Cry of the Nameless

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Clubzine of The Nameless Ones starting in the 50s, but by the mid-50s it had shortened its named to just Cry and had ceased to be a clubzine. It was edited for most of its lifetime by F. M. Busby with help from a number of people including Elinor Busby. In the 60s it was mainly the work of Wally Weber.

It won the 1960 Best Fanzine Hugo, and was nominated for the 1959 Best Fanzine Hugo and the 1962 Best Fanzine Hugo

In the 50s it earned the reputation as one of the most fannish fanzines and one of its most popular features was its large letters column, "Cry of the Readers". It was the conduit into fandom for many younger fans who were just beginning to send off for fanzines and was a place where newer fans were at home with science fiction personalities such as Ellison, Asimov, Silverberg, Walt Willis, and Harry Warner, Jr.. Becoming a Cry letterhack was a kind of fannish rite of passage.

Other features included a prozine review column by F. M. Busby (as "Renfrew Pemberton"), the "Fandom Harvest" column by Terry Carr and John Berry's serialized 1959 North American trip report "The Goon Goes West".

Issue #135, the tenth annish was the first issue of 1960 and was one of the best. In that issue, Hal Lynch provided a piece of fan fiction about a fan who wanted to make a 12-hour film based on Sam Moskowitz's The Immortal Storm. Jose Ferrer played Don Wollheim; Gregory Peck as Bob Tucker; Yul Brynner as Hoy Ping Pong; and Raymond Burr as Moskowitz. It also included Dean Grennell denying that he was Les Nirenberg, an article by Les Gerber "How to Write Faan Fiction", and a letter from Bob Lichtman that summarized how many seasoned fans must have felt about fandom as the 1960s were just beginning: "I'm glad I'm not joining fandom now; think of all the things I'd have to wait ever so long to enter into the fun of, while I'm already in them. The learning process continues, and as I read every new fanzine I get, and with every letter I receive, and so on. I doubt that even Bloch knows everything about fandom, but imagine what a vast knowledge the elder Ghods like he and Tucker must have -- fannish allusions and jokes long forgotten by other fen."

Cry ceased publication after the 174th issue in mid 1964 primarily due to Wally Weber being moved by his employer, Boeing, from the Seattle area to Huntsville, Alabama. It briefly made a comeback in the late 1960s under Vera Heminger, but it wasn't the same.

rich brown, a frequent contributor to the letters column, looked back at Cry some decades later, and delivered this eulogy: "No other fanzine of the time had quite the same mixture of pros and BNFs and new fanzine fans as enthusiastic participants; people didn't just 'like' Cry, they were genuinely fond of it."

Issue Date Pages Editor Notes
2 February 1950 4 G. M. Carr
3 March 1950 2 "
4 April 1950 2 "
7 October 1950 6 "
7.5 October 19, 1950 2 "
8 November 1950 4 "
9 December 1950 12 "
10 January 1951 6 "
11 February 1951 8 "
12 March 1951 6 "
13 April 1951 7 "
15 June 1951 8 "
16 September 1951 6 "
17 October 1951 8 Wally Weber
19 December 19, 1951 6 "
20 January 18, 1952 4 "
21 February 1, 1952 4 "
22 February 15, 1952 6 "
23 February 29, 1952 5 "
24 March 14, 1952 6 "
25 March 28, 1952 4 "
27 April 25, 1952 4 "
29 May 23, 1952 4 "
31 June 20, 1952 8 "
36 September 12, 1952 4 "
37 October 10, 1952 4 "
375 November 7, 1952 6 "
39 December 1952 4 "
44 March 1953 2 "
45 April 25, 1953 4 Wally Gonser
46 May 10, 1953 2 "
56 October 8, 1953 4 Wally Weber
60 December 6, 1953 2 "
66 March 4, 1954 8 "
67 March 21, 1954 10 "
76 December 30, 1954 14 Burnett Toskey
78 March 1955 16 F.M. Busby / Elinor Busby
81 June 1955 16 Burnett Toskey / Wally Weber
83 September 1955 18 F.M. Busby / Elinor Busby
84 October 1955 12 "
86 December 1955 18 "
88 February 1956 22 "
89 December 30, 1954 22 Burnett Toskey / Wally Weber
92 June 1956 24 Burnett Toskey / others
95 September 1956 32 Burnett Toskey / Wally Weber
96 October 1956 30 Wally Weber / others
97 November 1956 20 "
98 December 1956 24 "
100 February 1957 52 "
101 March 1957 30 Wally Weber
103 May 1957 22 Wally Weber / others
108 October 1957 34 "
109 November 1957 34 Wally Weber
111 January 1958 42 Wally Weber / others
112 February 1958 39 Wally Weber
113 March 1958 36 "
114 April 1958 38 "
115 May 1958 53 F. M. Busby
116 June 1958 48 "
117 July 1958 Burnett Toskey
118 August 1958 50 Wally Weber
119 September 1958 37 "
120 October 1958 38 F. M. Busby
121 November 1958 "
122 December 1958 40 Wally Weber
123 January 1959 36 F. M. Busby / Elinor Busby / Burnett Toskey / Wally Weber
January 21, 1959 2 Letter from Ted Pauls
124 February 1959 46 F. M. Busby
125 March 1959 46 "
126 April 1959 46 "
127 May 1959 46 "
128 June 1959 42 "
129 July 1959 38 "
130 August 1959 46 "
131 September 1959 34 "
132 October 1959 38 "
133 November 1959 34 "
134 December 1959 54 "
135 January 1960 104 "
136 February 1960 46 "
137 March 1960 66 "
138 April 1960 52 "
139 May 1960 48 "
140 June 1960 50 "
141 July 1960 54 "
142 August 1960 44 "
September 1960 4 "
143 October 1960 44 "
144 November 1960 42 "
145 December 1960 62 "
146 January 1961 46 " Title changes to simply Cry
147 February 1961 34 "
148 March 1961 44 "
149 April 1961 44 "
150 May 1961 38 "
151 June 1961 32 "
152 August 1961 38 "
153 October 1961 38 "
154 November 1961 32 "
155 December 1961 36 "
156 January 1962 26 "
157 February 1962 26 "
159 April 1962 36 "
160 May 1962 32 "
161 June 1962 36 "
162 August 1962 40 "
163 October 1962 38 "
164 November 1962 32 "
165 December 1962 36 Wally Weber / F. M. Busby / Elinor Busby
166 February 1963 38 "
167 April 1963 34 "
168 June 1963 34 "
169 August 1963 23 "
170 October 1963 36@ "
171 December 1963 32@ "
172 February 1964 32@ "
173 April 1964 32@ Wally Weber / Ella Parker
173.5 April 1964 12 Wally Weber / F. M. Busby / Elinor Busby
174 June 1964 34 "
175 August 1964 12 hoax issue by Phil Harrell and Wally Weber and marked as ARGH 1964
175 August 1968 18 Wally Weber / Elinor Busby / Vera Heminger
176 September 1968 42 "
177 November 1968 42 "
178 December 1968 52 "
179 February 1969 42 "
180 March 1969 40 "
181 May 1969 44 "
182 June 1969 36 Wally Weber / Wally Gonser
183 August 1969 48 "
184 September 1969 46 "
185 November 1969 38 Elinor Busby
186 June 1970 50 Elinor Busby
187 January 1989 50

Cry of the Nameless online at fanac.org


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