ATOMIC ELBOW #37, $5, 5½” x 8½”, copied, 52 pgs.

Mar 10, 2023

I feel like more and more wrestling zines are being published these days. This one has been around awhile and it’s the format I prefer as a non-wrestling fan: personal essays about what wrestling means in the author’s life, interesting bits of history, or pieces about how wrestling fits into our culture. This issue opens with an essay about the history of wrestling in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, which, as you may imagine, is not a particularly rich history. Still, the author explores it with curiosity, tying in personal history with the city and with wrestling. There’s also a comic in here that’s absolutely hilarious, about a cocky wrestler talking smack in the ring only to get destroyed by a tiny kid who accidentally stepped into the arena instead of going to martial arts class. –Emma Alice Johnson (231 Rhodes Dr., Athens, GA 30606)

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