US letter-size saddle-stapled Cinema Fanzine. Publisher and editor: Mark Frank. 27 issues, appearing on a highly erratic schedule from 1963 to 1977.
Originally launched as a mature alternative to Famous Monsters of Filmland, this well-remembered fanzine featured various aspects of Horror and sf cinema, including articles on director Tod Browning and actors Bela Lugosi and Boris Karloff. Then-recent productions covered included 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) and the controversial horror film The Exorcist (1973). An unusual feature of Photon was its frequent inclusion of an eight-by-ten-inch black and white photograph each issue, taken from such classic films as Freaks (1932) and Island of Lost Souls (1932). Later issues were printed on better-quality paper with heavier cover stock. As with most fanzines, distribution was never good, and surviving copies in fine condition can command respectable prices. [GSt/DRL]
see also: Media Magazines.
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