Fifth Element behind the scenes documentary about Moebius & Mezieres, ends up being about their friendship.
John Byrne, Jim Engel and Chuck Fiala from Fandom Confidential #1. 1982.
John had this to say about the word “Fanboy” in 2004:
I was “present at conception” for the word “fanboy”. A bit of backstory:
I was living in Chicago at the time, and “Monty Python’s Flying Circus” was undergoing one of its many revivals on the local PBS station. One of the skits featured Michael Palin and Carol Cleveland in Elizabeth dress, with him trying to determine the title of a book she is reading. Finally it is revealed to be “Gayboys in Bondage” by William Shakespeare. This became a gag phrase in the Chi area for a while after the airing of the episode.
Cut to a few months later. Jim Engel and Chuck Fiala, who had been perpetrating the enormously popular “Fandom Confidential” fumetti strip in the late COMIC READER were about to produce a collected volume of the strips and, as local Chicago lads, asked me if I would care to appear in the “obligatory new pages”. I agreed, and Jim concocted in story in which the two of them came to my studio and basically ran riot, destroying pages and causing me much angst and agita.
The payoff for this scene came when the two of them realized they had been in my presence for more than 10 minutes, and were therefore about to undergo the transformation that happens to all fans when they are in my presence for more than 10 minutes. In the last shot they are on their knees grovelling before me, declaring me to be the greatest of the greatest, while I cock a wry eyebrow to the camera and say “Just a couple of fanboys in bondage!”
The word caught on, and immediately became the prejorative for that kind of over-the-top fan. As with so many such things, sloppy usage led it to becoming just another word for “fan”, but here in the Byrne Forum every effort has been made to restore its original connotation.
After all, what’s the point of having 2 words to describe the same thing?
The Mighty Marvel Bullpen, circa 1970.
Of course, the idea of the Bullpen was mostly exaggerated at this time, and so some of these folks must have come in specifically for the photo. But still:
[Unknown], Gil Kane, Stu Schwartzberg, Gerry Conway, Bill Everett, Herb Trimpe, Marie Severin, John Verpoorten, Roy Thomas, [Unknown], John Romita, Morrie Kuramoto, [Unknown (Allyn Brodsky?)]
This will be updated if more people are identified…