Zacherley – Part 10

Hi, all. I don’t think I posted this before. I just discovered that it was scheduled to post in August, but I don’t think it ever did. So here it is now.

OK, so here’s Famous Monsters of Filmland (thank you, Forry!) #7!

FM 7-1

FM 7-3 (b:w)

FM 7-4 (b:w)

FM 7-5 (b:w)

A close-up of Zach grooming himself in an invisible mirror.

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FM 7-6 (b:w)

Another fun close-up….

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FM 7-7 (b:w)

An interesting angle of the set.

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This photo was also in Anne’s scrapbook. From the poster ad (which Anne ordered!).

FM 7-2 (b:w)

That’s all for issue #7.  Here’s is #15, as pasted in Anne’s scrapbook.

FM 15-1

And here’s the whole cover….


Sorry, I don’t have page 30. Anne didn’t save it.

See you next time in Part 11!

Zacherley – Part 5

Howdy folks!

As you know, ol’ Zacherley showed up in Famous Monsters of Filmland numerous times. In fact he was on the cover at least twice (more, if you count some re-use cover art). Anne Didio dutifully cut out the FMoF articles and put them in her scrapbook. So let’s start with Zach’s first article in FMoF #4 (August 1959).

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[Cover art for reference. Not from Anne’s scrapbook.]

FM 1 (b:w)

FM 2 (b:w)

FM 3 (b:w)

Going to insert a photo here of John Zacherle and some fans on the WABC-TV set of “Zacherley at Large.” Note the same backdrop. Also note, skeleton foot in foreground!

Zach at large front copy

FM 4 (b:w)

I like this close-up.

FM 4 photo

FM 5 (b:w)

FM 6 (b:w)

BTW, thanks for all the support and kind words from my readers. Glad your enjoying these vintage images. Here’s an image sent to me by Tommy Stanziola who wanted you to see Zach with his zines. Thanks, dude!

Tommy Stanziola

FMoF #7 is next.  Take care!

Zacherley – Part 1

Prior to joining DC Comics, Dan DiDio (now co-Publisher of DC) worked in television animation. I met him when he was an exec over at ABC, and later wrote for him when he worked on ReBoot (the first half-hour, completely computer-animated TV series). We were also pals outside the animation business, sharing two interests: comic books and horror films. While chatting about the latter, Dan mentioned that his sister Anne was a big fan of the New York-based, TV horror host, Zacherley. In fact, they kept up a correspondence over several years in the Fifties and Sixties.


Anne wrote poems and skits that John Zacherle read on the air, she visited the set, and he even visited the DiDio home.

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Although I was a Detroit kid who grew up with Morgus the Magnificent, I had seen Zacherley on several covers of Famous Monsters of Filmland. (That’s probably because his show was picked up by other TV stations across the country.)


Anyway, when Dan said that his sister Anne (now deceased) had kept a scrapbook of all her photos and letters, I couldn’t wait to see it!


So Dan and I had dinner (just before he left L.A. for New York), and he handed over Anne’s scrapbook for me to scan! Cool! I also interviewed Dan on tape (which I will find one of these decades) about his sister’s friendship with the infamous Zacherley. My goal was to scan and organize the scrapbook, then write an article about the Anne/Zacherley friendship for one of the monster zines floating around at that time. (This was probably late 2001.) Well, “the best laid plans” and all that… I never finished scanning the scrapbook or writing the article.

Flash forward 14 years. Here I sit with the scrapbook (recently found in my storage shed), finally finishing up the scanning. What with a divorce and six house moves, it’s a marvel I found the book at all! But it will soon be finished, and I will return the precious documents to Dan very soon.

As for the article, I’m not sure if Dan still wants me to share his sister’s personal correspondence with the world, so that will have to wait. But in the interim, I’ll share some of the non-personal items, like clippings and flyers and ads and such.  So with no particular agenda or timeline to adhere to, let me present: The Zacherley Blog Stuff – Part 1

Here is a photo giveaway when John was going by the name “Roland” in Philadelphia during the late 50’s.


Some random clippings (the first from 1958 TV Guide).

Captive Wild Woman (b:w)

Hello '59 (b:w)

Cerf (color)

Owl at Dawn (color)

Psycho (color)

A membership card….

Shock Club (color)

And to finish off today’s post, a note on the back of an envelope from Sept 1960.

Letter envelope_ back

More to come!

[Personal photos are (c) Dan DiDio]