Fantasy Advertiser

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Cover of Fantasy Advertiser #115, art by Dave Sim.

Fantasy Advertiser, later abbreviated to FA, was initially a British adzine focused on the sale of primarily second hand comics eventually transitioning to a true fanzine which discussed comic books. The adzine magazine was established in 1965.[1] It was initially edited by Frank Dobson, essentially as an advertising service for comic collectors, and when Dobson emigrated to Australia in 1970 he handed it on to two contributors, Dez Skinn and Paul McCartney, to continue. Skinn and McCartney expanded the magazine to include more articles and artwork. Regular contributors included Dave Gibbons, Steve Parkhouse, Paul Neary, Jim Baikie and Kevin O'Neill. Skinn left in 1976.[2]

Martin Lock became editor at some point afterwards, before handing it over to Martin Skidmore[3] in 1984.[4] Skidmore shortened the name to FA (he didn't want it to "sound like a sexual contacts mag", and wanted to move away from the equation of comics with fantasy, expanding coverage of different genres)[5] and made the magazine more provocative and political.[3] In 1988 it was taken over by Trident Comics, but was closed in 1991[1] when Trident went bankrupt.

In October 2010 Skidmore relaunched FA as an online zine, including reviews, articles, interviews and original comics.[6]


  • 1986: Nominated for "Favourite Specialist Comics Publication" Eagle Award


  1. ^ a b "Fantasy Advertiser (International FA the comiczine)". Classic UK Comics Zines. Retrieved 23 February 2017.
  2. ^ Dez Skinn, "Fantasy Advertiser: the Big One!"
  3. ^ a b Gavin Burrows, "Comics & My Life part 2" Archived 7 June 2011 at the Wayback Machine, Vicious #5, July 1996, hosted at BugPowder
  4. ^ Gavin Burrows, "Bookmark this, comic fans! The return of sweet 'FA'", Lucid Frenzy Junior, 8 November 2010
  5. ^ About Comiczine FA
  6. ^ John Freeman (8 November 2010). "Sweet! FA returns after 20 years in onine form". downthetubes Comics News. Retrieved 23 February 2017.

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