Rod Serling's The Twilight Zone (1959-64) was the premier anthology series of its era. Combining the elements of fantasy, science fiction, mystery and horror, The Twilight Zone produced 156 memorable episodes during its original run on CBS. Here are ten The Twilight Zone artifacts that are sure to excite "Zonies" everywhere. Next stop, The Twilight Zone!...
The Twilight Zone Game
Cayuga Productions Inc. – Rod and Carol Serling's TV production company – licensed The Twilight Zone Game in 1964. Made by Ideal and bearing Albert Einstein's famous E = mc2 equation on the box as prominently featured in the show's opening, The Twilight Zone Game is a huge favorite with collectors. One complete example in excellent condition blasted out of the Zone, bringing $229.60 at auction.
The Twilight Zone board game $229.60 - Hake's Americana & Collectibles
Rod Serling Signed Canceled Check
Rod Serling (1924-1975) was both creator and executive producer of The Twilight Zone. He also penned many of the show's episodes and served as narrator. An August 26, 1967, personal check filled out and signed by Serling is valued at $100. This particular check is made out to Variety, Inc. for a $15 yearly subscription to the Hollywood trade paper.
Rod Serling From The Twilight Zone Autographed Book
Rod Serling From The Twilight Zone was published as a hardcover book by Doubleday in 1962. It numbers 314 pages. One book club edition still in its original dust jacket and inscribed/signed by Rod Serling soared to a top bid of $896.25 at auction. The inside inscription reads: "For my good & very special friend, Debbie David, With affection Rod Serling, April 17, 1964."
Rod Serling From The Twilight Zone hardcover book inscribed/signed $896.25 - Heritage Auctions
Richard Matheson's The Twilight Zone Scripts
Cemetery Dance Publications published Richard Matheson's The Twilight Zone Scripts in 1998. Number 232 of 500 limited edition copies signed by both Matheson and editor Stanley Wiater brought $191.20 at auction. The prolific Richard Matheson penned the teleplays for such classic The Twilight Zone episodes as "Nick of Time" (11/18/60), "Little Girl Lost" (3/16/62) and "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet" (10/11/63).
Rod Serling The Twilight Zone Letter and Two Autographed Photos
An October 13, 1961, typewritten letter on Cayuga Productions Inc./The Twilight Zone stationery and two accompanying 5x7 and 8x10 photos – all signed by Rod Serling – sold at auction for $717. The letter was still housed in its original mailing envelope.
Rod Serling signed letter and photos $717 - Heritage Auctions
The Twilight Zone Comic Book Dell Four Color #1173
Like many television shows of the era The Twilight Zone enjoyed its own comic book series. The first entry in the line was The Twilight Zone Dell Four Color #1173 published in May 1961 with Reed Crandall and George Evans cover and art. One graded example in CGC very fine+ 8.5 condition sold at auction for $89.63.
The Twilight Zone 1961 Dell Four Color debut issue $89.63 - Heritage Auctions
The Twilight Zone Gold Key #1 Comic Book
Gold Key produced its first The Twilight Zone comic book beginning with the November 1962 issue. Frank Frazetta, Reed Crandall and George Evans are the featured artists. One example in graded CGC near mint- 9.2 condition brought $262.90 at auction. "A girl in distress leads her rescuers on a voyage to nowhere," reads the comic's cover blurb.
The Twilight Zone Original George Wilson Cover Art
Original comic art can be very valuable. The original "monster-piece" acrylic cover art for The Twilight Zone comic book #46 (Gold Key, 1972) as rendered by George Wilson sold at auction for $418.25.
The Twilight Zone Gold Key #15 Comic Book
Gold Key's The Twilight Zone #15 comic book is dated May 1966 and features stunning cover art by Reed Crandall. One edition in graded CGC near mint 9.4 condition brought $167.30 at auction.
Gold Key The Twilight Zone #15 $167.30 - Heritage Auctions
The Twilight Zone Nick at Nite Limited Edition Watch
In 1994 Nick at Nite produced The Twilight Zone limited edition watch. Number 2928 of 10,000 in near mint condition still housed in its original box sold at auction for $175.56.
The Twilight Zone limited edition watch $175.56 - Hake's Americana & Collectibles
The Twilight Zone TV Memorabilia Values Credits
- Auction results and images courtesy Heritage Auctions, Dallas, Texas; Hake's Americana & Collectibles, York, Pennsylvania
- Top image: Twilight Zone: The Movie 1983 British quad movie poster (30x40-inches) in rolled very fine- condition $26 - Heritage Auctions
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