Greetings, friends, fans and family. I’m back with a brand new Fabulous Find this week. And once again digging through my fanzine collection, I bring you Heroes’ Hangout # 5, dated in 1967. My best guess it was sent out late spring or early summer of ’67. This fanzine was published by Rudi Franke.
Earlier issues of this fanzine actually was published in 1963 and ’64, then there was a hiatus of almost three years and then Rudi published the last four (4) issues again beginning in early 1967 through the end of that same year.
The fanzine was half-sized, measuring 5 1/2 by 8 1/2. The cover to issue # 5 is drawn by Roger Brand and features the Golden-Age Hawkman. Take a look:
The fanzine is only fourteen (14) pages, but those pages are jam packed with comic book goodness. Opening up the book gives us a brief Table of Contents and an illustration, plus a couple of letters to the editor.
Beginning on page three (3) is a nice little article entitled; “Courageous Captain” which is about Marvel Comic’s Captain America. It is written by well known fan, Steve Perrin. This runs into page five (5). This page also includes a picture and a couple of Golden Age cover repros from Marvel/Timely Comics‘ All Winners.
Page six (6) is the seventh edition of Voice of Comicdom by Bill DuBay. This was also a separate fanzine, but the seventh and eighth installments were incorporated in Heroes’ Hangout.
Next up were two (2) one (1) page strips written and drawn by cover artist Roger Brand. These strips were entitled; “John Center”. These two strips were the first two installments.
Following these strips was a short article looking at artist Seymour “Sy” Barry, the then artist on The Phantom comic strip. The last longer article is written by future comic book writer, Mike Friedrich. His article takes a look at the Charlton Comics’ super-hero line-up.
Finally the fanzine wraps up with a one page (actually reprinting two pages) reprint from a Captain Marvel comic and an editorial from publisher/editor. Franke! All that it it only cost 20 cents or three (3) issues for 50 cents. Talk about getting a lot for little!
It’s a great little fanzine and you can tell it was put together by a real comic book fan, with the help of other real comic book fans.
That’s it for this week, but please be sure to come back next week for either a RETRO REVIEW or another Fabulous Find. So don’t be square, be here!
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