Magazine Speculation Spotlight on Cinefantastique Magazine

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Cinefantastique was a full colour pop-culture magazine reviewing and critiquing various films and television series. Cinefanstique started publication in 1970 by series editor and founder Frederic S. Clarke. This magazine would publish full colour images and very long retrospectives of various classic films. Clarke edited the magazine up until his death in 2000. His death resulted in the magazine being purchased by Mindfire Entertainment who renamed it CFQ: Cinefantastique. The last issue of Cinefantastique was published in 2006. While there have been attempts to relaunch the brand online, all attempts have been fruitless.
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Many of the early issues are very hard to find – and if you can find issues for cheap its not a bad idea to pick them up as many of the issues of Cinefantastique sell for $10 to $15 but can sell for a lot more in high grade condition. Of all of the issues, here are a few issues that stand out from the crowd.

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   Cinefantastique Volume 7 #1 – This issue was published in 1978, one year after the release of the original Star Wars film – this issue is a double sized issue featuring a Star Wars cover. This book can sell for $30+

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Cinefantastique Volume 7 #1
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   Cinefantastique Volume 12 #2 / 3. This book was published in 1982 and is a special double numbered issue. There are a few issues across the run like this. This issue is dedicated to the Conan the Barbarian film.

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Cinefantastique Volume 12 #2 3
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   Cinefantastique  Volume 13 #2 / #3. This magazine was published in 1982, and features a write up and cover featuring the special effects of The Thing. This is another $30 issue.

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Cinefantastique Volume 13 #2 #3
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   Cinefantastique November 1989 issue Volume 20 #1 / #2 – features a Tim Burton Batman cover. This issue regularly sells for $20.

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Cinefantastique November 1989 issue Volume 20 #1 #2
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   Cinefantastique volume 38 #4 – This was released as a Comic Con preview issue. This was the last published issue of the magazine which is why it is significant.

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Cinefantastique volume 38 #4
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Those are just some of the issues I think are worth looking for. Let me know in the comments or on social media if you have suggestions for any issues you think might be noteworthy!
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