Over the weekend, the Net was aglow with tributes to Forry Ackerman.
The stories all blend together, my own included. Stories of how essential Famous Monsters was in our young lives back in ’58 and the Sixties, how we haunted newsstands agonizing for the next issue, how many were moved to write, to create, to make monsters, and how the influence of Forry, James Warren and Famous Monsters was translated into actual careers.
Matching stories, uniform gratitude. The definition of a community.
Here are few standout blogs I’d like to share with you…
John McElwee’s ever-awesome Greenbriar Picture Shows offers a fine remembrance, illustrated with the usual spectacular photographs.
If you can’t get enough of Forry, Blogue Macabre’s tribute will run all week. Already up is an astounding list of Forry’s film credits.
I loved director Peter Jackson’s homage, posted on Ain’t It Cool News. His “last will and testament” story is beautiful.
I was most eager to hear from James Warren, Forry’s colleague, confederate and co-conspirator, the other half of Famous Monsters. Warren’s words are posted on the Halloween Mask Association website, and on The Drunken Severed Head blog.
The picture at right made my heart ache.
Sitting is an aged but unbowed Forry Ackerman, still regaling fans with anecdotes at a convention. Standing behind him, protective, loving hands on his shoulders — like some guardian angel — is James Warren.
The Forry as Frankenstein image at top is an early illustration by the great Bill Nelson. Forry had it printed up as postcards he would sign and hand out to fans.