DAWN OF THE DEAD UNLICENSED
2000, Ken Kish, a Dawn fan and owner of Video Wasteland, organized a
first ever exclusive Dawn reunion. Chris Stavrakis, Taso's brother and
part-time webmaster, was one of Ken's helpers for the event, finding
cast members and designing some wonderful pieces himself to sell at the
show. Among his creations, fridge Magnets and a resin plaque painted
bronze, of which 12 were made.
Ken Kish designed. Flyboy in top right.
Pittsburgh Comicon 2001 17x22 commemorative poster by Brian Rood
"Zombies Im Kaufhaus" (Zombies in the Shopping Center) was the
name given to a composite print that GMT of Germany bootlegged in
1995. Made up of inferior sources, for an incomplete grand total
of 145m. Had they truly used every shot, the running time would
accurately approach 152 mins. Another copy of this surfaced in
Switzerland under the non-existent Atlantis label.
Eden Club of Italy issued Zombi in 1998 with an image of
the bald zombie on front - but with photos of the Torrez head and street
zombie from Day of the Dead! On top of this, some scenes are tinted
red! Can you trust a company that can't get the films right?
One of the tackiest covers has to from Aussie company
Empire Films Pty. Ltd, which were illegal copies of Anchor Bay videos
that surfaced in 2000.
France-video game for Amiga
Flyboy (Attack of the Clay People!; Barry
An excellent Flyboy
bust called "The Pilot" was sculpted by Chris Stavrakis and
his Grecian Urn Studios in 1998. A number of fans online have ordered
them unpainted and did theirs in cartoonish blues or greens, which is
terrible considering that the piece is extremely faithful and detailed.
A well-known special effects artist designed the airport zombie
privately in the spring of 1999, but it was so good, I had to show
it off here.
Paul Gill of
Creatures From the Bronx River Productions, made a Flyboy in 1994
which is fairly rare today. "New Dawn"
was a different idea from sculptor Dave Kawano and Redrum Resin in late 2000.
It is not the most interesting resin kit to put together but a decent
1/6 scale rendition of Roger awakening on his death bed.
Jeremy Bohr wowed many fans
with his pricey Roger display mask in fall of 2000. The ultimate Dawn
mask in terms of likeness is John Smith's Airport Zombie, from Death Studios,
2001. When you seek this one out (it was only $60), say T5 sent you. On
the right is what looks like a fan's attempt at a poster style Dawn
mask, but I suspect it was merely a Michael Myers conversion mask gone
Another collectible mask would
have to be Flyboy from Jeff Wehenkel. Don't hurry to Jeff for one
though. As with all his zombie creations, there was not a ton made.
With the crew shirts
virtually unattainable by the mid 80's, collectors began influencing a
number of specialty shops to create their own unlicensed but still
effective shirts for the masses. One of the most famous is the one from
Hollywood Book and Poster. These are no longer available thanks to a
threat from Rubinstein and MKR. a few years ago. Rotten Cotton
heroically have ignored MKR's admonitions to avoid using the "Dawn
logo" by appointing one Chas. Balun to create a slew of shirts for
their own profit. It should be noted that Rotten Cotton does many B
movies and also DBA Blackest Heart Media.
Ken Kish has put together many horror
shirts over the years. Before he was organizing Dawn reunions he was
selling the shirts. In 1994, he began selling an Andy Warhol-style shirt
of the bald zombie, and a horizontal logo shirt modeled after the press
sheet ads. In 1997, he designed another for his pal David Emge.
US-Black-bald head in green, red logo (Sick
UK Zombies quad art (Static tees, 1990)
Caricature print. 11x17 Ltd. ed. of
100. Artist Brian Davis.