The fifth edition of Pinball Magazine has been published and is now shipping, and if previous issues were likened to books, this one is more like an encyclopaedia.
Pinball Magazine #5 is published
This new issue features as its main subject and cover story, the life, career and creations of game designer Wayne Neyens.
Wayne Neyens is the main subject of issue 5
Everything about the publication and its subject can best be described as ‘extreme’.  Wayne himself recently turned 100-years-old, while his number of game designs to go into production exceeds 150. So, it’s only to be expected that the detailed coverage given to Wayne and his life creating pinball machines also results in an ‘extreme’ number of pages.  In fact, the 360 pages which form issue 5 are the maximum Pinball Magazine’s printer can squeeze in without reducing the thickness and quality of the paper used.
Including the front and back covers, the page count for issue 5 is 360
As a result, the magazine weighs in at 1.33kg (47 ounces) and is by far the largest issue to date.
Issue 5 is as thick as issues 1 & 2 combined
The contents page in issue 5
The magazine is not all about Wayne but the first 260 pages are, and they begin with a 33-page examination of Wayne’s place in the history – not only of pinball, but much wider American culture, design and manufacturing, authored by pinball historian Gordon Hasse.
Gordon Hasse’s biographical examination of Wayne’s impact on pinball and beyond
Gordon write with a unique style of prose which brings Wayne’s story to life, giving context to the cultural significance of his game themes and innovative designs.  He also lists all the key players working with Wayne in the industry during his most prolific years, an in particular the various members of the Gottlieb family.
David Gottlieb with son Alvin and brothers Nate and Sol
He concludes this first section with a selection of fun facts about Wayne and his designs, before listing all 159 games created by Wayne which made it into production.
The list of Wayne’s designs which were manufactured
The second, much larger section is an illustrated