Heroes (multimedia zine)

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Zine
Title: Heroes -- the third issue is spelled "Heros" on the title page
Publisher: New Leaf Press (agents)<er> Mkashef Enterprises (agent)
Editor(s): Taerie Bryant
Date(s):
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Medium: print
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Fandom: multimedia
Language: English
External Links: online flyer with story summaries
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Heroes is a slash, occasional adult het, multifandom anthology.

In 1995, a note in Bill Hupe's catalog says, "We agent this fanzine but have permission to print ourselves what we need."

Issue 1

cover of issue #1, Ebon Wood

Heroes 1 is undated and contains 173 pages. Ebon Wood is the front cover artist.

  • The Hero by Deveroux Dane (Various) 3
  • Encounter by Deveroux Dane (Stingray) 4
  • Burnett by Vivian Kane (Miami Vice) 6
  • Crockett by Taerie Bryant (Miami Vice) 7
  • Bayou by Taerie Bryant (Miami Vice) 8
  • Sugar and Spice by Taerie Bryant (Miami Vice) 9 (gen, hurt/comfort)
  • Paperwork by Vivian Kane (Miami Vice) 28
  • Sound of My Voice by Grant Mckeown (Miami Vice) 29
  • Reflection by Taerie Bryant (Miami Vice) 30
  • The Long Dark Hallway by Kate Stone (Miami Vice) 3 (Rico/Sonny)
  • Black Jack by Taerie Bryant (Miami Vice) 40
  • Image by Vivian Kane (Miami Vice) 41
  • Dreaming Falcon by Taerie Bryant (Miami Vice) 42
  • Gold Detective by Taerie Bryant (Miami Vice) 43
  • Before the Fall by Taerie Bryant (Miami Vice) 44
  • Recompense for Madness by Vivian Kane (Miami Vice) 45 (hurt/comfort)
  • After the Fall by Taerie Bryant (Miami Vice) 58
  • Gifted Lover by Taerie Bryant (Miami Vice) 59
  • Crockett by Taerie Bryant (Miami Vice) 60
  • Sirius by Sylvia Travis (The Equalizer) 61 (This story takes place right where the episode, Splinter, leaves off. Enemy agents captured Mickey Kostmayer and attempted to brainwash him into killing McCall.)
  • The Healing Touch by Deveroux Dane (The Equalizer) 77 (McCall/Mickey)
  • Chemistry Lessons by Grant Mckeown (MacGyver) 85 (h/c, sequel is "Final Exam" in issue #2)
  • Avon by Evelyn Green (Blake's Seven) 100 (Avon/Blake)
  • The Beginning by Deveroux Dane (A-Team) 103 (Face and Hannibal meet in war. A Vietnam-era piece about the start of the team. This story is not slash.) (also in A-Team Collection)
  • The Cure by Ebon Wood (Nick Knight) 117 (Nick/Jack)
  • Riggs by Kate Stone (Lethal Weapon) 142
  • Lethal Dreams by Vivian Kane (Lethal Weapon) 143
  • Wiseguy by Grant Mckeown (Wiseguy) 157
  • Anchor by Taerie Bryant (Wiseguy) 158 (McPike/Vince)
  • Loyalties by Deveroux Dane (The Man From U.N.C.L.E.) 161 (Napoleon/Ilya)

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 1

[zine]: ... some of these stories (as shown here) are gen stories or Hurt/Comfort stories. So this is a mixture of stories. I particularly liked Sugar and Spice. The poems in the fanzine are a bit more slashy. [1]
[Hero]: A spy ring is operating out of a psychiatric hospital where government agents with top secret knowledge and mental or drug problems are sent to recover. In order to break up the ring Cowley decides to send Bodie in as a patient but it must look as real as possible. He and Macklin conspire to work B until he's dead on his feet, feed him false information (which B will divulge under interrogation at the hospital), pump him full of tranquilizers and heroin, and get him admitted. Doyle, who has been on separate assignments, is very angry with C for how he is treating B, though D doesn't know about the plan. D rescues B from the hospital. Now that C has proof thanks to B's false info being leaked, the spies are arrested. B is very proud that he never gave away his and D's secret (that they are lovers). B has said that he holds C in such high esteem that he would die for him. When he finds out that C treated him so abominably because it was for a job, he forgives him! D is disgusted with the whole thing and takes B away to a remote beach cottage to help B recuperate with C's blessing." [2]

Issue 2

cover of issue #2, Marilyn Cole and Mark Overby

Heroes 2 is undated and 228 pages long. The front cover is by Marilyn Cole and Mark Overby.

From Media Monitor #34:
More slash! plus some great adult fiction). Included: A sequel to ALIENS, (just ignore that regrettable third movie and read this instead). EQUALIZER- Kostmeyer and Gage/Scott-great story by Denyse Bridger. MIAMI VICE - Castillo's faced with the choice of healing Crockett's split personality or killing him before Burnett takes control. MACGYVER-Sequel to the story, "Chemistry Lessons", printed in HEROES which left Mac as a drug additct. THE PROFESSIONALS-Will Bodie survive Cowley's cruel intrigue? Passsion and peril?
  • Final Exam by Grant McKeown (MacGyver) 2 (Sequel to "Chemistry Lessons" in issue #1 which left Mac as a drug addict.)
  • On Top of Old Smoky by Taerie Bryant (Quantum Leap) 30
  • Beasts of Burden by Deveroux Dane (The Professionals) 37 (Will Bodie survive Cowley’s cruel intrigue?)
  • A Sequel to Aliens by Taerie Bryant (Aliens) 71
  • Broken Bone by Deveroux Dane (Miami Vice) 144 (Castillo’s faced with the choice of healing Crockett’s split personality or killing him before Burnett takes control.)
  • Trust Inviolate by Denyse Bridger (The Equalizer) 183 (Kostmeyer and Gage/Scott)

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 2

[Beasts of Burden]: A spy ring is operating out of a psychiatric hospital where government agents with top secret knowledge and mental or drug problems are sent to recover. In order to break up the ring Cowley decides to send Bodie in as a patient but it must look as real as possible. He and Macklin conspire to work B until he's dead on his feet, feed him false information (which B will divulge under interrogation at the hospital), pump him full of tranquilizers and heroin, and get him admitted. Doyle, who has been on separate assignments, is very angry with C for how he is treating B, though D doesn't know about the plan. D rescues B from the hospital. Now that C has proof thanks to B's false info being leaked, the spies are arrested. B is very proud that he never gave away his and D's secret (that they are lovers). B has said that he holds C in such high esteem that he would die for him. When he finds out that C treated him so abominably because it was for a job, he forgives him! D is disgusted with the whole thing and takes B away to a remote beach cottage to help B recuperate with C's blessing. [3]

Issue 3

cover of issue #3, Sherri Bryant

Heroes 3 ("Heros" on the cover) was published in 1994 and is 171 pages long. On the cover: "A Celebration of Masculine Passion." The cover artist is Sherri Bryant.

From the editorial:
HEROES is getting progressively spicier. This issue is hot! I handled GOLD FEVER with asbestos gloves! That doesn't mean my guidelines have changed. The focus is still on character development, passion, angst, action and suspense. I want the characters to remain true to themselves which makes slash a real challenge. I want what Wendy calls, 'that kick to the gut ' To every writer who rises to the challenge to create masculine passion in media fiction, I offer my heart-felt congratulations. It ain't easy folks, but oh, boy is it fun when it works! The cool thing about fandom is there's something for everyone. I'm trying to create a unique zine full of lusty, compassionate, heroic characters. Luckily, someone already did the hard work of bringing them to life on the screen! ...If you're inspired to write a sensual masterpiece after reading this book , Heroes 4 is open to camera-ready copy. Non-graphic sensuality and emotional suspense is my weakness, but most slash makes me cringe. No dewy-eyed effeminate guys or teddy-bear cuteness please. Go for the gut! I hope this zine gives you, 'that kick.
  • A Billion Angels Screaming by Dovya Blacque (X-Files) 1
  • Sweet Sensation by Deveroux Dane (Miami Vice) 27 (Crockett/Castillo)
  • Code of Honor by Evelyn Green (Battlestar Galactica) 43 (Starbuck/Apollo)
  • Snowblind by Taerie Bryant (Quantum Leap) 58 (Sam/Al, Sam as an albino twin, erotic and eerie.)
  • Q-Uenella by Kate Stone (Star Trek: TNG) 69 (Q and another Q bet on whether Picard would sacrifice Starfleet for love. The results are surprising to all. A Picard/Riker tale.)
  • Etiolate Gods by Taerie Bryant (Quantum Leap) 101 (Sam/Al)
  • Gold Fever by Deveroux Dane (Miami Vice) 130 (Crockett/Castillo)
  • Immortals by Deveroux Dane (Highlander/Forever Knight) 143 (They’re both immortals—dark and romantic.)

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 3

[A Billion Angels Screaming]: It should come no surprise that this is a slash zine. I should start off by saying that I am decidedly not a slash fan, so take what I say with a grain of salt if you happen to be one. There is one X-Files story in this zine: "A Billion Angels Screaming" by Dovya Blayque. When I saw that someone was actually going to slash this fandom, I rather fatalistically assumed it would be Mulder and Deep Throat, so imagine my surprise when it turned out to be Mulder and Mulder. Huh? In this story Mulder becomes split in two in an encounter with a magic mirror. Scully figures out that they need to become "one" again and you can guess what that entails. Totally aside from the rather different premise, the first part of the story is quite amusing. The interactions between the two Mulders and Scully is well handled and brought plenty of smiles from me. I'm sure the slash fans will enjoy the explicit sex in the later half of the story. If you're not into slash, you might enjoy reading the first part of the story and stop when the sex starts. The story is twenty-six pages of large type. [4]
[zine]: I purchased this zine primarily for the Battlestar Galactica stories (kinda hard to find) and I was not disappointed. [5]
[zine]: Hot zine! Provocative, unusual slash themes and writing. Featuring: X-FILES by Dovya Blaque, (Mulder/Mulder! honest!), MIAMI VICE- -Two stories both extra spicy. Crockett/Castillo and ? (One contains strong S&M but it was too cool to pass up). A must read for VICE fans. BATTLESTAR GALACTICA-Apollo/Starbuck, refreshingly original. QUANTUM LEAP-Too weird to explain here, Sam as an albino, twin,' S&M model!?! Erotic as hell. Plus a non-slash QL ghost story sure to delight. ST:TNG--Q is meddling once again. He has a plan to ruin Picard and Riker by making them lovers! Oh. but is it ruin or salvation? HIGHLANDER/FOREVER KNIGHT-They're both immortals, they're both gorgeous.' Need I say more? (Have no fear HL fans! This story is unique! If you love the series, you'll love this story. It's dark and romantic.) Also, PROS, BATTLESTAR and MIAMI VICE poetry! This issue is MUCH more explicit than the first two. [6]

References

  1. from a 2013 eBay seller
  2. The Hatstand, review by metabolick
  3. from Metabolick at The Hatstand
  4. from X-Talk #1
  5. Zine Reccomendations and Reviews;archive is
  6. from Media Monitor