The 1932 film Frankenstein owed its instant, immense success to two factors: the performance of then—unknown Boris Karloff and the character of the monster—grotesque, and all the more frightening because of his human origin and characteristics. The book advertised here — a publishing innovation of editor Richard Anobile — allowed every unsettling word and scene to be relived through its frame-by-frame blow-ups and complete dialogue. The fine details and disturbing colors of this cover art—turned—poster suggest why Melo continues to be sought as an illustrator for popular paperback series and why his work for science and occult fiction is so widely acclaimed.
“Chetvertaya Zhena,” or "The Fourth Wife," was directed by prominent Russian director Joseph N. Ermolieff, who is best known for his 1936 film, "The Czar's Courier." Unfortunately, no information on the actual plot has been discovered, rendering this a simply fascinating piece of graphic work.