I came across this title recently on Amazon, which looks like it was published a couple of months ago, but felt it needs some attention. I have not read it (yet!) but will be ordering it soon and at some point, will have my review posted. But since it is on one of the greatest makeup artists in history, I think it is important to mention here. I mean, this is the guy that created most of the faces on what we consider the Classic Universal Monsters, right?
This 332 page book by author Christopher Lock, that features over 350 photos and graphics, is the only “personal and professional memoire on Jack Pierce available anyway”, which gives fans a “comprehensive and unique insight into the background, psyche, and motivations of Jack P. Pierce; from his childhood in Greece to his immigration to America, his career rationales, his psychological instincts, his rise to fame and recognition, and his eternal legacy”, according to the listing on Amazon.
Like any makeup artist that has worked in the industry, being recognized for your work is always a plus. Far too many of them create and bring some unbelievable characters to life on screen, giving fans thrills and nightmares for years to come. So anytime we can celebrate them, it’s a good thing. But for someone like Pierce, who really did create the most iconic monsters in movie history, his story needs to be known to all fans of the genre.
I am anxiously waiting for my own copy to arrive so I can dive into it!