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Title: Crockett-Dial
Publisher: Karen Howard
Date(s): 1987-1996
Medium: print zine
Fandom: Miami Vice
Language: English
External Links: Crockett-Dial
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Crockett-Dial is a gen Miami Vice anthology with six issues. The official full title of the ‘zine is "Crockett-Dial (That’s Alligator, Darlin’, Al-li-gator)".

Issue 1

Crockett-Dial 1 was published in 1987 and contains 113 pages.

cover of issue #1
  • Some Things Never Change by Susan Hall ("Crockett & Tubbs on a meet for high-tech weapons.")
  • Where Angels Cry by Cathy L. Bryson ("When Crockett is assigned to bring a witness back to Miami to testify, the plane takes a nose-dive into the Everglades.") (13 pages)
  • A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes by Karen Howard ("Stan deals with Larry Zito’s death.")
  • A Brief Interlude by Quinn ("An interesting romance vignette.")
  • The Tourist and the Lady by Karen Howard ("Crockett has scheduled a few days off, so no one notices he’s missing until it’s too late.") (20 pages)
  • Beginnings by Linda Joyce Merryweather ("Based on some thoughts they could have had in the Pilot.")
  • Memory Gone-- Next, Your Life! by Maxine McCaughey ("After a car accident, Sonny loses his memory. Note: This was written WAY before MIRROR IMAGE.")
  • When Push Comes to Shove by N. Suzanne McGhinn ("A cop decides to write a book, and Crockett finds himself in its pages.")
  • Little Sister by Vanessa N. Hanko ("Sonny’s half-sister turns up in Miami–in trouble.")
  • poetry by Cathy Bryson, Elaine Batterby, Karen Howard
  • art by Dani Lane, Mary Platt
  • word find (1 page)

Issue 2

Crockett-Dial 2 was published in 1988 and contains 130 pages. The pages inside are printed on blue-green paper.

cover of issue #2
  • The Course of a Lifetime by Susan Hall ("Rico’s son and Billy meeting to get training") (2 pages)
  • Lost Dreams by Donna J. Call ("Missing scene from THE GOOD COLLAR (3rd season), Sonny having to tell a family that their son was dead.") (2 pages)
  • Over the Edge by Linda Joyce Merriweather (The challenge in DIAL #1 was “What could make Sonny Crockett lose his nerve?”) (9 pages)
  • Coping by Brenda Cunningham ("How did Martin Castillo deal with the losses in his life?") (2 pages)
  • You Can Help by Karen Howard ("Our attempt to try to save the Senator Hotel (MILK RUN) from being demolished (includes photos).") (3 pages)
  • Little Sister, part 2 by Vanessa N. Hanko ("Sonny’s half-sister is still in trouble.") (27 pages)
  • The Ultimate Miami Vice Trivia Quiz (10 pages)
  • Don & Me, When You Wish Upon a Star by Karen Howard ("Meeting Don Johnson at the Sands Hotel in Atlantic City, NJ.") (5 pages)
  • Taking Umbrage in Philadelphia by Karen Howard ("Seeing Don at the Hero Scholarship Fund Thrill Show in Philadelphia. This is the one he mentioned on Johnny Carson & said talking to the audience was 'like talking to an oil painting.'") (2 pages)
  • I Can Feel It Comin' In the Air by Karen Howard ("What it’s like to go to Miami and watch MV filming.") (11 pages)
  • poetry by Sonja Dennert, Elaine M. Batterby, Brenda Cunningham
  • art by Adria Caprara, Dani Lane, Erin Caprara
  • photos from Miami/Miami Beach and the MV set by Karen Howard (5 pages)

Issue 3

front cover of issue #3
back cover of issue #3

Crockett-Dial 3 is undated, but was published in 1990. IT contains 208 pages.

  • Don Johnson in West Germany by Karen Howard ("A German VICEr gets to see DJ in Munich.")
  • One Fine Day by Adriane Lewis and Lisa Millraney ("A surprise for Martin Castillo.")
  • Life in the Strange Lane by Vanessa N. Hanko ("Bikers steal the goodies when Crockett & Tubbs go on a buy.")
  • Silent Sharing by Sandra J. Ferriday ("A Crockett, Tubbs & Castillo vignette.")
  • The Star Trek/Miami Vice Connection (or WHY ARE THERE SO MANY STAR TREK FANS IN MIAMI VICE FANDOM?) by Elaine Batterby ("Interesting comparisons of the shows & their fans.")
  • Life in the Fast Lane by Donna Call ("Thoughts on the way to a drug deal.")
  • Secrets by Brenda Cunningham ("Someone from Castillo’s past turns up in Miami & turns the lieutenant’s world upside down.")
  • Eclipse (part 1) (not to-be-continued) by Karen Howard ("When Sonny starts having hallucinations & nightmares, Rico takes him to a friend who has more to offer than the psychiatrists.")
  • Shattered Glass by Karen Howard ("What happened after Sonny left Manolo’s gallery at the end of MIRROR IMAGE?") (5 pages)
  • Miami Cheese by Karen Howard ("Ricotta Chubbs & Sonny Crickett hunt down a cereal killer. A tongue in cheek Miami Mice story") (11 pages)
  • Changeling by Lisa Millraney & Adriane Lewis ("Some fans thought their resolution to Sonny’s amnesia was better than the aired episodes.") (50 pages)
  • A Relative Matter by Susan Hall ("Somebody important is coming to visit, and Crockett isn’t sure he knows how to deal with it.")
  • lots of MV trivia & an article on researching fanfic
  • poetry by Brenda Cunningham, Shannon, Karen Howard, Lisa Millraney, Linda Merryweather
  • art by Julie Madge, Adria Caprara, Erin Kaniuk

Issue 4

front cover of issue #4

Crockett-Dial 4 contains 404 pages. It was published in 1990. Winner: Fan Quality Award for Best MV zine of the Year.

Issue 5

front cover of issue #5
back cover of issue #5

Crockett-Dial 5 was published in 1991 and contains 147 pages.

  • Sins of the Cousins by J. Jones ("Cousin Jack (JACK OF ALL TRADES, 4th season) is back, and possibly in more trouble than before.")
  • Lyn and Whitney's Excellent Adventure by Whitney Armstrong ("Lyn & Whitney go to Don’s boat race in New York.")
  • Dream Faith by Lisa Millraney & Adriane Lewis ("We’ve seen episodes where Crockett’s 6th sense saves the day. Maybe Tubbs is psychic as well.")
  • Assumptions by Lisa Millraney & Adriane Lewis ("Did you feel RED TAPE left a lot of unanswered questions? So did Lisa and Adriane, so they filled in the blanks.")
  • Adeste Fideles by Roxanne Verellen ("An alternate universe story, deviates from the aired story lines) about Sonny spending Christmas with his lady.")
  • Love Kills by Conny Hanf ("Sonny’s dating a new lady, and doesn’t want to believe the evidence—that she may not be what she seems.")
  • Resolutions by Brenda Cunningham ("Situations introduced in previous Castillo stories in DIAL are finally resolved. Each story can be read independently–not to-be-continued.")
  • The Pirate Looks at 40 by Karen Howard ("Tubbs has retired from Vice & is now running a PI agency in New Jersey. A strange Christmas present has his secretary, Nancy, trying to track down Sonny Crockett—who’s been missing for several months.")
  • When You Least Expect It by Lisa Millraney & Adriane Lewis ("Things don’t go as planned when Trudy goes to her high school reunion.")
  • From Vice to Eternity by Karen Howard ("Ever watch another TV show or movie & see someone who was on Vice? Where did the guest stars turn up after MV (do you remember Julia Roberts in MIRROR IMAGE?")
  • poetry by Gretchen M. Cupp (one of which is "Hey, Sonny" which was reprinted in Our Favorite Things #9)
  • art by J. Jones, Pam Heath, Julie Madge

Issue 6

cover of issue #6, without the cassette tape flap
flap with cassette tape in place
back cover of issue #6, J. Jones

Crockett-Dial 6 was published in 1996 and contains 268 pages.

flyer for issue #6
flyer for issue #6

Note: "Dial 6 is rated “R” for violence, adult language, sexual content and nudity."

The art is by J. Jones, Julie Madge, Skye, Peter Strewsen, and Mel Wallace.

This issue has an audio soundtrack "to give it a "truly 'Vice' feel", a cassette tape that fits into a homemade, cross-stitched flap and pocket which fits over the front cover.

  • MTV Cops by Mel Wallace (with help from Bunny T. Stoner) ("The original concept for Miami Vice was “MTV Cops,” so Mel & Bunny had some fun.") (3)
  • In Too Deep by J. Jones ("A dirty cop may be the leak giving the bad guys information and ruining Crockett’s undercover operation. Also a love interest for Sonny.") (32)
  • poem (40)
  • poem (72)
  • poem by Gretchen Cupp (91)
  • Remains 'O the Day by Toni Bain ("When the body parts wash up on Miami Beach, Homicide asks Crockett & Tubbs if they can identify them." This was the inspiration for Mascarada.) (92)
  • poem (102)
  • poem (121)
  • So We Can Say Goodbye by Lara Elrod ("Sonny’s in trouble and the only one who can save him is Caitlin—but she’s dead.") (134)
  • To Protect and Serve by R Kayne ("Was Crockett that much different from Hackman?") (143)
  • Power Trip by Lara Elrod ("The power struggle between Sonny Burnett and Cliff King.") (144)
  • Two Lost Souls by Lara Elrod ("What happened after the final scene from FREEFALL? How did Sonny and Rico cope?") (165)
  • I Still Believe by R Kayne ("Could Sonny still believe in all his life stood for after throwing down his badge?") (171)
  • Fool Like You by Karen Howard ("After leaving Vice, Sonny tries to settle down–then he gets a phone call telling him his son Billy is missing and may have been murdered. Then Castillo asks him to help when somebody calling himself “Burnett” starts making deals in Miami.") (174)
  • poem (181)
  • poem (191)
  • poem (231)
  • poem (263)
  • Night Driving Music by R Kayne ("Because DIAL 6 had a soundtrack, this story works very well — the music give it a truly “Vice” feel.") (263)
  • Hey, That Guy Was on Vice! by Karen Howard ("Everybody helped on this one as we noted all the guest stars who have turned up on other TV shows or movies.") (267)
  • poetry by Gretchen M. Cupp, Lara Elrod, and R. Kayne
  • art by J. Jones, Julie Madge, Skye, Peter Strewsen and Mel Wallace

Soundtrack Cassette

From a flyer: "Soundtrack tape includes songs by: Don Johnson, Sheena Easton, Chris Isaak, The Cars, Genesis, Jan Hammer, Joe Walsh, Whitesnake, Def Leppard, Pink Floyd, and more."

("'High Hopes' by Pink Floyd was not available for the soundtrack tape.")

The cassette included with issue 6 contained the following playlist:

Side A:

  • Miami Vice Theme
  • Calm Before the Storm
  • We Fly So Close
  • I Don't Remember
  • Waitin' For The Hammer to Fall
  • You Give Love a Bad Name
  • Lost For Words
  • Little Tin God
  • A Better Place
  • If Dirt Were $

Side B:

  • Rest In Peace
  • That Voice Again
  • Don't Talk to Strangers
  • No More "I Love Yous"
  • Evan's Theme
  • Sympathy for the Devil
  • Lament
  • Hi-Jack
  • Ready for the Rain to Fall
  • The Masquerade