While most folks measure the passage of time in minutes, hours, days, weeks and months, my inner chronometer now mirrors the Retrofan publication schedule. It monitors the progress of the magazine closely and slowly, but surely increases my endorphins and adrenaline levels as each release date draws near and when the magazine arrives, it floods my entire system with both in expectation of the sheer, unadulterated joy that it knows I’m about to experience. That, boys and girls is how my biological response to Retrofan works and while it may sound like I’m exaggerating, I can assure you, I’m not. Even though it’s only six issues old, it honestly feels like Retrofan has been a staple of literary diet for far longer and while I’ve just about given up on almost every other magazine, I’ll never abandon Retrofan.
Every issue feels like an old friend, like it’s been written just for me and whenever I lose myself in Retrofan’s pages I always learn something new and exciting about the geek culture of yesteryear and the shows, comics, films and ephemera that I grew up with and that my dad used to eulogise about at great length. Retrofan isn’t like other magazines, it feels more like an in depth conversation with someone who loves, understands and cherishes the same things you do and who wants nothing more than to share their endless nostalgic secrets and stories of wonder with you, and you alone.
This time around, the Retrofan gallery opens up to tell the tale of the original Ghost Busters, the nineteen seventies Saturday morning kids show that beat Dan Ayckroyd to the punch by almost a decade, charts the history and development of the Naugas, travels to the Pinball Hall of Fame in Las Vegas, explores the history of Kenner’s infamous late seventies and early eighties Alien merchandise, takes a deep dive into the mythology of Goldfinger and the Rubiks Cube, features knockout interviews with Butch Patrick (Eddie Munster) and modern horror host Svengoolie and much, much more besides.
Seriously folks, if there’s a better magazine devoted to the strange, weird and wonderful things that paved for the way for the current nerdtastic explosion that’s taken today and tomorrow by storm, then I’ve yet to find it. And you know why I haven’t? Because it doesn’t exist and even it did, it couldn’t hold a candle to Retrofan. It isn’t just about history, it’s about the history that made us who we are and breathed life into the geekdom that we all know and adore. It’s simply the best… Tim Cundle