Dead Beat

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Title: Dead Beat (also known as "Deadbeat")
Publisher: Blue Jay Press
Date(s): 1982
Medium: print
Genre: gen
Fandom: The Professionals
Language: English
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Dead Beat is a gen Professionals zine with two long stories in it and contains approximately 56 pages. The second story, "Just A Singer" is an early example of a RPF and fandom cross-over mixing the characters Bodie and Doyle with the rock musicians from The Moody Blues. Cover by C. Casey. Typing, proofing, graphics and the rest of the artwork by Sue Stuart.

From the editor's preface:
"The basic premise in both [stories] was 'getting Bodie and Doyle involved in rock music', but of course the approaches [of the two stories] are vastly different. ...MIDNIGHT CITY needs no explanation, but there are a few words of background necessary for JUST A SINGER. The story is based on a mixture of real and fictitious characters, which is always something of a gamble. It was sparked off a remark I overhead at a party I attended in late 1980, hosted by The Moody Blues. Another fan was teasing John Lodge about his resemblance to Martin Shaw [the actor who played Doyle]. Up until that point I thought I was the only person who noticed it. However, the story grew out of that remark. I did consider changing the names of the characters, but they are so recognizable it seemed pretty pointless."
  • Midnight City by J. Sheward (20 pages)
  • Just a Singer by Sue Stuart (30 pages) - a cross-over