New York Ace

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New York Ace was an underground newspaper founded in New York City in late 1971 by ex-East Village Other staffers to fill the void created by the demise of the EVO. Ace was published by 21 year old Rex Weiner and edited by 18 year old Bob Singer. Staffers included P.J. O'Rourke, Tom Forcade, A.J. Weberman, Jay Kinney, Yossarian, D.A. Latimer, R. Meltzer, Coca Crystal, and Jim Buckley. Steve Heller, art director of Screw magazine, moonlighted as art director of Ace. The first issue of Ace, produced in Weiner's Thompson St. apartment on a shoestring budget of a few hundred dollars, was dated Dec. 22, 1971. Published biweekly in tabloid format, the Ace had a print run of 6000 copies and never succeeded in attracting advertisers. Despite the infusion of $5000 by a financial angel at Columbia University, which financed the acquisition of a ratty basement office on 17th St. with 4 battered desks and a single IBM Executive typewriter, the paper soon fell into financial difficulties and could not pay its New Jersey printer, resulting in its suspension in the summer of 1972. The paper attempted to stagger on for a while but by 1973 Rex Weiner had given up and with Deanne Stillman started a new enterprise, the New York News Service, an alternative news agency.[1][2]

Jim Buckley chacterized it as "an amalgam of writers bent on one goal—to wipe out the Village Voice;" but in the end it was the Voice and its imitators that survived. Coming on the heels of the successive failures of the New York Avatar, the New York Free Press, Rat, and the EVO, the demise of Ace marked the effective end of the underground newspaper era in New York City.[3]

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  1. ^ Rebel Visions: The Underground Comix Revolution, 1963-1975 by Patrick Rosenkranz (Seattle: Fantagraphisc Books, 2008), p. 164.
  2. ^ About this paper: New York ace, Chronicling America, Library of Congress. Retrieved Nov. 9, 2010.
  3. ^ "The Underground's Ace in the Hole" Jerry Bledsoe, New York Magazine, (June 5, 1972), p. 55-57. Retrieved Nov. 9, 2010.