Retrofan #9 (TwoMorrows Publishing)

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Believe it or not, and while it may not seem like it at the moment, there was life before COVID. Gloriously, geeky, imaginative life that was packed full of wonders that drew on, and from, the dreams of generations of creators whose sole goal was to share all things fantastical with the world.  For more than a century the day-dreams, obsessions and idles of minds immeasurably more brilliant than the mainstream would ever give them credit for filled the pages of novels, pulp magazines and comics and were writ large on both the small and big screen and provided respite, refuge and salvation for those of us who adored monsters, rocket ships, superheroes and all manner of weird, curious and obscure culture. This is the world that Retrofan celebrates, investigates and explores, and it continues to get better at doing so with each and every successive issue.

Holding a magnifying glass to the mostly forgotten, and much lamented, Captain America television films that appeared at the end of the seventies, diving deep into the world of horrific B-Movies with an in-depth examination of Bert I. Gordon’s The Cyclops, shining a much needed light on Captain Nice, plunging headlong into the history of colouring books, delivering a detailed trip report from (and about) the Mid-Atlantic Nostalgia Convention, remembering Benny Hill and much, much more, issue nine of Retrofan serves up a sumptuous cornucopia of the best of yesterday. Well written, thoughtful, funny and insightful, this magazine continues to go from strength to strength and, I’ve said it before and I’ll almost certainly say it again, is my favourite periodical bar none. It’s true you know, us geeks really will inherit the Earth… Tim Cundle

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