Everyone has a first issue... and for DREAMWATCH MAGAZINE readers this may well have been it.
DREAMWATCH, the rebooted former fanzine (and future Titan Magazines acquisition), launched earlier in the year (see my previous post) but it was still only sold via subscription and through specialist comic book stores. From issue 9 (May 1995) it nabbed national mainstream distribution and no doubt found a brand new audience, previously blissfully unaware it even existed.
Over those previous eight issues the magazine had come a long way: fixing the crappy masthead and cleaning-up the interior layouts. For a good few years, Dreamwatch and TV Zone were invaluable monthly reads.
Of course, it helped that this coincided with the moment that THE X-FILES ceased being that obscure NIGHT STALKER-type show tucked away on satellite TV (it's easy to forget that its first British outing on Sky One went pretty-much unheralded. It was only when BBC TWO repeated the show that it began to build any momentum) and into a zeitgeist-capturing cultural phenomenon. This wouldn't be the last time that Dreamwatch (and every other magazine in search of a sales lift) would splash it across the cover.
BABYLON FIVE was also proving to be the little-show-that-could, building a bigger (so it seemed) fan following in the UK than in the States.