Friday, 2 March 2012


Here's a short-lived fanzine from the comic industry's (equally short-lived) boom years of the early 1990s.

COMIC SPECULATOR NEWS, sold in comic book stores, was the nearest rival to (the considerably longer-lived) COMICS INTERNATIONAL but, as the name suggests, it favoured the WIZARD approach of hyping everything that moved as being "the next sure-fire investment".  Which, of course, they weren't.

This issue, from June 1993, covers the launch of Jim Shooter's DEFIANT COMICS (a short-lived venture most noted for issuing one comic as a set of trading cards and getting into a legal battle with his ex-employer, Marvel Comics, over the copyright of Plasm) and Marvel UK's FRONTIER COMICS (a not-at-all-like-VERTIGO, honest, sub-brand intended to spin non-superhero yarns.  It closed within months).

Details of CSN are few-and-far between but, if Slow Robot's memory banks are correct, it switched from a paid to a free, advertiser-funded, model (the reverse of COMICS INTERNATIONAL) and then, as the market crashed, faded away.

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