Monday, October 29, 2012

SPACE WARS (1977-1980) Cover Gallery - Part 1

Issue #1
Once again, we're braving the downscale genre mags of sleazy publishing mogul Myron Fass' Stories Layouts and Press Inc., purveyors of cheap newstand fodder. A while back, we reviewed the short-lived sci-fi mag, Star Encounters, but this time around, we're looking at his company's longest-running cheapo Starlog imitator - Space Wars.

Like its companion magazines, Space Wars was printed on the cheapest possible newsprint, with little-to-no interior color, and ugly, cluttered layouts. Still, for young genre fans back in those pre-home video/pre-Internet dark ages, Fass' 'zines helped sate the appetite for behind-the-scenes stories and sci-fi news between issues of Starlog and Fantastic Films.

Here's a gallery of some of the lurid cover layouts that caught our eyes from the newsstand racks and lured our meager allowances out of our pockets...

Issue #2
Issue #3
Issue #4
Issue #5
Issue #6
Issue #7
One of these days, I'll post the remaining Space War covers. How many of these did you have?


  1. Yep I was one of those young fans that bought many of these mags. I think I got rid of them all as I got older though. The memories you bring up.;)

  2. The memories you bring up.

    That's really the whole point of a blog like this - to trigger the memories of those who grew up during those days.

  3. This mag never arrived in the UK (we had enough trash of our own). Judging by the covers, I would definitely have bought a few issues though. The issue #2 'Silent Running' cover is particularly good

  4. Wow, that's great. I remember buying the one as a kid that had the Alluring title "Star Wars vs. Battlestar Galactica"! The upshot I recall was that Battlestar was the superior since the main characters were more heroic.

    Man, those were the days.

  5. I love pointing people here as a way of answering their question, "How the heck did anyone know about this stuff before the 'Net?"

  6. "How many of these did you have?"

    Every one of them.

    (AND loved them)

  7. I have most of those. Such a crappy magazine, and now I MUST complete the set!