I was pleasantly shocked to discover that Fantagraphics has published the latest issue of Squa Tront
, a pre-Factsheet Five old-school fanzine dedicated to EC comics. I have several back issues of Squa Tront
, which I bought over 30 years ago and I treasure them.
Squa Tront (the name comes from the words that space monsters frequently uttered in Weird Science and Weird Fantasy -- another thing they liked to say was "Spa Fon" [and of course there was a zine named Spa Fon, as well]) has always stood out for its gorgeous, lavish production. The Fantagraphics-published issue is no exception. The content is first rate -- there are lots of interviews with EC artists and writers (this issue focuses a lot on the underappreciated John Severin), high quality reproductions of rediscovered penciled pages, and a look at early EC fanzines.
(Shown here -- the cover of Squa Tront #3, from 1969, featuring a cover painting by Al Feldstein, who later went on to become the editor of the only existing EC publication, Mad. Click image for enlargement.)
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