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Exhibition Comic Art: 120 Years of Panels and Pages

Comic Reader, no. 90. St. Louis: Gateway Comic Art Fan Club, October 1972. Serial and Government Publications Division, Library of Congress (045.00.00) Courtesy of Paul Levitz.
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Comic Reader, Vol. 1, no. 100. St. Louis: Gateway Comic Art Fan Club, August/September 1973. Serial and Government Publications Division, Library of Congress (045.01.00) Courtesy of Paul Levitz
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Fanzines

Fanzines—self-published magazines originating in the Science Fiction community—became an integral part of comic book culture in the 1950s and 1960s, offering an early avenue for industry news and information as well as providing a platform for burgeoning artists to publish their own art inspired by popular characters and stories. Comic fanzine The Comic Reader was published by Jerry Bails, creator of the long running publication Alter Ego. Fanzines and zine culture can be seen as forerunners to today’s self-published minicomics and web comics.

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