Scales of Justice

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Title: Scales of Justice
Publisher: Jan Lindner
Author(s): Marian Kelly
Cover Artist(s): Connie Faddis
Illustrator(s): Connie Faddis, calligraphy by Laurie Haldeman
Date(s): 1985
Medium: fanzine
Genre: gen
Fandom: Starsky and Hutch
Language: English
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Cover by Connie Faddis, landscape format (copy #235)
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Scales of Justice is an 87-page gen novel by Marian Kelly and is considered one of the most beautiful fanzines ever created. The art is by Connie Faddis.

The zine contains dozens of black and white ink drawings, and intricate calligraphy, and several interior silk screens. The color cover was screen printed like other examples of Connie's work, and the zine had a print run of 250 copies. Originals can be distinguished from the reprints by the silkscreened covers and interior silkscreening, as well as different paper/cover stock.


From a flyer (see attached image):
Something is killing people. Some Thing that inflicts bizarre injuries, drives its victims mad, and leaves them on busy streets where they die trying to "get back to kill the dragon." Something very strange is going on in Los Angeles. But after months of convalescence following Gunther's assassination attempt, Starsky doesn't care how strange the case is—he wants back on the streets. Hutch is not so sure his partner is ready to take on a

dragon, but he knows that he is not ready to risk losing Starsky again. When the dragon calls from another dimension,

Hutch goes to face it—alone.

Original Publication Plan

This zine was originally going to be a single story in Strange Justice, which was published in 1983.

From the editorial of Strange Justice: "One story — Marian Kelly's "Scales of Justice" — was originally slated for this zine, but as it grew into a novella it became apparent that publishing it here was not practical. "Scales" will be published separately — as a lavishly illustrated storybook — later this year by Jan Lindner."

Reactions and Reviews

cover of The Who Do We Trust Times, issue #4, Merle Decker -- shows Starsky and Hutch sitting on Hutch's brass bed reading zines, one of which is "Scales of Justice."
Mine is 236 of 250, marked as such on the front page... This story is actually quite clever and fun, and had me at the beginning. I love a good mystery, and this blends it well with supernatural elements. Is it AU? Hard to say... S&H are in Bay City in their own time, but things happen. *g* Still, it's a great story in a beautiful package. Each page has calligraphy on it in what I consider a Celtic manner, and almost every page has an illustration. There are a number of the special plates I mentioned that are super cool. You can feel the texture. [1]
It was in a stack I bought from a fan two years ago and I had no idea what to expect. Then I got this beautifully illustrated piece of artwork (I don't know what else to call it). I didn't mind that it was gen, the story was gripping and beautifully written and the illustrations are top notch. Hands down, this has got to be one of the most gorgeous zines I own. And Connie Faddis is just... guh. [2]
This zine deserves more words of praise and analysis than I'll be able to manage. Before reading the story I found myself studying it picture by picture, dragon by dragon, staring in fascination at the changing borders and intricately designed letters, realizing the amount of research that went into the runes, architecture, and adornments. And then I read the story, and found myself again studying each picture, dragon, design, with the added depth of meaning. I've shown the book to art teachers who are as impressed as I with the precise silk-screening and copious detail work. I want to be able to read the runes as Paula did at the Paul Muni Special. It's become a game of 'find the dragon' whenever I show the book to someone new, seeing the creatures in trees as well as the more obvious mists, smoke, and actual places—cufflinks, calendar, carvings (oh, those carvings!), clasps, chalice, architecture, cookware. The moods of the illustrations range from quiet to eerie to overpowering. The overall appearance of the zine is classy and professional, calling for careful handling, so it will be kept in the same plastic envelope as Strange Justice. And then, there's the story. More than a super-natural adventure, this is a loving analysis of Hutch's fears following Starsky's recovery from the James Marshall Gunther attack, and he can't help — that one life above all must be preserved. This is a Hutch story, but we're able to see Starsky's own awareness of his new vulnerability, how his being slower only bothers him in regards to his ability to back Hutch. I was glad finally to find out what had been happening to Starsky while Hutch was 'gone,' and to see that he wasn't ignored, but shown as the viable and actively thinking police detective he still is. His grabbing the puzzle piece once more saves Hutch's life. I LIKE the Vikings! I'm glad Bjorn and Arne survive the battle, and am disappointed that Karsten doesn't, unless the Viking funeral is only a dream both Karsten and Hutch share in their unconscious state, though Hutch seems convinced it's real and mourns the man. The thought that there are more puzzles all over the city leads to the questions, Just this city? Just this time? But that gets into too many paradoxes for my lazy brain, and like Hutch, I just want to think of it as "a story about a Viking named Karsten." [3]
Back in print for the first time in years, this zine is one that not only has an intriguing story but gorgeous artwork on nearly every page. Connie Faddis, an artist who has won many awards, brings to life the words of Marion Kelly, an author whose work has also won awards, and deservedly so! The pairing of beautiful artwork and a fantastic story make this zine one that will stay with you long after you read the last page. In addition to the dozens of detailed black-and-white drawings, Connie's talents shine in a beautiful color cover and two full-page, interior color pieces. These works were originally silkscreened, and have been faithfully rendered in color on creamy ecru cardstock, as is the entire zine. This entire publication is printed on the heavy paper so it will stand the test of time, and can handle being read again and again, which the story will entreat you to do. Set in the months after Starsky has been shot, he and Hutch are back at work for their first days after Starsky has been cleared to return to light desk duty. They are given a case where several people seem to be going insane and committing suicide. This leads the boys to an old Victorian house, where, without warning, Hutch is sucked into another time and Starsky is left behind, anxious and searching for him. Will either of them discover what's happening before it's too late? Don't miss out on this one-of-a-kind zine! [4]
And I never even read the thing, just adored from a distance, lest the treacherous excess from my salivary glands Despoil the Holy of Holies. I'm not into Starsky and Hutch, either, but this truly breathtaking bit of fan pubbing makes the Book of Kells look like a Smurf Connect-the-Dots. [5]
Lavishly and painstakingly researched and illustrated, [this] was a piece of work to rival anything out there, and was finer than a good deal of professional work. This zine was a work of art and a labor of love, and I pity anyone who doesn't own a copy. [6]
There’s a Starsky and Hutch fanzine that was archived in the Fan Culture Preservation Project a while ago, called Scales of Justice. I’ve never even seen Starsky and Hutch, but the zine is full of art and it’s so ridiculously gorgeous that I love it anyway. [7]

Sampling of the Interior Artwork


  1. sc_fossil. Scales of Justice, a fan comments about her copy in: sh_zines, 31 March 2010.
  2. from Enednoviel: Scales of Justice, in: sh_zines, 31 March 2010.
  3. from Between Friends #12
  4. ad listing from Agent With Style. Note that the reprint quality is not as good as the original. However, original copies are often hard to obtain due to the limited print run.
  5. from Psst... Hey Kid, Wanna Buy a Fanzine? #4, a fan says it is one of her top five zines
  6. from Psst... Hey Kid, Wanna Buy a Fanzine? #4, a fan says it is one of her top five zines.
  7. from Geek Girl, an interview with Anna Zola Miller, member of the Organization for Transformative Works, 8.22.12, accessed 8.25.12
  8. Gavia Baker-Whitelaw and Aja Romano. A guide to fanfiction for people who can't stop getting it wrong. (Accessed 28 June 2014)