Following the publication of issue 1, which celebrated the 50th anniversary of KA-POW, and issue 2, which celebrated the first British Comics Convention, issue 3 celebrates the publication of the first issue of... VAMPIRELLA…? Yes, I know the character isn’t British, but really, who could resist the opportunity?
This issue of FANSCENE primarily takes a look at several of the APAs that used to be published in the U.K., including BAPA, XAP, DAPA and MIRACLE. Not a comprehensive list by any means, but a nice little snapshot of a subsection of fandom that gets far too little attention.
Sporting a lovely painted VAMPIRELLA cover by Nick Neocleous, and superb pin-ups by Richard Baker, Martin Hand, Dave Hornsby, Andy Williams, Joe Matthews,and Ken Simpson, the zine also includes articles, and tributes to Terry Wiley, Stan Lee, Ernie Colon, and Steve Ditko.
Nick also turns the Fan Spotlight on Guy Lawley, and presents a classic, previously unpublished strip (ZIP NEWTON) by himself and Guy.
Strips feature heavily this issue; we have the first part of ‘GOT IT TOGETHER AGAIN’ by Mark Wayne Barrett, Neal Burton et al, ‘THE FLY’ and ‘JUSTICE LORD’ by Robbie Sutton, ‘devoid of character’ by Roger Gibson (all from the pages of XAP / EARLY SPRING and thus criminally underseen), ‘ALF PRICE’ by Mike Teague, ‘3 PANEL STRIPS’ by Jay Slack, a tribute to Ditko’s ‘I USED TO BE HUMAN’ by Floyd Hughes, and ‘TURTLE SOUP’ (another slice of Comic Shop inspired madness) by Nick Neocleous.
The 'MOBILE' version is small enough to be viewed on line, while this main 'FANSCENE 3' link takes you to a version that is best downloaded and viewed on a desktop device.
I hope you enjoy this free version. If you do — please consider making a small donation to the charity of your choice.