Le Zombie

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Le Zombie
Issue 24 1940
Cover by Damon Knight

Le Zombie was a science fiction fanzine published by Wilson "Bob" Tucker (1914-2006).

Le Zombie was "published every time a zombie awakens." The first issue was released in Bloomington, Illinois, U.S.A. December 1938, intended as a 'rider' with a weekly newszine called Fantasy News. It was a typed, doubled-sided news sheet subtitled "Tucker's Candid Comment". As of the sixth issue, it no longer accompanied Fantasy News, but was now a 'rider' with Nova. Issue 2, the convention issue, was 6 pages, and Issue 10 of August 1939, saw Le Zombie emerge as a four page zine with photos and a cover, and become a subscription zine.

With issue 11, Sully Roberts (Fantasy Fictioneer) was Associate Editor and occasional art work. Issue 12 featured illustrations, with Walter Marconette (editor of Scienti-Snaps) as Art Director. Later, in the 1940s, E. Everett Evans (Nova, The Timebinder, The National Fantasy Fan) was Assistant Editor.

Contributors include Forrest Ackerman (Voice of the Imagi-Nation), Al Ashley (Nova), Abby Lu Ashley (Nova), Charles A. Beling, Louis Russell Chauvenet (A), Leslie Croutch (Light), E. Everret Evans (Nova, The National Fantasy Fan), Joe Gilbert (The Southern Star), William Groveman (Fantaseer), Jules L. Lazar, Walt Liebscher (Chanticleer), Walter Marconette (Scienti-Snaps), Len Moffat (The Outlander, Shangri L'Affaires), John Samuel, A.L. Schwartz, Julius Schwartz (The Time Traveller), Walt Sullivan, Dale Tarr, D. B. Thompson (Phanteur), Art Widner (FanFare), Jack Wiedenbeck (Nova), Walt Willis (Hyphen), and C.S. Youd (The Fantast).

Issue 28 featured an announcement that the zine would now be a monthly. A number of issues featured actual prints of photograph attached to the cover including one by Harry Warner, Jr.; another is a photo of Paul Freehafer (Polaris), Bob Madle (Fantascience Digest), Erle Korshak, Ross Rocklynne, Walt Leibscher, Dale Tarr, Forrest Ackerman, Julius Unger, Robert Thompson, Gertrude Kuslan (Cosmic Tales, The Nucleus) and Myrtle Douglas (Morojo) (Voice of the Imagi-Nation, Guteto) on the cover and another is a photo of Sully Roberds on the cover. Issue 44 had a photo from the Michigan Convention on the cover. Issue 45 featured the supplementary 1941 Fanzine Yearbook compiled by Tucker, Harry Pratt and Art Widner. All issues featured letters and fanzine reviews and news.

Cover artists include Hannes Bok, Ray Bradbury (Futuria Fantasia), Walt Carrithers, Ron Clyne, Walt Daughterty (Shangri L'Affaires), Roy Hunt (The Alchemist), Damon Knight, and Walter Marconette. Interior art work was by Art Widner.

Along with Atres Artes, Black Flames, Chanticleer, En Garde, Fan, Guteto, Ichor, Lethe, Nova, Shangri L'Affaires, The Timebinder, and Voice of the Imagi-Nation, Le Zombie was included in the anthology fanzine Pacificon Combozine for the 1946 Pacificon Fourth World Science-Fiction Convention.

Sixty seven issues were produced between the 1930s and the 1960s. The last print issue appeared in December 1975. After 25 years Bob Tucker resumed publishing in October of 2000, and Le Zombie became an "ezine', called e-zombie. Five issues were released, the most recent in August 2001.

A number of terms were coined in the pages of Le Zombie - the term "space opera" appears for the first time in an issue in 1941.

During World War II Le Zombie teamed with Harry Warner's Spaceways to sponsor the "Fanzine Service" to get fanzines to people serving in the war.

Bob Tucker was also the editor of Science Fiction Newsletter, which he published from 1945 till 1952.

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