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Commodore User
CU-logo

Launch Editor

Dennis Jarrett

Company

Paradox Group, EMAP

ISSN

First Date

October 1983

Final Date

October 1998

Total Issues

181 + 1

Commodore User, known to the readers as the abbreviated CU, was one of the oldest British Commodore magazines. A publishing history spanning over 15 years, mixing content with technical and games features. Incorporating Vic Computing in 1983 by publishers EMAP, the magazine's focus moved to the emerging Commodore 64, before introducing Amiga coverage in 1986, paving the way for Amiga's dominance and a title change to CU Amiga in 1990. Covering the 16-bit computer, the magazine continued for another eight years until the last issue was published in October 1998 when EMAP opted to close the magazine due to falling sales and a change in focus for EMAP.

HistoryEdit

Carrying on from where Vic Computing left, Commodore User was launched in September 1983. Initially the magazine contained what was referred to as the serious side of computing, with programming tutorials, machine code features and business software reviews. The first issues were produced and written by a small team, consisting of editor Dennis Jarrett, a writer (future editor Bohdan Buciak) and editorial assistant Nicky Chapman. Features were written by a range of contributors. Rapidly the issue sizes grew from 64 to 96 pages.

In 1986 CU began to cover the new 16-bit computer; the Amiga. The magazine was an all time high, covering all the Commodore platforms, from the C16, all the way up to the Amiga. Circulation figures were also showing an all time high of over 70,000 for the 1988 period.

To establish that the magazine content was changing to cover the emerging Amiga, the magazine changed its title CU Commodore User Amiga-64, with the emphasis on the CU part. The Commodore User part was quickly dropped and the name remained CU Amiga-64. This period of the magazine was seen as a transitional time between transferring coverage from C64 to the Amiga.

Realising that the C64 market was in an undeniable decline in 1990, CU made the decision to concentrate fully on the Amiga, dropping C64 coverage and relaunched their redesigned magazine as CU Amiga. The magazine, eventually, gained increased circulation as a result of the changes.

By 1994, it was obvious that the Amiga's popularity was in decline. 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. In its remaining years under the control of editor Tony Horgan, the magazine became highly technical but also gained a professional edge. The final issue featured a memorable upside down cover with a foot imprinting on the logo, intended to be reminiscent of the imagery used by Monty Python.

The magazine came to an end without the preceding page, staff or quality cuts that had afflicted some other Amiga magazines. 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, which had several of the same staff and was competition for Amiga Format, which it ultimately outlived.

StaffEdit

Editors

Dennis Jarrett (Oct 83-Aug 84)
Bohdan Buciak (Sep 84-Nov 84)
Eugene Lacey (Dec 84-Jan 88)
Mike Pattenden (Jan 88-Feb 90)
Steve James (Mar 90-Mar 92)
Dan Slingsby (Apr 92-Feb 94)
Alan Dykes (Apr 94-Nov 96)
Tony Horgan (Dec 96-Oct 98)

WritersEdit

Please see here for a list of writers who are credited with writing articles or reviews in Commodore User / CU Amiga.

StatsEdit

Circulation FiguresEdit

Year Jan-Jun Jul-Dec
1985 47,669 48,565
1986 51,308 60,848
1987 68,368 64,606
1988 69,004 72,892
1989 66,211 50,270
1990 47,091
1991 78,266 90,251
1992 101,923 96,235
1993 111,408 112,780
1994
1995 55,789 47,670
1996 36,856 28,161
1997 27,391 24,358
1998 21,599

ReviewsEdit

See here for a list of reviews from this magazine.

For the purposes of the Average Score, the Interest score will be used until Commodore User started to use an overall score. Interest score denoted with a *.

Issue Games Reviewed Average Score Highest Score Highest Scoring Game Lowest Score Lowest Scoring Game
1 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
2 15 3.2* 5 The Hobbit,
Stix
2 Annihilator, Astral Zone,
Hungry Horace, Meteor Blaster
3 11 3.4* 5 Adventureland,
Laser Zone
1 Mini Roulette/Pontoon/Hi-Lo
4 11 3.3* 4 Attack of the Mutant Camels,
Balloon Rescue,
Dots & Boxes,
Hustler,
International Soccer
2 Bat Attack, Blue Moon
5 13 2.8* 5 Jetpac 1 747 Pilot
6 18 3.4* 5 Krazy Kong, Matrix,
Galaxy, Megawarz
1 Bomber Run / Supavaders
7 13 3.6* 5 Skramble, Jetpac,
Star Defense,
Hustler
1 Gun Fight, Cosmiads
52 32 6.5 9 Project Stealth Fighter, Jinxter 3 Ninja Mission
56 30 (1) 5.9 9 The Sentinel 2 Gun.Smoke
57 28 5.6 9 F/A-18 Interceptor 1 Every Second Counts,
Lee Enfield: Tournament of Death
58 36 6.1 9 The President is Missing 3 I-Xera, Sword Slayer
59 24 6.2 9 Last Ninja 2, Carrier Command 2 Football Manager 2
60 28 6.1 9 Starglider 2,
Legend of the Sword
3 The Fury
61 29 6.2 10 Fish 2 NATO Assault Course
76 27 75% 96% It Came From the Desert, Fighter Bomber 41% Wonderboy in Monsterland

Other InfoEdit

Issue Cover Date Release Date Pages Price Editor Publisher
0 June 1983 June 1983 100 £0.50 Dennis Jarrett Paradox
1.1 October 1983 September 1983* 64 £0.85 Dennis Jarrett Paradox
1.2 November 1983 October 1983* 64 £0.85 Dennis Jarrett Paradox
1.3 December 1983 November 1983* 80 £0.85 Dennis Jarrett Paradox
1.4 January 1984 December 1983* 64 £0.85 Dennis Jarrett Paradox
1.5 February 1984 January 1984* 96 £0.85 Dennis Jarrett Paradox
52 January 1988 26th December 1987 140 £1.00 Eugene Lacey EMAP
56 May 1988 116 £1.10 Mike Pattenden EMAP
57 June 1988 124 £1.10 Mike Pattenden EMAP
58 July 1988 26th June 1988 100 £1.10 Mike Pattenden EMAP
59 August 1988 108 £1.10 Mike Pattenden EMAP
60 September 1988 108 £1.10 Mike Pattenden EMAP
61 October 1988 26th September 1988 112 £1.10 Mike Pattenden EMAP
76 January 1990 20 December 1989 124 £1.30 Mike Pattenden EMAP
77 February 1990 26 January 1990

 * Assumption

IssuesEdit

Commodore User / CU Amiga Index
Date Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
1983           Commodore User Issue 0
0
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1
Commodore User Issue 2
2
Commodore User Issue 3
3
1984 Commodore User Issue 4
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Commodore User Issue 6
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Commodore User Issue 7
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