More on Warren Publishing

Been doing a bit of adherence to Jeffro Johnson’s general rule of “don’t read anything written before 1980” lately, and that means checking on the long boxes full of black and white comics down to the local Nerd World.

I’ve got a reputation there as a bit of a cheap-skate, waltzing in looking for the Alterna titles, and rarely dropping more than a couple bucks at a shot. Don’t blame me, blame the Big Two and your Diamond monopoly, shopkeep. An honorific I’m proud to wear, but one I’ve failed to live up to as when the Alterna shelf is bare and the Arkhaven shelf non-existent, that leaves me plunging into the long boxes.

As a result, you can check out my review of “The Rook” here.

One bit of not so fun trivia to add to that: According to the Infogalactic page on Warren Publishing, it turns out that he hired Gloria Steinam in 1960 to work on a satire magazine called Help!.  Said magazine also introduced a young comedian named John Cleese to an illustrator named Terry Gilliam.

For all that it’s 1980’s demise consigns it to the dustbin of history and nostalgia-nerds these days, it turns out Warren Publishing has a lot more fingerprints on the current state of fandom than most realize.

And that’s not even getting into the critical role Forrest J. Ackerman played in both the early days of Warren Publishing and in the early days of fandom’s pedophile problem.

About Jon Mollison

Jon Mollison was weaned at the literary knee of Tolkein, Howard, Moore, and Burroughs. He spent decades wandering in the wilderness of modern genre fiction, wondering when the magic and wonder went out of the world of dragons and space ships. In his darkest hour, he encountered a wise man who handed him the open secrets to crafting works that emulate the stories of the great authors who built the genre. They are easily summarized in but two words: Regress Harder. Now one of the twelve champions of the Pulp Revolution, his self-published works represent a more direct lineage to the tales of action, mystery, romance, virtue, and pure unalloyed adventure than the bland imitations churned out by New York City publishing houses in recent decades.
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