Monday, February 15, 2010

The Forgotten Treasure of the Sci Fi Boys

If you haven't been visiting Big Lots lately, you've been missing out on some outstanding DVD deals in their $3.00 bins.

Over the last couple of weeks The Mayhem has made some good finds there: Dracula Has Risen From The Grave, The Nude Bomb, Riverworld, Konga, The Cat People, entire seasons of Footballers' Wives, Suppose they Gave a War and Nobody Came, Bats and tons of other sci fi movies, virtually all of Elvis' flicks, the Sean Connery and Roger Moore James Bonds, a smattering of the Hope/Crosby 'Road' pictures and even a Durango Kid western. Last week, they even had a couple of copies of the documentary pictured above, The Sci Fi Boys, which is a loving tribute to Forrest J. Ackerman, Ray Bradbury and Ray Harryhausen by film maker Paul Davids.

And that's what this post is about -- the Sci Fi Boys -- but it's not about the film, which The Mayhem gives two begloved thumbs up, BTW. It's about the Mayhem's favorite Forry-editted magazine which isn't mentioned in the documentary, but should never be forgotten: Spacemen Magazine! While certainly not the success of Forry's Famous Monsters of Filmland, Spacemen was the Warren magazine that was on my must have list when I was a kid. It's hard to imagine in the digital age, but in the 1960s, apart from their infrequent TV airings, sci fi movies were really hard to see, and Spacemen was the next best thing!

Here's a little gallery from it:

Above: Wally Wood's gorgeous Spacemen yearbook cover.

Above: Just a few weeks after this article saw print, KHQ in Spokane started running The Flying Disc Man From Mars and a few other Republic serials on their Space Kids series.

Above: Spacemen was where The Mayhem first encountered Flash Gordon, little knowing that decades later he'd be doing storyboards on Flash's Filmation series, developing Defenders of the Earth, and even doing the presentation boards for Flash's most recent live action TV show.

Above: These behind the scenes model shots signalled certain doom for much of The Mayhem's model aircraft collection. Many of his old Hawk and Revell kits met their flaming finales while 'posing' for still pictures shot in an effort to replicate Hollywood miniatures.

A subscription and back issue ad from the yearbook.

And last of all, here's a taste of The Flying Disc Man From Mars:

1 comment:

  1. Nice P-40 Warhawk...30,000 feet altitude - 15,000 ft range = 15,000 ft remaining altitude...and yet the the P-40 pilot didn't need oxygen....great show.... :-)