illo n.

an illustration

SF Fandom

  • 1945 A. Yeager Letter in Startling Stories Summer 88 page image Albert Yeager, Jr.

    And then come the inside illos. It would be nice to see a Finlay every now and then., if only to relieve the monotony.

  • 1947 L. Shaw Letter in Planet Stories Winter 127/1 page image Larry T. Shaw bibliography

    The illos were almost universally stupid in conception, and poor to fair in execution.

  • 1949 Planet Stories Spring 120/2

    That illo is the best in the ish, but sort of nutz.

  • 1955 R. de Soto Revolving Fan in Amazing Stories May 75 page image Roger De Soto bibliography

    Over the years, they [sc. fanzines] have developed a special argot: ‘ish’ for ‘issue’; ‘illo’ for ‘illustration’; ‘faned’ (rhymes with ‘Slan head’) for ‘fan editor’, to give a few examples.

  • 1959 R. Eney Fancyclopedia II (1979) 87 Dick Eney bibliography

    Illo, an illustration. Either the original or a reproduction may be meant.

  • 1961 G. H. Scithers in Amra July 2 George H. Scithers

    The illo to the immediate left is an experiment—our second try at multicolor work.

  • 1965 A. Kuhfeld in Twilight Zine ?Aug.—Sept. 27

    Well, I can take a hint as well as the next man, so find enclosed seven fillos, an illo, and a cartoon.

  • 1979 Science Fiction Review Jan. 34/1

    Seventy-six genzines led the Locus poll With one hundred and ten one-shots close at hand. They were followed by rows and rows of the finest offset illos, The dream of every bigname fan.

  • 1984 Not Tonight, Spock! Jan. (front cover)

    Special feature! Fold out illo of Spock.

  • 1994 Interzone July 5/3

    The illos are getting better and you are (wisely) not filling up the magazine with inferior illos but letting many of the stories stand alone.

  • 2015 P. Di Filippo On Books in Asimov’s Science Fiction Mar. 108/1 page image Paul Di Filippo

    A gorgeous cover by Richard Corben and interior illos by Rodger Gerberding add to the sepulchral luster.


Research requirements

antedating 1945

Earliest cite

in 'Startling Stories'

Research History
Geri Sullivan submitted a 1959 cite from Fancyclopedia II.
Jesse Sheidlower submitted a 1955 cite from Amazing Stories.
Sue Surova submitted a 1961 cite from Amra.
Fred Galvin submitted a 1958 cite from Ralph M. Holland's "Ghu's Lexicon".
Malcolm Farmer submitted a 1979 cite from Darrell Schweitzer's "Occasionally Mentioning Science Fiction".
Fred Galvin submitted a 1949 cite from a letter to the editor of Planet Stories by Radell Faraday Nelson.
Fred Galvin submitted a 1946 cite from a letter by Travis Willis in Startling Stories.
Fred Galvin submitted a 1947 cite from a letter by Larry Shaw to Planet Stories.
Fred Galvin submitted a 1948 cite from a letter by Dan Lesperance to Startling Stories.

Besides any antedatings, we would be interested to see any cites for this term outside SF fandom.

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