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Saturday, January 10, 1970

Fanzine Library: Harbinger #1 (Autumn 1960)

In the autumn of 1960, a one-sheet mailing of a flyer titled Harbinger announced the Comic Art fanzine to come.

Was it the first publication of the Golden Age of comics fandom? Or was it the second (the first perhaps being the science-fiction fanzine Xero, with its first installment of the All in Color for a Dime feature)? There had been what might be termed a Platinum Age of comics fandom earlier, with publications by E.C. fans, by Dave Kyle, and by Ed and Betsy Curtis focusing on one or another aspect of comics. But Harbinger was the start of an ongoing, spreading amateur publishing enthusiasm that built to the world of comics collecting we know today.

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4 comments:

skaffy October 23, 2009 at 11:45 AM  

Many thanks for scanning these fanzines. I collect fanzines and, as they were produced locally on a small scale, its difficult to get hold of them.

Jim February 15, 2010 at 9:07 PM  

mouI remember some of these doodles from the early '60s. That was agood time. We were young & innocent. I came in to fandom when the loc's were printed in JLA. Alter-ego# 3 had just been printed and I was so excited to know there were fellow collectors. I was buying and selling these fantastic marvel, DC, Golden Age. Burroughs, Discovering the master comic artists like Frazetta, Fine, S&K,Eisner, Infantino, Kane, Kubert, Ditko, Manning, Foster, Hogarth. That's what sucked me in And I have been a recovering comicaholic ever since. Now just dabbling at the edge. I feel better getting that off my chest. Now I have to deal with the real world. Thanks maggie. Jim Knowles.

Anonymous,  September 10, 2010 at 12:23 PM  

re: CBG Pittcon question
according to schedule, banquet was to be held Sunday at 6:30 while the costume cabaret was Saturday from 8 - 11.
also, the con photographer, J.K.Klein, is still selling the photo book (I bought one several months ago)

Maggie Thompson September 10, 2010 at 4:49 PM  

Many, many thanks, Anonymous! I've been trying to verify this for years - and just today had managed to locate a likely information source. That was (as you indicate) the Jay Kay Klein booklet - so I'd begun to plow through old magazines to try to find a copy (which I'm sure is in the house SOMEWHERE). However, I'd failed utterly so far - so thank you for the input. This confirms my suspicions that we were probably discussing comics at the banquet BECAUSE of the Lupoffs' costumes the night before! Huzzah!

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