Sci-Fi's No. 1 Fanboy, Forrest J Ackerman, Dies at 92

The editor of Famous Monsters of Filmland magazine, creator of the Vampirella comic book franchise, and the original Fanboy dies at 92.

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Forrest J. Ackerman in 1996

Fan as in fanatic. Fan as in fancier. Fan as in fantasy lover. Forrest J Ackerman, who died Thursday at 92 of a heart attack in Los Angeles, was all these things and many more: literary agent for such science fiction authors as Ray Bradbury, Isaac Asimov, A.E. van Vogt, Curt Siodmak and L. Ron Hubbard; actor and talisman in more than 50 films (The Howling, Beverly Hills Cop III, Amazon Women on the Moon); editor of Famous Monsters of Filmland magazine and creator of the Vampirella comic book franchise. But each of these trades was an exponent of his educated...

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