fanmag n.

a magazine for fans; (specif.) = fanzine n.

SF Fandom

  • 1928 Variety 22 Feb. 4/3 (headline)

    Fan Mags May Lose Studio Standing

  • 1929 Variety 20 Feb. 7/4

    He had just finished researching into the perfumes-stars-use request from a high brow fan mag.

  • 1937 Leaflet Spring 3 page image

    There have been such numbers of those fan mags, as they are called, published in the last few years—the majority mimeographed and hectographed, and some few printed—that it is hard to keep track of them.

  • 1937 Imagination Oct. 5/1

    Fan Mag Reviews are out. Or, rather, never were to be‘in’. There is so little space left over, Weisinger explaind [sic]…& the mag is edited on such a close margin…that the chance of a ‘Fan Mag Review’ feature is quite impossible.

  • 1939 B. Tucker in Le Zombie Mar. 2

    Where, oh where, is ‘Futuria Fantasia’, the California entry into the ‘contemplated fan mags’ derby?

  • 1940 D. B. Thompson in Thrilling Wonder Stories Oct. 126/2

    Don’t publish serious fan-feud letters! Let the fan-mags handle those, if we must have them, although why we should, I can’t imagine.

  • 1940 B. Tucker in Le Zombie No. 27 2

    LeZ plans, in the future, to print these Cullings regularly, from foreign fanmags, or American mags of small circulation, in the belief that you might otherwise not see the material.

  • 1949 R. Bloch in Eighth Stage of Fandom (1962) 16 Robert Bloch

    He no longer finds time to read even the fan mags; of course, he gets very few of these because his feuds have cut him off the mailing lists.

  • 1949 R. Bloch in Thrilling Wonder Stories June 162/1 Robert Bloch

    By this time, of course, what with writings to editors and reading fan-mags and writing to authors and writing fan-mags, the fan has absolutely no time left to read any more pro magazines.

  • 1952 A. Budrys in Planet Stories Nov. 111/1 Algis Budrys

    The advertising value of fanzines to promags is negligible, for the simple reason that anyone in sufficient contact with STF to read fanmags knows all about the prozines.

Research requirements

antedating 1928

Earliest cite


Research History
Mike Christie submitted a 1952 cite from a letter to Planet Stories by Algis Budrys.
Cory Panshin submitted a cite from a 1962 reprint of Robert Bloch's article "The Seven Ages of Fan"; Jeff Prucher subsequently verified it in the 1949 original magazine appearance.
Keith Stokes submitted a 1939 cite for the form "fan mag" and a 1940 cite for the form "fanmag", both from Bob Tucker's fanzine "Le Zombie".
Alistair Durie submitted a 1937 cite from T. Bruce Yerke in Imagination.
Jeff Prucher submitted a 1940 cite from a letter by D.B. Thompson in Thrilling Wonder Stories.
Fred Galvin submitted a 1958 cite from Ralph M. Holland's "Ghu's Lexicon".
Bill Mullins submitted a 1937 cite from Leaflet.
Bill Mullins submitted several cites from Variety.

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