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The magazine quickly came to be known for its lengthy, information-filled "retrospective" articles devoted to the full production details of such classic films as 1951's ''[[The Day The Earth Stood Still]]'', [[George Pal]]'s ''[[The War of the Worlds (1953 film)|War of the Worlds]]'', ''[[The Incredible Shrinking Man]]'', and ''[[Planet of the Apes (1968 film)|Planet of the Apes]]''. Based on the popularity of these articles, ''Cinefantastique'' began producing huge double-issues centering on comprehensive "Making-Of" looks at such movies as Disney's ''[[20,000 Leagues Under The Sea]]'', ''[[Forbidden Planet]]'', ''[[Star Wars (film)|Star Wars]]'', ''[[Close Encounters of the Third Kind]]'', ''[[Blade Runner]]'', and ''[[The Thing (1982 film)|The Thing]]''. The magazine also devoted several issues to ''[[Star Trek]]'' films and ''[[Star Trek: The Next Generation]]'' and ''[[Star Trek: Deep Space Nine]]''. Many of the articles have since become accepted as the definitive source of production information regarding these and other genre titles.
The magazine was responsible for introducing the work of several writers who have continued to produce important work in the film field, including Don Shay, [[Bill Warren (film historian and critic)|Bill Warren]], [[Tim Lucas]], [[Mick Garris]], [[Stephen Rebello]], Steven Rubin, [[Dan Scapperotti]], [[Dale Winogura]], [[Jeffrey Frentzen]], Paul M. Sammon (who authored the [[Blade Runner]] double issue and later turned it into an extensive book called ''Future Noir''), Dan Fiebiger, and [[Alan Jones (film critic)|Alan Jones]].
On October 17, 2000, due to complications from long-time, clinical depression, Clarke committed [[suicide]] at the age of 51.<ref name=NYT2000-11-9 /> Editorship was briefly assumed by long-time contributor [[Dan Persons]], until rights to the continuing publication of ''Cinefantastique'' were acquired by [[Mark A. Altman]]'s [[Mindfire Entertainment]], who formally renamed the magazine '''''CFQ'''''.
''Cinefantastique'' relaunched as a webzine in August 2007, called ''Cinefantastique Online'', under the supervision of the magazine's former West Coast Editor, Steve Biodrowski.
In 2009, ''Cinefantastique'' was purchased by and is now a wholly owned trademark of Fourth Castle Micromedia, a New York-based company owned by genre marketing veteran Joe Sena. Fourth Castle is best known for their EMCE Toys brand, whose first lines of "Retro Cloth" 8" action figures were reproductions of classic MEGO toys. Fourth Castle produced a one-shot,