Sinclair User, often abbreviated SU, was a magazine dedicated to the
Sinclair Research range of home computers, most specifically the ZX
Spectrum (while also occasionally covering arcade games). Initially
published by ECC Publications, and later EMAP, it was published in the
UK between 1982 and 1993, and was the longest running Sinclair-based
Like many similar magazines, it contained news, game reviews,
previews, tips, help guides, regular columns, readers' letters and
cover-mounted game demos.
In May 1992 the former rival publication CRASH was notionally subsumed
Sinclair User but in practice this meant little more than the
addition of the Crash! logo to the magazine's cover page.
In earlier years, the magazine built up personality cults around some
of its "hilariously" monikered staff, including Bill "Incorruptible"
Scolding, John "Disgusting" Gilbert, Chris "Lunchbreaks" Bourne,
Claire "Ligger" Edgely, Richard Price (writer of the "Gordo
Greatbelly" adventure tips section), and columnist Andrew Hewson
Hewson Consultants software).
Under David Kelly's editorial tenure, the magazine began to focus more
on the gaming scene, and featured more colour graphics under designer
Gareth "the Mad Celt". By the time of editor Graham Taylor, the
magazine included the cartoon character Kamikaze Bear, and the tone of
the publication changed from a semi-serious magazine to something
aimed more at children.
Timex Sinclair User
Timex Sinclair User was a spin-off published for the US market.
A short-lived spin-off known as
Timex Sinclair User was also
published for the American market, where versions of Sinclair
computers were marketed under the
Timex Sinclair name.
The debut issue, representative of the magazine's early style which
was more hobbyist and less games-oriented than in later years.
Mag-Slag — A humorous analysis of a typical
Sinclair User review.
Sinclair User — Images of scanned pages of Sinclair User
^ "April 1993, Issue 134". ysincuser.f9.co.uk.
Sinclair User Magazine
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^ a b "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-01-13.
^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-03-19. Retrieved
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