Imagine Publishing Secure The Rights To Vintage Gaming Magazines Crash & Zzap!64

Crash-and-Zzap64-Rights-Sold-To-Imagine-PublishingSeveral decades ago when the home computer dominated the playground, two gaming publications rose up to further fuel the ZX Spectrum and Commodore 64 war. Zzap!64 and Crash magazine became iconic names for their illustrious time on the newsagent's shelves - something which may happen once more.

The publishers behind our beloved Retro Gamer Magazine, Imagine Publishing, have supposedly secured the rights to both Crash an Zzap!64. In a rather vague tweet, the MD behind Imagine Publishing had the following to say:

Pleased to announce that we now own the rights and copyright to classic UK games mags - Crash and Zzap!64. #childhooddream

While no plans appear to be set out for how Imagine Publishing intend to use their newly acquired IP, there's hope that bookazines and collections of each brand could indeed be on their way.

Having said that though, there was a slight hiccup regarding this acquisition. The original creators of the magazines who both still own the rights to the original artwork and logos, Roger Kean and Oli Frey, had no idea that this deal was taking place.

Nevertheless, expect to hear further announcements from both Imagine Publishing and both Kean and Frey regarding this new development soon.

Last Updated ( 02 November 2014 )  


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(Link to this comment) piginapoke 2014-11-02 12:09
Not having the artwork rights will make things interesting. I will stick with Oli and Roger myself.
(Link to this comment) Speedle 2014-11-03 09:01
Given that Retro Gamer is Owned by IP I suspect some of this content may be heading to an Issue of Retro Gamer in the near future, at least seems likely. Shame about the artwork though as that is without doubt one of the best bits, loved getting each issue of Crash back in the Spectrum hayday :)
(Link to this comment) Bobbus74 2014-11-05 09:35
Both absolutely awesome mags from back in the day. The artwork was key to the "feel" of the magazines so it will be interesting to see what they do with these rights.

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