The Want List

FFE seeks access to any and all fan-created or fan-related material from late 1920s through the mid-1940s. This includes fanzines, correspondence, convention programs, original art, photographs, club ephemera such as meeting minutes, stationary or membership cards… pretty much anything that can help to tell the story of early fandom.

We will consider offers to purchase physical items or collections. We also seek high-resolution digital copies of relevant artifacts with accompanying print and digital publication permissions. All contributed assets will be attributed as requested by the source.

Please contact us at info@firstfandomexperience.org if you’d like to participate in our sourcing process.

Our coverage of fanzines from the 1930s and early 1940s is extensive but incomplete. The remaining gaps are mostly the rarest-of-the-rare. We’d appreciate leads on where physical or high resolution digital copies (300dpi+) of these specific items might be found:

  • The Asteroid (II), George Hahn, any issues; 1936
  • Bonfire, v1n2 – v1n6, v2n1 – v2n2; 1941-1942
  • Bulletin of the British Interplanetary Society, v1 (new series), any issues; 1934 – 1937
  • The California Mercury, any issues after v2n2; 1941-1942
  • The Chronoton, v2n1-11; October 16 1938
  • CFS Review, v1n2; March 1941
  • The Comet (II), v1n3, May/June 1940
  • Cosmic Circle Commentator, n1; September 1943
  • Cosmic Tales, v2n2, v2n3; 1940-1941
  • Cosmology, any issues from v1 or v2; 1930-1931
  • The Crooked Road by Jerome Goodspeed Van Zandt (chapbook); 1936
  • Curious Stories, v1n1, 2; 1935
  • denventioneer Alchemist; 1941
  • Detours, v1n1, v1n3, v1n4, v1n6; 1940
  • Eclipse, v1n3; June 1941
  • Erebus, v1n1 – v1n2; 1943
  • Escape, v1n7; January 1940
  • Fan, n1, n4; 1945
  • Fan-Atic, v1n3, v2n2, v2n3; 1941
  • The FAPA Fan, n12, n13; 1942
  • The Fantasite, v1n2; February 1941
  • The Fantast, v1n1, v1n3, v2n1, v2n3, v2n4, v3n2; 1939-1942
  • The Fantasy Amateur, v3n4, v5n1-v5n2; 1940-1941
  • Fantasy Fiction Field, “Illustrated NyCon Review”; 1942
  • Fantasy Herald, v1n5; Summer 1940
  • Fantasy Pictorial (II) (Frome); May 1938
  • The Fourteen Leaflet, v1n3, v1n8; 1936
  • Full Length Articles, n3; 1943
  • Funtasy (II) (Moffatt), any issues; 1942
  • Hermes, n1; Winter 1938
  • Horizons, v3n2; December 1941
  • Imaginative Fiction, v1n1, v1n2; 1935
  • The International Observer, v1n1, v1n2, v1n6; 1934-1935
  • The Kay-Mar Trader, v1n1; March 1946
  • Le Vombiteur, n34; July 25 1940
  • Le Zombie, n21, 28, 37, 43, 45, 47, 51; 1939-1943
  • Leprechaun, any issues; 1942-1945
  • Mikros (“Hollerbochen Comes Back”), v1n3; November 1938
  • Milty’s Mag, n1, n6, n11, n13, n14, n16, n21; 1940-1946
  • The Mutant (I), v1n1; 1938
  • Nebula (II), v2n2; 1942
  • New Fandom, v2n1, n9; 1940-1941
  • Novae Terrae, v1n1; March 1936
  • The Nucleus, v3n2, v3n4; 1941-1942
  • Pacificonews, n1; July 21 1941
  • The Phantagraph, v8n3, v9n1, v10n2, v13n4; 1940-1945
  • The Planetoid (II), any issues; 1932
  • Pluto, v1n3; July 1940
  • Polaris, v1n2, v2n1, v2n2; 1940
  • The Price of Peace by Mort Weisinger, Solar Publications; 1933
  • PSFS News, any issues from v3n7 – v5n4; 1940-1945
  • Ramblings / Matters of Opinion, n9, n15; 1941-1942
  • The Reader and Collector, v1n6, v2n1, v2n3 – v3n4; 1940-1945
  • The Rebel, v1n1, March 1937
  • Satellite, v2n7; July 1939
  • Science Fiction Advance, v1n2; July-August 1938
  • The Science Fiction Advertiser, v1n1; December 1937
  • The Science Fiction Gazette, n1, 2, 5; 1937
  • Science Fiction Review (R.M. Holland), any issues; 1935-1936
  • Scientifan, v1n3; Summer 1942
  • The Scientifiction Scout, any issues; 1940-1941
  • Shangri L’Affaires, n1, n2, n3, n6, n9, n13; 1941-1944
  • Snide, n1, n2; 1940 – 1941
  • Sun Spots, v1n2, v1n4, v2n3, v3n3, v6n4, v6n5, v7n2; 1940-1946
  • Superfluous Stories, any issues; 1935-1936
  • Supramundane Stories, v1n1; January 1937
  • Sustaining Program, n25; Spring 1945
  • Van Houten Says, v1n1 – v1n4, v2n3 – v3n6, v4n4; 1939-1940
  • Voice of the Imagi-Nation, any issues from 1940 -1945
  • Voice of the Vombis, v1n1, November 1938
  • The Who’s Who in Fandom; Summer 1940
  • YHOS, n2, n5, n6, n9, n12; 1941-1944
  • YNGVI, sole issue; 1944

And, some fanzines that we’re pretty sure we’re never going to see — but just in case:

  • The Asteroid (I), Bay Street Science Club, any issues; 1930
  • Cosmic Stories / Cosmic Tales, any issues; c1930 by Jerry Siegel
  • D’Journal (I), v1n2; Fall 1935 (may not exist)
  • The Meteor (I), any issues; 1931
  • New Zealand Science Fiction Bulletin, any issues; 1935
  • The Science Fiction Fan, any issues after v5n10; 1941 (likely don’t exist)
  • Science Fiction News, any issues from 1931 – November 1935
  • Scientifooey Mag; sole issue from 1937 by T. Bruce Yerke
  • Spacehounds (Australian), any issues; 1937; only one copy of each issue was printed
  • Tellus News, any issues; 1932

Roman numerals in (parens) following the publication titles refer to their classification in the Pavlat-Evans Fanzine Index, without which projects like this would be well-nigh impossible. For a discussion of how we’re compiling a comprehensive list of relevant fanzines, please read Sam McDonald’s definitive blog post on the topic.

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