Edwin and Terry Murray Fanzine collection, 1948-2019
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- Murray, Edwin [collector]
- Edwin L. and Terry A. Murray, brothers residing in Durham, N.C., have been collectors of comic books and other pulp culture for forty years. The Murray Fanzine Collection contains approximately 1150 comic book, science fiction and fantasy fanzines, collected by Edwin and Terry Murray, representing fandom in these genres from the early 1950s to 2019, as well as advertisements for fandom gatherings and conventions. The collection is organized into one series that is loosely separated into two sections: the first, and larger, consists of comic book fanzines ranging from the beginning of comic book fandom in the early 1960s to the retrospective volumes published in the early 2000s. The fanzines include reviews, advertisements and commentary, as well as biographical information on a variety of artists and writers, including Carl Barks, R. Crumb, Will Eisner, Steven King, Jack Kirby and Stan Lee. Though an assortment of superhero and comic strip characters published by DC, Dell and Marvel Comics, among others, are cited, one character in particular, Donald Duck, recieves more attention than the others. The second section consists of a sampling of science fiction and fantasy fanzines (including fantasy fiction) ranging from 1952 to the early 1980s, including information on artists and writers such as Vaughn Bode and Harlon Ellison. Most of the fanzines in the collection were printed independent of large scale publishing techniques, utilizing ditto, mimeograph, hectograph and, later, photocopy, on paper of varying degrees of quality. There are also three additional accessions (2010-0107, 2019-0078, 2019-0103), which have been minimally processed.
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The Murray Fanzine Collection contains approximately 1150 comic book, science fiction and fantasy fanzines representing fandom in these genres from the early 1950s to 2019. The collection is organized into one series that is loosely separated into two sections: the first, and larger, consists of comic book fanzines ranging from the beginning of comic book fandom in the early 1960s to the retrospective volumes published in the early 2000s. The second section consists of a sampling of science fiction and fantasy fanzines ranging from 1952 to the early 1980s. Most of the fanzines in the collection were printed independent of large scale publishing techniques, utilizing ditto, mimeograph, hectograph and, later, photocopy, on paper of varying degrees of quality.
Boxes 349-367 contain those fanzines pertaining to comic fandom. The earliest examples represented in the collection date to the early 1960s, just after the very first comic fanzines had appeared, including Alter Ego, which is included here from issue 4, and Comic Art. Other notable titles included in the collection from this era (often referred to as the Golden Age of Comic Fandom) are Masquerader, Rocket's Blast/Comic Collector, Yancy Street Journal, Batmania, Comic Crusader, Gosh Wow! and SPA FON, as well as many others. Several of these issues contain photos and/or contributions from the Murray brothers, who had participated in comics fandom beginning in the mid 1960s. Fanzines dedicated to E.C. comics (such as Squa Tront, and E.C. Fan Journal), comprehensive indexing (such as Jerry Bails Authoritative Index to DC Comics and Guidebook to Comic Fandom, the MLJ Comic Index and The Comic Fan's Guide to Periodical Literature, which indexed early articles relating to comic books), conventions (such as the programs to the 1966 New York ComiCon and the 1968 International Convention of Comic Art, which is autographed by several of the artists in attendance), and amateur comic strips (such as Captain Biljo Comics and The Eye) are also represented from this era. Also included are issues 1-4 of Comics Review, which contain the first published fiction by Stephen King.
The era represented in the largest number is the 1970s, a time when the Murray brothers were very active in fandom, both in publishing as well as collecting. Though most of the issues represented in the collection from this era are single issues, some of the more popular titles, such as Bode' Bulletin, New Fangles, and In The Shadow of the Monolith, are represented in larger numbers. Trefoil and Vertigo, both published by Edwin Murray, are represented in full. As nostalgia became big business in the 1980s, comic books and comic fandom became more marketable. In turn, a much larger percentage of publications dedicated to comic fandom and collecting benefitted from a higher production budget. In addition, the proliferation of the photocopy allowed for a higher production number on a smaller budget. These changes are represented in the collection, from the glossy Disney collectables magazine Storyboard and the Fantaco Chronicles Series, to the photocopied Barks Collector, Duckburg Times, and The Stanley Steamer. Though none of the major fanzines/magazines of the late 1980s and 1990s, such as the Comics Journal, Wizard, and Comic Buyers Guide are represented, several of the retrospective books on Comics Fandom published by Hamster Press are included in the collection.
Boxes 368-372 contain fanzines relating to sci-fi and fantasy fandom, some of which are represented in both sections. Though not as complete a representation of the fandom of these genres as of the comics fandom genre, this section contains several of the top titles, including Don-O-Saur, Tolkien Journal, SF Commentary, Lan's Lantern, and Focal Point. Also included is a 1952 issue of Science Fantasy Bulletin published by Harlan Ellison, which was part of the initial wave of sci-fi fandom that was so influential to the beginnings of comic book fandom. It should also be noted that scattered throughout the collection are fanzines devoted to film, particularly horror and sci-fi films, as well as fliers (including one for the "first symposium on Donald Duck" held in the Geology department at Duke in 1970) and other assorted ephemera.
There are also three additional accessions (2010-0107, 2019-0078, 2019-0103), which have been minimally processed.
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Edwin L. and Terry A. Murray, brothers residing in Durham, N.C., have been collectors of comic books and other "pulp culture" for forty years. Edwin published his own fanzines, Vertigo and Trefoil, from the late 1960s through the mid 1980s. He graduated from Duke University in 1972. Edwin was at the center of comics fandom in the 1960s and 1970s. Terry, a science fiction expert, is the author of Science Fiction Magazine Story Index, 1926-1995 (McFarland, 1999).
- Acquisition information:
- The Edwin and Terry Murray Fanzine Collection was received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book Manuscript Library as a gift between 2002 and 2019.
- Processing information:
Processed by Adam Berenbak, October 2007
Encoded by Adam Berenbak, October 2007
Laurin Penland, June, September, and November 2019
The collection is organized into four series. The first accession has been virtually rearranged by title in alphabetical order, the physical arrangement is numerical by box number (found to the left of each individual title listed in the finding aid). Three accessions have been added to the collection and are unsorted. We have listed the titles in each box.
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- Science fiction
Science fiction fans
DC Comics, Inc.
Comic books, strips, etc.
Comic book fans
Biography -- Comic books, strips, etc.
Advertising -- Comic books, strips, etc.
Fan magazines -- Periodicals
Fan magazines -- Reviews
Marvel Comics Group
Fantasy comic books, strips, etc.
Fan magazines -- Comic books, strips, etc.
Dell Publishing Company
Walt Disney Productions
Donald Duck (Comic Strip)
Murray, Edwin L. Edwin and Terry Murray Collection of Pulp Culture
- Kirby, Jack
Murray, Edwin L.
Murray, Terry A., 1953-
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