Facets (Harrison Ford zine)

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For the multimedia zine see Facets, a Star Trek: Deep Space Nine zine.

Zine
Title: Facets
Publisher: De-Van Press reprinted issues #1, #2, #, #4, #6, and #11 but was not the original publisher, (in 1986, T'Kuhtian Press had permission to copy and distribute these zines/parts of these zines)
Editor(s): Jane Firmstone-Rafferty and Kelly Hill
Date(s): 1979-1983
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Medium: print
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Genre:
Fandom: Harrison Ford, Star Wars, Indiana Jones
Language: English
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Facets is a Harrison Ford zine, which includes reviews, poetry, art and fan fiction for Star Wars, the Indiana Jones movies, and other films starring Ford. It contains stories by multiple authors, has black and white covers, and interior illustrations by various fan artists. Despite the short period (1979-1983) that it was in publication, it ran for eleven issues. According to an issue of Jundland Wastes, the zine Flip of a Coin was created to fill the void left when "Facets" folded.

flyer printed in Falcon's Flight #4

In November 1981, issues #1-#4 were listed as out-of-print but "available in photocopy form from T'Kuhtian Press" in an ad in Jundland Wastes #5/6.

Issue 1

Facets 1 contains 14 pages was published in 1979.

  • poetry by Pat Carpenter, Jane Firmstone, Martynn, and Kelly Hill
  • a synopsis by Elyse Dickenson of the TV movie "The Possessed"
  • artwork and cartoons by Martynn, Susan Perry, Paulie Gilmore, J. Rafferty, Catherine Strand, and Kelly Hill
  • reviews
  • LoCs
  • marketplace column/ads

Issue 2

Facets 2 was published in very late 1979 and contains 22 pages. It is a "Hanover Street" special. The cover is by Paulie Gilmore with interior art by Martynn, Susan Perry, and J.J. Adamson. It is off-set, reduced.

  • fiction by Kelly Hill, Jani Hicks
  • poetry by Beth Bowles, Martynn and Jani Hicks (includes the original lyrics to "Hanover Street" theme)
  • a review by Susan K. Prather
  • artwork and cartoons by Martynn, Judi Hendricks, Paulie Gilmore, Helen Burnotte, Nancy Duncan and Kelly Hi..
  • "Visit to a Small Airforce" (a parallel universe vignette, riffing on Visit to a Weird Planet)
  • a trivia quiz
  • photos
  • fan comments
  • the market place column
  • cartoon contest

Issue 3

Facets 3 was published in January 1979 and contains 40 pages and Frisco Kid and Star Wars content. Cover art is by Martynn, interior art by Paulie Gilmore, Aulenbach, Perry and Rafferty. Other material (which may include art) by Christine Jeffords, Gordon Carleton, Sherry Magee, and Jani Hicks.

Issue 4

interior art by Joni Wagner, winner of a 1981 Fan Q Award
cover of issue #4

Facets 4 was published in 1980 and is 62 pages long. It is all Star Wars. Joni Wagner won a 1981 Fan Q Award for an interior art piece.

From an ad in Alderaan #12: "A Han ish with with FK and Heroes for spice. Come with us as Han gives Leia a riding lesson. As Han and Luke set out to kidnap the Emperor. As Han's past catches up with him -- and he wishes it hadn't. As Luke shares confidences with Han on the night of the Death Star. As Han delivers a soliloquy to his sleeping lady. And much, much more. We are proud to present artists: Martynn, Gordon Carleton, Joni Wagner, Susan Perry-Lewis, Paulie, and Larry Blake. And writers: Christine Jeffords, J.A. Berger, Sheila Paulson, Ronnie Sackstetter and more."

  • a fold-out portrait by Susan Perry ("suitable for framing")
  • The Riding Lesson (3 pages)
  • The Smuggler and The Jedi (4 pages)
  • Han Solo’s Revenge: A Review (2 pages)
  • Confidences (6 pages)
  • Motives (2 pages)
  • Imperial Entanglements (15 pages) by J.A. Berger (A very early story, written before the release of The Empire Strikes Back. Han and Luke come up with a crazy plan to kidnap the Emperor and then run into Leia, who has a crazy plan of her own!)
  • Echoes Of The Past (7 pages) by Sheila Paulson (Luke helps Han deal with his past.)
  • Who Only Wait and Suffer (3 pages)
  • Free (2 pages)
  • Han Solo: A Ladies’ Man For All Seasons (5 pages)

Issue 5

cover of issue #5

Facets 5 was published in 1980 and is 72 pages long. It has content from Star Wars, Heroes, Frisco Kid and American Graffiti. Artwork by Paulie, W. McGuffin, Linda Stoops, Todd Hamilton, Larry Blake, Joni Wagner, Martynn, Gordon Carleton, Xenobia, and Dianne Wickes.

This is a holiday issue, "dedicated to every holiday in the book."

  • A Day In The Life Of Han Solo by Eva Albertsson (A combination Life Day and Halloween story.) (15 pages) (also in StarQuest and Never Say Die)
  • Tidings Of Comfort and Joy by Denise Sheets (A little boy and a teddy bear work a small miracle for Officer Bob Falfa.) (American Graffiti 2) (6 pages)
  • Day of Atonement by Denise Sheets (Frisco Kid)
  • A Festival in Paradise (20 pages) by J.A. Berger (Han, Luke and Leia visit a mysterious and primitive world and find more than they bargained for.)
  • Home For Christmas by Sherry Magee (Ken Boyd's uneasy Yule with the family he never really came home to.) (Heroes) (13 pages)
  • The Way Home by Sheila Paulson ("Han and Chewie are jailed on Life Day, but Han has a way out -- for Chewie!) (Star Wars) (7 pages)
  • a filk (based on Rudolph the Red-Nosed Rainbow) by Meg Garrett
  • a filk called "Life Day Carol" by Paula Block, Judi Hendricks, Jackie Paciello and Paula Smith, accompanied by a Gordon Carleton cartoon
  • Monologue of a Reluctant Angel by Sherry Magee (Frisco Kid)
  • Solo the Pirate Pilot by Meg Garrett (Star Wars)

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 5

'Facets' is a Harrison Ford zine, not a Star Wars zine, but over half of #5's pages are devoted to HF's role as Han Solo. This is a special holiday issue, as well, dedicated to 'Christmas, Hannukah, Solstice, Life Day, or whatever,' so every piece has a holiday as part of its theme. The first SW pice in the zine is 'A Day in the Life of Han Solo.' The day in question is the day before Life Day, and Han gets trapped in a labyrinthine tomb with Lumpy lost, a Stormtrooper behind him, and some ravenous cleaning droids running around trying to carve people up. It's basically an action/adventure story, and although it doesn't have much point, it's still relatively interesting. Larry Blake's illustrations are a great enhancement -- he draws solidly and accurately, with attention to background. 'Festival in Paradise' is my favorite story in the zine. Han, Luke, and Leia set off to make official contact with a primitive race. Only Han knows that this people is into fertility rites, and his smug anticipation drives Leia crazy. Unfortunately, the Empire is using the natives to capture the three Rebels so its not as much fun as Han thought it would be. This story features excellent characterizations and a plot that is humorous as well as suspenseful -- Han is disarmingly canny, and the sight of Leia tipsy on aphrodisiac is not to be missed. Luke has a less important part in the story and his maturity and naivete are less well mixed than they might be, but there are no inconsistencies. The natives are believable -- they're simple, but they know what's what. Martynn's illustrations are good, although in this case she seems to having trouble with body proportions. Next is 'Life Day Carol'... It's hilarious, especially with the accompanying Gordon Carleton cartoon. The last SW story is 'The Way Home.' It starts out with Han and Chewie in jail trying to figure out how to get to Kashyyyk in time for Life Day. The plot is somewhat difficult to follow -- events go by too quickly -- but it has a timeless message about love and family if you can catch it. The illos by Joni Wagner are disappointing. Her portrait of Han, Chewie, and Leia is lifeless, and a drawing of Leia looks too much like Carrie Fisher. Believe me, there is a difference. At the end, is a cute little filk on Han... and the inside back cover by Todd Hamilton is the cartoon I've been waiting for since TESB. I won't spoil it; let's just say it features Han in carbon-freeze, and its humor is delightfully sick. I'm unqualified to comment on the validity of the other stories in the zine [as they are non-SW movie-based] but they are very enjoyable, and the poetry and artwork are both very good. As a whole, the zine is well put together, and the reproduction is excellent. This is a good buy for any Hanfan. [1]

Issue 6

cover of issue #6

Facets 6 was published in May 1981 and is 111 pages long. It contains Star Wars, Frisco Kid, and Heroes. Artwork by Martynn, Dianne Wickes, Paulie, Catherine Strand, Pam Kowalski, Lynn Monfette, Becky Aulenbach, Larry Blake, Daphne Hamilton, Stephanie Hawks, Wanda Lybarger and more.

  • Hero by Sheila Paulson (2 pages) (Star Wars)
  • Home is the Hunter by Kelly Hill (Avram's been shot, and Tommy's out for revenge.) (Frisco Kid) (9 pages)
  • Occupational Hazard by Eva M.E. Oslo (The prequel to the fateful meeting in the cantina.) (Star Wars) (5 pages)
  • The Second Time Around by Chris Jeffords (9 pages) (Star Wars) (It's Han and Lando, round one)
  • Honest Job by Elyse Dickenson (27 pages) (Star Wars)
  • Changes by Sherry Magee (Heroes) (20 pages)
  • He Who Flies The Falcon (2 pages)
  • Intergalactic Colloquy by Eva Albertsson (Star Wars) (4 pages)
  • Westron Wynde by Susan Matthews (Star Wars) (2 pages)
  • A Bad Case Of Corellian by J.A. Berger (Star Wars) (While on a mission, Han and Leia are captured by alien slavers.) (16 pages)
  • Farewell Dialog (2 pages)

Issue 7/8

cover of issue #7/8

Facets 7/8 was published in 1981 and has 52 pages. It contains Star Wars, Indiana Jones and Heroes. Artwork by Karen River, Connie Pirovetes, Carol McPherson, Daphne Hamilton, Lindsey Nuttal, Cathy Strand, Martie Benedict, Gordon Carleton, Paulie, Linda Stoops, Wanda Lybarger, Dianne Wickes, Martynn, Dot Sasscer, Stephanie Hawks, Larry Blake, Barbara Fister-Liltz, and Barb Stults.

  • The Ganna II Affair (Star Wars) (18 pages) by Martie Benedict (Han gets involved in a dangerous high stakes roto-cross race. A prequel to "Treasure Hunt" in Flip of a Coin #6.) [2]
  • The Ganna II Affair by Martie Benedict (Star Wars)
  • Hey Lady (Star Wars) (3 pages)
  • Lesser Artifacts by Peggy Barilla (Raiders of the Lost Ark) (7 pages)
  • A Little Song (Star Wars) (3 pages)
  • Rainbows by Kelly Hill (Heroes) (3 pages)
  • History (Star Wars) (2 pages)
  • The Invisible Fan by Eva Albertson (A famous actor, an equally famous Corellian, and the pressures of fandom.) (Star Wars) (18 pages)
  • In The Silence At Midnight, poem by Marcia Brin (The Empire Strikes Back) (2 pages) (discussed in Han and Leia in Fanfiction)
  • The Man With The Child In His Eyes (The Empire Strikes Back) (3 pages)
  • I Do? by Lindsay Nuttal (The Empire Strikes Back) (5 pages) (discussed in Han and Leia in Fanfiction)
  • Partners by Lindsey Nuttal (An alternative look at the rumored court martial of Han Solo.) (Star Wars) (13 pages)
  • My Diary, 1926 A.D. by Martie Benedict (Raiders of the Lost Ark) (9 pages)
  • Money (STAR WARS) (2 pages)
  • The Many Faces of Captain Solo by Chris Callahan (An article on the life, ways, and times of our favorite Corellian.) (Star Wars)
  • Star Light, Star Bright (Heroes) (3 pages)
  • Eyes of a Jedi by J.A. Berger (The Empire Strikes Back) (20 pages) ( Han and Luke crash land on a hostile, barren planet. Both injured, they are stalked by a mysterious bounty hunter.) (reprinted in Wookiee Rendezvous 1999)
  • Indiana (Raiders of the Lost Ark) (2 pages)
  • Happily Ever After by Dannell Lites (A Star Wars fairy tale with a somewhat unexpected ending.) (The Empire Strikes Back) (3 pages) (discussed in Han and Leia in Fanfiction)
  • Ophiophobia (Raiders of the Lost Ark) (2 pages)
  • poems by Marcia Wickes, Martie Benedict, Jan Gaut, Mary Carson, Judith Balcombe, Lindsay Nuttal, Kathy Percy, Marica Brin, Karen Miller, Ann Wilson, and Jaqueline Taero

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 7/8

This double issue of although not outstanding as zines go, is still worth the money. The zine's regular artists have contributed many pleasing illos, and there are plenty of poems for those who enjoy poetry. What I liked best was the number of new writers who contributed stories (at least, many names were unfamiliar to me). For the most part, they did a fairly competent job. A short note on the LoC section-- don't miss the letter from a certain well-known lady pig, who barely stops short of calling down the ACLU on the editors (all in fun, of course)! Before I go on to descriptions of the stories, I have a word to say about typos. In prose, they're only mildly annoying, but in poems they are a major disaster. I'm thinking of the first poem of the zine in particular--the misspellings jarred my concentration so badly that they destroyed the poem's effect. This is terribly unfair to both author and readers. Please, Kelly and Jane, give a little more time for proofreading. Even if it delays the zine's release, it' s worth it. Now to the fiction. "The Gamma II Affair" by Martie Benedict is a fast-paced yarn, in which Han gets mixed up with a renegade member of royalty who races space-age motor bikes. The story's style reminds me a great deal of Brian Daley's--lots of action, very little philosophy. Oh, yes, maybe it's my imagination, but it seems that a chunk of story got lost somewhere between 20 and 22. "Lesser Artifacts" is a tale, in which Indy's life and marriage to Marion are (excuse me) in ruins. The story is well-done and certainly a possible future for Indy, but I'm looking for an upbeat Raiders fan story. Maybe next ish, ladies? Chris Callahan's article, Many Faces of Captain Solo", is an impartial study of various ideas about Our Favorite Corellian's personality traits, as expressed in fan fiction. Although Chris does a thorough job, she forgot to include a discussion of Solo's relationship with Luke. Since this important aspect of Han is one that shows him to be more than a one-dimensional, money-loving smuggler, I can't consider Chris' study to be complete. Next is a 'Heroes' vignette, Kelly Hill's 'Rainbows,' which describes Ken Boyd's state of mind before Jack shows up at Ken's trailer. You need to have seen the film to appreciate this one. "The Invisible Fan", by Eva Albertsson, is a fun fantasy in which a Certain Smuggler and a Certain Wookiee skip through a few dimensions to a Certain Planet, and get a Certain Actor mixed up in a chase after a Certain Hut's invisible daughter. Well, don't dismiss it as weird, just on my description. Read and enjoy. In 'I Do," Han marries Leia, and Leia finds out that Han was born into a higher 'caste' than she'd realized. The gimmick of the story is kind of off-base to me, but then I considered the idea of Vader as Luke's father as strange, before TESB was released. Who knows? maybe George has something like this up his sleeve, too. 'Partner's combines Han's dismissal from military service, and Solo's first encounter with Chewbacca. I've read other authors' versions of both these incidents, but there were enough innovations in this story to keep me sufficiently interested anyway. Martie Benedict's "My Diary, 1926 A.D.' something made it inevitable. It' s a Marion Ravenwood-at-age-15 and if you've read the Raiders novelization, you can predict the plot. Now we come to my favorite of this J .A. Berger's "Eyes of a Jedi". The story would have been better with a close edit, but I like it because both Luke and Han are allowed to use their respective talents. It' s a survival story--Smuggler and Jedi crash land their sabotaged craft on a barren planet, and must cope with the hostile elements and their injuries, as well avoid capture by Boba Fett. It bothered me slightly that Luke showed so much control of the Force in this pre-TESB story. On the other hand, it was nice to find a story in which Skywalker is pictured as a courageous young man, instead of a dumb kid, especially in a Ford zine. Shows that both author and editors are refreshingly impartial! ... The zine' s fiction closes out with "Happily Ever After" by Dannell Lites. It's a lighter-side short, showing what Han's and Leia' s relationship might really be like after the rebellion is won. Summary: Facets 7/8, along with its predecessors, is an enjoyable diversion from the cares of everyday life, especially for the fans of Harrison Ford. I ' d like to see more non-SW Ford characterizations in future issues. But then, I shouldn't complain. I'm not particularly inspired to write stories about Frisco Kid, Ten from Navarrone, American Graffiti, etc., either, so why should I demand that others do so? As the readers of this review might have guessed, my major criticism is about the understandable, but avoidable, editor's mistakes. It' s obvious that a lot of TLC goes into this zine; the willingness to put in more proofread ing time would probably make one of fandom's best. [3]

Issue 9

cover of issue #9

Facets 9 was published in 1982 and contains 92 pages. It has content from Frisco Kid, Star Wars, and Heroes.

Authors: Wanda Lybarger, Martie Benedict, Cathie Whitehead, and more.

Artwork by Paulie, Cherie Abell, Larry Blake, Gordon Carleton, Wanda Lybarger, Pat Wynne, Leonard May Brecht, Martynn and Gee Moaven. Contains the following stories:

  • Indiana, Where You Been? by Wanda Lybarger (Raiders of the Lost Ark)
  • Raiders of the Lost Orc by Martie Benedict (Raiders of the Lost Ark)
  • Twink (also in #9/10 and #10) by Martie Benedict (Star Wars)
  • Just Like Starting Over by Lindsey Nuttal (Star Wars)
  • Gunhand of Fate by J. A. Berger ("Tommy is mistaken for a murderer and he and Avram are hunted by a deadly gunslinger.") (Frisco Kid)
  • other unknown small content

Issue 9/10

cover of #9/10

Facets 9/10 was published in 1983 and contains 185 pages, reduced. (It is unclear just how the contents of this compares to #9 and #10)

Artwork by Paulie, Cherie Abell, Larry Blake, Gordon Carleton, Wanda Lybarger, Pat Wynne, Leonard May Brecht, Martynn and Gee Moaven

  • Gunhand of Fate, part one by J.A. Berger (An army payroll is stolen, two men are shot, and the evidence points to Tommy Lillard.) (Frisco Kid)
  • Raiders of the Lost Orc by Martie Benedict O'Brien (an Indiana Jones/LOTR crossover)
  • Troubleshooter by Martie Benedict O'Brien (Set before Star Wars: A New Hope. Han is trapped into helping a munitions company find out who has been blowing up their transport ships.)
  • Twink by Martie Benedict O'Brien (Set before Star Wars: A New Hope. Han goes to Yaniwess to help an old friend and gets involved in a planetary power struggle.)
  • Then I'll See You in Hell by Elwood
  • Just Like Starting Over by Lindsay Nuttal (Star Wars)
  • A Small Accident by Mark Walton
  • Winter Stalk, art and story by Wanda Lybarger (reprinted in Bright Center of the Universe #8)
  • Corellian Thoughts by Yvonne Harrison
  • Ultimate Fan-Tasy by Eva Albertsson
  • Indiana, Where You Been? by Wanda Lybarger (Raiders of the Lost Ark)
  • Lesser Artifacts by Peggy Barilla (Raiders of the Lost Ark)
  • The Many Faces of Captain Solo by Chris Callahan (Star Wars)
  • Rainbows by Kelly Hill (Heroes)
  • The Invisible Fan by Eva Albertsson (Star Wars)
  • I Do? by Lindsey Nuttal (Star Wars) (discussed in Han and Leia in Fanfiction)
  • Partners by Lindsey Nuttal (Star Wars)
  • My Diary by Marion Ravenwood by Martie Benedict (Raiders of the Lost Ark)
  • Eyes of a Jedi by J.A. Berger (Star Wars)
  • other unknown content

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 9/10

The basic question to be answered in a review, I think, is "is this zine worth buying?" Now, there are those who will buy anything-they have the money, the time and the interest. There are those who won't have one or more of those three, and they want to know what's behind a pretty cover. In the case of FACETS 9/10 the answer to my question is a qualified yes. Obviously-or maybe not so obviously for a new fan-FACETS is devoted entirely to the TV/film roles of Harrison Ford. hence the title. Therefore, it is not for everyone. However, a good third of this issue is given to SW-born material, and thus may be interesting to any SW fan. A number of poems are printed here on various subjects: the wanderlust of Han Solo in particular or of Corellians in General; the attractiveness of that lifestyle or of its practicioners; the growth of the relationship between Solo and Leia Organa. For me, the best-the work of a genuinely poetic writer-is Elwood's "Then I'll See You in Hell," an evocative and economic use of words to draw the line between Solo's statement in the beginning of TESB and his eventual fate, which any Renaissance man or woman would recognize as hell. The shortest prose generally has a comic tone. "Just Like Starting Over" is Lindsay Nuttal's idea of both Han's and Leia's reaction to the seven-year itch. The idea behind the story is sound and Nuttal can write an amusingly real passage between this husband and wife (consort and ruler) of 15(?) years. However, this story and the other shorts eventually deep-six themselves because they ignore or abandon the serious themes beneath the funny scenes. For instance, with Leia and their daughter, Han may take off for the free-life once more, but can one, in fact, go home again? Nuttal provides a happy ending but doesn't quite satisfy the deeper question. Mark Walton's "A Small Accident" is a vignette that might have led into a longer story, but stops before the payoff-whether comic or tragic. He provides believable/exciting dialogue, action and setting, but in the end we have learned little that is new about any of the familiar SW characters al though only the droids are absent. "Corellian Thoughts" by Yvonne Harrison may please some who think Solo is a detriment to the rebellion and, in fact, is a sloppy businessman capable of scuttling all the hopes/plans of the Alliance. The concept can be valid if presented well. The problem is, told in first person singular--a mode usually chosen for its introspective possibilities, the story shows us a surface-thinker who fails to cover his own ass and who learns nothing more than "next time I'll be careful not to get caught." Eva Albertsson's "Ultimate Fan-tasy" is an exercise in the capital-emphasis writing one associates with novels written by Young Ladies of the Victorian Period and in crossing universes. The point of the story is a fanzine writer/news reporter (we have moved up in the world!?) who goes to interview the Mad Scientist on the Verge of the Black Hole (from the Disney film). She finds a late 20th Century Mary Sue Fan who translated herself into that universe with the specific purpose of using the stated technology to provide herself with copies of all the various personae of her favorite actor (guess who). The choice of style, an interesting one for the material, seems to have been made for comic purposes, but for me, it fails. The Authors of the past, lacking italics and desiring to duplicate their excitable natures in print, tossed Capital Letters onto any noun they felt to tle important. They were serious about it. Such usage today more commonly signals the intention of the exact opposite, an ironic or satiric parallelism of the state of mind of such a writer. The theme I detect a warning against the dangers inherent in too-deep an immersion in the basic unrealities of fandom (whether film/show or actor) which might be served by gentle chiding but not by patronising one's readers. Like Jonathon Swift's "A Modest Proposal," this story cannot support the lecture and collapses under the weight. A moment here (while talking about Ford's other characters anyway) to consider the non-SW material (since it certainly wouldn't hurt anybody to read a good story regardless of who is the inspiration.) The longest piece in the zine is of Fate" by J.A. Berger and is excellently written for the first part of a to-be continued story. This well-done western is most notable for the editors' decision to use two artists of varying styles and skills. Against Gee Moaven's textural still-frames, Martynn's more stilted figures and backgrounds seem lightweight and in a couple of places are unintentionally hilarious in their lack of logic or proportion. The other notable non-SW piece is the one comic short story that works. In "Raiders of the Lost Orc", crossing RLA and the LOTR universe, Martie Benedict has created a punster's dream and still serves a serious undercurrent in her alphabet soup. Speaking of Benedict brings us back to SWars. She has contributed (besides song lyrics) two of her "before-ist" stories. "Twink" and "Troubleshooter" move with the pace of Lucas' movies-or Brian Daley's Solo-books. Han and Chewie are the only "familiar" characters although Benedict readers have met Ben Adrick and Trella before. Here are some good, action-adventure stories-and again, Benedict doesn't shortchange the reader. I think "Twink" is my favorite with its four-year-old heroine querying, "Cap'n Slow, are you a fox?" But "Troubleshooter" with its botanist, Saffalet the Jas, and Lethwell Purlee (who requires truly original interaction with Solo before beginning to fulfill her destiny) and the amazing Tac demonstrates just as well Martie's skill at constructing alien worlds, strange/familiar people, taut situations, logical and dynamic catalysts and very satisfying denouments. She seems a one-woman course in learning to write short stories. And finally, we come to "Winter Stalk" with art and story by Wanda Lybarger. What can I say about a piece of work that taught me how to read and value 'comic strips? It's like a little movie! Here a closeup, there a long, poignant view of heart-felt effort and painful failure. And the action-figures caught literally in motion, .just as I've observed people with my own eyes. Of all the comic artists in fandom or the pro markets, she has mastered both the consistent likeness and the varied expressions of her people-be they human or non. And then there's the story, told frame by frame: tight, well-paced, with political and emotional punches never withheld, artd likable characters. Again Han and Chewie are the only familiar characters, but it's a between-the-films story that shows Wanda has obviously given some thought to just who Luke Skywalker might be. A joy. All of the above items reflect the development of FACETS over the past few years from the usual look of beginning zines. Jane Firmstone and Kelly Hill have been able to invest in a class print look-but the zine still suffers, unfortunately, from a high rate of simple typos that become steadily more frustrating as the reader proceeds. ("Irritation" substituted for "irritating" is one good example. Another is the one word punchline to a fairly good joke-except "anti venom" is mispelled.) In addition, the artwork goes from barely recognizable (as with the at best confusing/hermaphroditic piece accompanying Brin's poem, "Regrets") to the Lybarger pieces I just raved about. But Larry Blake and Patrick Wynne deserve enthusiastic applause for their distinctive and dramatic styles, most appropriate choices to accompany Walton's vignette and Benedict's "Twink". The ladies have used their editorial space for commentary on life in the wide world rather than just fannish concerns. This, I applaud. On the other hand, I must regret the editors' use of a cartoon such as that on page 180 which to me can be called neither a piece on a Ford character nor a labor of love-rather it's an intrusion on a human being's privacy. Not a nice taste to leave in the mouth. And it's happily forgotten in the inside back cover: Lybarger's" A Hoka with Big Ideas" is a gem and worth the cost of the zine. [4]

Issue 10

cover of issue #10

Facets 10 was published in 1983 and contains 90 pages. It includes fiction from Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Heroes, Frisco Kid.

Authors: Cathie Whitehead, Jacqueline Taero, Roberta Stuemke, Sheila Paulson, Marcia Brin, Mary Jean Holmes, Eva Albertsson, Yvonne Harrison, Mark Walton, and others.

Artwork by Wanda Lybarger, Martynn, Karen River, Barb Stults, Lin Stack, J. R. Dunster, Bec Aulenbach, Paulie, Gordon Carleton, Larry Blake, Daphne Hamilton, Barbara Fister-Liltz, Martie Benedict, and Carol McPherson.

  • Troubleshooter by Martie Benedict O'Brien (Set before Star Wars: A New Hope. Han is trapped into helping a munitions company find out who has been blowing up their transport ships.)
  • Twink by Martie Benedict O'Brien (Set before Star Wars: A New Hope. Han goes to Yaniwess to help an old friend and gets involved in a planetary power struggle.)
  • The Ultimate Fantasy by Eva Albertsson (various characters)
  • Winter Stalk by Wanda Lybarger (Star Wars graphic story)
  • Beginnings by Roberta Stuemke (An alternative look at the rumored court martial of Han Solo. Was originally planned to be in issue #7/8. (Star Wars)
  • Corellian Thoughts by Yvonne Harrison (Star Wars)
  • A Small Accident by Mark Walton (Star Wars)
  • other unknown content

Issue 11

cover of issue #11

Facets 11 contains 106 pages. It was published in 1983.

Artwork by Martynn, Susan Perry-Lewis, Wanda Lybarger, Tim Eldred, Cheryl Flint, Lee Reynolds, Paulie and Barb Stults.

  • Writing on the Wall by Roberta Rogow (Raiders of the Lost Ark)
  • Battle With Bossk by Tim Eldred (Star Wars graphic story)
  • Little One by Kelly Hill (Star Wars)
  • Cerullean Dawn by Martie Benedict (Star Wars) (contains Wanda Lybarger's famous (or infamous) illustration "Corellian at the Take Out Window")
  • Gunhand of Fate, Part 2 by J. A. Berger (Frisco Kid)
  • Drifter by Rene Schneider (Frisco Kid)
  • Soliloquy Mid-Watch by Michelle Quesnel (Force 10 from Navarone)
  • The Ballad of D'Kota Lee by Martie Benedict (Star Wars)
  • Relative Situations by Martie Benedict (Star Wars)
  • Griping Corellian Style by Joan Shumsky (Star Wars)
  • other unknown content
  • contains a letter from the husband of a fan "They TOLD Me There Was a Ford in My Future -- by Frank Benedict:
    I'm the husband of a Harrison Ford Fan. In that I don't resent the situation I find myself in, and even encourage my wife's seemingly consuming infatuation with another man, I've been told my reaction is unusual. In fact, Facets asked me: "How come?" In the first place, while my wife loves Harrison in any of his movie roles ("facets" you might call them), she is not "in love" with Harrison-or anybody but me. I enjoy Harrison's movies and see all of them more than once, but fer Chrissake, does that make me queer for his body? Hell, no, it doesn't; anymore than that the reverse holds true for my wife. Of course, my wife sees his movies many more than a few times-and she writes about them-and draws pictures of him-and makes up songs about him and sings them. She even gets up at 4 a.m. to correspond with other women who love Harrison Ford, including probably, some who are in love with him. Y'see, there is a difference. I have it on good authority my wife is in love with Han Solo; she told me. - In as much as I love my wife dearly, I have to feel a little bit sad for her predicament; you want the best for those you truly love no matter what cost to yourself. Unfortunately, all of the fantasy writers in fandom can't compose a scenario which would really give my wife a crack at Han. So she has to pen her own fantasies-but I'm the one she brings her charged batteries to: I'm the one who gets the benefits of this "magnificent obsession." And if all that sounds like a smug bunch of crap to you, I'm sorry, but that's the way it really is in this household... And who will I have to thank for it'? Two guys: Harrison Ford for the inspiration--and me for the encouragement, love, and space that I gave her... [Name redacted] is no newcomer to fandom. She was a Middle Earth fan of Tolkien's long before the Corellian zapped her between the eyes in Star Wars. She has always wanted-and needed-a nook away from gritty reality to refresh and nurture her psyche. As a matter of fact, she-like other women of good taste-has had a history of falling for guys with big noses, asymmetrical faces and crooked smiles. I should know-I'm one. And 'I intend to keep her-with love and understanding and space when she needs it.

References

  1. from Jundland Wastes #2
  2. oddly, this story isn't listed in "Flip of a Coin"'s table of contents. A summary of this unknown story: Treasure Hunt by Martie Benedict O'Brien (Set before Star Wars: A New Hope. Han and Chewie meet up with their old friend Ben Adrick and are drawn into a plan to retrieve a valuable artifact.)
  3. from Jundland Wastes #8
  4. from Jundland Wastes #13