Fantasy Fiction Field

(1) Julius Unger's Publishing House.

See FFF for the original Fancyclopedia articles.

(2) A Fanzine by Julius Unger

A mimeographed fanzine published by Julius Unger between late October 1940 and December 1945. This was a short weekly fanzine with 215 total issues. It was parodied in FAPA by Fantasy Faction Field. Early issues (at least numbers 3 and 4) were titled Fantasy Fiction Field News Weekly; Issues 5 through 7 (and possibly more) called themselves F.F.F. News Weekly, and 8 and 9 called themselves F.F.F. News Illustrated Weekly. These early issues mostly carried variants of the claim "It covers the entire field" {Anyone know when that stopped?} Later issues used a simple typed header saying Fantasy Fiction Field Illustrated Newsweekly.

Most issues seem to have been 4 pages long, but many issues were longer and many were just two pages. Like Fantasy Times, it was focused on the prozines, frequently publishing black-and-white photograph of the cover of a forthcoming magazine or, sometimes, of some well-known fan: these photographs started with one of James V. Taurasi in issue #9, Dec 28, 1940 (issue 8 was dated Dec 14, 1940 — Unger appears to have taken Christmas off in the first year). The aim of the fanzine was to be a fannish newspaper — as such, it contained mostly news about fans and about the prozines, but also advertisements (frequently Unger's sales lists and want lists) and the occasional article. It also included excerpts of Langley Searles' bibliographic works, published a few pages at a time. Since it was published during WWII, some of the news concerned what fans were doing for the war effort: Vol 5 #6 includes a 5-page letter from Forrest J Ackerman just after he was called up to serve.

By the end of the War, there had been over 200 issues. Perhaps this had exhausted Unger — he soon gafiated so completely that he gave away his own file copies. In 1963, he teamed up with Harvey Inman to revive the fanzine, but died soon after the first issue of the new series was published. Inman continued the fanzine for a few more months, but then it died a second and final time.

Issue Date Pages Notes
1 October 1940
2 1940
3 1940
4 1940
5 1940
6 1940
7 1940
8 December 14, 1940
9 December 28, 1940
10
11 January 1941
21 March 1941
30 May 1941
31 May 1941
32 May 1941
33 May 1941
40 1941
53 October 1941
54 October 1941
55 November 1941
56 November 1941
57 November 1941
58 November 1941
59 November 1941
60 December 1941
61 December 1941 misnumbered #60
62 December 1941
63 December 1961
64 January 1942
65 January 1942
67 January 1942
68 January 1942
69 February 1942
70 February 1942
71 February 1942
72 February 1942
73 March 1942
75 March 1942
76 March 1942
80 April 1942
82 May 1942
85 May 1942
86 June 1942
91 July 1942
92 August 1942
93 August 1942
94 August 1942
96 September 1942
97 September 1942
98 September 1942
99 September 1942
100 September 1942
101 October 1942
102 October 1942
103 October 1942
104 October 1942
106 November 1942
107 November 1942
108 November 1942
195 September 1944
202 November 1944
203 November 1944
207 March 1945
215 December 1945 Final issue of 1st series
New series
1 January 1963
2 1963
3 1963
4 1963
5 1963
6 1963
7 1963
8 1963
9 1963
10 1963
11 1963
12 1963
13 1963
14 1963
15 1963
16 1963
17 1963
18 1963
19 November 1963

This is a fanzine page. Please extend it by adding information about when and by whom it was published, how many issues it has had, (including adding a partial or complete checklist), its contents (including perhaps a ToC listing), its size and repro method, regular columnists, its impact on fandom, or by adding scans or links to scans.