Spend Some Time with Every Monster Kids’ Coolest Uncle, Forrest J Ackerman
Monster Kids of the 1950s – 70s share a great deal in common regardless of what part of the country they grew up in, their family’s economic conditions or their religious traditions. We all lived for watching monster movies, we built Aurora monster models and we memorized each and every issue of Famous Monsters of Filmland.
In Episode 3 of Monsterama, Elvira takes a spin through Uncle Forry’s mini-Ackermansion and explores the making of the Ackermonster himself.
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The first place to start with Forry’s impact on monster fandom is with Famous Monsters of Filmland the magazine. Many of us collect this wonderful time capsule. Publisher Jim Warren has a new project underway to release digital versions of the earliest issues of FM (the most valuable and hardest to collect).
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Ackerman was a prolific author and published far too many books to list them all here. I have the following book in my library and can highly recommend it as it is focused on Ackerman’s collection of memorabilia much like the Monsterama episode you just watched:
Ackerman himself was rightly enshrined as a collectible with this Rondo-nominated statue from Dark Horse:
Dark Horse Deluxe Forrest J “Forry” Ackerman Statue
Another great way to go in-depth with Forry’s archives of monster movie memorabilia is with this well-done DVD:
I owe much of my love for classic monsters to Famous Monsters of Filmland and I know I’m not alone in that fact. I could write about Forry’s impact on me and all Monster Kids, and fandom in general, for weeks – and we probably should! But we’ll let this episode of Monsterama do the work for us and the recommended media above, which have done the job so well, take it from here.
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