Forrest J Ackerman Dies

Robert Greenberger

Robert Greenberger is best known to comics fans as the editor of Who's Who In The DC Universe, Suicide Squad, and Doom Patrol. He's written and edited several Star Trek novels and is the author of The Essential Batman Encyclopedia. He's known for his work as an editor for Comics Scene, Starlog, and Weekly World News, as well as holding executive positions at both Marvel Comics and DC Comics.

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6 Responses

  1. julia says:

    what a way to go. mister Ackerman was a living myth and will go on making us a little bit hip to the world of sci-fic. i remember him being on sci-fic buzz with all of the monsters and stories of the golden holliwood. i will miss him so. he will be missed not only here, but with a tear in mister bradburry's heart as well. they were very close friends.

  2. mike weber says:

    So 4E is gone. When will e see his like again?Another film appearance is in John Landis' early arody of monster films in general, Schlock! (AKA The Banana Killer), and he appears as a tourist (on his way home from the Trieste film festival, as i recall, and decided to stop off and look Transylvania over on the way home) in one of David McDaniel's "Man from UNCLE" novels, The Vampire Affair.

  3. James May says:

    The Ackermonster has gone to meet Uncle Einer, Dracula, and various monsters. He will be remembered for a long time for his warm and enthusiastic devotion to the movies us nerdy weirdos loved.

  4. MARK WHEATLEY says:

    Goodbye 4E – I hope you are able to build an even better collection in the Afterlife Mansion.

  5. James S. Reynolds says:

    Forry is, and always will be, my friend. I met him numerous times at conventions through the years and have visited his wonderous Ackermansion twice (once in 1991 and again in 1993). He was always. Although Forry normally accepted visitors into his home on Saturdays, he was willing to invite me and my spouse to his home on a Wednesday because it was the only day we had available during our trip to LA. He met us at the door, gave us a wonder-filled tour of the Ackermansion, then turned us loose for nearly 5 hours to explore and take pics of his incredible collection. In 1995, while I was living in Atlanta, GA, I discovered that Forry would be attending that years DragonCon. I wrote him a letter and asked if he would be willing to sign my collection of FM's for a dollar contribution to his Ackermuseim fund for each signature. He took me up on the offer and today I have well may be the only complete collection of FM in the world signed by uncle Forry. He even provided me with a letter of cerification on his personal letterhead stating that to the best of his knowledge, mine was the only complete collection he had ever signed. Over the years as I upgraded my collection, I would take the upgraded issues to conventions Forry was attending and he would sign them and I would pay my usual $1.00 per signature. I always told Forry if I ever sold my FM's I would do my best to sell it as a collection instead of piecemeal. I hope I can live up to that promise. It really hurt to see Forry's wonderful collection sold off as it was. It seems the least I can do is to try to keep this collection together. Forry was one of my childhood inspirations. He is, and will always be, my friend.

  6. Sgt King says:

    My son, Bryan, and I met Forrest J. Ackerman at Monster Bash 4 years ago. Bryan got to be in a monster skit with Mr. Ackerman on stage. He posed for photos with us and signed the covers of the 1st 3 or 4 issues Famous Monsters Of Filmland magazines I had brought with me. I would put one of the photos on the internet but don't know how.Other films he appeared in are Dracula vs. Frankenstein (1971), Evil Spawn (1988), and Hollywood Boulevard (1976).A perfect gentleman and very sharp. He published the first, and best, Famous Monsters magazine I thrilled to in the late 50's. It cost 35 cents, was published quarterly and I still have the 1st 16 or so issues. RIP Mr. Ackerman.