Phil Bronson

Philip Bronson, who lived in Hastings, MN, a town thirty files south of St. Paul, was a member of the Minneapolis Fantasy Society, commuting to meetings. He published Fantasite between 1940 and 1944, a 12-issue fanzine and the Official Organ of the MFS. Harry Warner called it one of the great fanzines of the War Years. The zine ceased publication when Bronson moved from Minnesota to California. Other fanzines published by Bronson included Scienti-Comics, Wudgy Tales, and the 1943 Shangri L'Affaires. He attended the Denvention, the 1941 Worldcon and the Second Michicon in 1942.

Because he included comic strip/comic book material in the two issues of his Scienti-Comics in 1940, he is credited by some as being the first fan to publish a comic book fanzine.The first issue was published in Hastings, Minnesota, in May-June of 1940. It was a 20-page, color hektographed fanzine and featured a complete SF comic by Bronson called “Robot Doom.” The second issue was 38 pages, and featured contributions by C. Christopher Cross, Damon Knight, Robert Lowndes, and a fan poll by Art Widner, editor of FanFare.

His younger brother was the originator of the one-commonly used fannish expression fout.

In 1941, Bronson was a founding member of the National Fantasy Fan Federation and was a member of its advisory board for its first two years.

By 1942, he was taken in by Claude Degler, saying "This Indiana fellow’s drawl fascinates me. I like to hear him talk. He’s a rather tall chap, enthusiastic about it all, and has nice plans for Indiana fandom and their fan magazine, Infinite. I met him at Denver last year; I liked him then and like him more yet now." Yet later, in LA he and Walt Daugherty got angry with each other because the each claimed the right to throw Degler our of LASFS.

After the War, he moved back to Minneapolis, and was one of the members of the revived MFS. Poul Anderson, who was then a neofan and neopro, tuckerized Bronson (and several other MFS members) in his early stories.

His profile as a founding member of The National Fantasy Fan Federation (N3F) by Jon D. Swartz was published in the October, 2017 issue (Volume 76, Number 10) of The National Fantasy Fan.


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