Fantasy Commentator

A sercon fanzine edited by A. Langley Searles. It was published in two series, the first in the 40s and 50s, and the second starting in 1978.

In the first series he published The Immortal Storm, Sam Moskowitz' pioneering history of fandom between 1945 and 1952. It was also the venue for publication of Searles' bibliographies of topics such as "Science Fiction in Blue Book" and "Science Fiction in the Munsey Magazines".

Following its 1978 revival, he published it annually until 1990 and semi-annually thereafter. This later incarnation of the Commentator was noted for the series of articles which eventually became two works on the genre by Eric Leif Davin, Pioneers of Wonder: Conversations With the Founders of Science Fiction, in 1999, and Partners in Wonder: Women and the Birth of Science Fiction, 1926-1965, 2006.

Fantasy Commentator was nominated for the 1946 Best Fanzine Retro Hugo at L.A.con III in 1996.

A checklist of the first series (and one issue) can be found at http://www.fanac.org/fanzines/Fantasy_Comment/

Issue Volume Date Pages
1 V1.1 1943
2 V1.2 June 1944 16
3 V1.3 September 1944
4 V1.4 December 1944 20
5 V1.5 Winter 1944 32
6 V1.6 Spring 1945 32
7 V1.7 Summer 1945 34
8 V1.8 Fall 1945 36
9 V1.9 Winter 1945 34
10 V1.10 Spring 1946
11 V1.11 Spring 1946 36
12 V1.12 Fall 1946 28
13 V2.1 Winter 1946-47 26
14 V2.2 Spring 1947 34
15 V2.3 Summer 1947 36
16 V2.4 Fall 1947 36
17 V2.5 Winter 1948 38
18 V2.6 Spring 1948 38
19 V2.7 Summer 1948 40
20 V2.8 Fall 1948 40
21 V3.1 Winter 1948 34
22 V3.2 Spring 1949 30
23 V3.3 Summer 1949 30
24 V3.4 Winter 1949 30
25 V3.5 Winter 1951 36
26 V3.6 Spring 1952 36
27 V3.7 Spring 1953 30
28 V3.8 Fall 1953 30
29 V4.1 Winter 1978-79 48
30 V4.2 Winter 1979-80 76
31 V4.3 Winter 1981 68
32 V4.4 Winter 1982 72
33 V5.1 Winter 1983 76
34 V5.2 Winter 1984 76
35 V5.3 Fall 1985 76
36 V5.4 Fall 1986 78
37 V6.1 Fall 1987
38 V6.2 Fall 1988 80
39 V6.3 Summer 1989 80
40 V6.4 Winter 1989 80
41 V7.1 Fall 1990 76
42 V7.2 Fall 1991 84
43 V7.3 Spring 1992 84
44 V7.4 Fall 1992 84
45&46 V8.1&2 Winter 1993-94 148
47&48 V8.3&4 Fall 1995 150
49 V9.1 Fall 1996 80
50 V9.2 Fall 1997 80
51 V9.3 Fall 1998 76
52 V9.4 Spring 2000 76
53&54 V10.1&2 Winter 2001 138
55&56 V10.3&4 Spring 2003 138
57&58 V11.1&2 Summer 2004 176

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