In 1999 I got to do two articles for Kitbuilders. One on the Janus Company, and one on Bela Lugosi model kits. Collecting Lugosi had long been a passion of mine--his portrayals and acting are quite memorable. But perhaps the biggest affinity I have for the actor comes from my Dad.
As a child I watched classic movies with Dad. He saw Dracula as a 13 year old in New York when it was new to the screen in 1931. When we would watch his old films, every entry of Lugosi's on screen was met with my Dad's announcement of "Bel-La Lew-Go-SEE!!"
The cover of this magazine ties the two articles together. It depicts the Janus Lugosi Dracula kit. And it was painted by me... although the decision to paint the cape red was not mine. But that, my friends, is a story for another time.