Fruit Cocktail

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Title: Fruit Cocktail (the last issue was titled "Fruit Cocktale")
Publisher: Rainbow Dragon Press & Fruit Press/Wayward Press
Editor(s): Kari Masoner
Date(s): 1991-2000
Medium: print
Genre: slash
Fandom: multimedia
Language: English
External Links:
a nod to the title from A Portfolio of Poetry and Portraits, a Harry and Johnny zine
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Fruit Cocktail is a slash anthology. There are five issues. The last issue is titled "Fruit Cocktale."

This zine has a sister zine called Fruit-of-the-Month Club Minizine.

Descriptions from Ads

From a description in On the Double #25: "Multi-media 'slash'. Stories, poetry, artwork need to contain at least three references to fruit. It's easy folks, just use your imagination!"

A fan in 1992 recommended them for their art: "... 2-3 Suzan Lovett plates per zine!" [1]

From a description in On the Double #34: "Another collection of multi-media 'fruit stories'. Stories must contain fruit (in addition to the two-legged kind!)"

A July 1993 ad in GAZ called it "unpretentious fun."

Issue 1

cover of issue #1

Fruit Cocktail 1 was published in May 1991 and is 68 pages long. Its subtitle is, "Harry and Johnny's Fruit of the Month Club." It is a nod to the company, "Harry and David" and a pun on names and slang.

Issue 2

cover of issue #2

Fruit Cocktail 2 was published in 1992 and is 118 pages long. It has the subtitle: A Second Helping.

Authors/Artists: Paula Smith, Suzan Lovett, KOZ, Robyn LaSalle, Pat Sherman, Rachel Duncan, Ruth Kurz, Isis, Robbie and more.

Issue 3

cover of issue #3

Fruit Cocktail 3 was published in March 1993 and has 118 pages. Its subtitle is: "Fruit Cocktail Again!?" It has art by BARAVAN, Helena Wolff, Jeanne McClure, Kate Nuernberg,and TACS.

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 3

See reactions and reviews for Fantasy Affair.
See reactions and reviews for Meeting on a Street Corner.
See reactions and reviews for The Sugar and Spice Affair.

Issue 4

cover of issue #4

Fruit Cocktail 4 was published in 1994 and is 92 pages long.

  • Dessert by Khylara (MacGyver) (1)
  • Fruit Cocktail by Vonne Shepard (multiple fandoms) (4)
  • The Domino Effect by Denyse Bridger (The Equalizer) (5)
  • The Final Night Affair by Mary Millard (The Man from U.N.C.L.E.) (reprinted in Reclassified Affairs #2) (44)
  • Gentle Reminder by Doreen Tracy (Quantum Leap) (63)
  • Make My Day by Ruth Kurz (Pros/Harry & Johnny) (67)
  • Payback is a Mother by Doreen Tracy (Quantum Leap) (72)
  • Ride 'Em Cowboy by Mandi Kelly (Hardcastle and McCormick) (76)
  • The Safeway Compromise by Leah S. (Starsky and Hutch) (81)
  • Strawberry Blond by Jeannie Marie (Simon and Simon) (82)
  • Truth Games by Theresa Kyle (Starsky and Hutch) (88)

Issue 5

Fruit Cocktale 5 (note the title change) was published in March 2000 and contains 97 pages.

It contains clip art of fruit, and several black and white screenshots.

From the title page: "Mostly, a Sentinel zine... Contains Non-Net Stories."

cover of issue #5
  • Stopping for Apples by Mikasa (The Sentinel) (1)
  • An Angel's Kiss by Suzan Lynne (The Sentinel) (7)
  • A Night in Purgatory by Suzan Lynne (The Sentinel) (19)
  • My Way Home by Rayden Star (The Sentinel) (21)
  • Whip Cream Dream by Pumpkin (The Sentinel) (25)
  • Sometimes a Banana is Just a Banana by Virginia Vaughn (The Sentinel) (31)
  • Returning to Heaven by Suzan Lynne (The Sentinel) (55)
  • The Season by Jane Mailander (The Sentinel) (63)
  • Raspberries 'n Cream by Suzan Lynne (The Sentinel) (67)
  • Yes, We Have No Bananas by Helmboy (The Sentinel) (71)
  • Assistance Rendered by Joana Dey (The Professionals) (77)
  • Certainties by Isabeau (Star Wars (TPM)) (85)
  • Kiwi by Isabeau (Angel) (91)


  1. ^ fan's comments on Virgule-L, quoted anonymously (October 28, 1992)