Saturday, January 06, 2007
Fanzines of the 1970s (part 2)
Four more blasts from the past:
Magazine of Tomorrow No.1 (Summer 1978): Published by Graham Bleathman, now a top-notch artist of cutaway illustrations of Gerry Anderson tv series etc whose website can be found at http://www.grahambleathman.co.uk/ . Back in 1978 this was a modest start with a slim fanzine at only 14 pages but it managed to spotlight material that most other 'zines were ignoring (such as The Trigan Empire).
The Panelologist No.6 (Aug-Sept 1976): Published by George Barnett. Now there's a description one never hears today: panelologist. This was a term used at the time by fans who felt "comic collector" wasn't worthy enough. Thankfully, the fanzine itself wasn't anywhere near as pretentious and instead was packed with news, lettercols, and gossip, usually in incredibly tiny type. I remember buying this issue on my very first visit to a comic shop (London's Dark They Were and Golden Eyed when it was in Berwick Street) 30 years ago!
U.K. Comicdom No.0 (May 1970): Published by Unicorn (Phil Clarke), who went on to found Nostalgia and Comics and is now involved with Ugly Duckling Press. We're still waiting for the next issue (No.1) of this fanzine 37 years later, but it's a nice mag, with its Mike Higgs cover and Frank Frazetta reprints inside.
Workin' Class Super Hero No.1 (1978): Published by Jolly Martian Productions. An impressive stripzine featuring a cover and some interior art by Glenn Fabry, later to be a renowned artist on Slaine and a fantastic cover painter for Vertigo comics. Not sure if there was ever a second issue of this though, but that was part and parcel of fanzines back then. You never knew how long they'd last before the creators went pro or moved on to other things, but they were great while they lasted!
More old fanzine covers soon!