Les Spinge

British fanzine published starting September 1959 and edited by Ken Cheslin and Peter Davies of the Stourbridge Science Fiction Circle (SADO). In the 60s Peter Davies was replaced by Dave Hale. Along with Hyphen it was a good example of an old-style of British fanzine.

It had a 100 page 13th issue (May 1964) issued in two volumes, with contributors including Walt Willis, John Berry, and Michael Moorcock. The 106-page 14th issue (January 1965) was assembled using a power drill and metal binding straps. The editors could only collate and mail a few issues each week. Contributors to this issue included Michael Moorcock, John Berry, Charles Platt, and George O. Smith.

Eventually, relatively low reader response received caused editors to quit. Darroll Pardoe edited some slimmed-down subsequent issues, but it was never quite the same after that. It lasted through the 70s, with its final issue (#36) in December 1979.

Issue Date Pages Notes
1 Autumn 1959 24 editors: Ken Cheslin and Peter Davies
2 April 1960 26
3 July 1960 46
4 Winter 1960 42
5 March 1961 34
6 August 1961 52
7 September 1961 22 editors: Ken Cheslin and Dave Hale
8 March 1962 24
9 July 1962 42
10 January 1963 34
11 June 1963 42
12 January 1964 56
13 May 1964 100 Stapled in two parts
14 January 1965 106
15 August 1966 20 editor: Darroll Pardoe
16 October 1966 20
17 March 1967 34
18 June 1967 28
19 September 1967 32
21 March 1969 24
22 July 1970 18 OMPA 58
23 January 1971 24 OMPA
24 October 1972 4
25 November 1972 22
26 December 1972 12
27 May 1973 20
28 June 1973 12
29 October 1973 14
30 November 1973 12
31 January 1974 12
32 September 1974 12
33 May 1979 8 Includes index to the first 33 issues
34 June 1979 12
35 September 1979 16
36 December 1979 18

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