Flafan

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Flafan
Issue 2
Cover art by Dan Adkins

Flafan was a science fiction fanzine by Sylvia Dees.

Published in Gainesville, Florida, U.S.A., Flafan appeared in the 1950s. The first issue was released in September 1957. Two issues were published.

Issue one featured contributions of writing from John Berry (Pot Pourri), Alan Dodd, Dave Rike, and Larry Stark (Garage Floor, Stellar). Contributions of art work were by Dan Adkins (Sata Illustrated), Plato Jones, William Rotsler, Arthur Thomson, and Jean Young (Garage Floor, The Cambridge Scene).

Reviewing this first issue in his fanzine column "Fandora's Box", for Imagination (Vol. 9 No. 2) of April 1958, Robert Bloch wrote, "FLAFAN is a surprisingly large, surprisingly neat, and surprisingly well done first issue featuring colored illos and contributions — prose, poetry, and pictorial — by Larry Stark, Jean Young, John Berry, the pseudonymous Alan Dodd, William Rotsler, Dan Adkins, Dave Rike, Plato Jones, Atom and other familiar names in the fan field. This IS One to watch."

Issue two featured the articles "Gastrocomical" by John Berry (Pot Pourri); "Regional Con" by Larry Stark; "Bad Luck Chain Letter" by Bob Tucker (Le Zombie); "The Matter of the Fact" by Harry Warner, Jr. (Horizons); and the editorial "Coglio Ergo Sum" by Sylvia Dees. Artwork was contributed by Dan Adkins, George Metzger, William Rotsler, and Sylvia Dees.

In his introduction for The Best of Fandom 1958, Robert Madle (Fantasy Fiction Telegram, Fantascience Digest) wrote about the fanzines of that year; "There were also some new fanzines. Now, as a general rule, new fanzines do not stand out or make an impression. However, one of the neatest - formatwise - to appear in 1958 was published by a neofan - Sylvia White (née Dees) with Flafan."