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Harry Turner  – His Fanzines

Short essays toward Zenith dated April, May and July 1941, and July 1942, were bound with Futurian War Digest issues #7, #8 (1941), #26 (1943) and #21 (1942) respectively. For further information see Rob Hansen's website.

The proto-Zeniths in the Fido mailings were all illustrated verse. I think I must have looked for better things when I started in on the full-blown Zeniths. I was into Read, Spender, Eliot, Pound and Day Lewis at this time. Still have several slightly damp-stained slim volumes, acquired in those days, on the shelves. Was also discovering modernism in painting and reaching the inevitable conclusion that a goodly number of fannish contemporaries were right philistines. Amused to notice that on the dust jacket of Faber's Spender Poems it ses in large red print "third impression of the revised and enlarged second edition" - not exactly a point today's marketeers would stress. Still, at 40 poems for 6 bob, not bad value. Hardback, too.    (H.T. 3 October 1989)

Zenith [the original, accept no imitations]

Marion Eadie, Harry Turner, Zenith editors, Xmas 1940Number 1, August 1941
Number 2, October 1941
Letters Supplement
Number 3, December 1941
Number 4, February 1942
Number 5, April 1942
Number 6, June 1953

The Grin
Number 1, Sept. 1955 (+2009/10/15)

Summer 1953 [2nd & last issue] (2010/07/21)

Harry Turner with the Now & Then duplicatorNow & Then
Number 1, Aug 1954
Number 2, Nov 1954
Number 3, 1955
Nos. 1-3 Recap, 1954/55
Number 4, 1955
Number 5, Sept 1955
Number 6, Nov 1955
Number 7, June 1956
Number 8, Jan 1957
Number 9, mid 1957
['Home & Gardens' issue, published in Walt Willis' Hyphen #25]

Eric Needham, Now & Then co-creator, 1954 From The Archives #1
From The Archives #2
From The Archives #3
A Fannish Glossary, Part 1
A Fannish Glossary, Part 2

From Andy Robson's Krax Reviews (enclosed with No. 40, 2003)
NOW & THEN 1-6 - Trade or LOC Wow! Joining the throng of the now-available-on-DVD- with-extra- material-and-photos-of-the-editor-fan-dancing crowd is this re-release of the Now & Then fanzines from the mid-fifties. Although lacking the warmth & aroma of the spirit duplicator-(there's money to be made in the 'with-free-aerosol-of-the-sooty-pong-of-a-forties-fleapit' market I'm convinced) - this takes you back to the roots of fandom. Not for the younger reader or the kids (it's way past grandpa's bedtime to be explaining mustard-plasters, coffee-essence, whalebone-stays - even cellophane and margarine!) who will miss out on the parodies of the super-sleuths that pre-dated James Bond. (Sleuth? Well, amazingly it's no longer in the dictionary, so you see the problem?) All those creative duplicator tricks that you can't do on computers are here plus a valiant attempt to imitate rusty staples and blotch-consistency paper. (Blotch? Oh, come on, don't pretend you don't know!) A free accompanying 'From the Archives' sheet helps explain some obsolete terms. Full of the rules of Ghoodminton but leaving you no wiser on the rituals of the fan-dancing society...and there's all those Widower's Wonderful Products, too. Genuinely entertaining and not just an historical record - try one.

UPDATE: The above article refers to reprints made by Harry Turner on authentic green paper using his LaserJet and/or InkJet printers.
Now & Then was republished in 2013 in a new, collected facsimile edition with the title Now & Then Revisited.
Serious students of 1950s fanzines may apply for a copy using the contact email address.

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