Coolest Retard Issue 13. April-May 1981
Chicago: Coolest Retard, 1981. First Edition. Stapled Photocopy Fanzine. 4to. Unpaginated [21 pp.] Photocopy stock with stiff covers, the front cover printed in color. Slight bleed-through from front cover to verso; light spotting to rear cover (please see last photo); only a touch of edge-wear. A bright copy. Very Good. Item #6247
If the Chicago scene was belittled for producing so little for such a big city, that's okay because it gave us the Mentally Ill: their 45 "Gacy's Place" (Autistic Records, 1979) more than compensates for a dozen mediocre punk combos. Moreover, Coolest Retard, belatedly sought to correct that history with an action-packed fanzine of substance. We'll forgive them for the article on the band Bauhaus; the article on Naked Raygun, tons of record reviews, and assessments of recent shows backfill for years of Chicago doldrums. Super cool cover photo. Fanzine is now housed in a removable, clear archival sleeve.