This alien is a Computer Gamer!

Have you ever heard of 80’s computer game magazine ‘Computer Gamer’? Its first issue was published in 1985 by Argus in the UK as a competitor to Computer & Video Games but it failed to sell in big numbers and was axed just two years later.

That’s a shame, as the front covers were really cool! Like this one from the launch issue, which seems to have nothing to do with any particular computer game – or does it? If you take a look at the Internet Archive, they have a number of issues of Computer Gamer available and the front covers all seem to be for specific games, but issue one is missing from their catalogue so it’s hard to know if the image was meant to reflect a game or not.

If you want to try and work this out for yourself, you can get help over at Magazines From the Past, where you’ll find a breakdown of the features and reviews within. Let me know in the comments if you work it out!

Ninja Magazine

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I’ve posted previously about how I spent much of the 80s infatuated with ninjas. I’ve written about my collection of ninja VHS movies and one of my favorite ninja books and even recorded an entire podcast episode about ninjas. I was really into ninjas.

Out in my garage recently I ran across a stash of old magazines I owned, including this issue of Ninja Magazine from 1986.

I didn’t own a lot of issues of Ninja Magazine as a kid, probably because it was easier to talk my mom into buying me magazines about computers, video games, low rider trucks or even Mad Magazine than it was to talk her into buying me one dedicated to a group of people who ran around in their pajamas killing people. While I can’t remember the specifics, I think I may have traded a friend of mine a couple of other karate-related magazines for these issues of Ninja.

That galloping samurai never saw the arrow coming…

Weekly World News Archive

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When I was a kid, one of my grandmas used to clean houses as a part time job. The occupants of one of the houses she cleaned bought every silly tabloid out there on the stands, including the National Enquirer and Weekly World News. Instead of throwing the old issues away she would always bring them home. When my sister and I would go visit, we would literally dive into the pile, reading all the articles in an attempt to find the craziest ones.

In high school I took a current events class and one of our assignments was to bring a newspaper article each week to talk about in front of the class. The teacher didn’t care what the articles were about, as long as you could talk about them for 2 minutes. Each week I went down to the local supermarket and picked up a copy of the Weekly World News and would bring an article from it. My teacher once told me, “the idea of the assignment was to bring something newsworthy.” How could the Loch Ness Monster being pregnant with Bigfoot’s baby not be newsworthy???

Google Books now has every episode of the Weekly World News online for free reading, from 2007 back to 1980. If you did not see the first photos of Heaven, hear about Bigfoot’s Love Slave, or read about the space alien that was shot by a Nevada hunter, you owe it to yourself to flip through this archive.

The Loch Ness Monster’s baby will thank you.

Link: Weekly World News on Google Books