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Penal Code 1 was published in October 1988 (at ZebraCon) and has 86 pages. On the cover, "No Pun Intended." The art is by Maureen B., J. Jones (two pieces by her are also in Don't Give Up On Us, Baby), Ruth Kurz, Suzan Lovett, Jean C. (back cover), and Debbie Sontag.
- Dust in the Wind by April Valentine (2) (reprinted in The Fix #18)
- Sanctuary by Elizabeth Lowry (7)
- Island by Pat Massie, poem (17)
- First Time, Last Time by Lucy Walk and Cheryl Maier (19)
- Grace Note by Jean Chabot, poem (35)
- Premonition by Lucy Walk (38)
- Equal Measure by Ellen Morris (39)
- Kiss and Make Well by Emily Elizabeth Rochon (43)
- AM/PM by Lucy Walk, poem (44)
- Reprisal by Cheryl Maier (45)
- Wishing Glass by Lucy Walk, poem (60)
- Mark of Cain by Terri Beckett, poem (61)
- Killing Ground by Terri Beckett (62)
- Almost Over by Lucy Walk, poem (85)
Below is a sampling of some of the zine's interior art.
art from issue #1, J. Jones. Hutch sipping wine in his 'greenhouse.' Canon has Hutch growing plants in his apartment. Fans have taken that fact and expanded it to where, as in this story, a few plant shelves are described as a "greenhouse." In spite of the poor image quality, you can see the artist has spent considerable care detailing each plant leaf.
This drawing by Suzan Lovett was intended to illustrate a specific scene in the story: "First Time, Last Time". In the story, Starsky gently cups Hutch's face to comfort him. However, the drawing shows the positions reversed, a printing hazard due to the long lead time between writing the story, soliciting the art and printing the zine in the pre-wordprocessing era. The drawing has Lovett's characteristic embellished border art. (issue #1)
In a hand-written editorial, the publisher announced that she was leaving zine publishing:"My reasons are my own and it certainly isn't because of anyone else. If you've an overwhelming desire to know, come ask me, I'll tell you. Space prohibits here."
- Ebb and Flow by Elizabeth Lowry (1) (illustrated by J. Jones)
- Terry: The Meeting by MRK (7)
- Blue Eyes Give Way to Silent Tears by Jean Chabot, poem (10)
- Eye of the Storm by Theresa Kyle (12) (reprinted in slightly altered form in It's Love, Cap'n)
- Pick Up by MRK (18)
- The Ocean and the Inland Sea by Jean Chabot, poem (21)
- No Place to Hide by Lucy Cribb Walk, poem (22)
- Resurgences by Rosemary (23)
- After Resurgences by Rosemary C. (37)
- Memory by Theresa Kyle (55) (reprinted in The Fix #19)
- Requiem by Cheryl Maier (66)
last page of issue #2, Jean C.
art from issue #2, Suzan Lovett illustrating the story After Resurgences. In the story, Starsky buys Hutch a gold ring and a house, but as gay men, marriage remains beyond their reach. Still, Hutch wears the gold ring on his left hand symbolically. In the drawing Hutch tenderly touches Starsky's face.
Reactions and Reviews: Issue 2
The only thing better about sex games is those fics where you don't really know who's who. Hutch is being picked up in a bar by a stranger after a domestic arguement. Sometimes you go out to find what you need. And it seems like the guy Hutch picked up can fit the bill just perfectly. Don't worry, the twist at the end makes up for any doubts you might have.
- a 2003 comment at Crack Van