This week, Friday means a new Fabulous Find, so digging through my fanzine collection, I pulled out The Collector # 26, published by fan publisher, Bill Wilson, from Pennsylvania. It is dated the Summer of 1972.
The Collector is a really excellent fanzine that lasted a whopping twenty-nine issues, plus a Special. It began as a small 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 fanzine in 1967 and published the final issue in the Summer of 1974 as a full size 8 1/2 x 11. In fact, Bill told me recently, that the Special, that was published in 1969, was a test of the full sized version. Obviously is was not only feasible, but successful at the larger size, as well. I do not own a complete run of this great fanzine, but what I do have are all top notch!
Back to issue # 26, which I’m writing about today. It features a really great wrap-around cover by none other than; Steve Ditko, featuring his character, Mr. A.! Take a look:
Collector # 26 back
The highlight of the issue is this cover, as well as the original six (6) page Mr. A. strip which kicks off this issue! The rest of the fanzine contains other great articles and art, as well. Spot illustrations are provided by a who’s who of fandom at the time; Alan Hanley, Dave Cockrum, Robert Kline, William Black, Steve Fabian, and Dan Adkins.
Plus other great features like an article entitled; Batman Meets Cthulhu” by super-fan Tom Fagan. A Ken Barr biography, profusely illustrated by the artist himself (in runs six pages). A three (3) page Tarzan portfolio. Here is the Don Newton contribution:
Next up are eight pages, including a color centerfold entitled; “Oodles of Doodles” by fan supreme artist, John Fantucchio. There is also a short three (3) pager written by editor Wilson on Marvel Comics’ artist; Joe Sinnott, with lots of art by Joe. Following this is two pages of a continuing strip written and drawn by Alan Hanley featuring his character; Greenhorn! This is chapter 3, entitled; “The Greening of America!” It parodies both Marvel and DC Comics characters, such as Captain America, Thor, Batman and Robin.
Then we get a brief interview with the Big Red Cheese’s artist; C. C. Beck. Here is page forty (40) featuring Beck illustrating Captain Marvel:
Then things are wrapped up with a ten (10) page strip written by Tom Fagan and pencilled by Bill Wilson with various and sundry artists providing the inking. This provides an interesting effect, but I think I would have prefered a single solitary inker, rather than six used. Well there are a couple pages devoted to letters a couple more pages devoted to ads for other fanzines. Altogether the fanzine weighs in at fifty-six (56) pages of near professional quality work. Definitely I recommend adding this beauty to your collection is you get the chance!
Well, I’m out of time, but please join me again next week for a new RETRO REVIEW and I’ll be back in two weeks with another Fabulous Find. Be seeing you …