Fan Artisan

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Fan Artisan
Issue One 1948

Fan Artisan was a science fiction fanzine edited by Jerri Bullock and Russ Manning in the U.S.A. and published by Fantasy Artisans in 1948.

Both editors were the founders and members of The Fantasy Artisans Club, a correspondence club for fans interested in fantasy and science fiction artwork. Original members included Bullock and Manning as well as Ken Brown, Jon Grossman (Scientifantasy), and Bill Kroll. Later members were John E. Blyer, Lee Budoff, Ed Cox (Altair, Triton), Frank Dietz, Jr., Lester Fried, Bill Grant (Canadian Fandom), Joe Gross, W. Leslie Hudson, Roberta Hess, Sol Levin, "Loki", Howard Miller (Dream Quest), Ray Nelson, William Rotsler, Albert Toth, and J. Henk Sprenger of the Netherlands and Ben Abas of Holland. They exchanged information about drawing techniques, stencilling, as well as offering critiques of each other work, and information about requests from fanzine editors for art. Fan Artisans was the first publication to come from the club.

Both editors were contributors of art work to other fanzines. Jerri Bullock had previously contributed cover art to Fantastic Worlds, Loki and Science, Fantasy, and Science Fiction; Russ Manning had been featured in The Fanscient, Fantasy Advertiser, and Science, Fantasy, and Science Fiction. Fan Artisan was primarily devoted to art work, although contributions from writers such as David H. Keller also appeared.

Manning went on to do the art work for comics, including Dell Comics, and returned to science fiction with the comic series, "Magnus, Robot Fighter 4000 A.D." After this, he did the Tarzan daily comic strip for United Features Syndicate. His last work was on the "Star Wars" comic.

One issue of Fan Artisan appeared before Russ Manning went back to college and Jerri Bullock decided to incorporate the zine with the photo offset printed Science, Fantasy, and Science Fiction, which became the official organ of The Fantasy Artisans Club in October, 1948. The second issue of Fan Artisan appeared as a split zine with the third issue of Science, Fantasy, and Science Fiction, with Jerri Bullock as sole editor. The fourth issue of Science, Fantasy and Fiction incorporated Fan Artisan, which then no longer existed as a separate publication.

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