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Mom Dumps My $7,000 Monster Magazine
By Paul Kyriazi
Last edited: Sunday, December 14, 2014
Posted: Tuesday, June 22, 2010

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And also my 'Time Machine' comic book.

Film directors Steven Spielberg, John Landis, and Joe Dante were forbidden during their childhoods to read Famous Monsters of Filmland magazine. My friend Tony was caught reading the magazines by his mother. She sent him to talk to their church priest, who reported to her, "Don't worry. He's okay."
My mother was no different. Even more so.
At age 12, I loved the 1960 movie The Time Machine. I had to secretly go to the theater because my mom wouldn't let me see movies with monsters in it.
I tried to explain that this movie was made from a famous novel and the 'monsters', the 'Morlocks' were just a small part of the story. She said no, so I sneaked of to the theater to see it.
I got the promotional comic book of the move which had a great color cover of Rod Taylor in his time machine, but because there was also a Morlock on it, she made me throw it away. (See above photo.)
Four years later The Time Machine was on TV and she watched it with me. 'What a nice movie', she said.  Ah, a victory of sorts.
With my Time Machine souvenir gone I persisted on getting closer to that movie. In 1977 I got to meet director George Pal. In 2007, I hired the two stars of The Time Machine, Rod Taylor & Alan Young to narrate two of my novels turned into a audio-books. And my mother??? ......
....... Now we go to Science Fiction conventions together (with my dad) and I point out to her the first issues of the magazine 'Famous Monsters of Filmland that she made me throw out. They are now ($5,000 to $7,000 each.) And we laugh as she says, "Well, we were so worried about you with those monster magazines and movies. We didn't know you were interested in the movies. We worried that you were interested in monsters."
She did help me get into the movie department of college and paid for it. And I ended up directing six feature films and many documentaries. And my dad? We watched 'The Thing' many times and then got to meet the star Ken Tobey and talk to him about it.
And the good news is that I'm still going to movie conventions with my parents. We just saw the new 'Wolfman' together. Violent as hell, but my mom loved it. Go figure?
The moral of the story: Give your parents time to catch up with you.
June 30, 2014. For my birthday, mom gave me the just released Blu-ray of The Time Machine and we went to see the new Godzilla in 3D.
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Reviewed by Michael Charles Messineo 6/23/2010
Hi Paul,
Great Story. Similar tales about Comic books and baseball cards finding their way out of the house by well meaning Moms have haunted many of us. Hey Mom, my Mickey Mantle rookie card could have been my retirement.

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