Celebrate cult filmmaking with this Mondo art exhibit

The new exhibit by Tom Whalen takes visitors on a trip through the cheesy, cult-classic past.

 

Aja Romano

Internet Culture

Published Apr 22, 2015   Updated May 29, 2021, 12:35 am CDT

It seems like everything old is becoming new again thanks to big-budget Hollywood remakes—which makes Mondo‘s upcoming gallery exhibit seem timeless despite its retro feel.

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The new art show by Tom Whalen takes an affectionate trip down memory lane, remind us of the days when pulp fiction and cult sci-fi reigned supreme and there was no such thing as a blockbuster. On his website, Whalen said that he was “beyond excited” to be unveiling his art for the gallery.

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To give people a sense of his style, Whalen shared a sneak peak of a detail from his fanart for the Rankin-Bass Halloween classic Mad Monster Party.

Below is the official preview of the finished version, along with a variant.

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Mad Monster Party, 18? x 24,? Edition of 250

Mad Monster Party, 18? x 24,? Edition of 250

Tom Whalen via Mondo

Mad Monster Party (Variant), 18? x 24,? Edition of 125

Mad Monster Party (Variant), 18? x 24,? Edition of 125

Tom Whalen via Mondo

Here’s a look at Whalen’s take on a 1940s Batman, with hints of art-deco themes and the classic Adam West look.

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Batman (1940’s Era), 12? x 36,? Edition of 275

Batman (1940’s Era), 12? x 36,? Edition of 275

Tom Whalen via Mondo

Moving on to the ’50s and ’60s, Whalen looks at the original Gojira and then his English-language counterpart, Godzilla.

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Godzilla, 24? x 36,? Edition of 250

Godzilla, 24? x 36,? Edition of 250

Tom Whalen via Mondo

Godzilla (English variant), 24? x 36,? Edition of 125

Godzilla (English variant), 24? x 36,? Edition of 125

Tom Whalen via Mondo

The exhibit’s opening reception will be held on May 22, 2015, from 7pm to 10pm, at the Mondo Gallery in Austin, Texas.

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Illustration via Tom Whalen

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*First Published: Apr 22, 2015, 8:10 am CDT