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Back in the late 70s I got the idea to produce a fanzine devoted to Wonder Woman... and a few other characters. I had a mimeograph, so what was the problem?

The problem was, first of all, that lousy mimeograph. I got the first issue out and immediately (well, as soon as I had the money) issued a better quick-printed version of the issue to send out to my subscribers.

Problem number two was me. For some reason (I have no idea why) I was completely unorganized back then, and a mess when it came to accounting. It should have been fairly simple, but I messed up subscription accounts and sent out free copies as a way of apology, etc. And worried myself crazy over things.

Plus I could never find the time to work on it.

cover for Hola! #2

Hola! had 4 issues, and it's a wonder there were that many! It came out at a time when the TV series was still on the air, and fanzines were flourishing on the fan scene, even as apas (amateur press alliances) were working up steam.

Through my fanzine/apa/letterwriting/college contacts, I lucked into some notable and/or talented contributors. Hope you'll enjoy reading or looking at their contributions.

Looking back on these, I cringe. I mean, I could put out all four of them in just a few hours today in a form that would look crisp and professional and very readable because, you know, I've been a professional graphic designer for decades now and I have this thing called a computer. With these issues, you can see that my typewriter (this was before my Selectric!) didn't even have brackets available. Yikes.

These are pdf files, so give 'em a while to load. Excuse me. I said

GIVE THESE A WHILE TO LOAD

If you want your own true-to-life copy of Hola!, print these out in two-sided form (the full-page illustration in issue #1 had a blank back) and staple them with three rusted staples down the left side. (You might want to allow a little more margin on the staple side than these have.)

Hola! #1: Jan. 1978. Contributors: me (Dusty Laird was a nom de plume), Nancy Northcott, and Robert Bailey. Subjects: Wondie, Wondie, Wondie, Wonder Girl, and the Teen Titans.

Hola! #2: June, 1978. Contributors: writers: me, Jon Liggett, Kat Nickell, Chris Polk, Nancy Northcott, Al Schroeder III, Ron [Rust, I think], and Robert Bailey. Artists: me, Kent Akselsen, Robert Bailey, Denys Howard, Ed Quinby, Al Schroeder III, Beverly Thon. Cover by Bob Rodi. Letters from: Ron Rust, Denys Howard, E. Nelson Bridwell, Kent Akselsen, Beverly Thon, Chris Polk, Bob Rodi, Kat Nickell, Al Schroeder III. Subjects: Wondie, the Doom Patrol, and the Black Cat.

cover to Hola! #4
Hola! #3: October, 1978. Contributors: writers: me, Jon Liggett, Robert J. Sodaro, Kat Nickell, Al Schroeder III, Margaret O'Connell, Jeff Thompson. Artists: me, Ed Quinby, Bob Rodi, Robert Bailey, Rich Bruning, Roger Caldwell, Mark Ernst, Al Schroeder III, Bob Wright. Letters from: Chris Abell, Al Schroeder III, E. Nelson Bridwell, Bob Rodi, Jack C. Harris, David E. Fellin. Subjects: WW, X-Men, Spider-Woman, and Lois Lane.

Hola! #4: November, 1979. Contributors: writers: me, Jon Liggett, Nancy Northcott, Margaret O'Connell, Robert A. Rusk, Chris Polk, Kat Nickell, Robert Sodaro, Kathleen Glancy, and Al Schroeder III. Artists: me, Bob Wright, Robert Bailey, Rusty Blair, Richard Bruning, Roger Caldwell, Mike Chen, Jeff Dee, Kiim Demulder, Mark Ernst, Bob Hardin, Pete Matthews, Bob McLeod, Ken Meyer, Ed Quinby, Dave Stuckey, and Rick Taylor. Letters: Bob Soderberg and Kathleen Glancy. Subjects: the Legion of Super-Heroes, X-Men, Wonder Woman and Black Canary.

HERE'S SOMETHING ELSE: A guy I can only refer to as "Covers" (he wants the anonymity that the Internet provides) has pdf versions of The Heroine Addict/Showcase from the Seventies, a fanzine dedicated to the women of comics, on his site. Go thee and browse!