Thursday, 20 March 2008

Official Fan Club magazines, bios and supplements.

There are until now 87 issues of the official fan club magazine. They start producing this mags in 1981. Number 1 and 2 were also released in North America with different photos etc, and there is also 3 bios from 1985, 1988 and 1999, as well as a number 74 supplement dedicated to Maiden cover bands. There is also a special merchandise catalog supplement produced in 2002 and a special issue of French Neighbour Of The Beast Fanzine made in 2005 specially for the Official Fan Club ( with great artwork from the French artist Hervé Monjeaud), and sent to all the Fan Club members.
This is very easy to collect, on Ebay there are many. The first ones, since number one to twenty or so are a bit expensive, the others we can have it for a fair price, we just have to look in a regular day basis.
I'm very proud to inform that the black and white photos of the number 62 magazine were provided by a Portuguese Fan Club member called João Nogueira, well done fellow comrade!
The issue number 80 has a great interview to Steve Harris made by a fan club member and also collector, and they talk a lot of test pressings, Maiden Japan Venezuela etc.
The new improved numbers 83, 84, 85, 86 and 87 from 2009 and 2010 are absolutely spectacular, they made an excellent job, no photos fading, great design, fantastic photos, much more interesting to read. They are made in a A4 size and all this latest issues come with a special two sided poster with great photos.
In this latest numbers, from 83 to 87 they start digitalizing the first fan club mags in a way that we really can read them, so, this guys are making a great job with this mag.
I'm also very proud to say that magazine number 83, on the super fans section, has a whole page with a Portuguese collector called Daniel Henriques where he talks a bit how he started to like Maiden and when he decided to start collecting, well done fellow comrade!!

Photo number one: magazines 81-87
Photo number two: magazines 61-80
Photo number three: magazines 41-60
Photo number four: magazines 21-40
Photo number five: magazines number 6-7 and 11-20
Photo number six: 1985, 1988 and 1999 bios plus number 74 supplement, 2002 merchandise catalog and 2005 special Neighbour Of The Beast/ Iron Maiden Fan Club mag