Altair was a science fiction fanzine by Ed Cox.
Altair was published in Lubec, Maine, U.S.A. It was a mimeographed fanzine limited to 100 copies per issue, and was distributed by the Fantasy Amateur Press Association.
The first issue appeared in February 1950. The cover art for this issue was by Henry Chabot. The first issue also included the article "Lovecraft Revisited" by Dave Thomas. Other contributors included Art Rapp (Spacewarp), and Harry Warner, Jr. (Horizons).
It may have been in his FAPAzine that the origin of the fannish tradition of "Ed Cox Doodle" began. As written by Dave Lock in the September 2008 Time and Again #5, Ed Cox reportedly told Dave Locke over the phone, "...in my FAPAzine, I did't have any illustration to put in. So I just left blank spaces here and there, and told everyone they could fill them in as they pleased..."
However, the editors of [[Crazy From The Heat' tell a tale; " Back in the say, the harried editors of mimeographed fanzines sometimes found themselves with awkward little spaces at the ends of articles. They were unsightly. Since drawings were practically impossible to re-size, the spaces often remain blank. Until, that is, Lee Jacobs began dedicating then to the doodling propensity of his buddy, Maine's gift to fanzine fandom, Ed Cox".