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Some of our favourite photo memories of
Dick and Pat Lupoff :: Together

The Lupoff/Hillman/Goodwin Rockettes On Stage at the Tarzana 2012 Dum-Dum

Captain Marvel and Mary Marvel :: WorldCon 1960



A Wonderful 60-Year Love Story

Fan Sites Across the Web Remember

Pat Lupoff
(1937 — October 17, 2018)
Patricia Enid Loring Lupoff grew up in Manhattan, and met her future husband Richard A. (Dick) Lupoff, on a blind date in 1957; they were married in August, 1958. They later joined the (Second) Futurian Society of New York (which met in their apartment and which led to their appearance at Pittcon, the 1960 Worldcon, dressed as Captain Marvel and Mary Marvel. She helped to found the Fanoclasts and to run Eastercon (NY). She was a member of Lilapa and The Cult.

The Lupoffs did not live far Woodstock, but spent the weekend on fan-related activities (after seeing reports from concert on all the mud and rain, they were happy with their decision.)

She is probably best known as one of the editors of [Xero] which won the 1963 Best Fanzine Hugo (incidentally making Pat the second female recipient of a Hugo.) Their collection, The Best of Xero, was nominated for the 2005 Best Related Book Hugo.

Xero was not originally intended to be comics-oriented, but became very involved after a nostalgic article by Dick, it featured a series on old comic books called "All in Color for a Dime." The articles in this series were later reprinted in two books: All in Color for a Dime (1970) and The Comic-Book Book (1973), both co-edited by Dick Lupoff and Don Thompson (husband of Maggie Thompson). Xero inspired others, including the Thompsons and Jerry G. Bails, to publish their own fanzines.

Pat and Dick had their first child, Kenneth, in 1961. She later worked as a bookstore manager in Berkeley, CA.

Pat Lupoff
Pat Lupoff, the first woman to win a Hugo award, died October 17. She and Richard (Dick) Lupoff, whom she married in 1957, and Bhob Stewart co-edited the 1963 Best Fanzine Hugo winner Xero.

Xero’s discussion of comics sparked other fans to create their own specialty comics fanzines and organize the spinoff comics fandom of the Sixties that has grown so huge today. And when a collection of articles from their historic zine, The Best of Xero, was published in 2004, John Hertz’ review described the fanzine’s early days and named some of now-famous contributors:

    Pat and Dick Lupoff typed stencils in their Manhattan apartment, printed them on a machine in Noreen and Larry Shaw’s basement, collated by hand, and lugged the results to s-f cons or stuffed them in mailboxes. The machine had not been given by Damon Knight, A.J. Budrys explained in a letter after a while, but lent. Eventually drawings could be scanned by electro-stencil, a higher tech. Colored ink joined colored paper, sometimes wildly colored. Xero could be spectacular. you’ll also see Anthony Boucher, Harlan Ellison, Ethel Lindsay, Fred Pohl, Rick Sneary, Bob Tucker as “Hoy Ping Pong”, Harry Warner — fans and pros mixing it up. Roger Ebert, later a movie critic, contributed poetry, often free-style, or formal and funny.

The Best of Xero won the Best Related Book Hugo in 2005. Even before starting Xero, the Lupoffs paid tribute to comics in their iconic costumes for the 1960 Worldcon masquerade, as Mary Marvel and Captain Marvel.

The Lupoffs also hosted meetings of the (Second) Futurian Society of New York in their Manhattan apartment in the early Sixties — til the guests’ manners became intolerable, and the couple helped found a schismatic new group, the Fanoclasts.

Pat Lupoff
Editor and fan Pat Lupoff, 81, died October 17, 2018. She co-edited the influential fanzine Xero with husband Richard Lupoff and Bhob Stewart. Xero won a Hugo Award for Best Fanzine in 1963, making Pat Lupoff the second woman to win a Hugo. She and her husband co-edited The Best of Xero, a finalist for the Best Related Book Hugo Award in 2005. She worked on various other fanzines as well.

Patricia Enid Loring was born in 1937 and grew up in Manhattan. In 1957 she went on a blind date with Richard Lupoff, and they were married the following year; they had three children. The Lupoffs were active in comics and SF fandom starting in the 1960s, hosting meetings of the (Second) Futurian Society in Manhattan and helping to found the Fanoclasts. She later worked at bookstores in the San Francisco Bay Area including Cody’s and Dark Carnival.

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Richard Lupoff features in ERBzine
The Lupoff Interview with Michael Chabon
(screenwriter of the John Carter film)

Richard Lupoff's Worlds of ERB
plus a Partial Illustrated Bibliography with Mini-Reviews

Richard Lupoff Illustrated Bibliography Part II

The Canaveral Press Story

Lupoff of Mars

Richard Lupoff 2012 Dum-Dum Presentation
Tarzan/John Carter Centennial Celebration in Tarzana


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