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Monday, September 8, 2008

1946 Post-War Fantasy Fanzine (The Cosmic News-Letter)

{I found these and thought they were very interesting perspectives on the post-WWII fan mentality}

The Cosmic Newsletter
Edited and published weekly by James V Taurasi, 101-02 Northern Blvd., Corona, New York. 5 cents a copy, 6 issues for 25 cents. "A COSMIC PUBLICATION".
Vol 1
Monday July 8, 1946
It seems that the weekly publishing bug has a good hold on us no matter what we try to do in the "fan publishing field" we end up with a weekly. Our first, in the field, was Fantasy-News, now owned by Will Sykora. The second was getting Unger's Fantasy Fiction Field under way. We edited and publsihed the first twelve or so issues of this famous weekly. A year ago, Ray Van Houten and us, issued the weekly Fantasy-Times; the only fan magazine ever published in LeHavre, France. It was issued free to the fans in the Armed Forces and lsited for twelve issues.
Now we begin The Cosmic News-Letter, a weekly fan magazine of personal opinion, some news and interesting items. We hope it brings to you a few minutes of pleasure each week and that you will not be bashful in using these pages for your opinions and views. We'll be expecting your letters.
Arrived last week from Europe, via our European editor, Ray Van Houten, the Armed Service edition of Frankenstein by Mary W. Shelley. The picture story version of Frankie was recently published by Classic Comics No. 26. On the stands now is the Quarterly magazine Frankenstein No. 3. This is a cartoon magazine carring {sic} the strip that once appeared in Prize Comics.
{This was a 4 pp. 'zine}
The Cosmic Newsletter
The World of Tomorrow Today!
August 5, 1946
No. 5
Five Cents
Philadelphia in 1947
Sergeant Satrun Grows Up
The post-war plan for the pulp science-fiction magazines is slowly beginning to take shape. The war years are over, science fiction is getting back to its high level of the pre-war years. Thrilling Wonder Stories is taking its place in this plan by clearing up its trash in the Reader Speaks. Ever since Oscar J. Friend, back in 1940 turned the serious reader's column into the biggest joke of science fiction, the readers and fans of Wonder and Startling Stories have had to wade thru left over bottles of Xono and droolings of so called Sgt. Saturn in order to read the letters. When the younger fans began writing in letters as gooey as the Sgt's answers, most of us gave up reading the column. When Sam Merwin, Jr. took over, he added on the goo a little thicker which more than undone all the improvements he made in his selection of stories. At the First Post War Science Fiction Convention, Merwin saw how the fans felt about Sgt. Saturn when a motion was passed to give him a discharge.

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