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Title: Verne Langdon
Post by: poseablemonster on January 02, 2011, 12:59:00 PM
I understand that Verne Langdon, a great in the world of masks and monster make-up, passed away on Saturday, 1/1/11.  He was the person behind the Don Post Calendar Masks that we found in Famous Monsters magazines and the great Verne Langdon Zombie mask:
In addition, he was a talented composer, and the creator and producer of such classics as "An Evening with Boris Karloff and His Friends", "The Phantom Of The Organ" and "Vampyre at the Harpsichord" just to name a few.
Certainly monster mask history would not be the same without his creative work. 
Rest in peace.
Title: Re: Verne Langdon
Post by: typhooforme on January 02, 2011, 02:54:42 PM
I just heard from David Colton--David is seeking confirmation, as there seems to be some question as to the veracity of the report.  In this particular case, it seems we need to hold on for a further bulletin....so let's hope for the best.
Title: Re: Verne Langdon
Post by: poseablemonster on January 02, 2011, 03:04:49 PM
Let's hope it isn't true.  I got the info from a pretty reliable source, but we can hope that there was a mix up of some sort.
Title: Re: Verne Langdon
Post by: typhooforme on January 02, 2011, 04:05:24 PM
Sorry to say, the report seems to be true that Verne passed away on the 1st day of 2011.  He was a man of so many varied talents.  One project of his that I enjoyed so much was the lp record album he created with John Carradine, POE WITH PIPES I think it was called.  Verne played eldritch organ music and Carradine recited the poetry of E.A. Poe.  Verne was constantly creative.
Title: Re: Verne Langdon
Post by: mike c on January 02, 2011, 04:17:42 PM
I got the news from Eliot Brodsky from Monsterpalooza... Verne was the Master of Ceremonies for both previous 'paloozas, and I enjoyed every moment, every question answered, every laugh I shared with Verne at those gatherings. He'd dress as Dracula on the first day, walking around reciting lines from Bela's films, and we got pictures together every time.

It's sad to think I won't be doing that again this April.

Thank you for your work, your art, your music and your sense of childlike fun, Mr. Langdon.

Rest in peace.
Title: Re: Verne Langdon
Post by: Mike Scott on January 02, 2011, 04:27:16 PM
Kind of a shock! Wasn't expecting that one. R.I.P. Verne!
Title: Re: Re: Verne Langdon
Post by: Toy Ranch on January 02, 2011, 05:26:13 PM
RIP Verne.  I wore the grooves off Phantom of the Organ when I was a kid.

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Title: Re: Verne Langdon
Post by: Scatter on January 02, 2011, 08:06:29 PM
Oh no...........this is no way to begin the New Year (especially after the avalanche of losses to the Monster Universe in 2010).

RIP Mr Langdon.
Title: Verne Langdon-RIP
Post by: MrDark1 on January 02, 2011, 09:06:38 PM
Sad news to report, the passing of the Great Verne Langdon.

All will join me here in expressing what a debt of gratitude we all owe Verne.  For it was his talents, and guidance of the Don Post Studios that gave us his artistic visions of all the Classic Universal Monsters masks from those glory days of the Monster Craze of the early 60's.  He greatly influenced my masks collecting, and I'm sure is responsible for this very site.

His passing at this time of year, like his good friend Forry before him, makes for a very hollow start to the new year.  I will celebrate his memory each time I gaze upon my masks collection, and as with FJA, come to terms saying goodbye to one of my Heroes.
Title: Re: Verne Langdon
Post by: Gasport on January 02, 2011, 09:29:05 PM
A Renaissance Man to the whole monster genre if there ever was one...An unexpected, immeasurable loss to all that we hold dear at this group. I always expected i'd meet him one day at Chiller, but sadly this never happened. RIP Verne and thank you for making being a monster kid in the 60's and 70's all the more fun. What an awful way to start the new year... 
Title: Re: Verne Langdon
Post by: CinemBill on January 03, 2011, 04:36:04 AM
RIP, Verne.
Not a good beginning for 2011...
Title: Re: Verne Langdon
Post by: CreepysFan on January 03, 2011, 05:00:58 AM
 His 'Vampire at the Harpsicord' album has brought me years of pleasure, and I've dreamed of owning his Zombie mask for most of my life.  A truely talented man, and one all old school monster kids will remember always.  R.I.P. mr. Langdon.
Title: Re: Verne Langdon
Post by: neonnoodle on January 03, 2011, 08:38:08 AM
I am very, very sorry to hear this news.  This man was one of the greats, not only for the many and varied things he did but for his friendly personality.  A sad start to the year.  RIP Verne Langdon
Title: Re: Verne Langdon
Post by: Monster Kid on January 03, 2011, 09:41:37 AM
Oh, when I heard this news this morning I was so shocked..  this was unexpected.  I had not heard from him for a few weeks.
Title: Re: Verne Langdon
Post by: Opera Ghost on January 03, 2011, 11:23:46 AM
I am very sorry to hear this as well. Met and chatted with him at Monsterpalooza 2010, and picked up a coupe of CDs, including one from when he was a Producer on a Monster show at Universal.

A very talented man

RIP Verne
Title: Re: Verne Langdon
Post by: Dr. Jitters on January 03, 2011, 04:17:25 PM
I was very surprised and saddened to learn about Verne Langdon's passing this weekend.  He really was a renaissance man.  I happened to meet him before I really knew who he was, as a friend of mine used to referee at Langdon's Slammers wrestling gym.  He was cordial and wore long hair back then.

Cult Movies magazine had an interview with him years back and it was really very inspirational to me.  If I were at home right now I'd look it up and quote from it.  But there's an amazing online interview that covers his life -- http://www.rubberroom101.com/boxofmonsters/page1.htm (http://www.rubberroom101.com/boxofmonsters/page1.htm) -- and it's really worth checking out if you haven't seen it.

From that interview he concludes:

"So far all my dreams have come true, I love where I am, spiritually, physically, and aesthetically, I live in the present, and I'm very much looking forward to what the future holds.

But every now and then, I do what you are asking about: I go back in time, in my mind, and retrieve some of the very happiest memories my Family and Friends have made with me during each and every one of my years. And I put those memories away, one by one, for safekeeping, in my heart, where they continually warm my soul and will live on and on and on, throughout the Ages to come."  -- Verne Langdon

Rest In Peace, Verne

Title: Re: Verne Langdon
Post by: LundyAfterMidnight on January 04, 2011, 11:18:00 AM
RIP Verne, one of my famous monster heroes!
Title: Re: Verne Langdon
Post by: Jscareshock on January 05, 2011, 09:21:01 AM
I met Verne at the first Monsterpalooza.  He was dressed up as Dracula.  For some reason Verne got it into his head that I was Kevin Burns (the producer and executor of Forry's estate).  Verne actually introduced me to an audience as Kevin Burns.  Oh well, poor Verne.  He was a riot thought.
    I was sadden to hear of his passing just as more fans were beginning to realize his part in our monster legacy.
Title: Re: Verne Langdon
Post by: fmofmpls on January 05, 2011, 02:22:05 PM
R.I.P. Verne. Never got to meet you in this lifetime. Maybe the next? I'll look for the guy wearing the Zombie mask.
Title: Re: Verne Langdon
Post by: Richard on January 12, 2011, 11:20:43 PM
Very thankful I had an opportunity to meet him...
RIP, Verne

 (and I loved seeing Johnny Scareshock! ...or was that Kevin Burns?)  ;D

Title: Re: Verne Langdon
Post by: marsattacks666 on January 13, 2011, 02:56:45 AM
I have a issue of Cult Movies magazine with a great article/interview with Verne Langdon

Title: Re: Verne Langdon
Post by: fmofmpls on January 13, 2011, 08:09:09 AM
Here's an interesting news memorial for Verne Langdon - http://thurly.net/0lfr (http://thurly.net/0lfr)
Title: Some photos form the Funeral and Party
Post by: gracebuster on January 26, 2011, 12:00:30 PM
It was lovely.

The service was atPierce Brothers Valhalla Cemetery

Here s chapel.


Our Buddy, so neat and tidy!


Outside We posed with our pal, Guy, before he had to run back to work.


The event at the Magic Castle was lovely and the perfect setting for the man who had thrown so many parties there in his life.

Milt Larsen, the founder of the Magic Castle spoke first. then offered the mike to whomever would like to contribute.

Oscar winner, Richard Sherman (Mary Poppins composer) spoke as did John Goodwin, Bryan Moore, a few others and Dante who brought the house down with a story about Verne's Mom. He then offered the picture that Verne showed him of Verne's mother.

Of course we posed some pictures, our group of mask lovers.

Here were are joined by my pal, Casey Wong and Ron Magid.



That's Lou Wagner (Lucius from the original PLANET OF THE APES) with us in this one. Bobby used to live in Verne's guest house.

Here finally is my FAVORITE PHOTO OF DANTE AND EVIL. Sometimes an opportunity is just too good to pass up.


Title: Re: Verne Langdon
Post by: Dr. Jitters on January 27, 2011, 12:19:47 PM
Thanks for posting the photos, Dan.  I got to the chapel shortly before it started and sat in the back and left right afterwards.  It was a fine, simple service with some good music and funny memories.  The speech by his niece, followed by the bagpiper playing Amazing Grace, moved me to tears.