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Title: Backtrack
Publisher: Joanne Kerr, later agented/distributed through Bill Hupe
Date(s): 1989-1996
Medium: print zine
Genre: gen
Fandom: The Professionals
Language: English
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Backtrack is a gen Professionals anthology produced in Australia.

Issue 1

cover of issue #1, Marianne Plumridge

Backtrack 1 was published in 1989 and contains 126 pages. Artwork by Marianne Plumridge, Ruth Kurz, Sonja van der Ende, Kate Nuernberg, Bernice Russell, and JJ.

From a flyer:

Lots of "first-time" stories in this issue: see how the various writers image Doyle and Bodie reacting when Cowley first teams them up; also see Bodie meet Doyle's niece and nephews for the first time. There's humour and whimsy, action and adventure, thoughts on death... and beyond.

Interior - A portrait of 3 Bodies by 3 Different Artists

Interior art - other art

Issue 2

cover of issue #2, Marianne Plumridge

Backtrack 2 was published in 1990 and contains 140 pages.

The art is by Marianne Plumridge, Kate Nuernberg, JJ, and others.

From a flyer:
In this issue, someone plays a practical joke on Bodie, and he's not happy; then Ray tries to borrow a civilian's ear for a high-speed chase, and gets more than he bargained for; and more family trouble as Rays nephews are mistakenly kidnapped. We also introduce the on-going sage of the "BodieCat Tales" -- who really adopted who?
  • Life's a Beach by Susan Clarke
  • Death's Wish by Margaret Pitcher
  • Bodie by Marianne Plumridge
  • Cowley by Marianne Plumridge
  • In the Wee Small Hours by Marianne Plumridge
  • Don't You Ever Call Me Lazy Again, Mate by T.L. Webster
  • Wolf Pack by Shayne McCormack
  • If Looks Could Kill by Helen B
  • William Andrew Phillip Bodie: Fall Guy by Margaret Pitcher
  • Stranger Danger by Ruth Collerson
  • Absence of Malice by Adam Jenson (story has a 1989 date on it)
  • Guardian Angel by Valeria De Vries
  • Justification by Stew
  • Last Will and Testament by Barbara Jones

Issue 3

cover of issue #3

Backtrack 3 was published in 1990 and contains 140 pages. It contains fourteen stories and poems.

From a 1992 ad in Zine Scene: "See Bodie and Doyle trapped in their own dreams; what happens when the loyalties of one half of a partnership come under question? See what happens when Bodie and Doyle encounter Riggs and Murtaugh on a busman's holiday in London. It's never dull. Stories and poetry by Susan Clarke, Tracey Webster, Stew, Ruth Collerson, Margaret Pitcher, and many others. Art by Marianne Plumridge (incl cover), Kate Nuernberg, Shayne McCormack, Anja Gruber."

Issue 4

cover issue #4, Marianne Plumridge

Backtrack 4 was published in May 1991 and contains 130 pages. Art by Marianne Plumridge, Kate Nuernberg‎, and Anja Gruber.

contents issue #4, click to read

From a 1992 ad in Zine Scene: "Lots more action and adventure. More Kitten Tales as Bodie has to take Boadicea to work. See Ray break in a new flat, much to the neighbor's bemusement. And see the white powder taste test go very wrong."

  • Art Credits (2)
  • Editorial (4)
  • Variations on a Theme: "Ann"—poem by Sue-Anne Hartwick (6)
  • Cornflour Blues by Maree Celeste (7)
  • Joggers in Haloes, poem by Margaret Pitcher (10)
  • On the Outside Looking In, poem by Sue-Anne Hartwick (12)
  • Reluctant Partners by Stew (13)
  • Hooray for the Man of the West by Salazar (23)
  • Agent 3/7.5 by T.L. Webster (25)
  • Of Unrefined Mercenaries, poem by Linda Terrell (40)
  • And Rumpled Apollos, poem by Linda Terrell (40)
  • And the World Turns by Marianne Plumridge (41)
  • And Things That Go Creak in the Night by T.L. Webster (67)
  • Summertime, and the Living is... Easy? by T.L. Webster (71)
  • Good-Bye, Mickey, poem by Sue-Anne Hartwick (124)
  • Letter Column (125)
  • Advertisements (129)

Issue 5

cover of issue #5

Backtrack 5 was published in 1991 and contains 104 pages. It has twelve stories & poems by Susan Batho, Tracey Webster, Stew, Marianne Plumridge, Margaret Pitcher, Val de Vries, S., Ruth Collerson, and others. Art by Marianne Plumridge, Kate Nuernberg‎, Bernice Cuffe, Anja Gruber & more.

From a flyer:

This issue sees power-playing at a New Year's Eve party; tips on how to trash a hotel room and totally ruin your reputation; a couple of new cat tales; a poignant tale about going home; a violent encounter out of Bodie's past; and Doyle's nieces and nephews return. These and lots more to read and enjoy.

Issue 6

cover of issue #6, Bernice Cuff

Backtrack 6 was published in 1992 and contains 102 pages.

From a flyer:
See how just knowing Bodie can get a woman into more trouble than she'll ever want; see Doyle come to terms with Bodie's death, only to find... he's not quite death yet; see how one playful kitten gives CI-5, and Doyle, a Christmas party they'll never forget!; and the conclusion to the Middle East kidnapping affair -- with a twist. Stories by Marie Celeste, Tracey Webster, Sue-Anne Hartwick, Ruth Collerson, Valerie De Vries, Salazar, Stew, Margaret Pitcher, Shayne McCormack and others. Art by Bernice Cuff (cover), Kate Nuernberg, Anja Gruber, and Linda Cox Chan.
  • Dreams Of Butterflies by Margaret Pitcher (4 pages)
  • Amanda (11 pages)
  • Pause For Thought (2 pages)
  • Nightwings (10 pages)
  • Deck The Halls With Chewed Leather (7 pages)
  • Light At The End Of The Tunnel (51 pages)

Issue 7

cover of issue #7

Backtrack 7 was published in 1993 and contains 134 pages. It contains nine stories and poems by Maree Celeste, Margaret Pitcher, Marcia Brin, Val de Vries, Edwina Harvey, Mirna C. & Ruth Collerson. Art by Bernice Cuffe (front cover) & Anja Gruber. Cartoons by Karen Eaton.

  • Stuck On You, fiction
  • Past Historical, fiction
  • Cupid's Helper, fiction
  • Error of Judgement, fiction
  • On the Up, fiction
  • Nobody's Perfect, fiction
  • Not-So-Shining-Armour, fiction

Issue 8

cover by Shayne McCormack

Backtrack 8 was published in 1993 and contains 90 pages. It is a single A/U story, written and illustrated by Shayne McCormack, set mostly in Nazi Germany. The novel is called "Sphere of Influence."

Publisher's summary: "It is a story of time travel set in three periods - current day, the lead-up to World War I and World War II. See Bodie and Doyle save the world as we know it, but in its usual inimical way, nothing ever goes just according to plan. See Bodie in the trace of his life and see Doyle play the last role in history a humanist could bear to play."

Issue 9

back cover of issue #9 by Shayne McCormack
front cover of issue #9 by Shayne McCormack

Backtrack 9 was published in 1994 and contains 100 pages. Stories by Susan Batho, Maree Celeste, April P., Margaret P. and others.

  • The Typing Pool Strikes Back by April Pentland
  • The Typing Pool Strikes Back, Pt 2 - The Aftermath by April Pentland
  • Unwilling Partners by Susan Clarke
  • Home At Last by Valerie De Vries (poem)
  • Gates Are For Going Through by Margaret Pitcher
  • Sad Tomorrow by Valerie De Vries (poem)
  • By One of Cowley's Most Trusted by Taylor Brackman
  • Involvement by Valerie De Vries (poem)
  • Letter column
  • Pop Quiz by April Pentland
  • The Gift by Susan Clarke
  • Just Browsing by April Pentland
  • Rumours by Peighi
  • Nightwings 2: Discovered in a Laundromat by Shayne McCormack
  • By Any Other Name by Maree Celeste (won a 1995 FanQ) (this story does not appear on the table of contents listing)

Interior art:

Issue 10

cover of issue #10, Shayne McCormack

Backtrack 10 was published in 1992 is a 110-page novel by Ruth Collerson called "Innocently Employed." It has a cover by Shayne McCormack.

Issue 11

cover of issue #11

Backtrack 11 contains 124 pages. It has nine stories and poems by Marcia Brin, April P., Mandy, Valerie de Vries, Margaret Pitcher, Susan Batho & Jill G.. Beautiful artwork throughout by Bernice Cuffe, Anja Gurber, Liz H., and Mano A Mano. It won a 1994 FanQ.

Issue 12

cover of issue #12

Backtrack 12 was published in 1996 and is 85 pages long.

  • Before I Wake (6 pages)
  • Dragon (10 pages)
  • Coffee Talk (6 pages)
  • War Wounds (22 pages)
  • Career Moves (31 pages)
  • Career Moves Part 2 (7 pages)