Updated: January 22, 2013
THE MUNSTERS COLLECTIBLES #03
The Story of the Munsters:
Mockingbird Lane is a lovely, elm-shaded street
where average families lead normal lives. But a
paintbrush hasn't touched 1313 Mockingbird Lane
since the last nail was driven into place.
Shutters hang askew, weeds grow with wild
abandon, and vultures build nests in the barren
trees. This Victorian horror, towering three
stories and with a dungeon in the basement,
houses the funniest collection of people ever to
set up housekeeping. They are THE MUNSTERS!
The head of this horrifyingly funny household is
Herman Munster. Tall, gaunt, cadaverous and in
his 150s. He has a flat square-shaped head, a
jagged saber scar on his forehead, ill-fitting
clothes, darkly ringed eyes, and bolts in his
neck. Since The Munsters show was licensed by
Universal, the make-up artist could easily, and
legally, use the Jack Pierce/ Boris Karloff
A gentle giant, Herman looks at the world with
the trust of a child. He says he was born "in
Germany, in a laboratory built by a Dr.
Frankenstein, whose hobby was putting together
do-it-yourself people kits." He left Germany at
an early age and was adopted in England by a
family named Munster, which conveniently set up
the later theatrical movie, MUNSTER GO HOME
(1966), where Herman inherits an English castle
and a royal title.
Herman tries his best to be a good husband,
father and provider. He drives his car (half hot
rod, half Hearse) to work each day at the
Gateman, Goodbury & Graves Funeral Parlor, where
Mr. Gateman (John Carradine) considers him an
exemplary employee, "He's one of the few people
at the parlor who doesn't lie down on the job."
His wife, Lily Munster, a Transylvanian transplant,
is as hauntingly and gothically beautiful as the
day she died. Personality-wise, Lily is a typical
suburban housewife, "in the vein" of June Cleaver,
Harriet Nelson and Donna Reed, concerned primarily
with keeping the house in order, and her family
happy and well fed. However, to Lily, dusting the
house means throwing dust around.
The family has their hands full with Lily's father,
Grandpa Munster, who is actually THE Count Dracula.
Grandpa is around, um, well; let's just say he's old.
He is a great practical joker, but time has dimmed
his memory and his magical skills. Like a bat, he
enjoys hanging around the house upside down. He is
quite unpredictable... bumbler would be a better word.
Herman and Lily have a young son named Eddie. He has
pointed ears, fangs and wears a Little Lord Fauntleroy
outfit. He loves to carry around his "Woof-Woof ", a
miniature werewolf doll. To Eddie, his Grandpa's tricks
are "neat", and usually says, "It's too early for bed,
if it's too dark out."
The whole clan lavishes their attention on Lily's niece,
Marilyn Munster, a Barbie doll type. They feel she is
unfortunate in having a creamy complexion, rosy cheeks,
blonde hair, and blue eyes. She agrees that she is the
weird one. They're very protective of Marilyn, no matter
how ugly she is?