Sorry for being so late on this!
Literally as long as I remember I was a fan of horror/sci-fi and mystery films.
Boston TV in the 50s had some real revelations like Shock Theater and the
various Creature Feature type shows. I always wanted to collect movies but the
idea of a of film cans or video tapes just didn't feel right. Anyway, I was at
The Outer Limits comic book store in Waltham MA and Steve, the owner, showed me
a couple of inserts he had gotten in: MOTHRA and FIRE MAIDENS OF OUTER SPACE. I
immediately bought them and realized THIS was a way to collect movies. I picked
up some lobby cards along the way, but then discovered Rudy Franchi's The
Nostalgia Factory on Newbury Street in Boston. That kicked me into high gear. A
visceral moment came when, amdist the less expensive 50s horror/sci-fi I was
getting, Rudy showed me an original Universal FRANKENSTEIN MEETS THE WOLD MAN
lobby card in beautiful condition (yes it was real). It was the scene showing
the monster carrying Ilona Massey. When I got that card another realization hit
me...I could actually start getting into the 30as and 40s era films.
A while later I dscovered Jim Dietz, Deke at The Poster Palace, Captain Bijou
and other various internet venues. What was cool was getting to know these
folks by phone - a step closer to actually being there.
Michael (formerly povertyrow on Mopo)
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