Voice of the Imagi-Nation

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VOM started as the lettercolumn in Imagination!, the LASFS clubzine that Forrest J Ackerman edited starting in 1937. (Imagination! was nicknamed Madge, hence the initialism VOM.)

When Imagination! ceased publishing, Ackerman turned it into a fanzine on its own and in 1939 started including other material such as art and articles, though the letter column was always the center of the fanzine. There were a total of fifty issues, the last in 1947.

VOM won the 1946 Best Fanzine Retro Hugo at L.A.con III in 1996.

See also VOMbozine.

Issue Date Pages Notes
1 V1.1 January 1939 14
2 V1.2 April 1939 12
3 V1.3 September 1939 14
4 V1.4 December 1939 17 includes supplement
5 V2.1 April 1940 15
6 V2.2 April 1940 18
7 June 1940 12
8 August 1940 24
8A August 1940 26 Expanded issue sold for a nickel to benefit the Chicon I
9 October 1940 10
10 December 1940 12
11 January 1941 10
12 March 1941 16
13 April 1941 12
14 May 1941 11
15 June 1941 12
16 July 1941 26
The Denventioneer A July 1941 2
The Denventioneer B July 1941 26
17 August 1941 24
18 October 1941 22
19 November 1941 18
20 January 1942 14
21 February 1942 14
22 April 1942 14 marked "Halloween" and “April Foools”
23 June 1942 18 includes supplement
24 August 1942 20
25 October 1942 14 includes supplement
26 November 1942 15
27 September 1943 16
28 November 1943 14
29 January 1944 18
30 March 1944 15
31 April 1944 13
32 May 1944 10
33 June 1944 9
34 July 1944 8
35 August 1944 14
36 October 1944 12
37 December 1944 18
38 January 1945 12
39 February 1945 14
40 March 1945 8
41 April 1945 8
42 May 1945 10
43 June 1945 10
44 July 1945 8
45 August 1945 8
46 September 1945 8
47 October 1945 13
48 November 1945 11
49 July 1946 12
50 July 1947 8 Last issue

Voice of the Imagi-Nation online at fanac.org

From Fancyclopedia 2 ca 1959
VOICE OF THE IMAGI-NATION, 4sj & Morojo's letterzine which flourished for fifty issues in the early 40s. It was originally just the lettercolumn of the LASFS OO, Imagination!, but later took off on its own under Acky's ministrations. The word VoMaiden designated one of the fans' drawings of nekkid wimmen which were published therein, sometimes with a fantasy background to justify their appearance in a fanzine. Ackerman defended this publication on the ground that fanzines should publish what fans want, especially something like this that couldn't appear in a general mag because of various silly rules. But the VoMaidens were criticized mostly for lack of artistic merit, not for reasons of morality.

See Imagination.

From Fancyclopedia 1 ca 1944
Voice of Madge. The pet name became the one generally used; full name is Voice of the Imagi-Nation.

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