Okay, I waited until noon! EVERETT COMICS, the place to get my weekly fix of fantasy, opens at 11:oo AM. I held out for a whole hour, then jumped in my car for an early lunchbreak and hustled in. Brandon, previously-mentioned comic store manager par excellence, lets me behind the counter (why he allows me back there I'll never know) and I grab my stack 'o stuff from my box . . .
[Pictured above is Forrest J. Ackerman, a.k.a. Dr. Acula, a.k.a. Uncle Forry, etc., etc. from the inside front cover of FM #251. This is the last "official" photo that Forry ever posed for before he passed away in December of 2008. The caption reads: "The Great Ackermonster". The Dracula ring always proudly displayed on his finger was originally owned by Bela Lugosi.]