The Editorial

So many questions... was it ZZAP! or ZZAP! 64 or just Zzap? Were we supposed to pronounce it ZerZap or just Zap? How come it's sister mag wasn't CerCRASH? Did Lloyd Mangram really exist?? All these questions and more will be ignored on this exciting web site.

Erm, well here it is - the ultimate guide to ZZAP! 64 covering issues 41 (September 1988) to 50 (June 1989), otherwise known as "The Houghton Hamza Glancey Evans Mangram Years..." For many years this was the best selling Commodore magazine around.

Before you ask, no I don't really know what any of the reviewers are doing these days and I cannot contact them for you. This web site is a totally independent thing, done by myself with the help of my old back issues of ZZAP! 64 (Psst! A little fish tells me some ex-Zzapers hang out over here, but please, no stalking).

If you're looking for serious reviews and tips taken from the magazine, then take a look at the other ZZAP! web sites on the links page.

Sadly Newsfield, the publisher, went bankrupt some years ago. ZZAP! 64 is long gone, but not forgotten!

Some notable events that happened during 88/89 include...

Issue 41 (September 1988) saw Matthew Evans join ZZAP! Towers to help Paul Glancey as a staff writer along with the Gordon Houghton as the big bad ed.

Just watchit - okay!

Whee! Rockford and Thingy were voted back in by the readers in issue 42 (October 1988).

To complete the ultimate team of reviewers, the wonderful Kati Hamza joined ZAPP! in issue 43 (November 1988) to become the Assistant Editor who came over from their sister magazine CRASH.

Paul Glancey left in issue 46 (February 1989). I guess he just couldn't take the abuse any longer.

In issue 49 (May 1989) ZZAP! finally managed to get a replacement for Paul Glancey, in the form of Paul Rand. However, I didn't know much about this guy as just two issues later ZZAP! 64 was to be totally changed forever and it was goodbye to the present reviewers, and my interest in ZZAP! was lost.

Right, that's it for now. I hope you enjoy this web site and it brings back a few good memories.

Timo Newton-Syms

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