12 Facts About Basil Gogos


Basil Gogos was an American illustrator best known for his portraits of movie monsters which appeared on the covers of Famous Monsters of Filmland magazine in the 1960s and 1970s.


Basil Gogos was born to a Greek family living in Egypt.


Gogos was 16 years old when he and his family immigrated to the US Interested in art from a young age, Gogos spent his early adult years working at various jobs and studying art periodically with the goal of eventually becoming a fine artist.


Basil Gogos attended several New York area schools including The National School of Design, The Phoenix School of Design and The School of Visual Arts.


Basil Gogos provided cover art for several other Warren magazines including Creepy, Eerie, Spacemen, Wildest Westerns and The Spirit.


Basil Gogos often captured his subjects in an array of vivid colors using a technique in which the artist imagined the character bathed in colors from multiple light sources.


Basil Gogos enjoyed painting monsters more than most of his more conventional assignments because of the freedom he was given and because of the challenge of painting such unusual characters which he endeavored to portray as both frightening and sympathetic.


Basil Gogos produced personal art pieces in watercolor and other media, while earning his livelihood as a photo retouch artist in the ad department of United Artists.


Basil Gogos later moved into advertising where he produced presentation sketches and storyboards for commercials for a major ad agency.


Basil Gogos has painted CD covers for rock stars Rob Zombie, The Misfits and Electric Frankenstein.


Basil Gogos died in Manhattan on September 13,2017, at age 88.


In 2006 Basil Gogos was inducted to the Monster Kid Hall Of Fame at The Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards for his contributions to the field of classic horror.