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Meet ‘Morojo’, the Woman Who Invented Cosplay


Myrtle R. Douglas, otherwise known as Morojo was born in June 1904. Between the years of 1938 and 1958, she edited three separate long-running sci-fi fanzines and wrote editorials for several major early sci-fi “pro”-mags in the early ’40s. Active in the Los Angeles Science Fiction Society, the couple collaborated on the production of an eight-year, 50-issue run of the club’s official zine Voice of the Imagi-Nation as well as their own fanzine Novacious.

Myrtle Rebecca “Mō-rō ‘yō” Douglas Smith Gray Nolan was a Gemini, born in June 1904. She was an atheist, an active member of the Los Angeles Science Fiction Society, and a proponent of the 19th-century constructed auxiliary language Esperanto, meant to foster communication and understanding between people of all cultures. (Obviously, she was a big nerd.)

For more than 10 years Morojo and her “Bae” Forrest J Ackerman (Forrie) were an inseparable, intellectually compatible dream duo, and 1939 was an especially big year for the pair: they started their first major zine together, jointly financed the publication of teenage Ray Bradbury’s first sci-fi zine, and attended the first-ever World Science Fiction Convention (Worldcon) wearing “futuristicostumes” straight out of the 1936 H.G. Wells movie Things to Come – the FIRST FAN COSTUMES EVER WORN IN RECORDED HISTORY.

Handsome Forrie cut a dashing figure in his giant shoulder pads and breeches, tiny Morojo’s ball gown converted into a ROMPER with a CAPE, and every other attendee who wasn’t busy hatin’ on ’em for out-fanning the rest of the world started planning their own costumes for next year.


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