We are gutted to report that Basil Gogos, revered monster artist and painter of countless Famous Monsters of Filmland covers, has passed away at the age of 78.

Gogos’ influence on the Famous Monsters brand cannot be overstated. A master of light and color, Gogos was responsible for much of the iconic monster art featured on FM covers throughout the 1960s and 70s, including cherished renditions of legendary actors like Lon Chaney, Peter Cushing, Vincent Price, and Christopher Lee. His monster portraits, which ran the gamut from King Kong and the Creature from the Black Lagoon to Gorgo and Godzilla, often appeared as if the monster itself had posed for him in a studio somewhere.

Gogos’ cover paintings are still highly sought after, and his works feature in the collections of filmmakers and rockstars such as Rob Zombie, Johnny Depp, Nicholas Cage, Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett, and Benicio Del Toro.

Thanks to artists like Gogos who made the FM brand synonymous with colorful paintings, Famous Monsters continues to feature extraordinary cover art from the best that the monster world has to offer.

Our thoughts are with his friends and family.

Below is a photo of Gogos with the final painting he ever produced for the cover of FM (Issue 264), affectionately called the “Herman Munster selfie”.