If you could own the entirety of a single magazine’s run, which magazine would it be and why?
One of my ongoing projects is to collect a complete run of Twilight Zone Magazine, because it provides a nice glimpse into the sci-fi/fantasy/horror scene of the 1980s without sinking into Starlog or Fangoria territory (much).
I’d also love to gather a complete run of Joystik, a “serious” (i.e. even more quaint and hilarious in hindsight) videogame mag from the early 80s, but the back issues are crazy expensive.
Oh, and Highlights, too. Goofus and Gallant are hardcore.
That’s tough, and it gets dangerously close to the “collector” identity I gave up years ago. However, I used to want to have all of Dragon Magazine. The end of that story was when someone (could have been you, Dave or maybe Jerm?) provided me with a fits-on-a-CD digital version of years worth of the mag. That’s when I realized I wouldn’t actually read any of it. *poof* Cured!
Avalon Hill’s The General. It discussed and promoted Avalon Hill games (mostly wargames) in the days of yore before the internet.
It would between three mags. One being CAR-toons because I love George Trosley’s artwork and the characters Krass and Bernie. It ended in 1992. The next would be Cracked or MAD Magazine (Yeah I know this is 2 mags but as a kid they were the same to me and still are.) because they were just plain FUN! The other would be Heavy Metal. I have always like that magazine for it’s great artwork, strange stories and T&A.
I actually have back issues of Heavy Metal and CAR-toons but not very many. I actually had Heavy Metal #2 at one time but somehow decided to eBay it.
National Lampoon. Easy peasy.
80s-early 90s music magazine Option. It was sort of a more American alternative centered version of The Wire, without the latter’s sometimes annoying self-importance. Tons of reviews in each issue too.
Mondo2000. It’s everything Wired should have become.
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