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Thursday, July 2, 1970

Fanzine Library: Newfangles

Science-fiction fans had long had newsletters that provided news of weddings, conventions, changes of address, and the like. But news for comics buffs had focused on pro, not fan, news. Until March 1967. Don Thompson and Maggie Curtis had become Don and Maggie Thompson five years earlier. We had our own mimeograph machine and a goal.



...more to come!

3 comments:

bob July 17, 2010 at 7:14 PM  

Fascinating documents, thanks for putting them on-line.

You might be interested in this, among some papers Steve Ditko donated.

If you could verify that the review in question appeared in Newfangles, and which issue, I'm sure the librarian in charge would appreciate being able to get a full citation. His contact information, and more on the collection, is over here.

Maggie Thompson July 18, 2010 at 5:54 PM  

"The Word" was the title of Don's editorial in each issue of COMIC ART, not NEWFANGLES. I'd be glad to help the librarian - and, if the focus there is on Steve Ditko (who was always wonderful to us), I'm pretty sure we ran other material on him, both in CA and NF.

bob July 18, 2010 at 7:37 PM  

Thanks, I'm sure the librarian will appreciate any details you can give him.

The full focus of the collection is on Pennsylvania-related comics, but obviously Ditko is the biggest name in that group, and he's personally donated some interesting material, including some original art for an unfinished story and copies of an unpublished Flash Gordon story. Not sure if he's going to be donating any more, but it seems to be the start of a collection that has a chance of growing to be a nexus of Ditkology, so I'm sure they'd be interested in any rarities you might be able to send.

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