|Publisher:||Amapola Press, In Person Press|
|Fandom:||Starsky and Hutch|
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TLC is a 172-page gen and slash Starsky and Hutch anthology. It has the subtitle: "Tender Loving Care." Inside, "To anyone in Starsky and Hutch fandom who has ever listed "Coffin" or "Shootout" among their favorite episodes."
The cover by Merle Decker, other art by J. Jones and SVE. (The editorial notes that "artwork is increasingly hard to come by.") Proofreading was by Nancy Kippax, MRK, Ellen Morris and MJB. Collating was by Betsy Ramsey, Barbara Presgrove, Marilyn Hartsell, Nancy Kippax and SVE. Art samples are included on Fanlore with the publisher's permission.
A Long Time in the Planning
Submissions were requested for this zine in early 1987.From Who Do We Trust Times #7:
TLC, planned for publication in winter '87, is seeking submissions of fiction with hurt/comfort themes. Stories may involve physical or psychological h/c, show Starsky and Hutch working as cops, take them out of L.A., or explore "scenes we didn't see" from televised episodes. S&H and S/H premise stories both acceptable. (If interested in receiving only "&" portion of zine, indicate when sending SASE.) Deadline for stories is mid-October, Zebra Con 7.
From the editorial:
Hurt/comfort took up a lot of space in those early SH zines [she mentions Zebra Three], but by the time I came into this fandom in 1984, the theme had, for some reason, gotten a bad name. Hurt/comfort was sublimated slash, hurt/comfort was immature writing,hurt/comfort's been done... I heard it all. Yes, many wonderful stories don't contain a bit of hurt/comfort. Many wonderful stories explore other themes engendered by the characters of Starsky and Hutch. And if you want slash, you don't need hurt/comfort to get there. But I still missed those thigh grabs as Starsky writhed in pain, those tender words of Hutch's: 'Buddy, I'm here.' Just as fourth season wasn't quite the same with episodes far divergent from 'Coffin' and 'Shootout'... fan fiction still had an element missing, at least for this editor. So, in 1986, I decided the time had come for another SH hurt/comfort zine. It didn't take all these years for the stories to come together, believe me. They came in at at steady pace. But since Amapola Press has been busy publishing a couple of other zines in the meantime, it did take this long for TLC to be ready... I've tried to select stories that portray all types of h/c: wounds, illness, psychological, the whole gamut.... Some of the h/c ideas are tried and true, some a little different, some stories don't even have the h/c solve the problems; there is definitely something there for everyone... Hurt/comfort, whether slash or straight, is a beautiful theme. In Starsky & Hutch, when one partner hurts, the other feels the same anguish. When one is in need, the other is there. With that in mind, enjoy TLC.
- Simone’s Dream by Ellen Morris (1) (slash) (Takes place immediately after "Bloodbath." Starsky and Hutch finally act on their feelings.)
- First Jeopardy by April Valentine (8) (gen) (While escorting a prisoner, Starsky and Hutch are in a small-plane crash.)
- Blondie’s Bad Back by Belle Eyre (28) (slash) (Hutch's back goes out.)
- Of the Fittest by MRK (35) (gen) (a "Survival" vignette)
- Survival by Rachel Burns (37) (gen) (a "Survival vignette written in an experimental style)
- Two of a Kind by Theresa Kyle (illustrated by SVE) (50) (gen) (an AU, Starsky and Hutch meet during the American Civil War)
- Rx by MRK (71) (slash) (a scene from "The Plague")
- White Knight by Terri Beckett (73) (gen)
- Birds of a Feather Prey Together by Rachel Burns (80) (gen) (After Doris commits suicide, Luke Huntley kidnaps Starsky for revenge.)
- Black and Bruised by Rosemary C. (illustrated by J. Jones) (97) (slash) (They do some evaluation after the episode, "Black and Blue.")
- Breath of Life by April Valentine (illustrated by J. Jones) (129) (gen) (Starsky is pinned under a slab of concrete during an earthquake, and there is some buddy breathing.)
- My Dream is Your Fantasy by MRK (143) (slash) (Hutch and Starsky are kidnapped by a motorcycle gang and have to fuck or die.)
- Blood on the Badge by Emily Elizabeth Rochon, poem (172) (gen)
- This refers to fanon that blames Hutch's different appearance and the tensions of the fourth season on the two characters' unresolved sexual tension.