1940: sf writer predicts the imminent and welcome end of science fiction comic books

Scott Edelman writes, "Science fiction writer Thomas S. Gardner says in a 1940 issue of the fanzine Fantasy News that science fiction comic books hurt science fiction, but don't worry -- he also says that comics likely won't be around for long anyway:"

"The comic magazines are a fly-by-night affair in all probability. The fact that few appear for the second issue but start out with a new series hoping to sell the first copies is pretty good proof of their impermanence."

So much for the predictive powers of science fiction writers!


"Science Fiction is being guffawed, ballyhooed, and ridiculed out of existence. The readers and magazines are being classified as morons as a result of the comic books."

Luckily, though, the prescient Gardner predicted comic books wouldn’t be around for long.

"The comic magazines are a fly-by-night affair in all probability. The fact that few appear for the second issue but start out with a new series hoping to sell the first copies is pretty good proof of their impermanence."

1940 science fiction fanzine calls comics “a fly-by-night affair”

[Scott Edelman]