Forrest J Ackerman: Fanboy Extraordinaire

Posted by Michael Pinto on Dec 6, 2008 in Fandom, Hobbies and Collections, Horror, Pulp Fiction

Forrest J. Ackerman, posing with monster masks and science fiction artwork in his Los Angeles, Calif. Home, 1969

It’s with a heavy heart that I learned of the passing of Forrest J Ackerman because so much of what we take for granted today as fanboys we owe to the man and his generation. Forrest was among the members of First Fandom: The first generation of fanboys who during the 30s invented science fiction conventions, fan clubs, fanzines and cosplay. And Mr. Ackerman did all of that by playing a leading role in establishing the Los Angeles Science Fantasy Society in 1934, attending the first World Science Fiction Convention in 1939 and published on the first fanzines Futuria Fantasia in 1939. Here’s an interview with him talking about the early days of science fiction fandom from 1996: Read more…

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