New York Avatar

1968


No. 1 - March 29

No. 2 - April 12

No. 3 - April 26

No. 4 - May 10

No. 5 - June 1

No. 6 - July

No. 7 - August

(Thanks to Nancy Platt for most of these issues)

The New York Avatar began with the March 29, 1968 issue, and ran for seven issues through August, 1968. The first issue includes an opening editorial by Brian Keating in which he writes that "the decision was made" to expand the Boston Avatar into a New York edition.
Four of the issues were large format, 17"½×23". The first two included insert magazines indentical to those in the Boston editions of the same dates: No. 22, March 29, and No. 23, April 12. No. 3 apparently used the magazine from No. 20 (March 1): it had the same date (April 26) as No. 24 (the final Boston issue), which was magazine only. Nos. 4, 6 and 7 were smaller, magazine-size format, 8½"×11".
With the exception of the photographic first issue cover, the covers all appear to be drawings by Eben Given. (Nos. 2, 3, 5 had appeared on earlier Boston Avatars.)
The final issue, No. 7, has "American Avatar" as its masthead, and in the opening editorial John Wilton writes of the financial problems which led them away from their usual printer (and perhaps finally resulted in the decision to cease publication).
John Wilton's Last Week article in No. 4 (May 10), and Brian Keating's "continuation" Last Week in No. 5 (June1), discuss some of the circumstances surrounding the last issue of of Boston Avatar, No. 24, April 26, 1968, and what happened to "No. 25". No. 6 (July), includes a letter from Charles Giuliano, editor of No. 25, in response.
Boston Avatar No. 21 (March 15) had announced that "Mel Lyman will no longer write for Avatar," but there is (apparently new) writing by Mel in the New York Avatar from No. 5, including his reaction to a July television debate between Buckley and Mailer in No. 7, and poems signed "Pluto" which had not appeared previously in the Boston edition, such as "I am trying to remember everybody in my life I ever wanted to hate...", in No. 7, and others. (The one in the masthead of No. 1, signed "Pluto", had previously appeared in Boston Avatar 13, signed by Mel.)

Avatar - June 9, 1967 - April 26, 1968 (24 issues)
Avatar 25 - May 9, 1968 (the "lost" issue)
New York Avatar - March 29, 1968 - August 1968 (7 issues)
(Boston) Avatar Volume II - June 1968 - August 1968 (6 issues)
American Avatar - October 1968 - Summer 1969 (4 issues)

No. 1 - March 29   (17½"×23" 10pp)
No. 2 - April 12   (17½"×23" 8pp)
No. 3 - April 26   (17½"×23" 8pp)
No. 4 - May 10   (8½"×11" 32pp)
No. 5 - June 1   (17½"×23" 12pp)
No. 6 - July   (8½"×11" 32pp)
No. 7 - August   (8½"×11" 40pp)


Mel Lyman