Dial S

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Title: Dial S
Publisher: T'Elfie Press
Editor(s): Cathi Brown
Date(s): 1985-1990
Series?: yes
Medium: print fanzine
Fandom: multimedia
Language: English
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Dial S is a gen multimedia anthology zine.

The third issue was so large, it was split into three volumes.

Issue 1

cover of issue #1
a very early flyer for issue #1, note: two the three stories end up not appearing in the zine series
flyer for issue #1, note: this flyer is much more accurate regarding actual zine contents

Dial S 1 was published in November 1985 and contains 172 pages. Its complete title is Dial “S” for Steele...or Simon...or Sleuths at Large. This was shortened to "Dial S" for subsequent issues.

  • Notes from a Detective's Casebook (2)
  • Our Glorious Gumshoes by Liz Vogel (3)
  • Steele in My Blood by S. Wardell & K. Moore (Remington Steele) (A young lady shows up at the agency looking for her long lost brother, and the information logged into the agency's computer keeps getting dumped. But by whom...?) (5)
  • The Telephone Rings by Shayne McCormack (14)
  • Adventure's Call by CarolMel Ambassador (16)
  • Of Repossessions and Recollections by Cathy Bryson & Cynthia Shannon (Simon & Simon) ("A.J.s sick and Rick has to deal with his guilt.") (17)
  • Crossing the Line by CarolMel Ambassador (22)
  • The Price by Wendy Rockburn (Streets of San Francisco) (23)
  • Midnight Lament by S. Wardwell (30)
  • Wolf Hunt by Christine Jeffords (Simon & Simon) (At a stake-out, A.J. is wounded, and due to a series of events, Rick is led to believe that A.J. dies.) (reprinted in The Brothers File) (33)
  • Word Search by Joyce Devine (78)
  • Considerations of the Unknown by Stephanie Wardwell (79)
  • Steele Light, Steele Bright by Rachelle S. (Remington Steele) (Murphy Michaels meets up with a lady with a questionable attraction for him, and the whole world turns upside down. And to make matters worse, Laura is away, and Murphy has to ask HIM for help.) (81)
  • Rest Now, Steele Heart by CarolMel Ambassador (108)
  • Word Searches by Joyce Devine (109)
  • Double Shock by Regina Marracino (Starsky & Hutch) ("Starsky gets the word: "Hutchinson's dead." But is he? Has there been some horrible mix-up? Or is it just wishful thinking?") (111)
  • Unsettled Imaginings by S. Wardwell (120)
  • Haunted Past by Rachelle S. (Simon & Simon) ("Rick goes on a blind date totally unaware of the girl's scarred past. Meanwhile A.J. takes on a case of finding a man's brother and his family. With special appearances by Joe Rossi, Lou Grant, and Art Donovan.") (121)
  • Jinxed Steele by Nancy Gervais (Remington Steele) ("It simply isn't one of Remington's better days.") (141)
  • The Games We Play by CarolMel Ambassador (149)
  • Memories Are Forever by Lizabeth Tucker (Simon & Simon) (Rick's life in 'Nam catches up with him.) (151)

Issue 2

cover of issue #2

Dial S 2 was published in September 1987 and contains 204 pages.

  • Notes from a Detective's Casebook (2)
  • Remington Steele Collage (3)
  • Steele Your Heart Away by Debra Talley (Remington Steele) (4)
  • This Man With No Name by Debra Talley (Remington Steele) (5)
  • Solitary Steele by Nancy Gervais (Remington Steele) (7)
  • Second Steele by Bruce Melton (Remington Steele)
  • Forged Steele by Debra Talley (Remington Steele) (16)
  • Second Steele by Bruce Melton (Remington Steele) (18)
  • Blue Blooded Steele by Debra Talley (Remington Steele) (40)
  • Ghostly Steele by Nancy Gervais (Remington Steele) (42)
  • The Magnum Zone by Mysti Frank (Magnum P.I.) (54)
  • Miami Vice Collage (56)
  • Requiem by Linda Knights (Miami Vice) (57)
  • Hardcastle and McCormick College (75)
  • Revenge Isn't Always Sweet by Lizabeth Tucker (Hardcastle & McCormick) (75)
  • Good-Bye Doesn't Mean Forever by Sheila Paulson (Hardcastle & McCormick) (93)
  • Scarecrow and Mrs. King Collage (131)
  • 'Tis the Season by Tracy Taylor (Scarecrow & Mrs. King) (132)
  • The Prodigal Son Affair by Hindman (Man From UNCLE/Star Wars) (reprinted in expanded form in Relative Encounters #4 and UNCLE Gold #4) (142)
  • Startoons by Barbara Matul (Man From UNCLE) (151)
  • Simon and Simon Collage (153)
  • I'll Be Back by Mysti Frank (Simon & Simon) (154)
  • The Tapes of Eddy Six by Vandimir Sands (Simon & Simon) (155)
  • Brethren by Mysti Frank (Simon & Simon) (167)
  • A Rock and a Hard Place by Mysti Frank (Simon & Simon) (168)
  • Blue Flu by Llaura Enright (Simon & Simon)
  • Brethren by Mysti Frank (Simon & Simon) (192)
  • Ghosts of the Past by Vandimir Sands (Simon & Simon) (193)
  • Ads (205)

Issue 3

cover of issue #3, volume 1
cover of issue #3, volume 3, Cathi Brown
flyer for issue #3, v.1

Dial S 3 was published in 1990. It was so large (over 440 pages) that it was broken into three volumes due to binding challenges. Fans could purchase each volume separately for $10, or buy a combined 3-volume set for $22.

The editor notes in the flyer, and in the editorial for Something Unfriendly #2 that she was working on collating and binding the last two volumes, that they would be sent as soon as she finished them, and that these were definitely the very last zines she was ever producing. "I need a rest!"

Volume 1

The first part contains 172 pages and was completed in April 1990.

The cover is by Cathi Brown. The interior art is by Cathi Brown, Ann Larimer, and Gennie Summers.

  • Editorial (7)
  • Ghost of a Chance by Sheila Paulson ("A story in the National Register proclaims that Teri is the late Dr. Leonard MacKensie's love-child, but before anything can be settled, a ghost story leads to Iowa.") (Shadow Chasers/The Master) (3)
  • The War Machine by Linda Terrell (51)
  • Like a Steele Trap by Louann Qualls ("Laura Holt's presumed dead and Steele is charged, with her murder, but is it as it appears or is there a mastermind behind all the events? A South American coin provides the first "real" clue. (Remington Steele) (64)
  • Snapshots by Shannon Story (91)
  • Twice Upon a Universe by Pat Dunn and Autumn Lee (Doctor Who/Blake's 7/Star Trek/other crossover) (98)
  • Crossed & Double-Crossed by Angela Rivieccio (148)
  • Carnival Trust by Lynn Walker (165)
  • Runaround by Christine Jeffords ("One of her best! It was another divorce case — and they both hated divorce cases — but they took it anyway.") (Simon and Simon) (185)

The Other Two Volumes

  • Why Is It Steele So Hard To Forget, My Friend? by Hale ("Steele's past catches up with him and Laura.") (Remington Steele)
  • The Cry of the Wolf by D.D. Brischke ("A vacation with the Judge is never just a vacation.") (Hardcastle and McCormick)
  • The Door by Carol Hansen ("Catherine comes face to face with some other inhabitants of the tunnels. Will Vincent reach her in time?") (Beauty and the Beast)
  • Underworld Connections by Sheila Paulson the McAllister's daughter is missing and a phone call leads to danger, the Master's disappearance, and blood stains in the street. Can Teri's D.A. friend help Max? And just what happened to McAllister?") (Beauty and the Beast/The Master)
  • Genesis by Linda Knights ("After the conversion attempt on Ham Tyler to kill Donovan ended up with Nathan Bates dead, the resistance needed help, so Julie, Ham, and Elizabeth went in search for other resistance groups. In King Harbor they find help from two brothers and the former Riptide Agency." (V/Riptide/Simon and Simon)
  • Patterns of Power by Cathi Brown ("Part of Control's past comes back to haunt him, and a called-in favor puts Kostmayer and Gage in the middle.") (The Equalizer)
  • other content from Starman, I Spy, The Greatest American Hero