Friday, February 25, 2022

RetroFan Magazine delivers (delivered) another fine issue

The latest issue of RetroFan came a little later than usual because of shipping delays, but I didn't mean to ignore it, lest you think the ish was a letdown. It was lighter on 70s/80s content than many others, but it still had a lot of great reading.

Andy Mangels has a spread of Christmas cards sent out by animation studios, and it's maybe the most BOTNS-era-ish piece in the mag. It was no less fun for hitting my household after the holidays. Well, maybe about 10% less festive, but no less fun.

Cover girl Barbara Eden's interview focuses more on Jeannie and less on Harper Valley PTA, but that's no surprise. The most surprising article for me is the interview with former child actor and cartoon voice actor Tommy Cook, who was one of the organizers of the Battle of the Century TV event waged between tennis pros Bobby Riggs and Billie Jean King. He dismisses talk Riggs threw the match, but he does say he took it lightly, and he also doesn't put King in a very positive light.

There is a look at Hanna-Barbera superhero toons of the Sixties, and the mag expands its horizons a bit with great stories on the old Monster Times publication, 8MM film collecting, and "how to draw" books. Overall, what it lacked (relatively) in 70s/80s content, #18 more than made up for with the eclectic nature of the subject matter. Once again, TwoMorrows' great magazine comes highly recommended. Check it out here if you can't find it in your local bookstore!

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