One of our fastest growing collecting areas here is our collection of scifi and fantasy materials. From our range of Fantastic Adventures dating from the 1930s through the 1950s, our Wonder Stories from the 1920s and 1930s, and our newly opened Ned Brooks scifi fanzine collection, our scifi and fantasy collections are out of this world!
(Okay, we’re sorry about that last bit, but the joke was just too easy to make.)
Librarians have been working since July on digitally archiving over 10,000 science fiction zines.
The library is partnering with the fan-run Organization for Transformative Works to collect more zines for eventual digital archival, but Hampton is currently focused on material from the 1930s to 1950s, spanning the rise of zines and the Golden Age of science fiction.
Here we have Vol. I, Issue I of Scorpio, published in L.A. in March 1941. The cover is an example of white-on-black printing–hard to photograph yet awesome to behold. We have numerous zines with white-on-black covers within the Hevelin Collection. See some other examples here and here.
Scorpio. Vol.I, Issue I. California: an Astra publication. Edited by Alojo. Cover by Barnes. Interior illustrations by O’Brien, Moyer, and Chamberlain. The Rusty Hevelin Science Fiction Collection.
Weirdbook, indeed! Masterly and macabre are the front and back covers of Weirdbook 13 (1978), done by D. Bruce Berry and J. K. Potter, respectively. I found a great story inside, too, by Briam Lumley: The Man Who Saw No Spiders.