As a people, we are always looking back to a “better” day. We talk about the Golden age of this or that, or things were so much better when we were kids, or even grouse about how today, things simply aren’t made the way the used to be. (To be sure, there are those speculative fictionilists among us who are constantly looking towards the future, but even still, we talk about the “Golden Age” of Sci-Fi.) Perhaps it is simply the nature of the beast. Well, whatever the reasons, we are actually — on some level — rather pleased with this need to look back and examine things from a bygone era (as that is sort of how we ply our trade). Which is a long walk around to get to our topic. There is a new “retro” mag out there on the fan market, and one that we would like to bring your attention to as we feel that it deserves our notice.
Recollection magazine (which is subtitled “Retro memories in a digital age”) is published by Rusty Gilligan and Jim Taylor). The comicbook-sized, B&W publication is dedicated to waxing nostalgic about how cool those great old comics and masters of the art form were. This initial issue sports Bulletman and the original Daredevil on the cover and has articles about Jack Cole, Bill Everet, The Mid-Atlantic Nostalgia Convention, and more. It even offers a hilarious faux “retro” comic strip, I Indicted Ba-Daah-Bing, the Gangster from Another World. That reimagines those goofy alien invasion stories as if the invading ET was a mobbed up thug from off-world.
Gilligan and Taylor have delivered a very nice package that isn’t too slick, nor too fanish, While the layout and design of the mag are clean and competent enough, we do have some issues about the fact that the text on some of the art runs right up to the art, and not leaving enough of buffer around it. Still, we are willing to chalk that up to first issue set-up issues and hope that it will be addressed and they continue to publish.
The magazine has a cover price of $4.99 and can be acquired online at Indy Planet, and we’re told that there is some very special sketch art from the issue available on ebay. Given that we ourselves began writing for publications very similar to this one, we feel something of an affinity towards it and five it a very high recommendation
Robert J. Sodaro has been reviewing comicbooks for some 30 years. During that time, his reviews and articles have appeared in numerous print publications, as well as on the web. Subscribe to receive regular comicbook articles and reviews.