The Buyer’s Guide #49
[December 1, 1973]
No issue number or publication date listed
48 pages, 2 sections ? Cover by Howard Bender
Ramifications of the 1973 fuel crisis struck comics fandom, with postal rates increasing to (gasp) 10¢ per first-class letter and mailing rates for most fanzines spiking to around 56¢. (Life magazine ceased publication rather than deal with the increased rates, wrote Murray Bishoff.)
The U.S. government chose a Snoopy pose to serve as the national symbol for conservation during the energy crisis. ?We of the TBG mailing department are trying to discover how we can lie around like that to save energy and get our job done at the same time,? Bishoff wrote. ?Seems to me, though, that by the time we figure that out, the energy shortage will be over.? Don?t worry, Murray, there?ll be another one along in 1979!
Cover dates for TBG issues #46-52 are best guesses only. For issues dated #45 and earlier, deadline dates on Page 2 were two weeks after cover dates; when the next cover date appeared after a seven-issue lapse, the deadline dates on Page 2 were now two weeks before the cover dates. Issues #51 (Jan. 1, 1974) and #52 (Jan. 15, 1974) were the only issues with publication dates on the inside pages. These issues were dated on the upper right corner of Page 2, above the deadline information.
Commentary by John Jackson Miller.
Special thanks to Russ Maheras for additional commentary and cover scans!
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