation of reviews and story synopses
Filmographies of key cast and crew
A selection of Harryhausen collectibles pertaining to the films in this volume
370 pages, 125,000 word text (chapters, filmographies, reviews, and more)
Approximately 1,500 images--photos, artwork, posters, technical diagrams and other illustrations, in Spectacular Color and "Glorious Black-and-White"
Hardcover: dark brown imitation leather with title stamped in gold foil
Full color dust jacket
Heavy 70 pound semi-gloss paper stock


Ray Harryhausen
Mike Hankin

Condition & Attributes

Very Fine in Fine dustjacket
Print run of 1000 copies



Publishing Information

Los Angeles
Archive Editions

Physical Description

11.75 inches
9.3 inches
370 pages
1,500 color and black & white photos and illustrations