This is a dual-purpose document. Although
		its primary purpose is to act as a "have"
		list for Ward Shrake's personally-owned
		collection of Commodore computer magazines,
		it also includes notes on the history of 
		those magazines, for other collectors who
		may be interested in having that knowledge.
		[Rude mode on]
		[Rude mode off]

		I am only posting this list online so that
		others can see what magazines I am missing,
		so that I can complete my own collection. I
		have been collecting these since they first
		were on the news stands, in a lot of cases.
		If you have magazines YOU would like to sell
		to ME, then look up what you have and see if 
		I have it already. (I do have a lot!) The list
		is organized alphabetically by magazine title.
		(My book "wants" are listed at the very end.)
		Each magazine title has its own set of notes.
		This is to spell out what I want (or do not
		want) for that particular magazine title. To
		me some magazines are worth more than others.
		This is both because of content and the era.
		Note that, in general, my biggest interest is
		in titles before 1985. Many, many people have
		magazine collections from then onwards. (I am
		one of them.) If what you have is strictly
		1985 and later, you would probably do better 
		to try to sell your magazines elsewhere. Sorry.
		If you have pre-1985 computer or game mags for
		systems other than for the Commodore, I may be
		interested. Apple II stuff has always appealed
		to me. Other game and computer systems do, too.
		(This list is just my Commodore stuff, is all.)

					       --  Ward Shrake
			       List last updated: Nov 1, 2000

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     "Ahoy!" magazine

1984:   I have apr84 (#4) and dec84 (#12). 
	I am missing all others from 1984. 
1985:   I have all issues from 1985. (#13 to #24.)
1986:   I have all issues from 1986. (#25 to #36.)
1987:   I have all issues from 1987. (#37 to #48.)
1988:   I have 8 issues already. I only need 4 more. 
	I already have: jan(#49), feb(#50), mar(#51), 
	apr(#52), jun(#54), jul(#55), sep(#57), 
	dec(#60). I need the following issues: 
	may(#53), aug(#56), oct(#58), nov(#59).
1989:   I only have jan89 (#61).
Incoming:       1984 - Jan (Premiere Issue), May, June, July, 
		       August, September, October, November.
		1988 - October (#58), November (#59)

Notes:  For this magazine, I want everything that 
	I do not already have. The magazine itself 
	says that their first issue was January of 
	1984. It is obvious they were monthly all
	along. When did they go out of print? I was
	told that Jan 1989 was the last issue made,
	by another magazine collector on the I'net.

     Commander magazine

1982:   I have none. (Dec82 was first issue.)
1983:   I have none.
1984:   I only have four issues: 
	"dec83/jan84" & "feb84" & "mar84" & "may84".
	I would be interested in any other issues.

Incoming:       1984 - April, June

Notes:  This magazine was first published in December 1982. 
	This news came from two sources; a 12/82 "Micro" ad 
	which says their first issue would come out in Dec
	1982, and the fact that the December 1983 issue is 
	named "special anniversary issue".

	A news item reference in the "Transactor" (volume 5 
	issue 3) states that Commander had ceased publication. 
	(Which would be roughly about December 1984, I think?)
	I have no specific ending date, beyond that. 
	That news item said the company did put out monthly 
	issues when it was out. Ziff-Davis bought the company 
	out, and substituted copies of their magazine "Creative
	Computing" instead, to fulfill existing subscriptions.

     "Commodore Computing International"
1983:   I have none.
1984:   I have Feb84.
1985:   I have none.
1986:   I have Jun86.
1987:   I have Feb87.
1988:   I have none.
1989:   I have none.
1990:   I have Mar90.

Incoming:       1983 - Sept, Dec.
		1984 - April, May, June
		1985 - March

Notes:  I do not know the beginning or ending issues of
	this magazine. What little I do know is based on
	only four issues, so I'm not going to speculate
	too much. Feb 1984 is called Volume 2 Number 9;
	the mag claims it was published monthly.

       "Commodore Magazine"
      sometimes also known as
    "Commodore Microcomputing"

Pre-83: I don't have any of these. Would like them all.
1983:   I have Volume 4 Number 2 (may83), #4 (issue 25), 
	#5 (issue 26). I would need the rest. Apparently 
	that would be issues #1, #3 and #6 of Volume 4?
	I believe they published six issues this year.
1984:   I believe I have them all; six bi-monthly issues.
1985:   I believe I have them all; six bi-monthly issues.
1986:   I believe I have them all; six bi-monthly issues.
1987:   I believe I have them all; 12 monthly issues now.
1988:   I believe I have them all; 12 monthly issues now.
1989:   I have Jan through Oct; ten issues total. Were
	there any more after that? Is that when they ended?
Incoming:       Vol 4 No. 6 Issue 27 - Happy 25th Birthday Commodore

Notes:  This magazine had enough name changes to give any
	one a headache! And on top of name changes, they 
	also had different numbers of issues per year as 
	time went on. And dated things oddly at times, so
	that it was confusing what year a magazine really
	belongs in, when it could fall either way. (Sigh.)
	I don't know for sure what this magazine was called
	prior to 1983. I blindly assume that it was called 
	"Commodore Magazine" ... but I'm not betting money!
	Reasonable assumptions are that 21 issues existed 
	prior to 1983. That is based on the fact that the 
	first issue number of 1983 should be #22. (The first
	issue I have that mentions an "issue" number came
	out in 1983 as "Volume 4 Number 4 Issue 25". Work
	backwards at that, and you arrive at the assumption
	that "Volume 4 Number 1" must have been "issue 22".)
	That would leave three "volumes" previously, one has
	to assume, with 21 total issues in those 3 volumes.
	Assuming further that the plan was for six issues
	per year, that would account for 18 of the 21, with
	a starting date of approximately the middle of 1979.
	Which would roughly equate to the first PET models?

	Note that Commodore Canada had begun publishing
	"The Transactor" in 1978, so this makes a certain
	amount of sense, too. This magazine would have been
	printed by the West Chester branch of Commodore, and
	"The Transactor" would have been put out in Canada.
	Perhaps Commodore US followed Canada's lead on this?

	"Commodore Magazine" was definitely the name used 
	during all of 1983. There were 6 bi-monthly issues.
	During 1984 they changed their name. (Issues 28 
	and 29 were "Commodore Magazine" and issues 30, 
	31 and 32 were "Commodore Microcomputing".) This
	year was probably the most confusing, overall. I
	am not sure if five or six issues came out, but
	in theory, they were still publishing bi-monthly.
	As far as I can tell, they stuck with the name
	"Commodore Microcomputing" during all of 1985 and
	1986. (Volumes 6 and 7.) Still bi-monthly issues.
	1987 marked big changes. Not only were they back
	to using "Commodore magazine" for their name, but
	they were now publishing monthly. This magazine
	had merged with "Commodore Powerplay" as of Jan.


1979:   I have none of these; want all.         (Volume 1)
1980:   I have none of these; want all.         (Volume 2)
1981:   I have none of these; want all.         (Volume 3)
1982:   I have 10 issues out of 12.             (Volume 4)
	I want May (v4n5) and Oct (v4n10).
1983:   I have all of these issues.             (Volume 5)
1984:   I have all of these issues.             (Volume 6)
1985:   I have all of these issues.             (Volume 7)
1986:   I have all of these issues.             (Volume 8)
1987:   I have all of these issues.             (Volume 9)
1988:   I have jan through july.                (Volume 10)
1989:   I only have the january issue.
1990:   I only have the october issue.
1991:   I only have jan, feb, mar.

Incoming:       1981 - Feb, May, June, July, Aug, Oct, Dec.
		1982 - May

Notes:  I already have all the issues that I want, from 
	1984 on. My only interest is in issues before that.
	A bit about this magazine's history....

	Info magazine (#15, Jul/Aug 1987, page 8) did a fine
	story on the early days of this magazine. It was not
	called "Compute!" until 1983. That (and other changes)
	only came about after the magazine changed owners. I
	(and likely others) mostly have issues from then on.

	The first issue of the "Pet Gazette" came out in April 
	of 1978. This was the name of this magazine at its 
	inception, under the leadership of its original owner, 
	Len Lindsay. This first issue was a single folded sheet.
	Issue one of "Compute." came out in the Fall of 1979.
	The cover proclaimed it to be "The PET Gazette with a
	new name" and "The Journal of Progressive Computing". 

	An editorial (in the June 1983 issue) mentions the 
	magazine is now owned by ABC. The actual switch took
	place in either May or June of 1983; not sure which.
	(July 1983 was when the Compute's Gazette started.)

	That same June 1983 "Compute!" editorial says that
	they made 100,000 copies in October 1982 with the 
	June 1983 issue having a press run of 315,000 copies.
	Usenet comments report that in 1988 ABC sold it 
	to General Media. (Compute's book line was said to 
	have been sold to Chilton books at that same time.)
	The University Microform (UMI) company reports this
	magazine's publication dates as being from the Fall 
	of 1979 to September of 1994. (However, see the 
	entry for Compute's Gazette; they could be wrong.)

     Compute's Gazette 

1983:   I have all except for September 1983 issue.
1984:   I have all of these issues.
1985:   I have all of these issues. 
1986:   I have all of these issues. 
1987:   I have all of these issues. 
1988:   I have all of these issues. 
1989:   I have all of these issues.
1990:   I have jan to jun, oct to dec.  
	(Missing July, August, September.)

Incoming:       Special 1988 Issue with Disk (contains the 
		Best Of from Gazette and Compute!)

Notes:  There may have also been some "special editions" 
	that I may or may not be missing? I don't know for
	sure. But I have nearly all the "normal" issues.
	Compute's Gazette started publication with the July 
	1983 issue; not long after ABC took over "Compute!".

	An editorial in the June 1983 Compute! said the
	circulation of the first issue was 175,000 copies.
	The Gazette was primarily for users of Commodore 
	brand computers, while Compute! was for any brand.

	Of interest is that UMI reports this publication 
	ended as of the June 1990 issue. However, since I 
	actually own copies of later issues, I doubt that?

I have nearly all of their issues. I am missing 
#1 and #5. Other than those two issues, I have 
everything up to issue #48... from 1983 to 1992.

Notes:  The exact title of the magazine changed over the 
	years, to reflect changes within the Commodore line 
	of home computers. The first seven issues called the 
	magazine "Info 64", reflecting the Commodore 64 as 
	the magazine's main focus. Starting with issue #8 
	their name dropped the "64" and just called itself 
	"Info" as the Commodore 128 and Amiga line were now 
	the newest Commodore home computers. With issue #32 
	the magazine again changed its name, this time to 
	".info" to reflect the new emphasis on the Amiga.
	The very first issue was labeled simply "fall 1983".
	I have up to issue #48; that was just the end of my 
	subscription, not necessarily the last issue ever made. 
	(However, as I have little interest in more magazines
	for the Amiga line of computers, that's good enough.)


1982:   I have one issue; volume 1 number 1.
	(It appears there were 2 other issues put 
	out in 1982; I want both of them.)
1983:   I have all four issues from that year.
1984:   I have all five issues that year.
1985:   I have all six issues that year.
1986:   I have five issues that year. (I may be
	missing one, possibly two issues?)

Incoming:       1982 - Vol 1 #1, Vol 1 #2, Vol 1 #3
		1986 - March, May, Aug/Sept, Nov

Notes:  This was a magazine put out by Commodore themselves.
	Some historical notes, as best I can make it out....
	The first issue of this magazine appears to have
	been the "summer" issue of 1982. This does make
	perfect sense; Commodore released their new C64
	computer in the summer of 1982, so this would have
	been a way to heavily promote their new machine,
	as a games machine. (They had tried to sell their
	previous machines as anything but games machines;
	even their game-oriented Vic20 ads usually hedged
	their bets, trying to be a "serious" company. They
	were, after all, "Commodore BUSINESS machines".)

	The earliest issues were intended to be quarterly. 
	1982 had only three issues, due to beginning later 
	in the year. 1983 had all four quarterly issues.
	Volume II, number 1 was "spring 1983". Volume 
	II, number 4 is listed as being "winter 1983". 
	(No issue numbers were listed at this point.)

	Volume III, number 1 is listed as "spring 1984" 
	but with no issue number. That seems to be the 
	last of the quarterly issues. The next issue is
	bimonthly, calling itself "June/July 1984". This 
	was called Volume 3 Number 2 Issue 9; the first 
	one to add the "issue" number and drop the Roman 
	Numerals. The last 1984 issue is Volume 3 Number 5 
	Issue 12, which is also listed as "Dec/Jan 84-85".
	Due to the transition, there are five 1984 issues.
	The Feb/Mar85 issue was the first issue of 1985.
	They call it Volume 4 Number 1 Issue 13. Volume 4 
	Number 6 Issue 18 came out Dec85/Jan86. (They were 
	now getting out all six bi-monthly issues a year.)
	Volume 5 Number 1 Issue 19 was from Feb/Mar86. 
	Oct/Nov86 is Volume 5 Number 5 Issue 23.

	According to "Info" magazine, at around this time
	(early 1987) this magazine merged with Commodore
	Microcomputing to become Commodore magazine. All
	indications I have show that was the case. 
	And it does make sense, when taken in historical 
	context. The Amiga line was now Commodore's main 
	computer model. Commodore was trying hard to avoid 
	being seen as the "game company" they'd sold them
	selves to the public as for the last five years.
	Which would be hard to do, selling a game magazine!


I have every issue they ever put out. Don't need any more
of the actual magazines. (Run put out a seperate disk you
could buy, with all the issues contents on it. I have next 
to none of those, and might be interested in buying some?)

Notes:  Their first issue came out in January of 1984.
	Their last issue came out in Nov/Dec 1992. After 
	that, they filled subscriptions with another title
	(unrelated) put out by the new publisher.

	CMD bought up the rights to all the RUN magazines
	and disks. They still sell RUN disks to this day.
	(Ward's web page lists them in the links section.)

	I had a number of things printed in this magazine,
	for what that's worth. These issues were the ones:
	    October 1990    =  A "magic trick" published.
	    May / Jun 1991  =  A cover article published.
			       It was a profiler, used to 
			       speed up C64 BASIC programs.
	    Sep / Oct 1991  =  A "magic trick" published.
	    Nov / Dec 1991  =  Three programs published
			       on the ReRun disk, as they
			       were far too big to type.
			       All unique disk utilities
			       I wrote some years before.
	    Jul / Aug 1992  =  A "magic trick" published.

1980:   I want the one issue published (Nov 80, #1) this year.
1981:   There were six total issues. I have Oct (#7) but no others.
	I want Jan (#2), Feb (#3), Mar #(4), Apr #(5), July #(6).
1982:   There were eight total issues. I have Jan (#8), May (#10), 
	Jun (#11), Aug (#12), Sep (#13), and Nov/Dec (#15). 
	I want the other two: Apr (#9) and Oct (#14) issues.
1983:   There were ten total issues. I have Jan (#16), Mar/Apr 
	(#18), May (#19), Jul (#21), Aug (#22), Sep (#23), oct 
	(#24), Nov (#25). I want the Feb (#17), Jun (#20) issues.
1984:   I have jan (#26), which is the last issue of the TORPET.

Incoming:       1983 - December Special - World of Commodore Special 
		Issue (Cover has Jack Tramiel - Founder of Commodore)

Notes:  This magazine changed names and ownership rather often.
	Its primary purpose was always to give information to 
	members of the International "Toronto Pet Users Group".
	The group still exists. They can be found on the web.
	They have a complete breakdown of all their newsletters
	and magazines:
	Their first issue was November 1980. It was 4 pages long
	and called the "TPUG news". At that time, there were 75
	members of TPUG. Circulation of this issue was 200 copies,
	according to a history the magazine did on itself, as of
	the #25 issue of Torpet, published in November 1983.

	The second issue was called the Torpet for the first time; 
	it came out in Jan 1981. The third issue was the first to 
	have graphics. The fourth increased in length to 8 pages;
	circulation was over 300 subscribers. Issue five jumped to
	16 pages, with 403 subscibers. Issue 6 had the first cover
	photo; an amusing picture of Jim Butterfield as a PET. The
	pages jumped to 48 in issue 7, and later to 96 with issue
	5. The 18th issue marked newsstand distibution. By the 25th
	issue, The Torpet was circulating 32,000 copies. By then the
	Toronto PET Users Group had 10,653 members. 
	At some point, the Torpet -- which had been published via
	contract, independent of TPUG itself -- went its own way.
	The name stayed the same, but TORPET now stood for "Today's
	Oceanic Research Program for Education and Training". (In
	other words, it had nothing to do with any computer group!)

	The Toronto PET Users Group decided to print up its own
	magazine after that. And so "TPUG magazine" was born in
	February of 1984. (See that title to continue the time
	line.) The last issue of the TORPET was January 1984, #26.
	Note that by 1983 the magazine was being put out 10 times a 
	year; it stayed that way throughout the "TPUG" incarnation.



1984:   I have none of the nine issues they put out.
	(First issue was Feb 1984.)
1985:   I have the "Jun/Jul 1985" issue and no others.
	I am missing nine other isses from this year.
1986:   I only have "issue 25"; which may have been
	their may/jun issue. At least six magazines 
	definitely came out. Their Jan/Feb issue has
	that name; after that, it was "issue 21" to
	issue 25. (Or higher.) They ceased publication
	under this name at some point during 1986. 

Incoming:       1984 - March/April, June, July, Aug/Sept, Oct, Nov, Dec
		1985 - Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Aug/Sept, Oct, Dec
		Issues 21, 22, 23, 24

Notes:  This magazine evolved from "The Torpet" magazine and
	it later evolved into an insert in "The Transactor".
	See those entries if you enjoy historical research.


Volumes 1, 2, 3:        
	I need all 30 of them, to have a 100% "complete" set.
	(But if I don't get these it won't kill me; see notes.)

Volume 4:               
	I have issues 1 and 3 on paper, and 2 on microfiche.
	I want paper originals of every issue in this volume.

Volumes 5, 6, 7, 8, 9:  
	I have a complete set of all these issues. (Issue 9-2 
	is only a good photocopy; I would not mind being able
	to get a paper original of it. However, all others are
	original paper magazines, in good or better shape.)

Notes:  The Transactor was originally put out by Commodore
	Canada. It later became an independent publication.
	Among those who know and respect Commodore computers,
	this magazine is still very much revered. It was the
	magazine of choice for hardcore technical people.
	The Transactor started out in 1978 as a two-page news
	letter, stapled in the top left corner, according to an 
	editorial printed in The Transactor, Volume 5 Issue 1.
	Quoting Jim Butterfield in TPUG news Volume 1 Number 1 
	(an insert to Transactor Volume 7 Issue 4, by the way):
	"It was a few mimeographed sheets... sometimes with a
	technical bulletin attached. When Karl Hildon joined
	Commodore Canada, there was a marked change in The
	Transactor. There was more material, more carefully
	edited. Karl was aware that The Transactor, as a
	Commodore publication, had the 'stamp of authority'.
	If the magazine said it was OK to make a modification
	to your computer, Commodore would have to stand by it."

	Volume 4 marked the point where The Transactor became 
	independent of Commodore. It was still led by the same
	editor, Karl J. Hildon. It was still published from 
	within Canada. Volume 4 Issue 1 talks about the new 
	publishing venture the magazine was then embarking on.
	The magazine was bi-monthly from this point forward.
	(Simple math would lead one to believe that 30 issues 
	were published prior to Volume 4's arrival, and this is
	confirmed by Volume 4 Issue 1's editorial page. But was
	it six issues the first year, then twelve issues for 
	both volumes 2 and 3? Or was it ten issues, spread out 
	evenly? I don't know for sure at this point. Anyone?)
	For whatever reason, it is easier to find Volumes 5 and
	up a lot easier than it is to find copies of the early
	ones. Perhaps that is when they were sold in the States?
	I do recall every good computer shop carrying them, at
	around the beginning of Volume 5. (Can anyone confirm?)
	Some issues of the magazine had special inserts. If you
	were a member of the "Toronto PET Users Group" when the
	Transactor put out Volume 7 Issue 4, you would have found
	a copy of "TPUG News" Volume 1 Number 1 in your magazine.
	(I wasn't, but while filling out my collection, was lucky
	enough to have found some of these "special" magazines.)
	TPUG still exists. You can find out more about what they
	published next at:

	As of Volume 8 number 2, many changes were made. (Last
	part of 1987.) This was because the editor and staff had
	bought the magazine from its parent company. At this
	point, the magazine had become "subscription only"; no 
	more newsstand sales were made, although some computer
	stores carried the title later, as I recall and the
	editorial for 8-2 mentioned. Paid circulation at this
	point was quoted as being 15,000 customers. 

	Up until this issue, the cover artist had been John 
	Mostacci. His last cover was Volume 8 issue 1. His art
	work was great; I (and others) were sad that no more
	of his covers were made at this point. There was one
	interim cover by another artist, then really boring
	and plain covers from then on. (Mostacci's covers had 
	been adorning the magazine from at least volume five.)
	The magazine ".info" says in its jan/feb 1989 issue 
	that "the Transactor is back! The transactor has had 
	some financial difficulties that have kept them from 
	publishing for several months. Those hard times are 
	apparently now over -- the Transactor has been sold 
	to Commodore Computing International, a British 
	magazine publisher. Chris Zamara and Nick Sullivan 
	will still be the editors, and you should see new 
	issues of both the 8-bit and Amiga versions by the 
	time you read this." (Note that last; a reference
	to two different versions. I concentrate on 8-bits
	myself, and own no Amiga Transactors at all.)
	When did the Transactor stop publishing? I don't know.
	Was Volume 9 the last one? (The last copy I have, 
	called Volume 9 issue 6, is dated as August 1989.)

	One also has to factor into all this, the idea that
	the Commodore 8-bit line was being replaced by the
	Amiga line of home computers. That influenced things.


Commodore Software Encyclopedia
Programming the [PET, Vic20, etc] by Raeto Collin West

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