From the summer of 1980: COMIC MEDIA NEWS INTERNATIONAL bows out with its 40th and final issue.
I love back issues of news-focused comics fanzines because of the instant nostalgia rush of reading about the latest contemporary projects from creators and publishers. With the power of hindsight we know some will amount to nothing (literally in some cases) whilst others - sometimes deemed worthy of no more than a sentence or two) would change the Star Age forever.
CMNI, the foremost British newszine of the period, was shuttering because editor/ publisher Richard Burton had achieved the ultimate fanzine dream: using it as a way into the profession proper. He was joining Dez Skinn's new North London British Bullpen to be at the ground zero of the Marvel Revolution: the audacious and controversial plan to reboot Marvel UK to lure in more punters.
After a stint at Kentish Town Road he moved south of the Thames (just) to take up Editorial residence in Tharg's Command Module.