Caroline Munro
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Ray Harryhausen


Terry Moore
(Mighty Joe Young)


Sherri Alberoni
(The 3 Worlds of Gulliver)


Michael Callan
(Mysterious Island)

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Ray Harryhausen - Master of the Majicks

Special DeLuxe Limited Edition Boxed Set of
Volumes 1, 2, and 3

Revised and updated with over 700 new or upgraded photos,
new information and interview material, and corrections and fixes.

Author Mike Hankin personally interviewed many people connected with the work of Ray Harryhausen, including:

Producers Charles H. Schneer (many of Ray’s films, from It Came From Beneath the Sea to Clash of the Titans), and Hal Chester (The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms);

Directors Nathan Juran (The 7th Voyage of Sinbad), Gordon Hessler (The Golden Voyage of Sinbad), and Sam Wanamaker (Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger);

Writers Bernard Gordon (Earth vs. the Flying Saucers), Beveley Cross (Jason and the Argonauts), Kenneth Kolb (The 7th Voyage of Sinbad), and Henry Slesar (author of the novelization of 20 Million Miles to Earth);

Actors Bessie Love (The Lost World, 1925), Paul Christian and Paula Raymond (The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms), Kerwin Mathews (The 7th Voyage of Sinbad), John Phillip Law and Caroline Munro (The Golden Voyage of Sinbad), Andrew Faulds, Honor Blackman, and Gary Raymond, (Jason and the Argonauts), Martha Hyer and Lionel Jeffries (First Men In the Moon), Patrick Wayne, Taryn Power, and Jane Seymour (Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger), Gila Golan (star of Valley of Gwangi in her first interview in over 40 years), voiceover artist Nikki van der Zyl (who revoiced Raquel Welch) and Martine Beswick (One Million Years B.C.);

Animators and Technicians who knew and/or worked with Ray Harryhausen: Wilkie Cooper (cinematographer of The 7th Voyage of Sinbad and others), Enzo Musumeci-Greco (sword master on The 7th Voyage of Sinbad and Jason and the Argonauts), Ian Scoones (effects technician on First Men In the Moon), Colin Arthur (mask-maker for The Golden Voyage of Sinbad), and Jason and the Argonauts main title artist James Wines (his first interview about his work on Jason);

Researchers and Archivists Forrest J Ackerman, Professor Sir Christopher Frayling, Arnold Kunert, and Richard Green;

• And others associated with Ray and his films: Darlyne O'Brien (Mrs. Willis O’Brien), John Landis, Leslie Halliwell, and Neil Pettigrew;

—and many others, some of whom have since passed away.

Literally thousands of stills (no kidding) and other visual material have been obtained from numerous private collections, including considerable material that has never been seen in print before (including in Ray Harryhausen's own books).

Each volume is made to the following specifications:

Combined page count (all 3 volumes): 1,380 pages.


Ray Harryhausen – Master of the Majicks
Volume 1: “Beginnings and Endings”
by Mike Hankin
Foreword by Tom Hanks
Preface by Sir Christopher Frayling

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 supplement to the Willis O'Brien chapter, we’ve included the complete first draft of the King Kong screenplay by British mystery writer Edgar Wallace.

A special supplement that we’ve called "How To Make a Monster" takes you step-by-step through the process of constructing a stop motion model using photos from numerous stop motion films (Caveman, When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth, Willis O'Brien films, and more) — from blueprint to armature to clay sculpture to plaster mold to final foam rubber animation model. (Now you'll know the answer when someone asks, "How did they DO that...?")


on YouTube (5:29)

Vol. 1 Slideshow

Vol. 1 Sample Layouts


Ray Harryhausen – Master of the Majicks
Volume 2: “The American Films”
by Mike Hankin
Foreword by Jim Danforth

Chapters in Volume 2 extensively cover: Mighty Joe Young, The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms, It Came From Beneath the Sea, The Animal World, Earth vs. the Flying Saucers, 20 Million Miles to Earth and The 7th Voyage of Sinbad.


Vol. 2 Slideshow

Vol. 2 Sample Layouts


Ray Harryhausen – Master of the Majicks
Volume 3: “The British Films”
by Mike Hankin
Foreword by Caroline Munro
Preface by Guillermo del Toro

Chapters in Volume 3 extensively cover: The 3 Worlds of Gulliver, Mysterious Island, Jason and the Argonauts, First Men "In" the Moon, One Million Years B.C., The Valley of Gwangi, The Golden Voyage of Sinbad, Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger, and Clash of the Titans.


on YouTube (1:49)

Vol. 3 Photo Slideshow

Vol. 3 Sample Layouts


Each volume available individually, or all three volumes available as a Boxed Set with slipcase.
Slipcase and PDF document of all updated information and new photos available for separate purchase as well.

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