Published by: TwoMorrows
Edited by: Michael Eury
Pages: 80

I’ve been a fan of TwoMorrows Publishing books and magazines for many years. If you’re a fan of comics or pop culture and are not familiar with them, you have no idea on what you are missing out. Their outstanding lineup of Magazines which features The Jack Kirby Collector, Back Issue Magazine, and Alter Ego is now joined by the newest edition to the TwoMorrows’ family, a celebration of 60s to 90s pop culture, Retro Fan!!

Retro fan covers all aspects of pop culture over those decades including TV, films, toys, comic books, and animation. Retro Fan opens up with an interview with Lou Ferrigno as he talks about playing The Incredible Hulk on TV, his career as a body builder, and the legacy of the role. Following up on that interview is a look at Mego Toys’ own 1970s take on Stretch Armstrong with production of a stretchable Hulk action figure.

Next up, comic writer Marty Pasko looks at the rather checkered history of Lee Falk’s The Phantom in Hollywood. Fascinating to say the least! Andy Mangels presents the first of his regular featured column on retro Saturday morning cartoons. The debut column covers the 1973 Star Trek animated series on NBC which united the original cast members from the live action TV show. One particularly interesting part of Mangels’ article is where the series fits into Star Trek canon.

Television Producer and Director, monster kid, and collector Ernest Farino talks meeting horror legend Lon Chaney, Jr., in 1964. Includes are pics of Farino’s incredible 60s/70s monster and pop culture collection of toys, model kits, games, and posters. It is a collection that is drool worthy!

Michael Eury, a regular at TwoMorrows and the editor of Retro Fan, provides three Andy Griffith show/Mayberry themed pieces including a visit to the real town in North Carolina that Mayberry was based on; an interview with Betty Lynn who played Barney Fife’s girlfriend, Thelma Lou; and a look at the various collectibles that were produced during the show’s run.

One of my favorite pieces was “Too Much Stuff and Too Little Time” by Tom Stewart. This ultimate collector’s article will appeal to anyone who collects comic books, toys, autographs, and movie memorabilia.

There isn’t much NOT too love about Retro Fan. The articles are sort of hit and miss depending upon your own personal interests. Admittedly I was never much of an Andy Griffith fan. That aside, the articles are all extremely well-researched and written. The passion that all of the writers have for their topics is unquestionable. The photography and graphics are also first rate. This is a gorgeous magazine that will tantalize any fan of pop culture.

Our Score

By Timothy Janson

Tim Janson has been an entertainment writer for 20 years whose credits include: Fangoria, City Slab, Newsarama, Collider, The Horror Review, Mania Entertainment, and several others. He is an avid collector of books and swords.

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