ANALOG Computing Magazine
Atari Newsletter and Lots of Games
In the US, the two main Atari (8-bit) Magazines were ANALOG Computing and Antic. I also liked Compute!, because it covered lots of computers and allowed me to see non-Atari stuff. Still, ANALOG was easily my favorite as it had the most in-depth articles and usually better game listings. Since there was no internet back then and I didn’t use a modem at this point, my only source of Atari news was the magazines.
I loved the day each magazine arrived in the mail. I would grab it and read it cover-to-cover, often multiple times. I used to have to type in programs I wanted, but eventually we split a disk subscription with a friend so that we could get everything on a floppy disk. No more typing!
I also have a special place in my heart because ANALOG was the first magazine to send me a rejection letter!
I still re-read ANALOG from time to time because I have a complete set of all 79 issues! Until recently, I only had 78 issues as Issue #6 was eluding me. But then out of the blue it showed up on eBay in a group with some other issues. I snapped it up to complete my collection.
ANALOG was the first Atari-specific magazine in the US and its early issues had a short production run so are quite rare. Here is the first issue:
Since we got our first Atari computer in 1983 or so, the first issue I remember getting was #13:
Shortly after the Atari ST appeared in 1985, ANALOG added ST-Log as an insert in the magazine. It was split out into its own separate magazine in 1987.
At some point in 1988, ANALOG was sold to LFP, Inc. (Larry Flynt Publications, yes that Larry Flynt) and after a several month hiatus started publishing again. At this point, the magazine started getting glossy with a fancier “design”, but I found it became harder to read. Plus the state of the 8-bit Ataris meant the glory days of ANALOG were behind it.
In the US the Atari market started dwindling in the late 80s and by 1989, it was decided to merge ANALOG and ST-Log back into a single magazine. This only lasted for two issues until it stopped publishing with issue #79 in December 1989.
You can find digital versions of ANALOG at several places on the internet:
Also check out More About ANALOG Computing.
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