Logan Fleming

Bruce Springsteen, 5'10"

Bruce Springsteen, 5'10"

I recently came upon this online listing for an auction of wax figures which took place at the Hollywood Wax Museum on May 15. Most of the sculptures were apparently made by a man named Logan Fleming (who there is very little information about online). Now I must admit I’ve never been to a wax museum, but I was stunned at how downright awful some of these are. Figures have poor wardrobe selection, weird unnatural skin tones, oddly disproportional body parts, and/or just don’t really look anything like who they’re supposed to. The result is often hilarious, and if it were Mr. Fleming’s intention to make these look so strange (which I’m fairly sure it wasn’t), I could easily see them being presented as works of art. Some of my favorites are after the jump, but please look at the link…there are many more than I could ever put on this blog.

Kramer, Tom Cruise, The Fonz, Rambo

Kramer, Tom Cruise, The Fonz, Rambo

>Mr. T, Bill Cosby, Barbra Streisand, Hulk Hogan

Mr. T, Bill Cosby, Barbra Streisand, Hulk Hogan

  • jason

    these are perfect

  • http://alexiskaneshiro.com Alexis

    Oh MAN these are great. Judy Garland as “Dorothy” reminds me of the girl from The Exorcist.

  • http://www.michaelalvarezart.com FOO

    TOO GOOD!!!

  • http://sashamlee.com Sasha

    You can’t help but see these as Logan Fleming’s secret, silent jabs at their characters. I mean, Bruce Springsteen with the baggy trowsers that makes him look 8 years old, The Fonz subtly touching his crotch, The Hulk maniacally/manicaly turning red from the sheer effort of flexing….too good!

  • http://www.drewbeckmeyer.com drew

    hahahahahaha, bruce springsteen has no feet at all and looks like a vietnam vet. this is the best post you guys have ever done, and im definitely going to rally for the next magazine to consist only of wax figures

    i also like that rambo is doing the classic late 90′s one-pant-leg-rolled-up, and the always timeless tiny-frustrated-baby arms.

  • http://www.itsnotabomb.com cameron

    Wow, Bill Cosby is freakin scary. Stallone’s abs and slash marks are so wrong, makes me want to go visit this tourist trap.

  • http://www.sashamlee.com Sasha

    Let’s not forget about Tom Cruise’s ill-fitting 80s power suit!

  • http://www.drewbeckmeyer.com drew

    i just caught the tail end of this last night but…… did conan obrien buy these? because he had some pretty bad tom cruise and fonzie mannequins. i really hope he did.

    and yeah sasha. i’ve revisited this post a few times and increasingly the ill fitting clothes are coming to the forefront as the most bizarre part to me. i mean, you can spend several thousand dollars on carving a wax fonzie, but you cant spring for some 501′s that fit? with the exclusion of hulk hogan, i think all these clothes came from ross. maybe marshalls

  • Schrum

    Logan Fleming is a well known sculptor among American Wax Museum enthusiasts. His legendary talents made “Movieland Wax Museum” in Buena Park, California the top attraction of it’s kind in the world.

    People were amazed at how Movieland’s wax figures were so exact and detailed. Every museum in the country tried to copy what Logan was creating at Movieland. No wax museum was ever able to get that level of artistic realism that Logan did.

    Logan started as a billboard painter and landed a job working for Alan Parkinson (founder of Movieland). Their collabortive efforts built the world’s largest and best “shrine to the stars”.

    With his background in painting, Logan invented a way to paint his wax creations with a hyper realisitc paint job. This painting technique had never been seen anywhere in the world, in fact it made Movieland the best in the business.

    Many call it “The Movieland Look” it is a special way to paint the faces with a full portrait of the star right over the 3 dimensional sculpture. This technique requires special lighting and proper display in order for the full illusion to come to life.

    The result of this special paint job was that the faces photographed very well. No waxy look, they actually look like the real star in the photos. This is because Logan would heavily paint the faces with every shadow and highlight, everyhting the viewer saw was controlled by Logan’s paint brush.

    Logan also came up with was his own sculpting technique…

    Unlike most wax sculptors that start with a clay head, make a mold and then pour molten wax in the mold to make a casting, Logan Fleming developed his own way sculpt the heads in wax to start with. So there are no molds, no duplicates, each wax portrait is a one of a kind.

    Although most of Logan’s career was for Movieland Wax Museum, The Hollywood Wax Museum hired him to do sculpture when the artist was in his 60′s and 70′s.

    Logan Fleming did not do any of the bodies for these wax figures. In fact his contract with the Hollywood Wax Museum was to only sculpt the heads. Bodies were added later by someone affiliated with the Hollywood Wax Museum. Needless to say, the bodies are not naturally posed or to scale to alot of the heads that Mr. Fleming sculpted. Frankly, Mr. Fleming’s sculpted heads deserve better quality bodies than the ones Hollywood Wax Museum had built.

    The photos you see on this web page are auction photos taken with standard studio lighting, they do not do justice to the paint job illusions that Logan’s wax work presents.

    In my opinon, Logan Fleming is one of the greatest wax sculptors in the business. I base this on the work that was primarily at Movieland Wax Museum. Never had I seen a more realistic presentation of Hollywood themed wax exhibition than that of Flemings work from the 70′s 80′s and 90′s at Movieland.

    If you want to see the TRUE art of Logan Fleming, I recommend that you study photos from Movieland Wax Museum and you will see that Logan was amazing with Hollywood star likenesses.

  • MarkT

    Thanks for the well-informed comments Schrum! I’ve known Logan since 1980, and Schrum has taken the time to tell Logan’s story very well. I saw this site quite a while ago, and was really disappointed to hear folks ripping on Fleming’s flawless work.

    Most of these are clearly NOT the figures (bodies) that appeared in Movieland. Logan was involved in the display far beyond the sculpting to make sure each of his “children” were seen as he intended with anatomically correct and natural looking pose.

    His innovative technique of painting a portrait in oil on each likeness demanded that the lighting on every “set” corresponded with his choice of “lighting” with brush. The hastily taken and poorly lit photos on this site detract and distort the intended presentation of Mr. Fleming. Simply stated, they are out of their element.

    Logan was kind enough to give me several copies of his work from his own portfolio over the years, and his magic remains timeless.

  • LB

    Might want to do some research before you tar and feather someone. I guarantee that all of these are NOT the work of Logan Fleming. Later in it’s life, when these figures were made, Movieland had started using inferior sculptors and put much less into their staging.
    Also, what Movieland did for the auction was to get rid of “seconds” that were never on display or figures not used. Find a copy of the Spartacus scene and you’ll get an understanding of his work. This stuff is crap, and not his.

  • MEL

    Thanks to all for the kind comments for my uncle Logan. He is truly one of a kind and a true artist. His stories that were shared at holiday dinners were always great fun and he is one of the most talented people I have ever known….

  • stacy

    I worked with Logan in the mid 70′s in Orlando Florida for a few months.. There was a new tourist attraction called “Stars Hall of Fame” being built. It was an awesome wax museum , with beautiful sets surrounding all the wax figures. The night before the grand opening I stayed all night helping logan put the final touches on his masterpieces. Great fun, nice memories..Wish the Hall of Fame was still there,but for some reason the attraction just didn’t go over and ended up closing down a year or 2 later.

  • MarkT

    Sometime soon I’ll find the beautiful figure portraits that Logan gave me and post a few out here. I believe that there will be a startling contrast to the poor representations above.