Ink Stains 24: Reality 2

What kind of 15-year-old could wrangle Bernie Wrightson, Michael Kaluta, Reed Crandall, Howard Chaykin, Larry Todd, Kenneth Smith, Frank Brunner, and others to contribute to his fanzine? Robert Gerson, that’s who! This mo...
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Ink Stains 4: No Sex 14

No Sex 14 (1980) Publisher: David Heath Jr. No Sex can be summed up using a blurb from this issue’s contents page, which said “No Sex Fanzine is published in order to provide fans of sf and fantasy with a vehicle to hav...
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Ink Stains 3: Fantastic Fanzine 10

Fantastic Fanzine 10 (1969) Publisher: Alan Light (this second edition), Editor: Gary Groth Along with The Collector, Gary Groth’s Fantastic Fanzine was probably the zine I was most excited to get my hands on when a new issue...
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Ink Stains 15: Fantastic Fanzine 12

Gary Groth is known as a lightning rod in the comics community, and was the editor and guiding light of The Comics Journal for many years…but he had to start somewhere, and Fantastic Fanzine is that somewhere! Fantastic F...
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Ink Stains 6: RBCC 135

RBCC 135 (April 1977) Publisher and editor:  James Van Hise Very few fanzines had longer runs than RBCC (Rocket’s Blast ComiCollector). Perhaps The Comic Reader and The Buyer’s Guide are the only ones that were aro...
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Ink Stains 17: Graphic Illusions

Sometimes the best art comes in small – or in this case, thin – publications. Graphic Illusions boasted some pretty big name artists in its only issue. Graphic Illusions, Summer 1971 Editor and Publisher: Rob Gustav...
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Ink Stains 7: Rick McCollum

There were few minds as feverish or pens as prolific as Rick McCollum.  You will see why this artist and writer can arguably be given the mantle of the Kirby of the fanzine world! New Wave Heroes 1-3, Superhero Terror 1-7, Omn...
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Ink Stains 9: Woweekazowie 3 and 4

Many fanzines were repositories for spot illos and fanboy articles on the latest ‘it’ character.  A few, like Woweekazowie, looked to be training grounds for those that truly wanted to make it in professional comic...
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Ink Stains 1: The Collector 27

Before I start this column proper, I thought I should introduce myself to all of you. My name is Ken Meyer Jr. Some of you may know my work as penciler on the Clint the Hamster Triumphant comic of the late 80’s, the stori...
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Ink Stains 16: Comic Crusader 10

Most fanzines were quick flash in the pans. Martin L. Greim’s Comic Crusader stuck around for a whopping 17 issues, and was the first to publish many great fan artists who later became pros. Comic Crusader 10: 1970 Publis...
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Ink Stains 25: 1970 Jim Steranko Portfolio

The ultimate stylist. Magician, designer, illustrator, painter, writer, and all around coolest man in comics. Jim Steranko. It’s all Jim, all the time…50 pages worth! Jim Steranko Portfolio, 1970 Editor and publishe...
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Ink Stains 2: Squa Tront 2

Squa Tront 2 (September 1968) Publisher: Jerry Weist Squa Tront was one of the first fanzines dedicated to the creators and memory of EC Comics (a few others being Witzend and Spa Fon). Publisher Jerry Weist proudly displayed s...
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