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M. Horvat Genre Apazines Collection

Identifier: MsC0825

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Scope and Contents

The collection contains a large number of different apazines. Most of these are concerned with science fiction and fantasy (both literary and in other media), but there are also apazines devoted to other genre topics, including comics, role-playing games, and mysteries. The earliest items in the collection include some early issues (1940s) of the first science fiction apa, Fantasy Amateur, but the collection reaches into the 21st century with issues of apazines that in some cases continue to be published today.

The apazines in the collection are arranged alphabetically by the formal name of the apa, not the name of the apa's official organ. In many cases the official organ for the apa bears a different name from that of the apa itself - for example, Dapa-Em's official organ was entitled Elementary.


  • Creation: 1943-2002


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This collection is open for research.

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Biographical / Historical

Biographical Note

Martin M. (Mike) Horvat is a printer and collector in Stayton, Oregon. For many years, his collecting focused on general circulation science fiction magazines and fanzines. Horvat founded the American Private Press Association and for a time in the 1980s edited South of the Moon, a catalog of publications of amateur press associations. As a result of this endeavor, and because Horvat himself was a prolific amateur publisher and apa contributor, he ended up collecting a vast archive of apazines as well.


58.00 Linear Feet

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A collection of science fiction, fantasy, mystery and other genre apazines (publications similar to newsletters or fanzines, and published by fan groups called Amateur Press Associations, or apas).

Method of Acquisition

The M. Horvat collection of genre apazines was acquired by the University of Iowa Libraries from Martin (Mike) Horvat in December 2004.

Related Materials

HORVAT, M. The M. Horvat National Fantasy Fan Federation Collection, 1942-2008. 1.5 ft. Collection of materials from the National Fantasy Fan Federation (N3F), a major and venerable SF fannish organization. Materials include administrative documents, publications, and records from N3F subsidiary bodies. MsC0886.

HORVAT, M. The M. Horvat Collection of Science Fiction Convention Materials, 1943-2000. Materials produced for or relating to numerous science fiction conventions, including progress reports, advertisements, newsletters, and assorted ephemera. MsC0884.  

HORVAT, M. The M. Horvat Collection of Science Fiction Fanzines, 1925-2002. 96 ft. A large collection, stretching across the 20th century, of science fiction fanzines, together with some assorted "genzines" (general issue magazines concerned with SF). MsC0791.  

ROW, HEATH. Heath Row Amateur Press Association Collection, 1934-2010. 2.0 ft. Zine writer and editor, and member of multiple amateur press associations. Includes apa publications, apa official organs, and assorted loose ajay publications. MsC0364.  

RUBEN, ELLIOTT M., 1916-2009. Elliott M. Ruben Amateur Press Association Collection, 1926-2009. 30 ft. Amateur journalist and member of a number of amateur press associations. Bundles of apa publications, apa official journals, correspondence, official apa documents, and Ruben's childhood efforts at printing. MsC0336.

Materials Specific Details

Large runs include the titles:


ANZAPA - boxes 8-10

APA-45 - boxes 11-14

APA-FIVE - boxes 15-18

APA-L - boxes 19-20

APA-NYU - boxes 21-22

APANAGE - boxes 23-25

THE CULT (Fantasy Rotator) - boxes 31-34

DAPA-EM (Elementary) - boxes 35-41

FAPA (Fantasy Amateur) - boxes 44-51


JUNIOR APA-FIVE - boxes 52-53

LASFAPA - box 53A

MINNEAPA - boxes 54-60

MISHAP - boxes 60-61

N’APA (Alliance Amateur) - boxes 62-65

SLANAPA -boxes 68-72


Apazines have historical signficance in that many contain the amateur work of famous genre writers and illustrators. Much of this material predates the writers' fame, although this is not always the case. In addition, many apa members, though not professional writers, were significant voices in the world of fandom. Examples of apas with contributors of significant literary importance in the field include Apa-Five (Frank Miller), Apa-L (Alan Dean Foster; David Gerrold; Larry Niven); Apanage (Jane Yolen); Elanor (March Laumer); Fantasy Amateur (Marion Zimmer Bradley, Robert Silverberg, Donald Wollheim); Rehupa (Charles de Lint; Michael Stackpole); and SAPS (Jack Chalker; Gordon Eklund).


The apazines in the Horvat Collection comprise a number of different genre topics. Some were continually dedicated to a particular subject, while in other cases the free-flowing nature of fandom in general or of the apa permitted an apa to concern itself with a number of different topics. Others may have begun with the idea that they would be dedicated to a particular topic, but as they progressed started dealing with other subjects as well. As Randy Linder, the publisher of X-APA zine Mutant Force put it, "While I assume that most of X-APA’s membership got together because of their interests in comics in general and the X-Men in particular, the reason we stay is because we enjoy getting to know each other and ongoing commentary on any and all subjects.”

A detailed list of subjects represented in the Apazines in this collection can be found under the heading SUBJECTS BY TITLE.

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Repository Details

Part of the University of Iowa Special Collections Repository

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