Facets (Harrison Ford zine)/Issues 001-002

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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 such as Blade Runner, Heroes (film), and The Frisco Kid.

The content was gen with some non-explicit het.

This zine series ran for eleven issues between 1979-1983. When this zine ceased publication, a similar zine, Flip of a Coin, began.

This page is for detailed information about issue #1 and #2. For information about the zine in general, see Facets.

For information about other issues of "Facets," see:


Issue 1

Facets 1 contains 14 pages was published in 1979 and contains 18 pages.

front cover of issue #1, Susan W. Perry
back cover of issue #1, Kelly Hill

The art is by Martynn, Paulie Gilmore, Kelly Hill, J. Rafferty, Catherine Strand, and Susan Perry.

From the editorial by Jane:

Well, here it is folks, the zine you've been hounding asking us to get around to doing for the past eight months. We had originally intended to start a fan club for Mr. Ford, but due to his overwhelming lack of interest (are you out there anywhere HF?) and the fact that I talked to Louise Stange (the President of Lenard Nimoy's fan club) and discovered that she has 5,000 members and gets 50 letters a day(!), we decided that a zine was quite enough to attempt.

The first issue of a zine is always the hardest one to put out, especially if it is your first attempt. You can only learn by your mistakes — all ten thousand of them — and the experience is enriching, if not out right expensive. It gives you an unparalleled opportunity to make an ass out of yourself, but it also is a terrific way of making friends.

We've had inquiries from as far away as Germany and New Zealand and we've had phone calls from New York and L.A. We're receiving stunning pieces of art and some very good writing. It's gotten so that if I don't find a letter in the mailbox I feel positively deprived.

... I'd like to say a special thanks to Paulie Gilmore for rushing us a nice portrait that didn't even make it into this ish and for not screaming when I change my mind about what she is to do for the cover of issue 2 after she already had it planned. Martynn has been wonderful about taking late night phone calls with cries of "Do us a Barnsby, please!" and "Can't you do us just a little something?" The results are the Barnsby illo on page 8 and the Han haiku on page 7. Wonder what this girl could do if we gave her some time? You will be seeing more of Susan Perry's stunning art work both on our covers and as a foldout in ish 3- We do hope to receive lots more art for the next few issues (artists consider this a hint) and we're also looking for a lot more great writing (authors definitely consider this a hint!).

What we hope to do with our own writing is to entertain and stimulate. We want to know what you thought of FORCE TEN, or HEROES, or STAR WARS, or HANOVER STREET. What did you think of the acting, directing, photography, or writing. What do you think of the rumor that Han will not survive bounty hunter Bobba Fett in the SW sequel? Will killing Han sound a death knell for SW fandom, or do you think that fan writers will simply ignore Lucas and keep Han alive and healthy? We're dying to hear from you. As a matter of fact, this zine may die if we don't. And that is a hint for everyone, bubbie.
From the editorial by Kelly:

Jane and I knew that sooner or later we'd have to edit our own zine, but the question was, what kind of zine? I'm still a neofen where Star Trek is concerned, though Jane is a old pro, and I hadn't even started reading sci-fi until a year or so before. There were already a plethora of zines out, some hundred - odd at last count, that we knew there was no way to compete.

Four months ago we conceived the idea for this project as it stands. It was frustrating, sometimes discouraging, but ultimately worthwhile. It brought us new friends, taught us things about zine editing we didn't know (and occasionally were very sorry we asked), and gave us an absorbing, if time-consuming, project to work on.

[snipped]

The end result of our efforts is now in your hands for good or ill. Advice, comments, and criticisms are all welcomed. We hope you enjoy.
  • Facets, poem/dedication (inside front cover)
  • Editorials (3)
  • Cartoon Contest, illo by Martynn (3)
  • Editorial Policy (3)
  • Market Place, illo by Paulie Gilmore (4)
  • Fine Corellian Pirate, illo by Martynn (5)
  • a synopsis by Elyse Dickenson of the TV movie "The Possessed" (6)
  • Han, haiku poem by Martynn, illo by Martynn (7)
  • Force 10, a perspective by Kelly Hill (Force 10 from Navarone) (8)
  • Solo Song, poem by Pat Carpenter (10)
  • Shadows, poem by Jane Firmstone (13)
  • Letters of Comment (there are two short ones, the topic was Harrison Ford and films) (14)

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 1

FACETS #1 was an experience. I can't really say that I enjoyed all the material in it, but then, 1 don't think that some of the poems were intended to be enjoyed. "Solo Song" is beautiful, though a bit grim for the man I remember from SW. I can't picture Han as being that grim. If he really was such a loner he wouldn't have the apparently close relationship he appears to have with Chewie. (After all, Chewbacca isn't just a walking rug, he's an intelligent being capable of forming friendships.) Also I couldn't imagine Han fighting for the Rebellion just for the hell of it, if he didn't really feel something for the people in it or even for the ideas behind it! Han is still young/enough to have some leftover bits of idealism in him, if he ever did have such once upon a time. Still, the poem is lovely and very, very painful.

"Shadows" hurts even more. A friend of mine described Kenny Boyd as being a open wound. I agree. And, this poem points that out sadly and beautifully. The movie "Heroes" left me with the feeling that one day Kenny would either go into the woods and blow his brains out or go into town and shoot everything and everyone in sight.

By the way, on the lighter side, so you plan a "Frisco Kid" issue? I've enjoyed HF's acting ever since SW, but now I have a thing for his chest too! A good actor who looks good. A combo that can't be beat! [1]

It's terrific that someone is zeroing in; I have gone through scores of zines looking for a few choice poems, stories, sketches, etc., and now somebody has come up with a catch-all zine to keep it in one place. Brava, Jane and Kelly!

Martynn's art work, as always, is great, especially the illo and the Han Haiku. I didn't know she wrote. I do think, though, that Susan Perry topped her FACETS #1 cover with pg. 39 of WARPED SPACE #41, the illo that accompanies Jane's "Spacer Man" Also in #1, Elyse's synopsis of "The Possessed" interested me in that it's been a couple of years since the movie's been rerun in the L.A. area and, though I have a script, it seems to differ in several places from the finished film. [2]

Issue 2

Facets 2 was published in very late 1979 (submission deadline was August 1, 1979) and contains 22 pages. It is a "Hanover Street" special.

The cover is by Paulie Gilmore with interior art by Kelly Hill, Helen Burnotte, Martynn, Susan Perry, and J.J. Adamson.

It was printed off-set, reduced.

front cover of issue #2, Paulie Gilmore
back cover of issue #2, Kelly Hill
From the editorial:

Well, folks, we're finally back again. There is an old saying among zine eds ( a version of Murphy's Law, I think) that if anything can go wrong during the putting together of a zine, it will. There were problems this time around — school, jobs or lack of sane, sick typewriters and sicker artists, lack of funds and other assorted nuisances. However, the Force was with us, at least part time, and we have prevailed. Better late than never — at least we hope you'll think so.

[snipped]

Also starting with #3, our length will be expanding to between 30-50 pages. Hopefully shortly thereafter we'll be able to offer subscriptions. So for all of you folks who wrote to ask about that, hang in there, we're working on it!

As you may already have heard, Lucas is sending a TESB slide show to various cons. We caught it at WindyCon in Chicago. If you are planning to attend a con just to catch the slide show, save your time and money. It consisted mostly of miniatures and sets, with Craig Miller showing off and name-dropping like crazy as a highlight. It definitely falls under the 'not worth your while' category. There seems to be no way to convince Lucas that fans have a great deal of emotion invested in his characters. He feels free to do with them as he will and the hell with what we think. A 'get' story is fine in a zine where it can be skimmed or passed over but seeing it on the screen in quite another story. According to very reliable sources (one of whom was NOT Craig Miller!), TESB is a get-'em in spades, and we feel that you folks who have emotional investments in Han and Luke deserve to know what happens to them before you go into the theatre and have it dropped in your lap. Lucas has forbidden publication, under the pretext that it's 'secret' but if you want to know what happens, SASE us. Things are looking better for HF to do #3, but there has been no commitment yet SO keep your fingers crossed.

At WindyCon there was a girl passing out HF's home address and phone number. His address is sort of common knowledge by now, and there is little he can do about it, but the phone number is quite another thing. That is in fringing on the man's privacy by intruding into his home. He has been warned that his number has been handed out and will probably have it changed. We fully understand the great temptation to call him, if for no other reason than to hear his voice. But a lot of heavy breathing or giggling on the other end of the line isn't the ideal way to impress this man, so don't do it, please. Also, don't feel compelled to mail things directly to him. Send all correspondence care of his agent — he'll get it, honest. His agent and her secretary are good folks.

Warm Huggy Dept: Due to some unscheduled 'editing' with an ax, the version of FRISCO KID that we saw is missing several of HF's best scenes. He was very down for a while, and is feeling a bit better now, but a warm hug couldn't do any harm. Just drop him a quick note or card, and tell the truth — what>you liked about his work, what you didn't like, etc. The address for all correspondence is: Harrison Ford, c/o Pat McQueeney Agency, 146 N. Almont Drive, Los Angeles, Cal. 900^*8. Keep it short, sensible and PG-rated, please!
  • Editorial (2)
  • Market Place, ads (3)
  • Cartoon Contest, illo by Martynn (4)
  • Hanover Street Trivia Quiz by Jani Hicks and Linda Stoops (5)
  • The Bitter and the Sweet, the original lyrics to "Hanover Street" theme, calligraphy by Jani Hicks (8)
  • And Leave Your Friends and Go, fiction by Kelly Hill (Hanover Street) (10)
  • Margaret's Epilogue, fiction by Martynn (Hanover Street) (12)
  • Now Showing: Hanover Street, cartoon by Judi L. Hendricks (Hanover Street) (13)
  • Hanover Street Revisited, review by Susan K. Prather (14)
  • "Visit to a Small Air Force" by Jani Hicks (a parallel universe vignette, riffing on Visit to a Weird Planet) (Hanover Street/Star Wars fusion) (15)
  • Enough to Let You Go, poem by Beth Bowles (Hanover Street) (18)
  • The First Psalm of David, poem by Jane Firmstone (Hanover Street) (19)
  • Cartoon by Tracy Duncan (20)
  • Letters of Comment (21)

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 2

A good zine and even knowing that this was supposed to be the special "Hanover Street" issue I wish that there had been a greater mix from other films. I'm glad to see that FACETS is going to a longer format soon. The art was exceedingly good throughout. How nice to see HF's that do look like HF's screen characters.

The editorial was both interesting and informative. I've heard elsewhere that it does end with Han suspended in a stasis field. Lucas has £0t to be joking! THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK has got to be the understatement of the century! Are you sure that Alan Dean Foster isn't secretly behind all of this? It sure sounds like it after the "Splinter" fiasco. I mean, I read "get" stories and even enjoy them, provided that the characters get out in one piece, but Luke's dismembered, that's too many pieces for my taste. "Get" stories may be fine to read but I'm not wild about torture on the silver screen or anywhere else for that matter. Am I still going to see TESB? Yes. Will I see it more than once? I really don't know. Will I see it jMD times? I really doubt it. Will my friends who aren't SW fanatics see it? Probably, but they aren't wild about the rumors either. Well, now that I've said my little piece about Lucas and TESB I'll climb down off my little soap box plastered with SW stickers and get back to the zine at hand. I'm glad to see that you're maintaining your defense of HF's privacy in the editorial section. Half the time the poor man probably feels like a monkey in a cage, even if most of the people are well-meaning but a little star struck, (a good book on the problems actors face when they finally make it in both their personal lives and their screen images is Charleton Heston's THE ACTOR'S LIFE. I think it's probably the best book on actors, their craft and Holly wood's glitter and behind the machinations from an actor's viewpoint yet written.

I Really like the Marketplace section. Now was that cartoon (pg.4) nice? Just kidding. It fit terrifically, but I prefer HF without the helmet. I really do wish they had released the "HS" soundtrack. I talked to a dealer down at the Pittsburgh con and he couldn't figure it out either.

My favorite piece in the zine is a tie between Kelly's "And Leave Your Friends And Go" and Martynn's "Margaret's Epilogue".

"Hanover Streets Revisited" interesting but confusing. Maybe I shouldn't say anything at all since romance films are not at all my thing. I went in expecting far less and was pleasantly surprised to discover that they delivered far more that I had expected and were entertaining to boot.

Overall, I consider it to be a very confusing review. In one place she refers to it as trite and garbage and then in another she recommends it for specifics of performance. Overall the review is as confusing as to why Margaret drops the tea pot and as frustrating to figure out. I thought you guys were going to avoid hatchet jobs. This one looks like she took after it with a chain saw. Please tell Susan that she had some really good points, but that the axe should have been a bit duller.... or does 'no hatchets' only apply to our beloved HF? [3]

Is it possible to put together a list of films that HF has been in? I missed "Dynasty", too, because I only watch Bugs Bunny cartoons on TV anymore. And I also missed the incredible disappearing "Hanover Street", much to my resentment — maybe they'll run it by again? Sell it to TV? Whatever?

However "Frisco Kid" was in town long enough to catch — the best thing about that movie is that it could so easily have been 'Han Solo in the Old West' and wasn't. Nice going. (And I can't be the only one wondering for one split second what happened to the man's voice in his first lines, when he holds up the train, can I? Coulda sworn they either got somebody else to dub those lines, or something — but a minute or two later I was used to it. That's good folks.

Re Nancy Patrick's letter — when did Lucas ask fans not to duplicate the K/S stuff? Was it as a con, or via someone's crystal ball, or what? I've always been a trifle curious about just how aware actors are of fan writing activity specifically (they're all to aware of the little kids following them down the street screaming, obviously. Unfortunately). Roddenberry is, but Lucas and his group are not quite the same kettle of mackerel. I also think Nancy is right a lot of the pan pieces are definitely pro quality. I was dreadfully disappointed by Foster's book.

Especially since he did so well on the "Log" books. Daley does marginally all right, but his Han Solo isn't quite ... well. Anyway, I can't see Lucas realistically asking us to "honor his killing off of Han Solo", because it just isn't going to hap pen. There are too many stories that can be writ ten about the character. Sure, we may wipe him out one minute, but — well — how many lives does a Corellian cat have?[4]

Where shall I begin? The artwork is fantastic. My favorites for this issue include Paulie Gil- more 's gorgeous cover, your drawings, Kelly, and J.J. 's fine picture. Martynn's fine as usual. I've become especially fond of her picture of Halloran drinking tea, perhaps because I recall the scene with some fondness.

I felt Susan Prather's review was right on the mark. Tho film had flaws you could drive a convoy through; yet I saw it six times and would probably go see it again, if it turned up at a local theater. I think Harrison did the best job he could have, especially since the dialogue was written for another actor, initially. As most of us know, Kris Kristofferson dropped out of the filming part way through. I'm a fan of his and the first thing I thought upon see the film was; 'all Halloran's lines are written for his (Kris') speech pattern.' Sure HF is a good actor, but it can't have made his job any easier. Did anyone else get that feeling? Perhaps Maggie and Halloran's relationship seemed so improbable at first was that Peter Hyams presupposed that the audience would understand what it was like to live in England and especially in London during the Blitz. Most of us have no concept of living in a country that is being bombed; of blackouts, or ration coupons for food, or sleeping underground because your house was destroyed. The terror and desperation that people lived with on a daily basis provided the foundation for the Halloran/Margaret relationship, but this essence was lacking in the film. The war scenes occurred after we saw their obvious attraction for one another and it didn't work. Enjoyed all the poetry. Each one captured a poignant moment from the film. Martynn's was my favorite, if I have to choose one. It conveyed the essence of living with quiet desperation. Glad you printed the address for HF. I will drop him a line about "Frisco Kid" and will mention "Heroes" too. Had the pleasure of watching "Heroes" again about two weeks ago. I agree with Denise Edwards that it remains HF's finest performance. It's a subtle portrayal, and every moment, every line reading conveys the impotence and frustration, and pain that have trapped Ken ny. The performance is a joy to watch.

As to the controversy over the fate of Han in TESB, well, SW and it's characters are the creations of George Lucas and he has the right to do with them as he pleases. However, I feel that the sequel will suffer enormously if Han is killed or left in suspended animation. We left SW feeling fine, like we could whip our weight in stormtroopers; even Ben didn't really seem to be gone — just transferred to a higher plane of consciousness. That fate won't work for Han; wings or a disembodied voice? No way! The disappointment that the audience would feel would affect the corporation right where it lives — in the pocket- book. I sincerely hope our smuggler friend is given a more pleasant fate, whether HF does the third feature or not. I don't think portraying Han the SW sequels had been injurious to HF's career either. Harrison has certainly shown that he has no intention of playing only one type of character. He's capable enough to handle the Han 'identity crisis'.[5]

The zine is looking good and you've got a nice sense of how to manage an uncluttered and reasonable lay-out. I do rather like the idea of having a theme to each issue (besides the obvious one, of course), but that can get rather monotonous if one wasn't really hooked with one particular character or movie. Ahem. The art, as always, ranges from stunning to adequate.

I do disagree with you on the SW slide show. Craig Miller has a job to do and he does it very well. I thought the slide show was interesting and informative (you can't expect them to tell us everything, can you?) Maybe it helped some that the first time we saw the slide show, it was at SeaCon accompanied by actual miniatures, a full size mock-up of a ship, costumes, etc., as well as a showing of SW and both TESB trailers. In any case, Lucas, etc. are to be commended for keeping the fans sis informed as they are. How many other studios do you know of who do this. What about Paramount? Huh? ((Ed: Paramount gave a slide show at one of the bigger east coast cons that was as bad as the one Miller gave.))

As for fans investing a lot of emotion in Lucas characters — you hit the nail right on the head. They are HIS characters and he's entitled to do anything he wants with them. We, of course are entitled to do what we want with them, and never the twain shall meet. Ditto the Trek characters. Or with anything else.[6]

I'm amazed! And very much impressed with FACETS 2. I honestly believe that, one day, I will be holding within my paws the essence of this man called Harrison Ford! The first issue was good but lacking, simply because of its introductory purpose and want ads for contributions for the next issue. FACETS 2 proves to be the culmination of those contributions and a pure joy to read — especially Kelly Hill's "And Leave Your Friends And Go". Even in death 'his Maggie' shines through as a dominant character, shaping Halloran's attitudes and actions all the more through memories.

I was also impressed with Beth Bowles' sentimental poem "Enough To Let You Go". The drawing adjacent is as equally remarkable. My least favorites are "Visit to a Small Air Force", which I found weakly held together. True the basic concept is commendable but it appears to have lost a little in the translation. As Solo, HF is not supposed to know what's happening to him on the 'Hanover Street' set, yet he quips to Lesley, "I'll definitely watch it this time." In actuality. Solo should have no idea whatsoever what he should watch out for! I perceive the whole vignette as an accidental misrepresentation of character.

Another of my least favorites is the poem "The First Psalm of David". I've read other of your works and I sincerely enjoy your style — it's basically easy going and colloquial. Within this poem, however, you aim for the personal, heart felt emotion known as love. When writing on or about personal feelings, many fail, to some degree, to attain a level of emotion and sensibility, all rolled into one. The Biblical allusion really grabbed me but I was lost in 'David's' beseeching "Touch me. Want me. Need me. Love me, and Love you." I felt he carried on a bit much but, considering his love for Maggie, who wouldn't carry on 'a bit much'?

Loved the trivia quiz but, sad to say, I belong to the lowest of lows, the category known as 'How many times did you see Corvette Summer? That wouldn't be so bad except that I've never seen the movie Corvette Summer! But, thanks for allowing for the opportunity to prove that the answer to #12, Halloran's serial number is NOT 502-84-7326.

All in all, as far as I am concerned, you have a monumental hit on your hands! Because of any improvements and fuller-length stories, I am lead to believe that, with FACETS 3, in a very short time, I will have in my possession the essence of the characters known as Han Solo, Tommy Lillard, or David Halloran — all 'facets' of this man known as Harrison F o r d ![7]

Thanks for FACETS 2. It brightened up a day that was dead enough to bury! Loved your art this ish, especially the front cover. The Market place is excellent, by the way. It's nice not to have to dig through mounds of advertisements and flyers to pick out the SW stuff. Your cartoon caption resulted in a double take and then I practically died laughing! Very, very nice, especially coming from Darth Vader.

Interesting review on "HS", wish I could get to see it! I've read the book but that doesn't quite do it. Clear, precise writing on the review. All in all an excellent ish! [8]

Jani Hicks' 'Visit to a Small Air Force" was clever, Beth Bowles' "Enough to Let You Go", and Jane's "First Psalm of David" were good. Sorry, but Kelly's "And Leave Your Friends And Go" was too saccharine for my tastes. I think Susan Prather pegged some problems with "Hanover Street" as far as she went, however, I'd like to add to it. I used to review movies for the news paper when I was in college and it's been a few years since I've had the opportunity. Here goes: More than anything, "Hanover Street" reminded me of a Star Trek episode, "The Squire of Gothos". Remember how Trelane (William Campbell) transported Kirk and assorted crew into the elegant drawing room which was painstakingly and meticulously furnished down to a fire burning on the hearth? He had recreated his observations of Earth as seen through his telescope. Remember how our heroes discovered "What's Wrong With This Picture?" The fire gave off no heat. It was very beautiful, crackling merrily in the fireplace but it had no warmth because the squire had been looking at it from too great a distance to feel it himself. I think that is the major flaw of 'HS'. Peter Hyams did a nice job with the 'buddy buddy' camaraderie of Halloran and his crew and the action sequences with Halloran and Bellinger were handled well enough. But, like the fire in "Squire of Gothos", the love scenes, while lovely, simply generate no warmth or feeling. It's sex — there-"s no true emotion there; you have two very physically attractive people making beautifully photographed sex, not making love. (C'mon, he doesn't even know her name!) I even have a first draft of the 'HS' script, dated May '75 and except for moving Halloran's place of birth from NYC to Chicago to accommodate Ford's midwestem accent, most of the lines spoken in the film — shot three years later — are virtually unchanged from the first draft. And, kids, it reads like a first draft! I believe Hyams genuinely wanted to recreate the romance of the 40s movies like 'Casablanca' which still holds up. Perhaps Hyams was simply too far removed to fell the sentiment. I don't know if he is too young to remember the movies when they were new, or perhaps he's never been hopelessly in love himself. Maybe it embarrassed him to write the gooey, romantic lines that were the meat of such films —there wasn't any graphic sex to occupy screen time in the 40s, the lovers had to say it all in sentences, or with their eyes. Look, if you're gonna make a hearts and flowers movie, you gotta write hearts and flowers dialog!

As we all know, many a shaky screen play has been saved and reshaped in the hands of the director. If Hyams had allowed someone to pry his story loose from him, some life might have been breathed into those slick superficial love scenes. Compared to that, the other annoyances, such as the principal, especially Down, looking inciedbly 70s, while the background (like Cimino's girlfriend) looked authentic, are negligible. I disagree, thou^, with Prather's opinion that the shattering teapot was memorable. It was the hokiest, most gratuitous, scene in the film. I writhe every time I think of the final line, "Think of me when you drink tea." Originally, the line was, "Remember, we have a street where we met. It's ours. It will alw^ be there .... Nobody can take that away from us." That's much easier on the poor woman's psyche, I think. She can stroll down Hanover Street and remember fondly or avoid the block if the memory is too painful. But since she's British, Halloran has condemned poor Margaret to unending 'guilt in the afternoon' by associating an illicit affair with her teatime meal — her smiling husband seated across the room. Imagine being haunted by the memory of an old lover every time you sit down to breakfast!

I would be perfectly content to see Harrison continue to create interesting and varied characters like Kenny Boyd — my favorite performance to date — and Tommy Lillard, not to mention a certain smart-ass space jockey, while continuing with second or third billing. Please ladies, don't cast your stones yet! I would also like to see Ford try again at the romantic lead; I believe he can do it if given the proper script.

If you've noticed, though, the disadvantages of becoming a leading man is that many begin to play the same roles over and over (n.b. John Wayne John Barrymore, Paul Newman, Burt Reynolds — the list is endless). I would hate to see it happen in this case. I wish Ford a long and distinguished career as an actor of characters (like Spencer Tracy or Henry Fonda, for example) rather than as a character actor, first billed or otherwise. [9]

References

  1. ^ from a letter of comment in "Facets" #3
  2. ^ from a letter of comment in "Facets" #3
  3. ^ from a letter of comment in "Facets" #3
  4. ^ from a letter of comment in "Facets" #3
  5. ^ from a letter of comment in "Facets" #3
  6. ^ from a letter of comment in "Facets" #3
  7. ^ from a letter of comment in "Facets" #3
  8. ^ from a letter of comment in "Facets" #3
  9. ^ from a letter of comment in "Facets" #3