Over at the brilliant, indispensable Classic UK Comic Zines archive curated by artist David Hathaway-Price, several archive editions of the brilliant title Fantasy Advertiser have been added to the catalogue, with just one issue – Issue 68 – to find to complete the run.
The latest additions to the site come with a reminder from David that the deadline for the next (and final) issue of his own smashing ‘zine, FANSCENE is 31st July, 2021, planned as a celebration of all things Fantasy Advertiser, in the same way as issue 1 was of KA-POW, the first British comic zine.
“I would welcome any contributions,” David appeals. “I know only too well how daunting it can be to produce a full article, so perhaps just a few lines describing your memories of F/A, what your favourite period was, under which editor, etc. would be lovely. But of course, fuller articles and artwork would be very welcome too.
“It’s always best to leave a party when you’re enjoying it,” he says of announcing FANSCENE is to end, “so if you’ve ever been tempted to contribute to the zine now is your final chance.
Fantasy Advertiser began as an Ad Zine that was essentially an advertising service for comic collectors, focusing on the sale of primarily second hand comics, eventually transitioning to a true comics-focused fanzine.
When original editor Frank Dobson emigrated to Australia in 1970, he handed it on to two contributors, Dez Skinn (later, publisher at Marvel UK and Warrior) and Paul McCartney (no, not that Paul McCartney), to continue. They expanded the magazine to include more articles and artwork.
Dez left in 1976 and Martin Lock soon became editor, before handing it over to Martin Skidmore in 1984, who shortened the name to FA, making the magazine more provocative and political.
It was taken over by Trident Comics in 1988, but was closed in 1991 when Trident went bankrupt.
• If you’d be interested in being part of the final issue of FANSCENE, then head over to the Classic UK Comic Zines site, download past issues of FANSCENE and get in touch with David direct. Plus, check out the massive archive of past zines he’s built – a treasure trove of British comics fandom!
• FA Online – http://comiczine-fa.com