fanmag n.

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

Originated outside of SF.


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 Wilson Tucker

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

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

    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 Wilson Tucker

    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 Thrilling Wonder Stories June 162/1 page image 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. [Ibid. 162/2] 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.

  • 1952 A. J. Budrys Everybody Gets in the Act in Planet Stories Nov. 111/1 (letter) page image Algis Budrys bibliography

    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.

  • 1966 L. Carter Handy Phrase-Book in Fannish in If Oct. 67/1 page image Lin Carter bibliography

    Or suppose you chance to belong to a very large, very old organization called The National Fantasy Fan Federation. The name itself has been abbreviated down to ‘the NFFF’ or ‘the N3F.’ You are referred to as a Neffer. If you publish a fanmag distributed to members only, it’s a Neffzine.

  • 1978 T. Vahimagi & B. Aldrich Fan Scene on Collecting in House of Hammer Aug. 30/1 page image

    Eventually there was enough correspondence and written matter flying around to create a whole new world of amateur publications, news-letters, fan-journals, and fan-mags. The end result of all this was that the professional people and the fans had moved closer together, and now the fans that originally wrote just letters in to the pro-magazines were themselves contributing material for publication. It is this camaraderie of communication that holds as the basis for the birth and development of fanzines.

  • 2019 C. Sleigh & A. White War and Peace in British Science Fiction Fandom, 1936–1945 in Osiris (#34) 180

    Traveling and meeting were not always easy for these men of limited holiday time and means. Their main social forum was virtual—on paper—the fanmags that they wrote, produced, and circulated among themselves. The first major British fanmag, Novae Terrae, was launched in Nuneaton, Warwickshire, in 1936; only in the following year did its editors meet up with other fans from around the country—at a meeting hosted by the Leeds chapter of the American Science Fiction League (SFL).

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.
Ben Ostrowsky submitted a 1966 cite from Lin Carter.
Ben Ostrowsky submitted several additional cites.

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