US magazine; letter-size and on Slick paper; 13 issues, Spring 1978 to October 1981; published by M W Communications Inc (William G Wilson and Robert V Michelucci), Pittsburgh; edited by William G Wilson Jr. The final, redesigned issue, had a new title: Quest/Star, subtitled "The World of Science Fiction".
Questar began as a media Semiprozine largely devoted to talk about Comics and sf Cinema. The third issue (March 1979) introduced interior colour illustration and a greater concentration on movies and interviews; with the fourth issue (August 1979) it began to include a single story per issue, none of very high quality. Though glossy, the magazine remained insipid. However, from the seventh issue (June 1980) Questar acquired national distribution and sales mushroomed. There was a greater shift to covering written sf rather than films and comics, including interviews with writers and features on popular science. With issue #12 (June 1981) H L Gold was brought from retirement as fiction editor and began to publish reputable fiction, though most of it reprinted. This was too little, too late. Undercapitalized and undersold, Questar sank: lamented by a few, unnoticed by many. [PN/MA]
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