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Skyrack

Entry updated 28 June 2021. Tagged: Fan, Publication.

UK Fanzine (1959-1971) edited by Ron Bennett, which was Britain's principal and indispensable Newszine throughout the 1960s. There were 96 issues in all, stencil-duplicated in UK quarto format, typically 4pp; #1 was dated April 1959 and #96 was dated July 1971, there having been a long gap since the penultimate #95 in May 1968. The title masthead used from #2 onward was lettered by Eddie Jones; Arthur Thomson (as Atom) was a regular cartoonist. Bennett covered sf and fan news – both local and overseas – in a relaxed, gossipy style. The entire sequence is archived online [see links below] and was eventually assembled with related material as The Complete Skyrack (2017 ebook). Skyrack's final winding-down (1967 and 1968 each saw only one issue, 1969 and 1970 none) led to the launch of its successor, Checkpoint. [DRL]

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