Manly Banister

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Portrait of Manly Banister by Jack Sanders, from Slant Issue 4

Manly Banister (March 9, 1914 - June 1986) was an amateur publisher, writer and artist based in Kansas City, Missouri, U.S.A.

Banister's first amateur publication was The Nekromantikon, subtitled ""The Amateur Magazine of Weird and Fantasy", a fanzine that focused on fiction and poetry in the weird, fantasy, and science fiction genres. Five issues were released in the 1950s. It was a mimeographed publication and the cover and illustrations for the first issue were made with linoleum cuts, carved and printed by the editor. All the issues have colour covers, issues two through five using photo-engravings.

The first issue was released in 1950, and four issues were released that year, seasonally; Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter. The final issue was released in 1951.

Also in August of 1950 he published a one-issue-only fanzine called Egoboo: Or The Time Traveler's Travail, which consists of a 24 page story he had written. It was published by Nekromantikon Press.

He was a regular contributor to science fiction fanzines during this period. In 1957 he wrote Conquest of Earth, a science fiction book. His short stories had been published in a number of "Pulp" Magazines of the 1950s and 1960s, including Weird Tales, Astounding Science Fiction, Fantastic, Thrilling Wonder Tales, and others. He went on to publish a number of books on bookbinding and book making.



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