Grue

A fanzine published by Dean Grennell and circulated through FAPA. It was nominated for the 1956 Best Fanzine Hugo.

Issue Date Pages Notes
15 June 1953 6
18 Fall 1953 12 #s 1-17 were Letter substitutes
19 Winter 1953 24
20 Spring 1954 46 in FAPA 67
21 Summer 1954 46
22 Autumn 1954 46 in FAPA 69
23 March 1955 53
24 Summer 1955 30
25 November 1955 30 in FAPA 73
26 December 1955 22
27 February 1956 22 in FAPA 74
28 October 1956 50
29 April 1958 56 Last genzine issue; in FAPA 83
30 August 1962 8 in FAPA 100
31 August 1964
31b August 1969
33 February 1970
34
35
36 November 1971
37
38
39
40
41 November 1977 4 Single-sided
42 Fabruary 1978 9 "
43 Agust 1979 10 "
from Fancyclopedia 2 ca. 1959
(Grennell) Probably will prove one of the fanzines of history. Its complete genesis is worth quoting as a specimen:

"In casting about for a fanzine title, I considered several: Stellar Stories, Fiasco, and Grue: The Fan's Magazine [quasi, True, The Man's Magazine, published about this time], were three I kept coming back to. I discovered that my sneaky subconscious had picked up the first from an ad in Other (ptui!) Worlds. I asked the advice of friend-and-mentor Bob Silverberg and he opined that either Fiasco or Grue would act as a deadly blight on a fanzine… in fact, why did I want to cast yet another effort into a field already sadly overcrowded? Despite this, perhaps even because of it, I clung to Grue as a title. Sometime in January of 1953 I drew up a tentative cover for it, bearing a picture of a little man in a spacesuit standing beside his rocket in a moon-crater, about to light a fuse trailing out the bottom of it. I stuck this to the wall for a while and later, as I finished writing a larger-than-usual letter to someone, I put the cover picture on the front of the letter, stapled it down the left margin, and so Grue was born. [Trumpets off.]

"So went the first fourteen copies; all custom-made, with hand-drawn illos, tipped-in photos, etc. Number fifteen was a four-page kind of one-shot done on a spirit duplicator. 16&17 reverted to typed originals again and when I got into FAPA in the fall of 1953 I decided to keep the title as a FAPAzine, so it appeared there as #18. All issues since then have been consecutively published — from 20 onwards with the use of Gestetner in blue on white. There have been a few custom issues of Grue since then, but these are given fractional numbers to fit them in between the published issues, as 'GRUE #25 1/2'." — Dean Grennell.