Starspinkle

Starspinkle was Ron Ellik's "biweekly news and chitter-chatter fanzine". It succeeded in becoming that kind of fanzine, a frequent, concise, and yet reasonably comprehensive newszine that fans eagerly awaited its appearance in their mailboxes. It was nominated for the 1964 Best Fanzine Hugo.

"Starspinkle" was a nonsensical word made up by Ellik to prove that a catchy title was not necessary for a fanzine to become a so-called Focal Point Fanzine like Fanac had been in the late 1950s. (Though is it not obvious why Ellik thought "Starspinkle" was not a catchy name….)

It started publication in December 1962 and ran for fifty issues, ending in November 1964, when Ellik moved from LA to Washington, DC. Starspinkle was published by Bruce Pelz, who later became unofficial co-editor, and Don Fitch also helped produce some of the early issues. Each issue was a two-page, one-sheet series of short news stories about fans and fandom. It did two special one-page issues from the 1963 Westercon became one of the first instances of a convention daily newszine, and it also did two special one-page "Harlan Ellison Issues" in 1964, that promoted two Ellison-scripted episodes of The Outer Limits.

Ellik said, "Starspinkle is not a cautious fanzine and if somebody wants to accuse me of imitating Fanac I'm not leaving any cautious-type loopholes in my editorial policy so I can wriggle out of it; I'm spending the energy on laughter. This is a zippity-pow newszine I think you want to read."

Ellik also published his own hoax issues, Starfink as by Nor Kille.

Issue Date Pages Notes
1 December 1962 2
2 January 1963 2
3 January 1963
4 January 1963 2
5 February 1963 2
6 February 1963 2
7 March 1963 2
8 March 1963 2
9 April 1963 2
10 April 1963 2
11 May 1963 2
12 May 1963 2
13 June 1963 2
14 June 1963 2
15 July 1963 2
16 July 1963 2
17 August 1963 2
18 August 1963 2
19 September 1963 2
20 September 1963 2
21 September 1963 2
22 October 1963 2
23 October 1963 2
24 November 1963 2
25 November 1963 2
26 December 1963 2
27 December 1963 2
28 January 1964 2 Is numbered '26'
29 January 1964 2
30 January 1964 2
32 February 1964 2
34 March 1964 2
35 April 1964 2
36 April 1964 2
37 May 1964 2
38 May 1964 2
39 June 1964 2
40 June 1964 2
41 July 1964 2
42 July 1964 2
43 July 1964 2
44 August 1964 2
45 August 1964 2
46 September 1964 2
47 September 1964 2
48 October 1964 2
49 October 1964 2
50 November 1964 4 Final issue