Creative Computing

Creative Computing

Creative Computing
The front cover of the April 1980 issue of Creative Computing.
The front cover of the April 1980 issue of Creative Computing.
Editor-in-Chief David H. Ahl
Founder David H. Ahl
First issue October 1974 (1974-10)
Final issue November 1985 (1985-11)
Company Ziff-Davis
Country United States
Language English
"Flip Side" of the April 1980 issue, with a parody of various computer magazines.

Creative Computing was one of the earliest magazines covering the microcomputer revolution. Published from October 1974 until October 1985, the magazine covered the whole spectrum of hobbyist/home/personal computing in a more accessible format than the rather technically oriented BYTE.[1] Creative Computing also published software on cassette tape and floppy disk for the popular computer systems of the time.

The magazine was founded by David H. Ahl, who sold it to Ziff-Davis in the early 1980s, but remained as editor-in-chief.[2] Featured writers included Robert Swirsky, David Lubar, and John J. Anderson. The magazine regularly included BASIC source code for utility programs and games, which users could manually enter into their home computers. Ted Nelson, known for the invention of hypertext, was briefly the editor. The April 1980 issue of Creative Computing contained parodies of the major computer magazines of the time.

At the end of its run, Creative Computing was attempting to refocus on business computing, but was not successful at this and ultimately ceased publication in October 1985.[2]


  1. ^ "Creative Computing". The Online Books Page: Serial Archive Listings. USA:  
  2. ^ a b Harry McCracken (20 November 2008). "The Twelve Greatest Defunct Tech Magazines Ever". Technologizer. Retrieved 3 August 2015. 

Further reading

  • Ahl, David H., "Birth of a Magazine (History of Creative Computing)", in The Best of Creative Computing Volume 1 (published 1976)

External links

  • Three Best of Creative Computing volumes are available at
  • The full text of most of the issues from the last three years (1983–1985) of this magazine can be found at
  • Full page scans of most issues, except the earliest three years, can be found at