In 1975, a short story by GRRM was illustrated with a drawing of a hairy humanoid, and science fiction history was made. Here’s the full story, plus 14 others:

King Kong was inspired by a movie about komodo dragons. A 1926 expedition left the U.S. to capture komodo dragons, and they did- they filmed the whole thing, too. The movie was a big hit at the time (as were the dragons), and Merian Cooper lifted parts of the story for King Kong. CRACKED.COM

Source: Slate

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