THE COMICS # 4

my fanzine artwork 1 

COMICS AND THE ENTHUSIASM OF COMICS FANDOM

COMICS lovers gradually cultivated a group of like-minded individuals to enthuse together about their shared love. This started in a small, amateurish way in the mid-1960’s with small home-made duplicated magazines known as “fanzines” comprising adverts, letter-columns, and art and articles made on primitive ink- duplicating machines, sometimes even with painstakingly hand-coloured covers, but later developed with quite slick production values into what became known as comics fandom. The actual content was as varied in content and style as were the talents of the contributors involved.These were usually farmed- out to commercial printers. As described in an earlier page, my own involvement stretches back to the beginning with Tony Roche’s “Merry Marvel Fanzine” and it’s follow -up “Heroes Unlimited”,as described in page two of this “the Comics” series.
[See link on left]Below is presented an article which appeared in one of those very fanzines. Unfortunately I cannot find the writer’s name.It presents an excellent overview of how the scene developed, complete with illustrations of some of the artwork.

Image13 Image14 Image15 Image17

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s