The first ever fanzine dedicated to Forrest J. Ackerman.

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The first ever fanzine dedicated to Forrest J. Ackerman.

Post by mike » 04 Apr 2019 10:52

Acker-Zine (1961) was the first ever fanzine dedicated to Forrest J. Ackerman.
Creator Bernie Bubnis is a pioneer of the Sci-Fi and comic book fandom in early 1960s.

Bernie Bubnis writes:
I was involved with the GGG [GARDEN GHOULS GAZETTE]
(named because Dave K lived in Forest Hills Gardens NY )
and I was active in sf and comic book fandom ( helped put on the first Comicon in 1964 ).
This cover is ALL I have left of my GGG career.
The duplicating fluid process has faded the image over time
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Like every goofy kid I loved FM and FJA ( I printed a zine called The Acker-Zine with some help from Ackerman )
and found that my ownership of a "ditto" machine allowed me to "help" a few zine editor pals.

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A cover for Acker-zine

Post by mike » 14 Apr 2019 11:07

It would be great to see a cover of Acker-zine after all these years:
Here's what Bernie Bubnis has to say:
I do have a copy of the proposed cover for the Acker-Zine sent to Ackerman for his approval.
I wish I had a copy of this zine but time has swallowed any copy I might have kept.

I just decided to produce a zine called The Acker-Zine
( everyone reading FM probably started to mash words together--just like Forry--and I thought the name was perfect for a zine ABOUT Ackerman ).
I had NO idea of it's contents, JUST the idea for the name.
Holy cow ! So I sent him a sketch of the "cover" and next thing you know a box filled with old sf fanzines
( with FJA mentions in them ) arrives at my little house on Long Island.
NOW... I HAVE to put this zine together !
Forry BELIEVED in everyone and he was/is a GIANT.
I reprinted some of the fanzine articles I thought would represent him well.
I did a few drawings and typed my fingers off.
The result was mentioned in an early issue of Famous Monsters and I received about 30 orders.
The remainder of the 80-90 copies I ran off on my AB Dick Duplicator ( sometimes referred to as "Ditto machine") were purchased by BIG HEARTED and SUPPORTIVE Mr. Ackerman.

That is sort of a long story told in a shortened version.

It really is not a "movie" zine and it's content's connection to "movies" is only FJA's connection to FM.
I will try to find a very old and dusty copy of the proposed cover for The Acker-Zine and send it your way.

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Re: The first ever fanzine dedicated to Forrest J. Ackerman.

Post by mike » 22 Jun 2019 11:17

I "found" a copy of the "proposed" cover of Acker-Zine # 1 ( and only ).
It is the one I did for myself before sending a copy to Forry.
I cut out a head shot of Ackerman and pasted it onto an almost exact copy of this one and sent him that.
The lightning bolt appears because I always thought it looked catchy on the 1940s super hero Captain Marvel.
The finished cover art featured my drawing a FJA likeness onto a finished line drawing of this figure holding the bolt.
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Re: The first ever fanzine dedicated to Forrest J. Ackerman.

Post by hairybeast » 22 Jun 2019 11:38

There is a Bernie Bubnis interview in Alter Ego #118 available from issuu:
https://issuu.com/twomorrows/docs/alterego118preview/15
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