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GRYMALKIN #2 (1978)

cover: Neal Adams
Date: 1978
Cover Price: $1.25
Publisher: Grymalkin


From THE PÉREZ ARCHIVES #1 (Jul 2001): 1-page illustration of Vision (crouching) by Perez (1977)
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    GRYMALKIN #2 (1978)
    News: Grymalkin #2-3

    July 09, 2006 04:50 am [ submitted by Ilke Hincer (email) ]
    Item number 270004083247: VINTAGE FANZINE: Frazetta, Perez, Rosa, Starlin, Adams!
    Sunday, July 02, 2006 8:03:52 PM
    End time: Jul-12-06 18:11:22 PDT
    Seller: revtusitala

    GRYMALKIN #2 (1978)

    GRYMALKIN #3 (1979)
    Way back in the day, before Microsoft Word and websites, fans interacted and showcased pro and amateur work through fan produced magazines called fanzines. Fanzines were the backbone of the modern science-fiction movement and spilled over as a major force in comic books in the sixties, seventies, and eighties. Some fanzines were pretty crude. These low-end zines were dubbed mimeozines, dittozines, or crudzines. But others were fairly polished and featured surprisingly good material. GRYMALKIN fits in the latter category.

    For sale is one copy each of GRYMALKIN #2 and GRYMALKIN #3, sold together as a set. These are digest size (5 ½ X 8 ½ inches) fanzines published circa 1978-79. The printing is black and white by professional offset press. GRYMALKIN #2 contains 50 pages and GRYMALKIN #3 has 26 pages. I have uncovered a small cache of these, and once these are gone, that’s it. Typically the print run on zines of this type ran in the vicinity of 250 to 300. These are super-rare collectibles.

    They are also windows into the past of comic and science-fiction fandom, offering a glimpse of the field unavailable elsewhere. These magazines contain quite a bit of fan work, both fiction and art. At least one fan writer went on to publish books and “fan artist” Don Rosa is today the pre-eminent Disney duck artist, following in the footsteps of Carl Barks. The list of professional writers and artists who appear in these books is a Who’s Who of Marvel Comics, DC and the fledgling independents of the late 1970’s: Frank Frazetta, Neal Adams, George Perez, Don McGregor, Bob Gould, Mike Nasser, John Byrne, Craig Russell, Jim Starlin, Val Mayerik, Mike Vosburg, Marshall Rogers, Kenneth Smith, Howard Chaykin, and Joe Staton.

    The contents of the books are a mix of interviews, art, stories, articles, and crosswords. Some of the material is forgettable, but other works are simply outstanding. Personal favorites include Rick Harrison’s eerie rendering of the Shadow, Marshall Rogers’ full-page spread of Batman, the Elric portfolio, and John Byrne’s version of Doc Savage. Oh, yeah, and the Neal Adams Conan cover. And the way cool Howard the Duck spoof of Deathlock. And the hilarious Don McGregor story of how playing Tarzan gets kids killed, illustrated by Don Rosa. And… Well, you can tell I think these are cool.

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