Heat (multimedia zine)

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Title: Heat
Publisher: Pandora Press, Fenris House
Date(s): 1987-1989
Medium: print
Fandom: multimedia
Language: English
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Heat is a multimedia gen digest-sized anthology with five regular issues and one special issue.

a flyer for the series

All contain art by Frank V. Liltz.

The front covers are identical, and the color varies for each one, making identification of each issue by cover alone impossible.

Issue 1

Heat 1 was published in spring 1987 and contains 92 pages. It was edited by Vicki E. James and Barbara Fister-Liltz and prepared by Judith A. Boguslawski.

front cover of issue #1
sample text from issue #1
  • Portrait: Sean Connery as James Bond — a 25 Year Anniversary Remembrance, by Frank V. Liltz (2)
  • "Scratch 'n' Sniff," fiction based on Moonlighting, by Teresa Sarick (3)
  • "Hawke's Song," poetry and illustration based on Airwolf, by Nancy Gervais (5)
  • Portrait: Sonny Crockett by Frank V. Liltz (6)
  • "The Black Orchid," fiction based on Miami Vice, by Denyse Bridger and Toni Wapner (7)
  • "Correspondence," an open letter to Sherlock Holmes, from Tracy J. Reveis (42)
  • "Archangel: Agent to the F.I.R.M.," poetry based on Airwolf, by Sue Ann Sarick (43)
  • Portrait: A.J. Simon by Frank V. Liltz (44)
  • "One Sunday Afternoon", fiction based on Simon and Simon, by Sue Ann Sarick (45)
  • "Sneak", our resident secret agent by Jayne A. Largent (48)
  • Portrait: Rick Simon by Frank V. Liltz (49)
  • Portrait: The Master by Sheila Paulson (50)
  • The Silence and the Stone by Sheila Paulson (The Master AU) (51)
  • "Heat," poetry based on Miami Vice, by Tristan Wilde (75)
  • "And You Must Be Dorothy," fiction based on Dr. Who and Scarecrow and Mrs. King, by Teresa Sarick (76)
  • "Stingray and A Nameless Mystery", poetry based on Stingray, by Sue Ann Sarick (78)
  • Portrait: Ray Doyle by Frank V. Liltz (79)
  • "Un-Professional Behaviour", satire based on The Professionals by Teresa Sarick (80)
  • "Preminger," poetry based on The Phoenix, Sue Ann Sarick, illo by Jayne A. Largent (81)
  • Portrait: Bodie by Frank V. Liltz (82)
  • "Sometimes 'Gators Got Two Legs," fiction based on Miami Vice by Pat Hailey (83)
  • Portrait: Martin Castillo by Frank V. Liltz (89)
  • "Superspy," rendering by Jayne A. Largent (90)
  • Portrait: Roger Moore as 007 by Frank V. Liltz (91)
  • "Steeled," poetry based on the generic hit man, by Tristan Wilde (92)

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 1

The story that Denyse Bridger and I wrote together — 'The Black Orchid' — finally in print! It was a thrill I will always remember.

Your publication is professionally done, and as a special note, the illustrations by Mr. Liltz are beautiful and add so much!

Thank you for making a part of our dream come true. Though Denyse is more experienced in the writing field, this was my first attempt at writing for television. It was a thoroughly enjoyable experience, and I hope to write more in the future. Of course, seeing 'The Black Orchid' on the small screen would complete the dream, but in the meanwhile, seeing it in print — and so attractively in print! — has made my year! [1]
The first issue of 'Heat' is absolutely beautiful! And I find it necessary to thank your husband Frank for the most beautiful artwork that will ever grace my work! He really has an unmistakable talent for capturing his subjects perfectly! His work is as good and in some instances better than any professional or commercial work I have seen.

I loved the 'Miami Vice' story, 'The Black Orchid' by Denyse Bridger and Toni Wapner. The story was top notch, very well written and thought out with an unexpected ending. The only thing that confused me was the music credits in the beginning of the story. I had expected to see verses of the song scattered throughout the story. [NOTE: These songs were originally intended to be 'accompanying music' to scenes in the story, and the manuscript of 'Heat' submitted to the printer had indicators in the margins denoting where these songs are supposed to "fade in'. However, in the printing process these indicators inadvertently were deleted from the margins. For everyone's information, 'Broken Wings' should come in at about page 30, paragraph 22; 'Don't Let Go' should come in at page 34, paragraph 4. Sorry about that! - Ed.] "Steeled" by Tristan Wilde read like a surprise ending to a complicated detective story. Very good! It seems there's some mighty interesting story behind this poem!

And in closing, I'd like to say that every portrait of Frank Liltz's that appears in 'Heat' is beautiful -- Doyle, Bodie, Castillo, Sonny Crockett, and the two James Bonds. I don't know how he does it but if there's any justice in this world he ought to be able to make a living at it!" [2]
...I have to say something about 'Sometimes, Gators Got Two Legs.' Castillo's reactions to the mysterious night noises were in character, considering his former line of work with the CIA. I liked the line about the shadows in his office suddenly holding danger, the security cruelly changed to 'a place he would no longer trust.' Some of the plot had holes, like why would Martin agree to run a rescue mission for an old friend who was obviously against him now, and when so many things felt 'wrong'. And the Friday 13th gag doesn't seem to belong in Castillo's serious thoughts. No way. But it's a good read and captures the Lieutenant's character very nicely otherwise. Kind of thought Sonny would object to Martin's choice of 'gator hunt, being as his shipmate is Elvis! The Pros portraits are magnificent! I could never decide between those two sunshines! [3]

Issue 2

Heat 2 was published in 1988 and contains 56 pages.

cover of issue #2
  • Correspondence, Letters of Comment (2)
  • Robert McCall portrait by Frank V. Liltz (3)
  • Moonglow — The Morning After, an alternate beginning tale by Joan B. Shumsky (Moonlighting) (4)
  • The Lady and the Yank, poetry from Dempsey and Makepeace by Teresa Sarick, cartoon by B. Fister-Liltz (12)
  • Blood Ties by Sheila Paulson, illustrated by the author (The Master/The Streets of San Francisco) (13)
  • Solitude, poem written and illustrated by Gin Turpin (Airwolf) (14)
  • Ode to Limbo, or Come Back to the Robin's Nest, Tommy Mag, Tommy Mag, poem by Beki Weight, illustrated by Frank V. Liltz (Magnum P.I. (15)
  • The Final Adventure by Tracy Jean Revels (Sherlock Holmes) (16)
  • Now, Everything is New, poem by Teresa Sarick, illustrated by B. Fister-Liltz (Remington Steele) (41)
  • Moonlighting — The Big Finale: an alternate Moonlighting ending tale by Joan B. Shumsky (Moonlighting) (42)
  • 007, cartoon by B. Fister-Liltz (56) (James Bond)

Issue 3

cover of issue #3

Heat 3 was published in 1988 and contains 56 pages.

  • Remington Steele portrait by Frank V. Liltz (2)
  • Miscellaneous Beginnings by Teresa Sarick (Adderly) (3)
  • Stingray cartoon by B. Fister-Litlz (17)
  • The 15 Years Later Affair, poem by Teresa Sarick (Man from UNCLE (18)
  • Dark Hours a Simon and Simon screenplay by Susan Leff (19)
  • illo by Elaine Moertl (51)
  • Warriors: Jack Gretsky -- Martin Castillo, poem by Teresa Sarick (Miami Vice) (52)
  • Callahan portrait by Frank V. Liltz (54)
  • The Wolf and the Dancing Skulls by Pat Hailey (Lone Wolf McQuade) (55)
  • Wild Wild West cartoon by Jayne A. Largent (56)

Issue 4

Heat 4 was published in 1988 and contains 56 pages.

cover of issue #4
  • James Bond portrait by Frank L. Liltz (2)
  • Things Aren’t Always What They Seem by Mary Anne Espenshae, illo by B. Fister Liltz (Airwolf) (3)
  • George Cowley portrait by Gin Turpin (5)
  • Four to Midnight by Kelly Hill (Terminator, character of Vukovich) (6)
  • Habits, poem by Beth M. Lentz (Rockford Files) (17)
  • Morning Angel by Nora Wilson, illo by Cynthia Case (Equalizer) (18)
  • Rockford, poem by Teri Sarick (Rockford Files) (23)
  • Acquittal by Sheila Paulson, a sequel to "Bamboo Flutes" in Melange #7 (The Master) (24)
  • The Name of the Game, poem by Teri Sarick (Name of the Game) (32)
  • Miscellaneous Music, a New Wave satire of Adderly by Teri Sarick (33)
  • Dark Side by Adriane Lewis and Lisa Millraney (Miami Vice) (41)
  • Drought, poem by J.L. Hardin ("a poem to Don Johnson") (53)
  • Six of One, poem by Teri Sarick, illo by B. Fister-Liltz (The Prisoner) (54)
  • Stingray portrait by Frank V. Liltz (55)

Issue 5

Heat 5 was published in 1989 and contains 44 pages.

cover of issue #5
  • Deckard portrait by Frank L. Liltz (3)
  • Vegenance is Mine by Virginia Turpin (Equalizer) (3)
  • McCall portrait by Gin Turpin (23)
  • Slide Zone, by Teresa Sarick (Airwolf/The Professionals) (24)
  • Two of a Kind?, poem by Teresa Sarick (The Pretenders) (28)
  • The Voice by Nora L. Wilson (Equalizer) (29)
  • Castillo: Blake and White, poem by Robin Perrault (Miami Vice) (31)
  • All in the Cards by Nancy Gervais (Airwolf) (32)
  • Agent Provocateur, poem by Denyse Bridger (Equalizer) (43)
  • Nick Randall portrait by Frank V. Liltz (44)

Special Issue

Heat Special Edition was published in 1989 and contains 80 pages.

cover of the special issue
  • an Adderly portrait (1 page)
  • Hydro-Phobia (Adderly) (59 pages)
  • Do You Believe In Magic (Riptide) (16 pages)
  • Control portrait (1 page)
  • Sonny of Miami Vice portrait (1 page)


  1. from an LoC in issue #2
  2. from an LoC in issue #2
  3. from an LoC in issue #2