11 & 2
|Title:||11 & 2|
|Publisher:||Otter Limits Press|
|Fandom:||Man From U.N.C.L.E.|
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From Agent With Style: "Using Illya and Napoleon's code numbers as their titles, these zines focus on various assignments and affairs of the U.N.C.L.E. agents, much like the show did, but with a little more leeway. Come join our intrepid duo as they fight Thrush and sometimes their own agency to save the world--one more time!"
11 & 2 1 was published in 1986 and contains 118 pages.
- Conference Room by Tam and P.J.
- LoC Column by Various
- The Level Zero Affair by D.L. Balmer (16 pages)
- The Teacher, Teacher Affair by Stewart J. (10 pages)
- The Dirty Diaper Affair by J.E. Wells (10 pages)
- The Cat And Mouse Business by Teresa Sarick
- PORTFOLIO: A Matter of Communications by Paulie
- The Kentucky Dam Camping Affair by J.E. Wells (20 pages)
- The Milton-Freewater Affair by Terry N. & Anne D. (2o pages)
- Whispers in Empty Halls/Tall Tales by Hindman
- U.N.C.L.E. OFFICIAL MEMO by Jan Lindner
- The Courier Affair by Lorretta G. (16 pages)
- Tie Him Up by Tweety Diamond and the Thrushettes
- Solo Impressions by Tam
- Kuryakin Impressions by Paulie
- Paulie (Front Cover), AD, Judith Boguslawski, CAK, Howarth, Kurz, Rene, Spurlock, Stanford, Tami Marie, and Dover
11 & 2 2 was published in January 1987 and is 108 pages long.
- The December the 24th Affair by Gina Martin 13
- The Rain, Rain, Go Away Affair by Tami Marie 21
- Napoleon Noel by Teresa Sarick 38
- U.N.C.L.E.'s Niece by Teresa Sarick 39
- The Chilling Chicken Affair by J.E. Wells 47
- The Pool and the Well by Jean Graham 59
- The Big Top Affair by Stewart Johnston 65
- Happy New Year and All that Jazz by Rachelle S. 76
- The Alpine Affair by Loretta Greco 77
- Tall Tales by Mary Gerstner 97
- Review: The Zine from U.N.C.L.E. 2 by Jan Lindner 100
- Workin' for the Man by Tweety Diamond 101
- The Events of December the 24th, 1996 by Illya Kuryakin as told to T.M. Allen 103
- Last Laugh by Hindman 105
- Paulie (Front Cover), Rain, Stanford, C.A.K., Ruth Kurz, D.Y.A., M.L. Johnston, Kathleen J. Easley, and Vixen.
11 & 2 3 was published in December 1987 and contains 164 pages.
- The First Affair by Mara St. James 21
- The Nevermore Affair by Stewart Johnston 29
- The Sorority Rush Affair by Jennifer Adams 39
- The Fly the Friendly Spies Affair by Gina Martin 49
- The Musical Affair by L.B. Sternmacher 65
- Portfolio: "Wishful Thinking" by Hindman 84
- The Princess and the Pea Affair by Terry Neill & Anne Davenport 87
- Station to Station by Teresa Sarick 124
- The Mentor Affair by Loretta Greco 125
- The Still Crazy After all These Years Affair by Paulie 145
- Paulie (Front Cover), C. Case, C. Kirby, Ruth Kurz, Cheryl Newsome, and Stanford.
11 & 2 4 was published in 1988. It contains 8 stories and is 128 pages long.
- The King of Beasts Affair by Lisa Bradzil 3
- The Science Must Be Served Affair by Jennifer Adams 19
- The Cactus Rose Affair by Nan Mack 35
- Portfolio: "A Piece of the Action" by Paulie 62
- The Multiple Choice Affair by L.B. Sternmacher 67
- Interlude by Hindman 84
- The Toxic Chemical Affair by J.M. Florentine 85
- The Thrushette Affair by Loretta Greco 97
- The Illya Kuryakin School of Fine Cuisine and Handy Household Hints Handbook by Pasha Sokolnikov 118
- So Vain by L.B. Sternmacher 125
- Friday Night Anticipation by Kathy Norton 127
- Paulie (Front Cover), Tami Marie, Stanford, Pasha Sokolnikov, Cheryl Newsome, Scott Rosma, and Anne Davenport
11 & 2 5 was published in May 1990 and contains 124 pages.
- The Nice Red Suits Affair by Jennifer Adams 3
- The Now You See Him, Now You Don't Affair by Charlie Kirby 7
- The Twenty Minutes Into the Future Affair by Gail Mihara 13
- The Miscellaneous Affair by Terri Sarick 39
- The McCallum Affair by Loretta Greco 41
- New Year's Resolutions of My Favorite Uncle by Teri Sarick 45
- Portfolio: "The Grab Bag" by Various Artists 46
- The One the Suit Was Made For Affair by Gina Martin 49
- The Ballad of John and the Time Lords by Jennifer Adams 69
- The City of Lies Affair by Nan Mack and C.W. Walker. Crossover with The Equalizer. 93 (reprinted in The St. Crispin's Day Society #4 and Black Jag #4)
- The Top Ten List from the Offices ISI by Sue Anne Sarick 121
- Paulie (Front Cover), Tami Marie, Hindman, and Dover.
11 & 2 6 was published in May 1991 and contains 149 pages.
- The Not-So-Safe House Affair by Peggy Hartsook and Deb Stewart 3
- The 'Today Salzburg, Tomorrow the World' Affair by Grace Kanninen 17
- The Deluxe Crystal Affair by Anne Collins Smith 33
- The Extreme Prejudice Affair by Gina Martin 47
- Waverly by Anne Collins Smith 55
- I See You've Come to Rescue Me by Jane Standford Gravitt 56
- The Seventeen Days in October Affair by J.M. D'Agostino-Toney & Terry L. Neill 59
- The Turbuff Affair: One to Remember by Michael Macomber 92
- The London Affair by Loretta Greco 93
- Symbiosis by Jody A. Cummings 110
- The Worm in the Apple Affair by Hugh Williamson 111
- The CBN Affair by Paula Smith 139
- Accusation by Melissa Mastoris 143
- Rebuttal by Melissa Mastoris 144
- The Affair Affair by Teresa Sarick 145
- Cheryl Newsome, Anne Davenport, Deborah Franklin, and Stanford.
Reactions and Reviews: Issue 6
[Peeve Alert #1: comments on the correct use of "lie," "lay" and the evils of spellcheck omitted]
11 & 2, # 6 has, as usual, a great cover, in color, by Paulie, and contains a wide selection of artwork, poems, and stories that range from the sublime to the ridiculous. The intentionally ridiculous, namely, Paula Smith's "The CBN Affairs-is a hoot. But here and there are those unintentional moments...
(Peeve Alert #2) The aired MUNCE had cleverly-titled Acts, four per episode, a formula some fan writers duplicate. Alot of things happened during those Acts to qualify them as sections in their own right (also, it's a nifty way to come back from commercial breaks that'll be there whether the story wants/needs it or not). A Prologue, four Acts, and an Epilogue in a ten to twelve-page story look pretentious, andare, in a word, unnecessary. There isn't enough of a story to justify breaking it into pieces. Locale, point of view, or time changes, or clever headings, do not necessarily an Act make.
The zine opens up with "The Not-So-Safe-House Affair," by Peggy Hartsook and Deb Stewart, a haunted house story (I think; being ill-versed in supernatural lore, I'm not sure. Do vampires qualify as instruments of haunting?). It's a trying day. Illya is battered and bruised, Napoleon has a raging case of the flu (must be a new strain, as it seems to have gone from making a kissable female feel "funny" to becoming a full-fledged case for Napoleon within some hours of the same day; if the woman had been shivering, sweating.and coughing up her lungs, one assumes Napoleon would not have gone prospecting for her tonsils), and they're caught in a blizzard. They take refuge in an "abandoned" house, which turns out to be inhabited by two Thrush agents and a, er, ghost, uh, vampire, well, something nasty. They encounter the Thrush duo, pitch them down the stairs-and ignore them. Leave them roaming around the same house! "Let them go," Solo says. "If that's the best Thrush has in this house, we have nothing to worry about." (!?) Personally, I had a few worries, such as what a can of gasoline and a match might do to two agents who are ensconced--sIeeping!--in an upstairs room of an ancient house. But, hey, what do I know? The Thrush boys know enough, though, to come back with a flame thrower. The "something nasty" intercedes, and then turns the nasties on our duo. To ward her off, Illya fashions a cross, only to drop it at the crucial moment. I'm all for juicy jeopardy, but, if possible, without hints of incompetence on the part of the heroes, please.
All that aside, believe it or not, I enjoyed one major aspect of the story: the solid feel ofpartnershipbetween the two UNCLE agents, in the best "where thou goest" sense.
Next is Grace Kanninen's "The Today Salzburg, Tomorrow the World' Affair," a title far too good for its story. It has a plot, of sorts, a narrative, after a fashion, and the ubiquitous Acts. The style of writing holds as much excitement and enthusiasm as that of a cub reporter forced to cover the Annual Bazaar of the Ladies' Temperance Society Sewing Circle. The plot hasenough holes to require the services of that sewing circle. The agents operate in a haphazard way, and, to complete the fiasco, we have not one, but two, Mary Sues. The first one, a chamber maid, deals efficiently with a bomb and saves Ilya's life. Gets to kiss him, too. I don't know, maybe today, in view of the terrorism threat, European hotel maids are trained to cope with explosives, but the '60s were more naive, weren't they?
The second, told by Solo to stay behind because she is, after all, a girl (wash that man's mouth out with soap!), is of the plucky variety, who saves both agents in the nick o' time. Sigh.
"The Deluxe Crystal Affair," by Anne Collins Smith, reads like the digest version of a regular episode. It's got a plot, minus holes. Except, perhaps, for a half hour that seems stuck. A trap is set for half an hour hence. A captive breaks some lab flasks (the resultant noise somehow escaping the attention of her captor), saws through the ropes that bind her, and makes a call to warn U.N.C.L.E. about the trap-after which there's still half an hour for the trap to spring. That's not fast, that's not even warp speed That's some kind of time-distort speed.
(PeeveAlert #3) Do not try this at home, but envision it, if you will. At one end, we have rough, tensile, insensitive material; at the other, bare skin, flesh and nerves. In the middle, we have a shard of glass. Tell me, which end is going to give first? No, I'm not advocating discarding such a time-honored escape ploy, but it seems to me that a small "reality check" is in order. Let's not have the woman merrily going off on adate afterward, unmarked, minus even a bandaid or two. Apart from that, the story tracks just fine; it's decendy written, and even has some humor. My favorite is when Napoleon is given (by Waverly, no less!) some safe sex aids wrapped in black plastic and embossed in gold with the U.N.C.L.E. logo. My funny bone found that irresistible. Ikept wondering if the condoms were also proudly embossed with the same logo. The notion of not letting down one's end took on a whole new meaning.
"The Extreme Prejudice Affair" is by Gina Martin. There are hard realities in the life of a spy. Assassinations, even the killing of a colleague, are part of the trade. What price duty, obedience.and loyalty to an agency, though, when you put your finger on the trigger and your eye to the scope-and unexpectedly find the crosshairs on the face of yourdearest friend, the one person you can't bear to lose? All right, this story is sometimes too fancifully written (what starts out as evocative, atmosphere-laden phrasing takes a nosedive into purple prose as emotional jeopardy mounts), has only a heroic hold on reality (a man tortured to within an inch of his life is not going to be put to rights with a first aid kit and good intentions), and there's nothing subtle about the angst that comes gushing over the page to deluge the reader, but hang it all, I'm a sucker for this kind of stuff. So sue me.
Ahhh.... That's a sigh of pure satisfaction, for the next story we come to is "The Seventeen Days in October Affair," impeccably crafted by J.M. D'Agostino-Toney and Terry L.
Well. Ah, that's more like it. In fact, that's exactly like it. Some of us remember those days in October of '62 when we held our collective breath the world over, hoping desperately that it wouldn't be the last one.... The writers take the fact of the Cuban missile crisis, skillfully weave in the fiction of U.N.C.L.E. (which if it existed, certainly would've been a component of those events), and present us with a multi-layered story that works beautifully on every level. They also have a writing style I envy and admire in equal measure,aclean,crisp,almost brisk way with words which nevertheless moves you, makes you feel. It made me hold my breath alongside the U.N.C.L.E. agents waiting for the out-comeof the first confrontation of the blockade, sent chills down my spine when Illya looked up at the skies and realized he was expecting to see incoming missiles—and to me, it's history I know how it turned out. That's Good Writing. From the political to the personal, from historical proportions to daily details, from conflicting loyalties to fledgling friendships, all the way to the quotes scattered throughout the story, there's nothing in this work that strikes an off chord. (Why, though, may I ask, were capitalizations used in this text for stressed words, instead of the underlining utilized in others? It's jarring to the eye, and confusing alongside the many acronyms.) Paulie's illos complement it smoothly.
"The London Affair," by Loretta Greco. Advance -warning: I've a prejudice against this type of story. Apart from Solo and Kuryakin's somehow neglecting to put so much as a tracer on the captive they hope will net them a bigger fish, thereby losing both and never getting either back, I suppose there's not much wrong with this story. There isn't much right with it, either. It's primarily a Dempsey and Makepeace story and my overwhelming reaction was to wonder what it wasdoing between the covers of my MUNCLE zine.
I don't have anything against cross-universe stories, as long as there's a valid and interesting purpose to the mixture. It isn't all that valid to me when a situation is contrived so that the divergent duos can spend time together and exchange a few confidences, and the older partners can impart words of wisdom to the younger set in matters of the heart. Further, moments like an unexplained speaking look between Dempsey and Makepeace at the mention of the name of a club leave a reader who hasn't watched that show lost and irritated. This story belongs in a multimedia zine. I groaned when I saw the title page of Hugh Williamson's "The Worm in the Apple Affair," a computer-generated graphic of a computer, plus computer-style lettering. Oh, dear, I thought, he's gonna throw technical stuff at me, probably loaded with computer jargon, and I'm gonna feel like a prize idiot. Happily, the story turned out to be not only comprehensible, but damn' fine. Some whiz-kids (the genius hacker variety that's been in fashion since Wargames), who have made high security computer networks their personal playground, get into one system too many, and find themselves in the middle of a tug-of-war between U.N.CL.E. and Thrush. I'll stop there, for Mr. Williamson tells the story immeasurably better than any reviewer can.
There's poetry in the zine. I'm indifferent to poetry in zines, unless a poem grabs me by the brain cells and makes me think, or by the guts and makes me feel. I'm indifferent to the poetry in this zine.The artwork is a mixed bag, from the Great Stuff by Paulie, to Good Work by Tami Marie; from Decent by L. Brown to Mediocre by C L. Crouch and D. Franklin. There are five pages devoted to a portfolio (well, seven, actually, with two more pages used to introduce it in glowing terms) by Jane Stanford Gravitt. While the humor and continuity of concept are just fine, and the composition shows much promise, the rendering leaves something to be desired. 
Issue Holiday 1
11 & 2 Holiday 1 was published in 1987 and contains 123 pages.
- Wish List to Santa by Sue Anne Sarick 3
- The Santas of Sin Affair by J.M. Florentine 5
- Winter by Teri Sarick 16
- The Ho-Ho-Ho Affair by Gina Martin 17
- The Jolly Old Saint Nick Affair by Paulie 21
- Wasn't That Fun? by L.S. Katt 36
- The Christmas at Ground Zero Affair by Jennifer Adams 39
- Russian Rudolph by Teri Sarick 58
- The Man from the N.O.R.T.H.P.O.L.E. by Teri Sarick 59
- Holiday Humbug by Paulie 60
- Otter Limits Press Christmas Follies by Paulie 62
- The Spirit of Christmas by Hindman 63
- The Thrush Man Cometh by Terry L. Neill 71
- Mr. Kuryakin's Day Off by Lisa Bradzil 73
- The 11:59 Affair by Tami Marie 83
- Paulie (Front Cover), Tami Marie, Anne Davenport, Sandy Nelson, Joy Riddle, M.L. Johnston, Stanford, Charlie Kirby, Kathy Norton, C. Case, Cheryl Newsome, Hindman, Pam Spurlock, and KOZ.
Issue Holiday 2
11 & 2 Holiday 2 was published in 1989.
- The Greenselves Affair by Tami Marie 3
- Home for the Holidays by C.W. Walker 21 (reprinted in The St. Crispin's Day Society #4)
- How I Spent My Christmas Vacation by Lisa Bradzil 29
- Once Upon a Yuletide Eve by Paulie 43
- Christmas Wishes by Rene Schneider-Reimer 51
- The Victorian Connection by Paulie and Tami Marie 52
- Starbright by Kathy Norton 55
- The Spirit of Christmas Affair by Hugh Williamson 69
- From Berlin With Love by Jody Cummings 99
- from Psst... Hey Kid, Wanna Buy a Fanzine? #3. The reviewer gives it "3 trees." The reviewers in "Psst... Hey Kid, Wanna Buy a Fanzine?" rated zines on a 1-5 tree/star scale.