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Reuben Fior (1935-2012)

Issue No. 2325

Some of Reuben Fior’s unique designs for the International Socialism journal from the 1960s. See more at the http://marxists.org/history/etol/newspape/isjMarxists Internet Archive

Some of Reuben Fior’s unique designs for the International Socialism journal from the 1960s. See more at the Marxists Internet Archive


For those who began reading the journal International Socialism in the early 1960s, a key part of its appeal was the design of its magnificent covers. Each one was different, and gave the journal a powerful identity.

They were the work of Reuben Fior (also known as Robin Fior) who died at the end of September. He was a member of the Socialist Review Group and the International Socialists (forerunners of the Socialist Workers Party) in the 1950s and 1960s.

Reuben was active in the Labour Party Youth, lectured for the National Council of Labour Colleges and was part of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament. He was arrested on a sit-down in 1961 and shared a cell with philosopher Bertrand Russell.

Self-taught, he established himself as a graphic designer.He designed the far left paper Black Dwarf, born of the struggles of 1968. He also worked for left wing publisher Pluto Press.

In the early 1970s Reuben moved to Portugal. During the 1974-75 revolution, he designed posters and magazines, and helped establish contacts between the IS and the emerging Portuguese left.

He stayed there for the rest of his life, with a well deserved reputation as a graphic designer. He held onto his left wing beliefs. Our condolences to his family.

Ian Birchall


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Tue 16 Oct 2012, 16:05 BST
Issue No. 2325
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