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Commodore User
November 1988 issue
EditorDennis Jarrett (Oct 83-Aug 84)
Bohdan Buciak (Sep 84-Nov 84)
Eugene Lacey (Dec 84-Jan 88)
Mike Pattenden (Jan 88-Feb 90)
CategoriesComputer magazine
FrequencyMonthly
Circulation72,892 (July – Dec 1988)
First issueOctober 1983
Final issue
Number
February 1990
77
CompanyEMAP
CountryUnited Kingdom
LanguageEnglish
ISSN0265-721X

Commodore User, (also referred to as CU) later renamed to CU Amiga, is a series of American and British magazines published by Commodore International.

Timeline

Commodore User was launched in October 1983[1] with an initial preview issue in June 1983.[2] Initially the magazine contained, what was referred to as,[by whom?] the serious side of computing. Programming tutorials, machine code features, and business software reviews were included. The first issues were produced and written by; editor Dennis Jarrett, writer and future editor Bohdan Buciak, and editorial assistant Nicky Chapman.[3] Features were written by a range of contributors, and the issue sizes grew rapidly from 64 to 96 pages.[4]

The first 12 issues of Commodore User were published by Paradox Group until October 1984; thereafter publishing was handled by Emap until the final issue in February 1990.[5]

Game coverage began to appear by the second issue.[6] This consisted of a small section called Screen Scene from issue three.[7]

In 1985, the Commodore 64 became more popular.[8] The amount of technical coverage also decreased as the games market took over. Gradually, the circulation began to rise, and CU produced more color through the magazine. At the height of the C64's success, CU had a page count of 116.[9]

In 1986, CU began to cover the new 16-bit computer: the Amiga.[4] The magazine covered all the Commodore platforms, from the C16 to the Amiga. Circulation figures also showed an all-time high of over 70,000 for the 1988 period.[10]

To establish that the magazine content was changing to include the emerging Amiga platform, the magazine changed its title to "CU Commodore User Amiga-64" in the February 1989 issue.[10] The Commodore User part was dropped quickly, and the name became CU Amiga-64.[11] This period of the magazine was a transitional time between transferring coverage from C64 to the Amiga.

CU Amiga

CU Amiga Magazine
EditorSteve James (Mar 90-Mar 92)
Dan Slingsby (Apr 92-Feb 94)
Alan Dykes (Apr 94-Nov 96)
Tony Horgan (Dec 96-Oct 98)
CategoriesComputer and video games magazine
FrequencyMonthly
First issueMarch 1990
Final issue
Number
October 1998
104
CompanyEMAP
CountryUnited Kingdom
Websitehttp://www.cu-amiga.co.uk/
ISSN0963-0090

In 1990, CU Amiga-64 removed the "64" from its name and relaunched it as CU Amiga with the March 1990 issue.[12] The magazine eventually gained circulation as a result of the internationalization.

In late 1994, the Amiga's popularity was declining. CU Amiga had a final name change to help distinguish itself from other competing magazines in an increasingly small market. It became CU Amiga Magazine (from October 1990).[13] In its remaining years under the control of editor Tony Horgan, the magazine became highly technical but also gained a professional edge. Some staff from sister magazine The One were moved to CU when the former closed in July 1995 and provided games coverage for CU readers. "THE ONE AMIGA you have known and loved is not dead, but It has changed somewhat. The previous writers and publishers have moved on to better things, and the magazine now lies in entirely new hands, at Maverick Magazines. So we'll take to opportunity to welcome all the original readers of The One to the new Maverick Edition, and to point out to them the new address."[14]

The final issue was released in October 1998. The magazine came to an end without the preceding page, staff or quality cuts that had afflicted. CU Amiga Magazine's closure meant that the only remaining monthly Amiga newsstand magazine was its closest rival, Amiga Format.

A year after CU's closure in October 1999, the magazine Amiga Active was launched. It had several of the same staff and was competition for Amiga Format, which it ultimately outlived, by being published until November 2001.

References

  1. ^ "Commodore User #1". Commodore User. Vol. 1, no. 1. October 1983.
  2. ^ "Commodore User #0". Commodore User. June 1983.
  3. ^ "View a Scan (Commodore User page 003 from issue 001)". ZZap64.
  4. ^ a b "Commodore User: 1983 - 1989". Amiga History Guide. Archived from the original on 8 May 2020.
  5. ^ "Commodore User #12". Commodore User. Vol. 1, no. 12. September 1984., "Commodore User #13". Commodore User. Vol. 2, no. 1. October 1984.
  6. ^ "Commodore User Magazine Issue 02". November 1983.
  7. ^ "Commodore User Magazine Issue 03". December 1983.
  8. ^ "Commodore User". ZZap64.
  9. ^ "Commodore User Issue 27 December 1985 | Retro 8-Bit Computers". www.retro8bitcomputers.co.uk. Retrieved 2023-08-25.
  10. ^ a b "Commodore_User_Issue_65_1989_Feb".
  11. ^ "Commodore_User_Issue_70_1989_Jul".
  12. ^ "CU Amiga (March 1990) - Amiga Magazine Rack". amr.abime.net. Retrieved 2023-08-25.
  13. ^ "CU Amiga (October 1990) - Amiga Magazine Rack". amr.abime.net. Retrieved 2023-08-25.
  14. ^ "Introduction". TheOne Magazine. No. 82. August 1995. Retrieved 2023-08-29 – via Archive.org.