Just Deserts

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Title: Just Deserts
Publisher: Ashton Press
Editor(s): Ann Wortham
Date(s): 1985-1987
Medium: print
Fandom: Rat Patrol
Language: English
External Links: online flyers
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Just Deserts is a gen Rat Patrol fiction and art anthology.

Issue 1

cover issue #1, art by Laura Virgil
a flyer for issue #1, printed on the back of Southern Seven #1
a flyer for issue #1, printed in Far Realms #7

Just Deserts 1 was published in November 1985 and has 128 pages. Cover by Laura Virgil. Art by Mary Otten, Laura Virgil, Dani Lane, and Vicki Brinkmeir.

200 copies were printed.

Summaries below from the flyer.

  • From Behind the Fifty (2)
  • From the Driver's Seat (3)
  • The Sweet Dreams Raid by Lorraine Bartlett ("Troy is having a hard time dealing with conflicting feelings toward Dietrich and matters can only get worse when his worst nightmare begins to come true." Another summary: "Dietrich is really sick of the Rat Patrol wiping out his men and blowing up his supplies and machine gunning his trucks and—well, you get the idea. Dietrich is going to do something about it") (4)
  • The Need For Faith Raid by Linda Knights ("The patrol is faced to leave an injured Moffitt behind when duty calls. Of course, they get into trouble.") (some sequels appear to be in The G-2 Files) (68)
  • The Ashes to Ashes Raid by Cathy Bryson & Carol Jenkins ("The Rat Patrol return to North Africa many years after the war to pay tribute to Moffitt's father.") (28)
  • The Sons of the Desert Raid by Diane Farnsworth (34)
  • The Thicker Than Water Raid by L.A. Carr (42)
  • The Nightmare Raid by Allen Quale ("Hitchcock just can not stay out of trouble lately. Only this time, it's defiantly not his fault... Will Sam Troy be able to live with the fact that it is not his fault?") (52)
  • A Is For Arab by N.D. Jones (89)
  • For The Love of the Homeland by CarolMel Ambassador (91)
  • The Fedora Raid by Susan Hall ("Bet you can't guess who the fedora belongs to?") (crossover with Indiana Jones) (92)
  • Honored Opponent by CarolMel Ambassador (101)
  • The Mirror Twin Raid by Diane Farnsworth ("Dietrich and Troy are more alike than either would like to admit.") (102)
  • Unspoken Agreement by CarolMel Ambassador (117)
  • The Tea and Crumpets Raid by Susanne McGhin ("Moffitt finds some unusual help when he is lost in the desert with the German army surrounding him.") (111)
  • The Friend Indeed Raid by L.A. Carr ("Poor Mark Hitchcock in in trouble again, only this time a stranger comes to his aid.") (118)

Issue 2

cover of issue #2, Lori Brown
flyer for issue #2

Just Deserts 2 was published in February 1987 and is 113 pages long.

The interior illos are cartoons by Colleen Winters.

NOTE: Issue #1's flyer said "Aftermath" by Allen Quale would appear in this issue, but it did not.

Contains stories in the The Need for Faith series by Linda Knights.

  • From Behind the Fifty (2)
  • Letters of Comment (3)
  • Merry Christmas, Sarge by D.C. Gerhart (Hitch and Tully surprise Troy for Christmas) (8)
  • The Time of Testing Raid by Linda Knights (9)
  • As The Twig is Bent by Marcia Brin (A hitman awaits the chance to assassinate Senator Sam Troy.) (38)
  • Common Paths, poem by CarolMel Ambassador (39)
  • The Doctor is in Raid by JoLynn Horvath (When Dietrich is seriously wounded in a battle, his sergeant takes him to an aid station run by a Swiss neutral--where he encounters the Rat Patrol.) (40)
  • Enemy by Name by CarolMel Ambassador (A moment out of the episode in which Dietrich blinds Troy.) (62)
  • The Aryan Raid by L.A. Carr (Sequel to "Thicker than Water Raid". A Nazi scientist captures and brainwashes Aryan-looking enemy soldiers to be good Germans -- and he captures Mark Hitchcock.) (64)
  • Not Quite an Enemy, Not Quite a Friend by JoLynn Horvath (Troy and Dietrich reflect on their relationship, whatever it may be.) (71)
  • Assurance, poem by CarolMel Ambassador (73)
  • In Definition: A Traitor by Linda Knights (74)
  • The Cross Country Raid by Colleen Winters (With his men ailing in a camp behind enemy lines, Dietrich must find an original way to get medicine to them.) (96)