Vintage from the 1970s
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This is an instant-download, 20-page pdf scan of the entire rare fanzine SON of GRAFAN #13 published by the St. Louis Graphic Fantasy Society in April, 1972, a fan club consisting mostly of aspiring, teen-age writers and artists. It originally had a circulation of less than 100 mimeograph copies.
Main feature in this issue is Part 1 of a heroic fantasy fiction novella by my friend, the late Jim Theis (James Theis here.) “The Sacred Crest” features Jim’s ongoing character, Grignr the Barbarian, a spirited homage to Conan, Robert E. Howard, and the pulp adventures Jim loved.
I’ve recently discovered Jim is famous (or infamous) in science fiction fandom for his first Grignr story, "Eye of Argon,” published a couple of years earlier in OSFAN #10, another fanzine published in St. Louis, from the Ozark Science Fiction club... a different group, separate from GRAFAN. I had nothing to do with publishing “Eye of Argon,” had and have nothing to do with poking fun at it.
As a 17-year-old fanzine editor and GRAFAN member, I published the sequel “Sacred Crest” with a down-the-middle, “oh-boy-I-have-new-content-to-print” mindset of a fanzine editor looking for readers. I admired and still admire Jim’s commitment to finishing long fiction, something I could not have dreamed of when I was 17 and he was 18. (He was 16 when OSFAN crudely typed and printed his first story.)
Speaking of typing, *I* typed the first couple of pages of the story on mimeograph stencils here in SON of GRAFAN #13; I believe production supervisor Walt Stumper, also a friend of Jim, finished the rest. I also drew directly onto a mimeograph stencil my original illustration of the hand clutching the sword that launches the story on page 7 of this issue. I designed that spread. I was committed to what I thought was the coolness of it all.
SON OF GRAFAN #13 also features a cover by St. Louis cartoonist Larry Nolte; editorial by me; a “Fandom Report” with news of GRAFAN meetings to come and past; a “Coming Attractions” column by Paul Daly about science fiction and fantasy movies; fanzine reviews by me; and a 1971 Comic Fan Awards ballot.
Take a look at the scans. What you will be downloading is a pdf of these pages and more; Etsy will only show 10 pages. This pdf is a low-res version of the entire issue, readable any way you currently view pdfs: Kindle, Adobe Reader, etc. The entire first part of the Jim Theis story is included. The story is continued in SON OF GRAFAN #15.
The man fandom thinks “never wrote anything again” most certainly did – in fanzines my friends and I published. Like this one,
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