Contributors have included Aaron Cometbus of Cometbus zine (writing under the pen name "Scrub"), Billie Joe Armstrong, and Larry Livermore. Absolutely Zippo is known for scene reports, record and short reviews, editorials, artwork and band photos. The 16th issue was accompanied by the cassette tape compilation Later the Same Year, which featured bands such as Blatz, Filth, Gr'ups, Good Grief, Spitboy, Jack Acid and many others. The tape was later rereleased on Lookout! Records in CD format.
Absolutely Zippo is unique in that editor Robert Eggplant was also a member of the bands Blatz, The Hope Bombs, and Harbinger, as well as a volunteer at 924 Gilman Street Project, and so his zine offered an inside, on the frontlines view of the punk scene.
In 2006, Absolutely Zippo was compiled and released in paperback made from paper that was rescued while dumpter diving. This volume is entitled Absolutely Zippo: Anthology of a Fanzine 1988 - 1998.