The journal of the Hyborian Legion, Amra was devoted to Sword and Sorcery and published by George Scithers and edited by Scithers, Liz Wilson and Dan Adkins, and many others. (Amra liked to print long lists of editors, some with fanciful titles, or to simply credit the "Editorial Horde", so it's usually not clear just who the editors -- other than George Scithers -- were.)
The Scithers Amra ran from Vol II, No. 1 to Vol II, No. 71, from 1959 to 1982. It was "Volume 2" because starting in April 1955 George Heap published a fanzine which was probably a direct predecessor. It had few issues. Some early issues of V2 were reprinted at least once.
According to Scithers, "Amra is about various heroic heroes, mostly of swordplay-&-sorcery stories set in fantasy worlds." Subjects and characters of interest included Robert E. Howard's Conan, Fritz Leiber's Fafhrd and the Grey Mouser, Fletcher Pratt and L. Sprague de Camp's Harold Shea, Michael Moorcock's Elric, and Edgar Rice Burroughs' John Carter.
Amra was printed by offset lithography, with high-quality artwork, including by Roy G. Krenkel, Gray Morrow, and Jim Cawthorn.
The written content was impressive too. Amra published articles, criticism, discussions of medieval and ancient history, weaponry, and technology (by writers such as de Camp, Poul Anderson, Frank Herbert, Jerry Pournelle, and Leigh Brackett), book reviews (including by Harry Harrison, Buck Coulson, de Camp, and Leiber), poetry (translations from the Old Norse by Poul Anderson; limericks (some of them quite good) by many hands; and poems by Roger Zelazny and Lin Carter). It also published fiction, including a number of pieces by Ray Garcia-Capella and things like "Six Scenes in Search of an Illustration", where six writers (de Camp, Dick Eney, Leiber, Katherine MacLean, Moorcock, and John Pocsik) wrote story vignettes around a centerpiece foldout illustration by Krenkel.
Awards and Honors
- 1964 — 1964 Best Fanzine Hugo
- 1967 — 1967 Best Fanzine Hugo
Jack Chalker's Mirage Press published several nice hardcover volumes of articles and artwork from Amra: The Conan Swordbook (1969), The Conan Reader (1968), and The Conan Grimoire (1972). They were edited by de Camp and Scithers.
|V1 #1||April 1955||2||Published by George Heap in as a single sheet folded in three. This was the sole issue.|
|V2 #1||January 1959||20||Essentially new publication under the editorship of George Scithers which was numbered as "Volume 2"|
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