Jedi Quarterly

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Title: Jedi Quarterly
Editor(s): Jane L. Dusek & and Jane M. Kaufenberg
Date(s): 1981-1982
Medium: print
Fandom: Star Wars
Language: English
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cover issue #1, Marsha Marshall. From the zine's editorial: "Our beautiful cover was lost and then redone by Marsha Marshall: another new body to fandom. We benefit!"
back cover of issue #1, artist is Kelly Hill titled "Turn to the side and look lethal."

Jedi Quarterly is a Star Wars gen anthology.

Despite its title, it was published twice, each issue a year apart.

Issue 1

Jedi Quarterly 1 was published in Spring 1981 and contains 198 pages.

[from the editorial by Jane Kaufenberg]: We did It !!!! A year and a half behind, but as I write this the end is in sight. Off to Erik's for printing and then, hopefully, done in time for MediaWest Con.

I could almost write a long list of 'how not to put together a fanzine,' but I won't be that boring, and I'm sure that someone else has already written it. What I will mention are these little pointers: a) Don't collect SASEs before you start collecting material. b) Don't give your artists a rush order and not send them the stuff they are supposed to be illoing.
  • Frankly, Your Worship by Mary Jean Holmes (2)
  • Editorial by Jane Dusek (3)
  • Publishertorial by Jane Kaufenberg (4)
  • Just When You Thought It Was Safe by Margo Wick (5)
  • In His Master's Likeness by Pat Stanley, art by Angelamarie Varesano and Pat Stanley (6)
  • The Great Paternity Suit, essay about whether Darth Vader is really Luke Skywalker's father by J.M. Kaufenberg, art by Mary Jean Holmes ("I personally believe Vader is lying.") (67)
  • Leavetaking by Nan J. Burridge, art by Todd Hamilton ("Nan Burridge's short is part of a huge collection called "Lines of Force" that she, Marj Ihssen and I are working on. You guys are warned - the rest is gonna hit print soon.") (70)
  • Song for the Sith by Candace Wiggins (74)
  • Legacy by Tracy Duncan (75)
  • Promise by Neset of Tamera (77)
  • Two Red Moons Over the North Dune Sea by Timothy Blaes, art by Carol MacPherson (78)
  • A Han Solo Portfolio, art by Teanna, song and calligraphy by Gatonpaulis of the Whills (104)
  • His Terrible Swift Sword by Candace Wiggins, art by Carol MacPherson (110)
  • When Shadows Blood by Jim Green (112)
  • A Jedi Prayer/Jedi Litany, art and poetry by Wendy Banks (113)
  • A Special Friendship by Jane Freitag (117)
  • The Last Monarch by Sharon O'Leary and Joanne Erhardt, art by Linda Yamashiro (118)
  • Yellow Pages (200)
  • Turn to the Side and Look Lethal by Kelly Hill (back cover)

Issue 2

cover of issue #2, Jai Dixit

Jedi Quarterly 2 was published in Spring 1982 and contains 104 pages.

  • Un, George by Marj Ihassen (2)
  • Editorial by Jane Dusek (3)
  • Editorial by Jane Kaufenberg (4)
  • Tibanna Gas by Lee Reynolds and Cat Stevens (5)
  • Finish this Story by Tim Blaes, art by Marj Ihssen (6)

Lines of the Force:

  • Introduction by Marj Ihssen (8)
  • Timeline by Ye Publishers (9)
  • Debt of Honor by N.J. Burridge, art by Tom Artis (10)
  • The Hunt by N.J. Burridge, art by Todd Hamilton (20)
  • Chance Encounter by Marj Ihassen, art by Tom Artis and Mart Ihassen (28)
  • Tatooine, poem and art by Marj Ihassen (55)
  • Would You Believe by Marj Ihassen, art by Tom Artis (56)
  • Graduation by N.J. Burridge, art by Tom Artis (63)
  • You Scruffy-Looking Nerfherder by Marj Ihssen, art by Todd Hamilton (63)
  • How to Write a 'Revenge of the Jedi' Script by Lee Reynolds (100)

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 2

Once in a while, the reader comes across a bit of genuine serendipity that makes reading endless reams of mediocre fanlit worth it all. Jedi Quarterly is an unassuming little item that has been sitting in my pile of zines-to-read-when-I-have-time for months, disguised by its poor reproduction as a mild-mannered typical collection of lo-grade action reruns and Mary Sues. Instead, upon being read, it stripped off its glasses to emerge from the phone booth as Superzine: one of the best-written and most enjoyable efforts I've seen. Virtually the entire collection is the work of N.J. Burridge and Marj Ihssen, who introduce the "Lines of Force" universe and a new character named Jal Keir, who is without question the most original, interesting, and exciting fan-created protagonist to come along since his Excellency Andrej Koscuisko. The easy, fluent style of the writing does justice to plots that are in the best pulp tradition of exotic locales and fast action, like Star Wars itself, yet well-enough done to evoke all the Sense o[ Wonder and Suspension of Disbelief we all read the genre for. Jai himself (like his supporting cast) is vivid and different enough to stand as a memorable individual universal to be recognizable as a fictional type who hits all the proper resonances of the romantic outlaw figure of spy stories, westerns, and the best classic sf. The authors know exactly what they are doing, too; their other major original character, Thena Tilwitter (in one of the nicest bits of tongue-in-check humor ever in [fanfic) not only serves as a Mary-Sue-with-class who gets to repair the doubletalk generators (NOT with a bobbypin) and lay the delightful Jal, BUT in her spare time, writes Jai into her space-opera serics "Rocky Spaceranger". This is fan writing of rare quality indeed. Nor is the author's ability fined to one set of characters. "Graduation" Burridge proves to the ONLY fan writer since Susan Matthews to produce completely believable professional military. She shows the humanity of good career officers, their contempt for useless brutality and inept leadership, as well as their pride in their job and their appreciation of a good commander. Here too, as a final crowning touch, the author succeeds in getting Darth Vader absolutely in character, with all his coldly ruthlessness, but also the rational intelligence, dignity, and brilliant tactical ability he shows in the original movies. This Vader makes sense in terms of the Lucas character, in terms of plausible human psychology. The final SW version of Mad-Libs by Lee Reynolds is not to be missed, either; it had me rolling on the floor with laughter. The art in this issue suffers seriously from the inferior reproduction. Most of the illos, particularly those by Tom Artis, are clean and expressive action drawings which complement the written material admirably, and I wished they had been printed well enough to do them justice. What more can I say, except run, do not walk, to your postbox today to order a copy of Jedi QuarterLy #2. Grade: A. [1]
Some of the more memorable SW characters I've read about were in a zine a few years ago (JEDI QUARTERLY?). The heroine was an independent spacer who paid for fuel by writing lurid romances and eventually got involved with a sexy bounty hunter. It was supposed to be part of a cycle, but I've never found any of the other stories, *sigh*. It was a great story, and none of the "regulars" to be found, either! [2]


  1. from Jundland Wastes #12
  2. from Southern Enclave #16