Hyphen was a fanzine, the successor to Slant, published between 1952 and 1965 by Walt Willis and Chuck Harris. Ian McAulay became co-editor with issue 25, and Madeleine Willis also acted as co-editor.
Hyphen was more fannish and less sercon than Slant and is widely regarded as being one of the greatest fanzines ever published. Contributors included Atom, who drew much artwork straight on to stencil; Bob Shaw, whose regular column was titled The Glass Bushel; and James White.
A final issue was published in 1987 after a hiatus of 22 years to celebrate forty years of Irish Fandom. It was nominated for the 1956 Best Fanzine Hugo and, in 2004, the 1954 Best Fanzine Retro Hugo.
|From Fancyclopedia 2 ca 1959|
|(Madeleine Willis) "A fanzine", defines Chuck Harris laconically, "First issue May 1952". It was co-edited by Walt Willis and Harris, but was really more or less the product of the group known as the Oblique Angles. It became a focal point for a lot of people on the fringe of fandom as well as within it, succeeding Quandry as Zeitgeistsprecher of the old Sixth Fandomites who opposed 7th Fandom during the Sixth Transition. It influenced Anglofandom (and US Fandom) muchly by its amiably irreverent attitude toward fandom and stf in general -- the "Serious Constructive Insurgentism" of Walt Willis' which found its most perfect, if not most typical, expression in The Harp Stateside and such other works as Through Darkest Ireland and The Enchanted Duplicator. "Neither Walt nor I cared for the name when Madeleine coined it," Chuck explains, "but now we think it's about perfect and wouldn't change it for anything."|
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