Le Zombie

Le Zombie (subtitled "the ghouls gazette") was a highly-regarded fanzine (often known by its nickname Lez) published intermittently by Bob Tucker ("Published every time a zombie awakens") from December 1938 through December 1975 for 68 printed issues. (There was, for instance, a decade-long gap between #29 in 1959 and #30 in 1969.) After a 21-year gap, Tucker re-started it as eZombie in 2000, ending on August, 2001 for five more issues.

Tucker said that "the original reason for its existence was to wash some of the starch from the stuffed shirts of fandom." One early column was Poor Pong's Almanac.

The title may refer to the Tucker death hoaxes which played such a distinctive role in fandom. The term space opera may have originated there, also. Beginning in mid-1942, along with Harry Warner's Spaceways, Le Zombie began sponsoring the Fanzine Service as a way of distributing fanzines to servicemen.

In his obituary of Tucker, John Clute wrote: "It is only in recent years that academic critics have begun to come to terms with the huge amount of intellectual activity — along with pre-blog gossip — that filled fanzines, perhaps the most brilliant of them being Bob Tucker's Le Zombie."

Scans of many issues can be found at http://www.midamericon.org/tucker/currentlez.htm

Issue Date Pages Notes
1 December 1938 2 The first nine issues were a supplement to Fantasy News
2 January 1939 2
3 March 1939 2
4 April 1939 2
5 May 1939 2 #s 5, 6 and 7 were bound with Nova #1
6 May 1939 2
7 May 1939 1
8 1939
9 1939 6
10 August 5, 1939 4 This was the first issue to be distributed independently
11 August 19, 1939 6
12 September 1939 12
13 V2.1 September 16, 1939 4
14 V2.2 September 20, 1939 4
15 V2.3 1939 8
16 V2.4 1939 4
17 V2.5 1939 6
18 V2.6 1939 8
19 V2.7 1939 8
20 V2.8 December 30, 1939 6
21 V2.9 January 13, 1940
22 1940
23 February 1940 8
24 1940
25 March 9, 1940 6
26 V3.2 1940 2
27 1940 6
27½ April 1940 2 Included a postcard for readers to vote on Lez's future.
28 1940
29 June 1940 12
30 July 1940 10
31 August 1940 12
32-33 September 1940 20
34
35 December 1940 12
36 V4.1 January 1941 20 2nd annish
37 V4.2
38 V4.3 April 1941 16
39 V4.4
40 V4.5 July 1941 18
41 V4.6 August 1941 10
42 V4.7 September 1941 22
43 V4.8 October 1941 12
44 V4.9 November 1941 10
45 V4.10 January 1942 18
46 V4.11 April 1942 14
47 V4.12 May 1942 12
48 V5.1 July 1942 14
49 V5.2 September 1942 12
50 V5.3 November 1942 12
51 V5.4 March 1943 72+ 4th annish; included Fanzine Yearbook 1942 & Le Zombie Advertiser #3; In two parts
52 April 1943
53 May 1943 12
54 September 1943 14
55 November 1943 14 Cover was included in FAPA 26
56 January 1944 46 5th annish; includes Fanzine Yearbook 1943
57 April 1944 16
58 July 1944 20
59 November 1944 20
60 September 1945 16
61 July 1946 14
62 not published
unnumbered July 1946 2 Included in Pacificon Combozine
63 July 1948 12 Produced for Torcon and intended to be the last issue.
64 January 1955 40 Published to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the first fanzine
65 June 1958 4 Distributed with Fanac
66 December 1968 24
67 December 1975 24

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