Celebration (Starsky & Hutch zine)

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Title: Celebration
Publisher: Esperanza Press
Editor(s): Tabby Davis
Date(s): 1985
Medium: print
Fandom: Starsky and Hutch
Language: English
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Celebration is a gen Starsky and Hutch fanzine. Its subtitle is: "An Anthology Zine Remembering a Decade of Starsky and Hutch." The binding: perfect-bound.

There is a huge amount of interior art; artists are Marie A., June Bushell, Pat Bushell, Jean C., Carol Davis, Tabby Davis, Connie Faddis, Greg Franklin, Betty de Gabriel, Paulie, Pamela Grove, Pat Harris, Tracey Heather, Freda Hyatt, Ruth Kurz, Dani Lane, Jan Lindner, Joy Mancinelli, Kay McElvain, Linda MacLaren, Cheryl Newsome, Chris Ripley, Debbie Sontag, and TACS.

A similar zine published on the tenth anniversary of the end of the series is Lifeline.

Ten years later, Davis created Renascence to commemorate the 1995 anniversary.

From the Editorial

CEL grew out of ten years worth of good memories. May the next ten prove as enriching. It grew out of another notion, too. For anything as varied, versatile and vast as fandom is, the iceberg image seems appropriate. And as in icebergs, so in fanbergs: there's so much going on, so many people all involved in their own chosen ways. Only Superperson, surely, could get her mind around it all. Whatever - awareness of that variety keeps our own small corners in perspective, and it's good to see more of the berg surfacing in these pages. And it's good to belong to the whole and to be marking this tenth anniversary together. It feels a little like stating the obvious, but I'll still say it: to U.K. fandom - a warm and wonderful group, and to fandom across the ocean and beyond - just as warm and just as wonderful, thank you for ten good years. So, to end, a toast: I propose those 'secret ingredients' from First Season 'the love of good friends and gratitude for their help.' Wanna share? - come on in and celebrate. You're welcome.

front cover



Reactions and Reviews

See reactions and reviews for Encore.

[Losing Touch]:

So, they're still mad. They're at the ends of their ropes and can't see an end to it all. They're lashing out at each other because they're there and you always hurt the ones closest to you. And what does Starsky do when he's backed into a corner? He lashes out and then he runs, all the way back to New York. Starsky's decided to quit the department and move back home. One phone call between the partners, but is this really goodbye?

"I guess that's it then." The words were quiet.

"Yeah. I guess." Starsky tried not to shiver in the too-warm room. "Hutch--?"

"Yeah, Starsk?"

"I..." But there was nothing to say after all. "Just ... goodbye."

Is this the end? How can they put the pieces back together again enough to rebuild the shattered partnership? In the end, they've lost touch with another and they must regain that.[1]


The title-page bills this zine as 'an anthology zine remembering a decade of S&H'. And indeed there is some good representative material here, with names well-known and new, offering their talents. It's a bit like a box of chocolates. There are soft centres, hard centres, chewy and nutty ones - you take your pick. There are the fanfic equivalents of Chartreuse Cream - the script of DEMONSTRATED TO DEATH, the amazing satire performed at ZebraCon '84, for example, and FULL CIRCLE by Regenia Marracino! TOMORROW & TOMORROW, by Marion Hale and Dottie Wilkerson: LOSING TOUCH by Teri White and Shirley Passman: ENCORE by Suzan Lovett.

The art is almost without exception superb - special mention to TACS, Carol Davis and Ruth Kurz. There are personal reminiscences, too - we all have a different p.o.v. and a different idea of S&H. Which is what this zine 'celebrates'! [2] (1985)

[zine]: Wasn't Celebration a very fitting climax to our year of celebrating the tenth anniversary of STARSKY AND HUTCH? I thoroughly enjoyed Tabby's zine. The stories all express what she tried to show through the zine, the love and caring that has always been a part of our favorite partnership. And Tabby herself put so much personal care and time and creativity into the production of the zine, it's truly a labor of love. It was especially nice to read tag stories and the hurt/comfort gems that an anthology zine contains again. I've been wondering for a long time why hurt/comfort seems to have such a "bad reputation' in this fandom and I've come to the conclusion that perhap; it's the definition of hurt/comfort that some of us don' t agree on. I plan to discuss hurt/comfort as a concept and hurt/comfort fiction in the next issue of The Times.[3]


From the individually handmade cover, through the many red accents, and carefully pasted in color pages, this zine was compiled with love. I will eventualLy have to get mine spiral bound with protective plastic covers, as it is one that will be a pleasure to reread and dabble in—with its chronological views of S&H from early days through, and after, "Sweet Revenge", I admire Tabby's "iceberg" image of fandom—so many people involved whose names we may never know, reading and caring and sharing the pleasure—ten years of enjoying Starsky and Hutch and each other.

"The Way We Were" and Jean's fun illo with Pat's "A Partner" set up the warm tone of reminiscence this zine is all about. Like Diana in her essay I often find myself trying to explain fandom— not a club, but definitely a belonging, and most certainly a very important and satisfying part of our lives.

"We Are Responding..."—Ah Chris, what a painfully beautiful fill-in of the missing scene after Starsky finds Hutch alive under his car.

"Partners" -- I enjoyed following Dobey's train of thought from satisfaction at last, to worry over S&H. Pamela's accompanying illo is perfect; its almost casual technique catches the essence of each man.

"The Designer Look"—Yes, Starsky certainly can "clean up nice" and look elegant. And trust Hutch to steer him into buying something they can share. To me June is illoing them just outside the store, happy and hopeful. Connie's chalk Hutch is lovely and goes well with Betsy's birthday tribute.

"What Partners Are For"—A nice early relationship story showing a vulnerable Hutch and a caring Starsky who remembered his own confusions and how much it helped to have someone there for him.

"Scoresheet"—A nice Starsky illo. Goes with the story. Sad, hard to watch people we love suffer, one through indecision, the other from holding back. As an attendee of all 5 Z-cons, Karen's recollections are especially pleasant. I also enjoyed Barbara's comments, and Joan's organized collection.

"Demonstrated to Death"—What a pleasure to have this on paper so I can remember the whole delightful exhibition all the better. Thank you Paula and Jody, and Chris for the illo. Greg's cartoons and Ima's episodes belong together. Both are groaners. "It Takes All Kinds" is a pleasant interpretation of a first meeting, already they need each other. Nice illo.

"Narcotic Charm" and its illo are good, but would have been better with the "Gs" left on the words, the slangy tone lessens the horror.

"A Night At The Movies" -- Love the idea, and I believe Starsky's promise. So does Hutch. Nice to see Jean's painting even in black and white.

"Enter McCoy" -- From June's illo to the f inal line this is a sharing of their off-duty time. Nice.

"If Morning Breaks" -- I'm proud to see my illo with Jean's pain-filled poem.

"Skybound Blues" - My favorite part of this is the balloon ride itself with its blue silk and moon and star. Nice to think maybe that's when Hutch got his necklace. Carol's illos are lovely as are Jean's which follow.

"Me and Thee" and "Twinspeak" show exactly the togetherness we love S&H for, the illos complementing them nicely.

"Slip-Slidin' Away" -- This is fun in the full tradition of S&H--teasing and caring both. And the little illo is pure Starsky.

"Full Circle" -- Nice to see Pat joining the celebration with her illo, and the story is a light-hearted Mary Sue.

"Festival of Lights" -- Freda's illo sets this off beautifully and I love the sharing of a family holiday with each other, their true. I love the holy fries, "come-as-you-are religion," and craps. Loving "Order of Committee" -- Both the illos and the orders get to the heart of the matter--the partner is what matters.

"What War Still Wages" -- Horror isn't confined to the jungle. "Blue Mystic Seven" -- Interesting illo. "Lives On" -- Pleasant to read the comments from different fans. "Tomorrow... and Tomorrow ." -- I enjoyed this tremendous. It deals with a familiar fear in their typical way, and Dani's illo fits the mood perfectly. "Happy Anniversary"—More happy memories from fans.

Another Jean Chabot painful poem perfectly illoed by Jean C.'s Starsky.

"The Heart of the Matter'"—The sketch of Starsk is like an echo of the one before, and fits the extreme fatigue of the opening lines as well as the whole theme of fighting the fear that Hutch could die. This between Plague scenes covers a lot of the thoughts both must have had at the time, their rapport making it unnecessary- to voice them.

"The Cost of the Cure" - Jean's illo and this story belong here, after Sara's story. Grousing or not, Starsky appreciated Callendar's coming in.

"Ballad"—One more shot. Yeah.

"All Along the Watchtewer"—A very thoughtful Starsky illo is a good choice for this solemn poem.

"Journey's End" -- This story is the antithesis of comic relief. Painful. And the illo makes it hurt worse.

"Blindfold"—Also painful, with another appropriate mood portrait.

"Losing Touch" -* Having illoed this story long ago, I'm glad to see it in print at last. It's even better than when I read the first draft. They need to be together, no matter what.

"The Saturday Ritual" -- Guess we've all suffered this problem.

"Torino Talk"—Good placement after Teri's story. When the Torino is fine, so is Starsk.

"The Sound of Silence"—Hard to see the battle weary blond thinking back on all the times Starsk was there for him. This time there was something he could do. I've always felt it was no coincidence that Starsky's heart started when Hutch burst through the door—"crashing through the door" as in REO's illo, and more worrying.

"Can't Fight This Feeling."

More "Torino Talk"-- with appropriate "ICU"—Hutch's anguish, and "Nocturne"—filling in what it was like for Starsky in the hospital, familiar to many of us who were glad to wake up to a friendly face (Hi, Lucy) even if it wasn't Hutch. "If Only"—Hutch to Starsky, yet the illo reminds me that it could also be Starsky to Hutch on other occasions. They both care so much. More "Torino Talk"—a happy ending. "Encore"—A good progression of thought processes, working things out, new beginnings from chaos -- followed by beautiful illos and more beautiful S&H fun thoughts.

"A Time To Laugh?" -- nice to find a "Ruth K" in the story—I could imagine being a part of it. How I want to read the rest of the story it's from. More Anniversary thoughts from fans.

"A Walk on the West Side"—Starts with a loving illo and Christmas Eve. I was in just the right mood for this 5 years later sad/hopeful story.

"The Look of Today..."—Either could be "today." "Something to Go On"—Another good possibility for post S'Rev Jobs; still involved, just realistic about it.

"Debt-Free Is Death"—in spite of its burdens, life itself is triumph.

"No Raincoat Required" -- Another post S'Rev story that keeps them in the department, but is less demanding—usually. And what better way to end CELEBRATION than with a celebration, including the final collage illo of past and present. The total effect of this zine is almost like a mini-con with many people represented, sharing their ideas on S&H between the scenes and after the series. Fandom, sharing, S&H—they belong together.[4]


Our thanks, Pam, for taking on the task of continuing a S&H letterzine so we can continue to have a forum for discussion and keeping up on the latest SH zines.

Speaking of, I'm enclosing my LoC on "Celebration," I'll also send it to "Shootout" for our British fans. So there is a little overlap, but I did everyone to know how delightful this zine is, and how nice it well be to pick up and open any place to reread.

This aptly named anthology zine, compiled, edited and produced by Tabby Davis, celebrates a decade of It contains within its striking red covers, 231 pages of stories, poems, artwork, reminiscences, a feast of reading for S&H fans, and a delight to the eye.

There is so much to enjoy. So many well-known are represented, from S&H fandom over the years land a few new ones, tool, it is impossible to single out anyone for special mention. But perhaps that was the idea, a coming together of all our talented writers, artists, poets, humorists, in one volume, to mark the 10th anniversary of our favorite show.

Some of the stories are small classics, and all of them capture the very essence of the series and its characters. I find it particularly pleasing that the theme of the series is reflected and enlarged upon in story after story, with many different episodes being expanded, or continued, or probed. And yes, I do have favourite stories, but I'm not going to them all as required reading for any S&H fan, and congratulate everyone who contributed to this outstanding zine. Most of all, thanks are due to Tabby, for letting us share the memories, and for providing such a marvellous collection of writings and artwork for us to enjoy again and again. And if you haven't yet got your copy of Celebration, take my advice don't delay - get it now! [5]


  1. ^ a 2004 comment at Crack Van
  2. ^ from Terri Beckett in APB #38
  3. ^ from The Who Do We Trust Times #1
  4. ^ from The Who Do We Trust Times #1
  5. ^ from The Who Do We Trust Times #1 (February 1986)