Well, I embraced my first copy of B&W with open arms and would have continued the hunt in the local kiosks into the future were it not for their Special Issues, which I eventually came to see as some tiny quantity of 'great' images packaged within much dross, the collected whole being marketed at exorbitant prices. It's only a magazine you're buying, for crissakes, not a book! But don't forget: it was originally presented (ho hum!) as being for Colllectors of fine photography, not as a fast route to them for humble photographers (as if)... though the quarter page ads allowed at the back were indeed offered as such. Janus syndrome, anyone?
Too little for too much for me.