The Damn Thing

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The Damn Thing Issue Four

The Damn Thing was a science fiction fandom fanzine by T. Bruce Yerke published in Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.

The first issue of The Damn Thing appeared in November 1940. In that issue the editor writes, "I haven't bought or read a professional scienti-fiction magazine since the middle of 1939. They became so putrid I got sick." Instead, the editor is much more interested in the activities of fandom itself. Five and a half issues appeared.

Contributors included Ray Bradbury (Futuria Fantasia), who had work in four of the five issues, includiing art work; Fywert King, John B. Michel, Jack Chapman Miske (Scienti-Snaps) and writing by several obvious pseudonyms.

There is much discussion of fan events, such as a movie night in which a projector being run by Ray Harryhausen, Arthur L. Joquel and Yerke almost catches fire; criticism of New York State fans and the goings-on there; and criticism of Fantasy Amateur Press Association fanzines. This fanzine was one of the very early fan publications devoted to fan activities.