When I think of King Kong (who is celebrating 80s years this week), my first thought is sadly not of the 1933 film. At least not exactly. Instead, it is of the King Kong volume of the Crestwood House Monster Movies series.
I’ve talked about this series several times on the Retroist, and King Kong is a big part of it. Not only did he have his own volume, which covered not only the 1933 original but every other version of King Kong that had been made to that point, as well as relatives like Mighty Joe Young, but he was kind of the mascot of the series, appearing on the back covers and the “other titles” page.
Had it not been for the King Kong Crestwood House book, I would not have known much about Kong. I might not have known him at all. So this book is just about as important to me as the movie is to film history.