The Planeteer

A fanzine edited by (a very young!) James Blish in East Orange, NJ, which ran from 1935 through 1939. Nearly all of the issues included a story by Blish. (The last issue was edited by James V. Taurasi.) There was a reprint in 1971 in Canticles From Labowitz #7.

Vol. 1 No. 1 November 1935 12 pgs

Editor (unattributed) Jim Blish, 131 Harrison Street, East Orange, NJ.
12 pages, including covers, hectographed. Size 5 ½ ins by 8 ½ ins. No price.
Cover by Jim Blish.
3 * Editor, The * Yelps from the Editor’s end * ed
4 * Blish, Jim * Neptunian Refuge * ss

Vol. 1 No. 2 December 1935 16 pgs

Editor (unattributed) Jim Blish, Blish-Grim Enterprises, net Inc. 131 Harrison St, East Orange, New Jersey.
16 pages, including covers. Hectographed. Size 5 ½ ins by 8 1/2ins. Price 10 cents.
Cover unattributed, believed to be by Jim Blish.
3 * Editor, The * Yelps from the Editor’s end * ed
4 * Blish, Jim * Mad vision * ss
13 * Anon * The Planeteer’s Televisor: 1. The Rocket Pistol * ar
14 * Anon * Coming Next Month * ar

Vol. 1 No. 3 January 1936 16 pgs

Managing Editor Jim Blish, Blish-Grim Enterprises, 131 Harrison Street, New Jersey.
16 pages including covers. Mimeographed with hectographed illustrations. Size 7 ins by 8 ½ ins. No price.
Cover by W. Miller.
3 * Editor. The * Yelps from the Editor’s end * ed
4 * Blish, Jim * Pursuit into Nowhere * ss
13 * Anon * The Planeteer’s Televisor: 2. The Disintegrator * ar
14 * Readers * Reader Spanks, The * lc
15 * Anon * Coming next month * ar

Vol. 1 No. 4 February 1936 16 pgs

Managing Editor Jim Blish, 131 Harrison Street, East Orange, N.J.
16 pages including covers. Mimeographed with hectographed illustrations. Size 7 ins by 8 ½ ins. Price 10 cents.
Cover unattributed.
3 * Editor, The * Yelps from the Editor’s end * ed
4 * Blish, Jim * Threat from Copernicus * ss
12 * Anon * The Planeteer’s Televisor: Heavy Artillary: The Moon-Ray * ar
12 * Readers * Reader Spanks, The * ar
13 * Anon * First Prize Contest * cn
14 * Anon * Coming next month * ar

Vol. 1 No. 5 March 1936 12 pgs

Managing Editor James Blish, 69 Halsted Street, East Orange, New Jersey.
12 pages plus covers. Mimeographed. Size 7 ins by 8 ½ ins. Price 10 cents.
Cover unattributed.
1 * Editor, The * Yelps from the Editor’s End * ed
2 * Blish, James * Trail of the Comet * ss
9 * Anon * Coming next month * ar
10 * DuMont, Burton * Emptiness * vi
12 * Readers * Reader Spanks, The * lc

Vol. 1 No. 6 April 1936 14 pgs

Managing Editor Jim Blish, 69 Halsted Street, East Orange, New Jersey.
14 pages including covers. Mimeographed. Size 8 ½ ins by 11 ins. Price 10 cents.
Cover by [W H] Miller.
3 * Editor, The * Yelps from the Editor’s end * ed
4 * Blish, Jim * Bat-shadow Shroud * ss
8 * Anon * Esperantist’s Science-fiction Bulletin * ar
9 * Anon * Next month’s Planeteer Tale * ar
10 * Manning, Laurence * Coal Thief * vi
12 * Readers * Reader Spanks, The * lc

Vol 2. No. 1 September 1936

Indexer Alistair Durie says "This issue was never circulated, as you can read in Phil Stephen-Paynes comments in the FictionMagsIndex. The ToC there was based on an Ebay listing. I have a photocopy of the proposed ToC which is headed up “Tesseract combined with The Planeteer”. This merger isn’t mentioned in the next issue of Tesseract which came out in November 1936. What I can add to Phil S-Ps entry is that the cover was by Morris Dollens Jnr. and Blish also intended to publish two other stories “Napoleon of Space” by J Harvey Haggard and “The Thousandth Raid” by William J Sykora.

March 1939 Vol 2 No 1
Editor James V Taurasi, 137-07 32nd Flushing, N.Y.
26 pages, but numbered from inside front cover. Mimeographed. Size 8 ½ ins by 11 ins. Price 10 cents.
Cover by Taurasi
2 * Editor, The * Editorial * ed
4 * Taurasi, James V * It Happened in Space * ss
9 * Kuslan, Gertrude * Dreamer, The * vi
10 * Marconette, Walter E * He of the Xandy * ss
14 * Giunta, John * Crack-up “Rocky” * ss
17 * Hart, Dale * Coming of Ornoo, The * ss


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