Magazines

I just felt like briefly mentioning some magazines I've read and/or subscribed to, over the years. There are any number that I wouldn't really consider worth mentioning... I couldn't say much about most magazines, because they just haven't been that important to me. There were numerous ones I must have read in my high school library, in the early 90s, just because it was free and easy and I was bored. I'm sure there was some women's (or girls') magazine, like Seventeen or YM or something, that had a full-page comic in each issue, and now I really wish I could remember what that comic was called, who wrote it, or what it was about. (The only thing I'm fairly sure of is that one of the characters was named Dorothea. Or maybe Althea, or something like that.)

I also want to mention that in the 90s, I liked to cut articles and pictures out of magazines (that I owned), and tape and paste them together into what I called "malgazines" (a portmanteau of "amalgam" and "magazine," obviously). In later years, I threw out most of my malgazines, though some of them maybe I recut, throwing out most of the contents but keeping just a bit. And most of that I eventually threw out, too. But even now I may occasionally save something to put in a malgazine. Maybe.

And... I'm not sure what else to say. Oh, but you might also want to check out my CBS Television Reading Program page.


Note: I'm in the process of moving these entries here.


Back to the Future Fan Club
Futurepedia

This ran for just four issues, in 1990. It was published by Dan Madsen, the same guy who published the Star Trek Fan Club magazine. Like that club, this membership also came with a patch. And I have a photo of Doc Brown, Marty, Einstein, and the DeLorean in front of the clock tower. I'm sure that was a freebie that came from this club. I don't really know what else to say. The issues were pretty slim, but I'm sure I liked them, and I'm glad I still have them all.


BOP
official website; Wikipedia

This magazine launched in 1983, and it's still going. When I was in my teens, say late 80s/early 90s, I'm sure I picked up the occasional issue of this, or Big Bopper, and possibly similar things. Because it's about stuff of interest to teens, articles about young musicians and actors or whatever. And there were pinups of girls I liked, I guess. Of course I got rid of all that many years ago, but I'm sure at the time it was of at least minor importance to me.


Computer Gaming World
Wikipedia

This ran from 1981-2006. It's quite possible I had a subscription to it in 2001-02, but it's not something I really remember clearly or ever much cared about. (I always kind of wanted to be a computer gamer, but I've never managed it.) Now what I have left is a slim malgazine I'd made of the few bits that were of any interest to me at all. And flipping through it now, all I really remember is a couple ads for American McGee's Alice, which looked pretty cool, I thought. (I didn't actually buy the game until some years later, and I never got very far in it.)

And I have seen one copy of Computer Games Magazine from 1999, lying around in the garage. It has an address label with my name on it, which tends to suggest I had subscribed to it, but I have absolutely no recollection of that.


Fantasy & Science Fiction
backissues.com; official website; Wikipedia

This launched in 1949, and it's still going. It was originally called "The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction," but it changed to the shorter title in 1987, which was before I ever read it. And in fact, I've never read much of it. At the time I write this, I have three issues, and I honestly don't remember if I ever had more than that. As far as anthology magazines go, I was always more interested in IASFM. But of course, there can be good stories in any magazine, I guess. Um... I don't clearly remember anything I read in this magazine, but I probably found it interesting, at the time. And of course, I can reread stuff someday. Anyway, I have an issue from April 1994, which is neat because it has Tinker Bell on the cover, and you know how I love Tink. (The image is for a story called "Wendy Darling, RFC," which I seem to recall confusing me when I first saw the title on the cover, because I didn't remember that Wendy's last name was Darling, so it sounded to me like someone was calling her by a term of endearment, and I couldn't imagine what he might have meant by "RFC." Seriously, imagine you're saying to someone you love, "Wendy, darling... RFC." What would you mean?! But of course Darling is her name, and RFC is Royal Flying Corps. Which explains the plane.) And I have an issue from September 1997. I seem to recall that when I bought this, the cashier insinuated I was buying it for some reason other than the desire to read fantasy & science fiction stories, but for the life of me, I can't imagine what they meant. Also I have an issue from October/November 1997. I don't have any recollections about that one.


G.I. Joe Magazine
Branded in the 80s; Yo Joe!

For several years in the 80s, I was big into G.I. Joe toys. And I read some comic books. And in 1987-88, I subscribed to this magazine. I don't really remember anything about it, though some of the covers I've seen online look rather familiar. I guess I feel mildly nostalgic about it, and I wish I still had the magazine. Although... I think now that maybe a couple of random pages I have tucked away in folders must have come from this magazine. Which I never would have guessed, because those pages have nothing to do with G.I. Joe, but apparently the magazine dealt with various unrelated shows and things, in addition to G.I. Joe. Weird.


Marvel Swimsuit Specials
Marvel Database; Wikipedia

These fall somewhere between comic books and actual magazines. They were bigger (and glossier) than normal comic books, but they featured comic book characters. In 1991, there was Marvel Illustrated: The Swimsuit Issue, a blatant ripoff of the annual Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue. In 1992-95, they were retitled "Marvel Swimsuit Special." And they were... exactly what the name suggests. And yes, I have all five of them. And they are awesome. (Politically correct, you ask? Well, yeah. Because it's not just a bunch of hot female characters in swimsuits, there are also plenty of hot male characters, if that's what you're into. I'm not, but I do think it's good that there's equal representation.)


Movieline
backissues.com; TSOMM; Wikipedia

This became a national magazine in 1989, and ended in 2009. I had forgotten it existed, but I guess a couple of clippings I still have came out of it, including a photo of Ashley Judd, from 1994. I don't even remember how often I might have gotten the magazine. (Knowing my memory, I could have even had a subscription, but I doubt it.)


National Geographic
backissues.com; official website; TV Tropes; Wikipedia

This launched in 1888 (like, wow), and it's still going. I used to look through old issues of it at my grandparents' house, and probably also in my high school library. And I must have a few issues of it somewhere. It's an interesting magazine with cool pictures and whatnot, but not something I've ever been super into.


Nickelodeon Magazine
Wikipedia

I never actually got any regular issues of this, but I have two special "Nick Mag Presents" issues about Avatar: The Last Airbender, from 2006 and 2007. They are very cool, and maybe someday I'll say more about them specifically. (One thing I will say is that they have comics in them that were later reprinted in The Lost Adventures.)


OMNI
backissues.com; Omni Magazine Online; Wikipedia

This ran from 1978-95. It was a science and science fiction magazine. I had a subscription to it for at least a year, though I'm not sure exactly when (probably the early 90s). I no longer have any of the issues, unfortunately. And I don't remember much of anything specific about it, except I sort of remember full-page comics called "The Artist" (by Art Cumings). And I'm sure I thought the whole magazine was pretty cool.


Otaku USA
official website; Wikipedia

This launched in 2007, and it's still going. It's a bimonthly magazine about anime and any other stuff otakus might be interested in. I have two issues, both from 2007. Each issue of the magazine came with a bonus DVD, until 2009. Um... anyway, I liked the issues I got well enough that I felt it was worth buying them, at the time, but I haven't felt like continuing to buy it. Maybe someday I'll think about getting it again, I dunno.


People
backissues.com; official website; Wikipedia

This launched in 1974, and it's still going. I must have read this on a somewhat regular basis when I was in high school. And I'm sure I've at least skimmed through issues in stores, probably before, during, and since high school. For awhile there, I'd buy the 50 Most Beautiful People issue every year, but it's been quite awhile since I've really cared about that. I don't believe I ever actually subscribed to People, but I do think that one year I subscribed to the spinoff magazine "Teen People," which was published from 1998-2006. (If so, I long since got rid of those magazines.) Still, I do like occasionally flipping through magazines like People in stores, but I rarely if ever end up buying it, anymore.

Actually, looking through a box of random magazines, I find that I have the 100 Most Beautiful People issue from 2008 (which is twice as many beautiful people as they had in the 90s). And I have a People special from 2008 called "Child Stars Then & Now." And a People special from 2009 called "Celebrate the '70s!" All of which makes me kind of think it's a shame I didn't save any of the 50 MBP issues from back in the day. Oh well. Oh, and there's a little article from 1992, about Laina Pecora, which I always found just absurd... Because she is so not "large size."


Popular Mechanics
backissues.com; Internet Archive; official website; Wikipedia

This launched in 1902, and it's still going. My grandfather had a subscription to this, so I'd flip through issues at my grandparents' house, in like the late 80s/early 90s. I still have a few pull-out diagrams from around 1990, which would probably tear apart at the seams if I tried to unfold them. (There's one of the Discovery space shuttle, one of an aircraft carrier, one of "future" aircraft.)


Powerpuff Girls Powerzine

This is a magazine about The Powerpuff Girls. I have one issue (from 2000), and I don't think there were ever any more made. But it's really cool, so I thought I'd mention it in passing. Maybe someday I'll actually say some specific stuff about it. Or not.


Ranger Rick
official website; Wikipedia

This launched in 1967, and it's still going. It's probably the first magazine to which I ever had a subscription, for at least a few years in the 80s. A nature magazine whose mascot is an illustration of a raccoon park ranger, I guess, named Ranger Rick. I don't remember anything specific about the magazine now, but it was surely important to me for some years. I believe at the same time I had a subscription to this, my sister had one to Highlights, which I would also read. So both magazines are fairly nostalgic to me, now.


Reader's Digest
backissues.com; official website; Wikipedia

This launched in 1922, and it's still going. It's something I've often flipped through at my grandparents' house, throughout the 80s and 90s, and into the 2000s. Maybe my mom has sometimes had a subscription of her own, and I've had a subscription at least once (probably a gift from my grandmother). The magazine always has jokes I find amusing, and occasionally articles I find at least a bit interesting. Most of the stuff in the magazine doesn't interest me, but in general I do like it. And I have a bit of a malgazine of things I've clipped out of it, over the years (mostly in the 90s). And I dunno what else to say.


Rolling Stone
backissues.com; official website; Wikipedia

This launched in 1967, and it's still going. I had a subscription to it for at least one year (1993). I don't have any old issues anymore, which is a shame. I know that for quite awhile I at least had covers pinned up on my wall (652, 659, 660, 665, 672), but those are gone now, too. I think the only thing I have left is a clipping of an ad for a concert featuring Dinosaur Jr. Anyway, it's a cool magazine, but I haven't kept up with it... probably because I'm not cool enough.


Star Trek: The Magazine
Memory Alpha; Wikipedia

This magazine ran from 1999-2003. I have three issues, from August 2000, March 2001, and April 2003. It's probably a magazine I would have liked to subscribe to, but couldn't really afford. I think. At 8 bucks a pop, it was barely something I could afford to buy the occasional issue of, however cool it might have been.


Star Trek: The Next Generation Magazine
backissues.com; Memory Alpha

This magazine ran from 1987-94, and I think I must have had a subscription to it for at least one year. I really wish I still had any issues I ever owned, but I don't. I do have a few pages torn out of one or two issues, though.


Star Trek: The Official Fan Club
Memory Alpha

This started as an unofficial newsletter in 1979, but was authorized by Paramount in 1982. I'm not certain exactly when I joined the fan club; the earliest issue I still have is #68 (June/July 1989), but looking at covers on Memory Alpha, the earliest one I'm certain I ever had was #66 (February/March 1989). Although #60 also looks familiar... I think there's a chance I ordered it as a back issue, but I don't have it anymore. And I don't remember if I ever ordered any other back issues. Anyway, I subscribed to this for several years. In 1995, the fan club's magazine was renamed Star Trek: Communicator (starting with #100). It ceased publication in 2005, but by then I hadn't subscribed to it for years. I did occasionally pick up issues in stores, though. And um... at some point I remember separating out old issues I wanted to keep from old issues I wanted to try to sell. I don't remember if I ever did sell any of them or not, but I don't believe I still have them, which is kind of a shame. But the ones I do still have include #68, #70, #71, #72, #74, and #86, from before it became "Communicator." #86 was from July/August 1992, but I think it's quite possible that I was still subscribing at least til a few issues into the Communicator era. The earliest one of those issues I still have is #104 (October/November 1995), which would have to be either the last one I still have from my subscription, or the first one I bought in a store. I'm not sure which. I also have #127 (February/March 2000) and #150 (June/July 2004). Those two were definitely bought in stores.

Well, I must say, the magazine got bigger after it changed its name. But I always liked it, and it always had plenty of good articles and stuff. There was a catalog in every issue that had lots of cool merch I would've liked to get, but couldn't afford (not that it was really expensive). It had a letters column, and I'm sure things I wrote were published on more than one occasion, though it looks like only one of the issues I've still got has one of my letters in it. Aside from the magazine itself, being a member of the club... well, I know I got a few patches, which I still have. (I had my mom sew them onto a jean jacket I used to wear, but then it was in a closet or something for years and years after I stopped wearing it. I eventually took the patches off, so now they're just sitting in a drawer.) I feel like there must have been something else I got from being in the fan club, but I'm not sure what. Maybe it was basically just the magazine and the patches. Anyway... the fan club was founded by Dan Madsen, who also founded the Star Wars Fan Club. I was never a member of that, and I don't recall ever getting any of its magazine, Star Wars Insider, though I at least occasionally flipped through the magazine in stores. And it was clearly very similar to the Star Trek Fan Club Magazine, at least for however long Dan may have been involved in it. He was also the guy behind the Back to the Future Fan Club, which I joined about a year after I joined this club.

And I dunno what else to say, except to reiterate that I was very fond of the magazine, in the late 80s/early 90s, and I wish I still had every issue I used to have... and I'm sure there are plenty of issues I never had that I'd also like to have.


Starlog
Internet Archive; Memory Alpha; official website; Wikipedia

This magazine ran from 1976 to 2009. It was probably my favorite magazine, when I was in high school (in the late 80s and early 90s). Um, I think I used to buy it at my LCS, Mementos, which was my favorite store, in the same era. (It eventually went out of business, years before the magazine did.) I'm not sure how many issues I once had, but now all I have left is a malgazine. Oh, and from March 1997, the Star Wars 20th anniversary issue. Anyway, it's a shame they're not still making this. However, it was revived in 2014 as a website.


TIME
backissues.com; official website; Wikipedia

This launched in 1923, and it's still going. It's something I must have read in my high school library. And I've read it at my grandparents' house, since they had a subscription. And um... it's something I never cared too much about, but it's still worth mentioning. And it's something I'd like to care more about than I do. And... actually sometime in 2010, I ordered a backissue from August 31, 1992 (which I'd read in high school), just so I could scan a picture of Donna Tartt that I remembered thinking was cool. And in December 2019, I bought the Person of the Year issue, because I'm a fan of Greta Thunberg's activism.


Tinker Bell
Disney Magazines; Otakuphrenia Gallery

Because I am a fan of the Tinker Bell movies, I collected this magazine for awhile, starting in 2008. But eventually I stopped getting it regularly, and would just flip through it in stores to decide whether or not I felt like getting it, which I generally didn't. It was eventually renamed (or replaced by) Disney Fairies magazine. And um... I'm not certain it's still being published.


TV Guide
backissues.com; official website; TV Tropes; Wikipedia

This launched in 1953, and it's still going. It used to be digest-sized, but in 2005 it switched a regular magazine size. I still have an issue from June 1996, with Conan O'Brien on the cover. I saved it because when it came out, he burned a bunch of copies of that issue on his show, so I wanted to be sure one survived. Maybe it'll be worth something someday. (Probably not.) And I have one of the post-format change issues, from September/October 2008. I also have a digest-sized malgazine with some stuff from various old issues (including a clipping that I scanned some years ago, of Teri Garr). But there may also be some clippings in there that are from more recent full size issues (as long as the clippings themselves fit the digest size). In any event, I have had subscriptions to the magazine at numerous times over the decades, including right now. There are definitely times I miss the old format of the magazine, but not as much as I feared I would when the change first happened. It remains a pretty useful magazine for knowing when shows are on, and learning about... various TV-related stuff.


TV Watch
I think this is the name of a supplement that used to come in the weekend edition of the Bangor Daily News, which my grandparents subscribed to. It was basically like TV Guide, but it was much slimmer, and entirely made of newsprint paper. Since I have been unable to find any information about it online, I'm assuming it may have been something made specifically by that newspaper, rather than a more widespread newspaper supplement (like USA Weekend, which they also got in the Bangor Daily). And it seems like the paper doesn't carry this supplement any more; I have no idea when they stopped. And I don't remember much of anything specific about it (except I do remember one issue with Claire Danes on the cover at the time My So-Called Life was first airing). Anyway, I feel slightly nostalgic about "TV Watch," and I wish I could get some old copies of it. But I doubt they exist; probably everyone who got them threw them out after reading them.


Us Weekly
backissues.com; official website; TSOMM; Wikipedia

This launched in 1977, and it's still going. It was originally called "Us," but changed its name when it went from a monthly to a weekly magazine in 2000. I think I probably subscribed to it for a year or so, sometime in the 90s. Or something. Anyway, I've always thought of it as basically the same as "People," but a bit less respectable. You know, still better than anything I'd call a tabloid. But... it's been a long time since I've had any real interest in it at all.


USA Weekend
Wikipedia

This was a sort of mini-magazine that came with the weekend editions of lots of newspapers. It was published from 1953 (as "Family Weekly") until 2014 (its name was changed to USA Weekend in 1985). My family never got newspapers that carried it, but my grandparents did, and we usually had Sunday dinner at their house. So, this is something I liked reading at least bits of, when I'd be at their house. And I kind of miss it now. It was replaced in their newspaper by a similar supplement called Parade, which had been around since 1941. Anyway, I haven't ever managed to get as interested in that as I was USA Weekend.


Vanity Fair
backissues.com; official website; Wikipedia

This launched in 1983, and it's still going. It's something I think that for years I must have seen in stores and just ignored because I thought it was a fashion magazine. But... when I saw the January 2009 issue, I got interested in checking out the magazine. Because, you know... Tina Fey. I subscribed to it for that year, though I don't remember if I got that issue as part of the subscription, or had to buy it in a store, or ordered it online later. But I do have it. Anyway, the magazine is about more than fashion, it's about... all kinds of cultural and political stuff, I guess. I'm afraid I never really did read all the articles in the issues I got, and I didn't renew my subscription when it ran out. Now all I have is the January issue, and maybe a few random pages in a malgazine. But I'll still occasionally flip through new issues in stores, to consider whether or not to pick one up.


other stuff

I must have read Weekly Reader in grade school, in the early to mid 80s.
It's quite possible my sister and I got Zoobooks in the early to mid 80s, but I'm not sure.
It's quite possible I may have had at least one issue of Dynamite, sometime in the 80s.
In the 80s and/or 90s, I used to look through my mom's Woman's World and First magazines (for, um... for crossword puzzles. Yeah.)
I have an article about Louise Jameson, torn from an issue of Doctor Who Magazine, but I have no idea when the issue was from. (Could have been late 80s or early 90s.) Nor do I remember if I ever had more than one issue.
I have the Star Trek 25th Anniversary Special (from 1991).
I have issue 28 of Superstar Facts & Pix (The History of Star Trek), from 1993.
I guess I got huH for awhile in the 90s, but I no longer have that. (I have a couple of CDs that came with the magazine, though.)
I have a page torn out of an issue of Popular Science from 1997, but I don't remember the magazine itself.
I have an issue of Science Fiction Age (from July 1997), most likely for the Seinfeld/Deep Space Nine mashup.
It's quite possible I may have bought one or more issues of Blender at some point (in the 90s or 00s), but I no longer have that.
I have an issue of FHM (from June 2003).
I have an issue of Dreamwatch (from 2004).
I have an issue of ToyFare (from 2004). It is very cool. (No wonder, if Rob Bricken worked on it.)
I bought at least a couple issues of GIANT (in 2004-05), which I no longer have.
I have three issues of Now Playing (from 2005-06).
I bought at least one issue of Complex (in 2007), which I no longer have.
I have an issue of New York (from February 25, 2008)
I have an issue of SF Movieland from 1985, which I bought, I think, at a comic shop sometime in the late 00s or early 2010s.
I bought at least one issue of Nylon (from May 2011), which I no longer have.
I have a special issue of Life (from 2016), about Film Noir.

I may have bought one or more issues of Premiere, or even had a subscription at some point. I'm not sure.
...And doubtless I'm forgetting a great many things I've read at various times in the past, whether things I personally owned, or read in a library, or at a friend or relative's house, or whatever. It's even possible I've completely forgotten about magazines I actually subscribed to, which seems... strange. You'd think if a thing was a part of my life for a year or more, I'd remember it at least vaguely, but my memory... sucks. So you never know. Of course, there's also the fact that I've flipped through many magazines in stores without buying them, and there have been plenty of things I would have liked to buy or subscribe to, if I could have afforded it. And years later, I might even think I did buy something that I actually didn't (and vice versa). And... um... yeah. I cannot stress enough how much it bugs me not to be sure of certain things, and to suspect there are some things I just don't remember at all, and... Well and then there are probably things I wouldn't mention even if I did remember them. So, whatevs. It's not like any of this is important, after all....


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