US monthly nonfiction magazine about sf (and fantasy) in the media, largely films and television, founded 1976, current; small-Bedsheet, saddle-stapled; publishers included O'Quinn Studios, Starlog Communications, New York, and The Brooklyn Company; editors have included Howard Zimmerman and David McDonnell.
This magazine aimed at the juvenile market was for many years a success (with a circulation of around quarter of a million), and generated spin-off books and posters plus various companion magazines, including Fangoria (mainstream horror) and Gorezone (cult horror and Splatter Movies). Indeed, the horror companions were livelier than Starlog, which made heavy use of studio publicity pictures; in order to maintain good relationships with the studios Starlog does not review current films and is undiscriminating throughout. Many of its articles were interviews with actors. That said, the sheer volume of material these magazines have published makes them a useful resource for researchers seeking production details, Television episode guides and so forth. David Gerrold has been a columnist for Starlog. A somewhat more adult (on average) UK version of the same sort of magazine is Starburst, and a much more adult US magazine about fantastic film is Cinefantastique. A 1990s spin-off was Starlog Platinum Edition. The print edition ceased with #374 dated April 2009, following the bankruptcy and sale of Starlog Communications in 2008. Starlog returned in the summer of 2014 as an Online Magazine [see links below], now run by The Brooklyn Company as a sister title to its Horror-oriented magazine Fangoria (1979-current), which ultimately proved to be more durable. [PN/DRL]
see also: Media Magazines.
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