Hyphen

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Northern Irish Fanzine (1952-1965) edited from Belfast by Walt Willis, with Chuck Harris (1927-1999) and later Ian McAuley. 36 issues duplicated on UK quarto paper, May 1952 to February 1965, plus a single-issue revival in 1987 [see below].

Hyphen is probably the most famous of humorous fanzines. Also production standards (especially for early issues) were less than impressive, the quality and style of its writing made it not only one of the most admired fanzines of its time but also gave it considerable prestige and influence in Fandom. Contributors included Robert Bloch, Damon Knight, Bob Shaw, William F Temple and James White. There was a single-issue revival with #37 in Autumn 1987, subtitled "Forty Years of Irish Fandom" and edited by Walt Willis with associate editors Chuck Harris, Bob Shaw, James White and Madeleine Willis.

A further "tribute issue" produced as Hyphen #38 by Shelby Vick in Spring 1999 consists almost entirely of reprints from past issues, plus a new cover and brief editorial introduction. [PR/RH/DRL]

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