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Femizine, nicknamed Fez, was a fanzine published in the UK supposedly as an all-femmefan effort. However, the first editor, “Joan W. Carr” was a hoax by a man, Sandy Sanderson. Pam Bulmer and Ethel Lindsay were later editors.
- For other women-only publications, see the American STF-ETTE (1940–41) and Femzine (late 1950s), and A Women's Apa (est. 1976s).
|#||Date||Pages||Editor / Notes|
|1||Summer 1954||22||Joan W. Carr, ed.|
|3–4||December 1954||64||" ; Double issue|
|5||February 1955||40||No editor listed, but material is to be sent to Ethel Lindsay, exchange zines and locs to "Sgt. J. W. Carr". So presumably Ethel and "Joan" are co-editors, although other sources say that "Joan" was the editor|
|7||Autumn 1955||62||Pamela Bulmer is co-editor with "Joan"|
|8||March 1956||62||Pamela Bulmer is editor|
|9||May 1956||34||"Edited and Published by Pamela Bulmer", US subscription agents Eva Firestone (West) and Dick Ellington (East). Hoax revealed on the cover (and detailed inside) just before it would break anyway.|
|Hiatus of more than 2 years; Ethel Lindsay took up editorship for the rest of the run.|
|(10)||September 1958||26||Ethel Lindsay is the new editor. |
The cover with a phoenix picture says Distaff (no number discernible), subtitled “The New ‘Femizine’”; p. 2 starts "This is Distaff No. 1 (the late Femizine)". Daphne Buckmaster "produced the cover, invented the new name, and helped out with illos"
|11||May 1959||30||Ethel Lindsay, ed. Cover by Joy Clarke (who contributed to many issues; it is worth noting Joy’s close connection to Sanderson, i.e. "Joan") has a subtitle “The ‘Fanne-ish’ Irregularly’” and shows a women's protest march with signs DOWN WITH DISTAFF, NO NEW NAMES FOR FEMIZINE, WE WANT FEZ, APE SEZ FEZ, WE WANT TO BE A FOCAL POINT, TOO! etc. – as summarised by Rob Hansen in Then, "The fanzine was welcomed by Britain's female fans but the name-change wasn't".|
|13||Spring 1960||24||Ron Bennett’s review in Skyrack 18: “When so many fanzines are beating one another over the eds trying to become the Focal Point of fandom, it’s pleasing to receive a fanzine which possesses such a marked degree of informality. For some reason I’m wildly reminded of Georgina Ellis’ Wendigo, and it’s about time we had another fanzine like that. Ethel is backed up by Bjo Wells (who introduces Elinor Busby, my favourite Fan-I-said-hello-to-but-little-more-to) and Ina Shorrock (who introduces husband Norman). Janey Johnston writes on cats, Juanita Coulson writes on Charles Eric Maine and Margaret Picken and Sheila Ashworth report on the Liverpool party over New Year. Joy Clarke reviews fanzines in microelite. A short letter column makes up an enjoyable issue.”|
|15||September 1960||16||Ethel Lindsay, ed.; final issue|
- Femizine online at fanac.org.
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