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Title: Sweet Justice
Publisher: Phantom Press
Editor(s): Christine Jeffords
Date(s): 1985-1987
Medium: print
Fandom: Simon & Simon and multimedia
Language: English
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Sweet Justice is a gen multifandom anthology.

The majority of the content is Simon & Simon, but also Miami Vice, Hardcastle and McCormick, Remington Steele, Forever Knight, Magnum, P.I. and others.

Issue 1

cover of issue #1, Laura Virgil
Laura Virgil
inside back cover of issue #1, Leah Rosenthal

Sweet Justice 1 was published in May 1985 and contains 196 pages. The art is by Laura Virgil, Leah Rosenthal, Mary A. Otten, and Kathy Lachenauer.

From the editorial:

Ever wonder how a zine gets started? This one got started when I became passionately attached to Simon & Simon, and slightly less so to Magnum, P. I., in November of 1983. I was already watching T. J. Hooker and Hardcastle & McCormick, plus Scarecrow & Mrs. King, and I knew, or quickly found out, that all of these, except possibly Scarecrow, had fandoms of their own. I also knew that Knight Rider and Remington Steele had the same. After a while I began to think, "What fandom needs is a good anthology zine devoted to the most popular cop and detective shows." And then I thought, "Well, why not try to do one?"

So I did.

I've been pleasantly surprised by the number of contributions I got, and by the amount of people who've shown an advance interest in buying .the zine. I have hopes that SWEET JUSTICE may become an even hotter item than my SW zine, OUTLANDS CHRONICLES. Rumors getting back to me have hinted that there's a lot of anticipation over this little gem of ours (mine and the contributors'), and I hope it's not misplaced.

Of course, I won't know for sure unless you LoC it. So please do. There will definitely be a SWEET JUSTICE #2: I already have another S&S story by Ann Leonhart, a Hooker adventure by C. G. Crater, and several Judy Darnell poems in hand, plus assorted items promised from people like [Rachelle S], L. A. Carr, S. C. Hall, Jean Thrower, and possibly Lisa Adolf. If anyone reading out there would like to try her hand at writing Simon & Simon, Magnum, Hooker, Steele, Miami Vice, Riptide, Hardcastle & McCormiak, Scarecrow & Mrs. King, Airwolf, Hill Street Blues, Knight Rider, Cagney & Lacey, Mike Hammer, Cover-Up, or Crazy Like a Fox, I want to hear from you! And if, when the new TV season starts in the fall, you find a new series that grabs your fancy (as long as it has to do with cops or detectives, of course), write and let me know about it. I can't publish a zine devoted to popular shows unless I know what's popular!

I want to take this opportunity to thank Leah Rosenthal for coming up with the title of the zine and for serving as Consulting Editor on the shows I don't watch; Cathi Brown and Gennie Summers for the series-title graphics; Ann Crouch for the extremely reasonable print quote; Cindy Shannon, Scott Clark, and all the other zineds and private fans who passed the good word; and, of course, everyone who contributed or bought.
  • Sweet Justice by Anne E. Batterby (Multimedia) (3)
  • An Errand for Laura by Elaine M. Batterby (Simon and Simon) (Laura Miles was an old schoolmate of A.J.'s and she wanted her missing brother found. But was Laura all she seemed to be?) (4)
  • A Matter of Conversion by Jacqueline Taero (Simon and Simon) (16)
  • Shadow of the Heart by Cathy L. Bryson (Hardcastle and McCormick) (19)
  • After-the-Gas-Station Blues by Christine Jeffords (Simon and Simon) (reprinted in The Brothers File) (25)
  • The Stranger in My Mirror by Virginia Tully (Knight Rider) (29)
  • Who is Remington Steele? by Karen L. Mitchell (Remington Steele) (31)
  • Amanda by Sue-Ann Sarick (Scarecrow and Mrs. King) (33)
  • Amnesia by Sue-Ann Sarick (Scarecrow and Mrs. King) (35)
  • Steele in the Night by Stephanie Wardwell (Remington Steele) (37)
  • Namesake by CarolMel Ambassador (Remington Steele) (39)
  • The Waiting Game by Judy Darnell (Simon and Simon) (41)
  • One More Chance by Christine Jeffords (Simon and Simon) (43)
  • Report from the Set by Rebecca Walker (Simon and Simon) (a fan visits the set and tells about it.) (46)
  • A.J.'s Side of the Nightmare by Elaine M. Batterby (Simon and Simon) (48)
  • Ransom for a Hawke by Teresa Sarick (Airwolf) (50)
  • With This Ring, I'll be Dead by Ann Leonhart (Simon and Simon) (An old flame of A.J.'s begs him and Rick for help when her husband disappears from their suite on their wedding night.) (51)
  • Nightmares by Sue-Ann Hartwick (Simon and Simon) (85)
  • Midnight Lament by Stephanie Wardwell (Remington Steele) (87)
  • Riptide Episode Guide by Melinda Reynolds (Riptide) (91)
  • Steele Waiting by Jean Thrower (Remington Steele) 92)
  • Double Edge by L.A. Adolf (Simon and Simon) (missing scene) (95)
  • Cecilia's Lament by Sue-Ann Hartwick (Simon and Simon) (97)
  • Litany by L.A. Adolf (Simon and Simon) (missing scene) (99)
  • Middle Kingdom Steele by Nancy Gervais (Remington Steele) (A mysterious attacker leaves Steele the victim of amnesia; and a cunning murder frame.) (103)
  • The Guessing Game by Jacqueline Taero (Remington Steele) (111)
  • Tug-of-War by Jean Thrower (Simon and Simon) (119)
  • Complaints from Andrew Jackson Simon by Teresa Sarick (Simon and Simon) (120)
  • A (Simon) Dog's Life by Jacqueline Taero (Simon and Simon) (121)
  • Hardcastle and McCormick Episode Guide by Melinda Reynolds (Hardcastle and McCormick) (123)
  • At Least Tonight by Judy Darnell (Simon and Simon) (125)
  • Remembered Steele by Stephanie Wardwell (Remington Steele) (127)
  • Desperado by Lizabeth S. Tucker (Hardcastle and McCormick) (128)
  • Living Shield by Jean Thrower (Simon and Simon) (144)
  • Report from the Set 2 by Rebecca Walker (Simon and Simon) (a fan visits the Simon set during the filming of "Break a Leg, Darling" and "Simon without Simon." and tells what she saw there.) (146)
  • Two Poems by Karen L. Mitchell (Remington Steele) (151)
  • Delirium's Dream by Carole G. Crater (TJ Hooker) (Hooker fights the strangest battle of his career in an effort to save Romano's life. ((also in Hooker! #1 and Shadow Dance #2)) (152)
  • Brothers of the Heart by S.C. Hall (Simon and Simon) (Eight year old A.J. is convinced he's not really a Simon at all, and Rick must help him find his balance.) (156)
  • Rick by S.C. Hall (Simon and Simon) (165)
  • For A.J., My Younger Brother by Jean Thrower (Simon and Simon) (166)
  • For Rick, My Older Brother by Jean Thrower (Simon and Simon) (167)
  • View from a Distance by Ann Wortham (Magnum, P.I.) (Rick Wright struggles to deal with the death of his sister after the events of 'Distant Relative," and is caught up in a strange solo adventure.) (168)
  • San Ysidro: 90 Minutes at McDonald's by L.A. Carr (Simon and Simon) (All Rick and A.J. wanted to do was to stop for a Big Mac... but the date was July 18, 1984 and James Oliver Huberty had gone hunting for humans.) (176)

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 1

The day I received my SWEET JUSTICE, I fixed a pot of coffee, settled in my chair with two cats tor company and read the zine from cover to cover. I don't know when I've spent a more enjoyable afternoon; I got absorbed in several adventures, kept the cat a happy and let the housework take care of itself.

From a reader's point of view I found the percentage of poetry to prose more than acceptable; longer stories with alternating shorter pieces and poetry makes for a well-rounded publication. I won't comment on the individual stories; if I did this letter could be longer than the zine, but the subject matter was well-handled, with good representation of the current favorites. There were few typos, the layout was easy to read, and the artwork was cleanly reproduced. Now, on a more personal level, I want to thank two people: the editor, for accepting my contribution, and the artist for the illustration that accompanied "The Stranper in My Mirror." Leah Rosenthal is a very talented lady who not only writes, but illustrates, both extremely well. As a beginning writer who has trouble drawing a straight lino with a ruler, I really appreciated the fact that she illustrated my effort. She must have read my mind, because her illo was exactly the image I saw when I wrote "Stranger." So, thank you, Leah, for the time and effort you put into our" submission. I may have given it voice, but you gave it image. Your illustration made Michael's soliloquy all the more effective.

And, most of all, thanks to Christine Jeffords for accepting "Stranger." Her willingness to have patience with new writers and her encouragement and suggestions are constructive and welcome. For someone just spreading her wings in active fandom, Christine has been a blessing. [1]
"Break a Leg, Darling"...I liked that. It's fascinating to hear first-hand stuff. "Ransom for a Hawke" has good images. "With This Ring, I'll Be Dead"...it was good, but...a bit too involved, and too much unnecessary detail...I got lost and tangled in detail. Good story though...plot- and character-wise. Loved A. J.'s getting shanghaied by Rick into dressing up as a girl - - Rick' s bride, no less.[2]

First, let me tell you that the "look" of the zine is great—very professional, great artwork, nice printing job and very few typos. (Sorry, I have a tendency to harp on typos—mainly because I'm jealous. I'm a self-taught typist (always peeking at the keyboard, but I do use all ten fingers when typing), and if it weren't for my Smith-Corona erasable cartridge, I'd never get anythinp decently typed. Two typos in an entire zine is like a perfect 10 in Olympic gymnastics to me—an almost unattainable goal, and as I mentioned previously, I'm envious of someone else's typing skills.)

Second, the Simon & Simon stories were all fabulous, but the best story in this zine has got to be "San Ysidro: Ninety Minutes at McDonald's." It was compelling. The writing was very detailed and in the back of my mind I could hear a clock ticking away the minutes until help could arrive. It felt so real because it was someone's real story, or a variation on it. And, yes, the epilogue really hit home—it is all too easy to write off a tragedy as someone else's problem, isn't it?[3]

Christine, I'll be honest, I'm not one for poetry—for related poetry, that is—but I have to make an exception In "After-the-Gas-Station Blues" and especially so for "One More Chance." Both these were emotionally draining and beautifully done. I could feel Rick's despair in "One More Chance," and since I'm very interested in llfe-after-death experiences, I was really intrigued by it. The other poems were good, but these two really touched me.

Lucy, I'm not going to write that mile-long title. You tryin' to give Cannell a run fur his money? I'll just call it "the McDonald's story" and I know everyone will know the one I mean. As I told you in a personal letter, I read this one first. Doesn't everyone start in the middle? Or I should say the end since it's the last story in the zine. You know, the tragedy of this real-life event never hit home to me until someone I "knew" was placed at the scene. You did an excellent job, Lucy, and I felt the horror that the victims that day must have felt. Excellent job! [4]
"San Ysidro: Ninety Minutes at McDonald's": words nearly fail me on this one-- I! was literally glued to the page. I agree with the Postscript completely: a story like this does bring the horror of that terrible event so much closer to us. Gripping, powerful—I don't have enough adjectives. I thought it was very natural that Rick would think all over of Vietnam, during the siege—and that A. J. would think of the racquetball-court disaster. It was also touching how A. J. sort of "reverted," in his delirium—trusting and depending on Rick, as if he (A. J.) was a little boy again —and his ramblings to Rick about "did you ever wish you'd had a little sister?" and Rick's thoughts about all he'd done with A. J. as a kid was a great part of the story for me. Most of all, it was an enlightening experience for Rick—now at least he understands what their mother does go through over them, and even how A. J. had felt helpless and horrified when Rick was in 'Nam. Loved the ending, too. [5]

Issue 2

Sweet Justice 2 was published in May 1986 and contains 236 pages.

front cover of issue #2, K.S. Eaton
back over of issue #2, Ruth Kurz
inside front cover of issue #2, Shayne McCormack
inside back cover of issue #2, K.S. Eaton
From the editor's forward:

I think I see a pattern emerging here...

Hi. Your Faithful Ed. speaking. You know, the first issue I printed of OUTLANDS CHRONICLES was a fairly skinny little thing, done all in full-size type. The second was about half reduction and it was fatter even then. The third was almost completely reduction (except for the poems and one or two quite short stories). Well, here we are with SWEET JUSTICE #2 and it's a good 50% reduction, too! Like I said, I think I see a pattern. I suppose I shouldn't complain. After all, it shows that I'm trusted as an editor and that there's a demand for the kind of zine I publish. And the LoCs you'll find on the next few pages prove that SJ#1 did what it was intended to do—it found an audience, and it pleased the audience it found. I hope SJ#2 does the same.


This seems to have turned into the "Let's Beat on A. J. Simon" issue. I've tried to arrange the layout so it doesn't completely overpower, but as I've said once or twice before, I can only print what gets submitted. So if you find yourself bothered by the preponderance of "gets," all I can say is, write me something that isn't one! I'm now open to submissions for SJ#3, which will premiere at MediaWest*Con 7.


I accept work relating to any current TV series involving cops or detectives; if you're doubtful as to whether your favorite is Included, drop me a quick note with a SASE tucked in, and I'll get back to you as soon as I can. I'm also considering opening the zine to past greats still near and dear to our hearts, such as Starsky & Hutch, The Rockford Files, Tenspeed & Brown Shoe, and the like. But, as this is written, 'considering' is the operative word. How do you, the readers and 'tribbers, feel about the idea? Remember, this is your zine too. Without you, it wouldn't exist. If you want me to expand its focus, I will. Just let me know.

On to specifics. I have have some good stuff here, Including the debuts of a couple of writers I think have imnense potential. We also have a lot of #1's contributors back for repeat engagements. Nancy Gervais returns with an interesting new case for Remington Steele, one I consider particularly fitting for that debonair detective. L. A. Carr, my "little brother" from Florida, whose "San Ysidro" was possibly the most highly acclaimed piece in SJ#1, offers two short Simon pieces: a continuation of the filmed episode "A Significant Obsession" (for all those Simonfen who thought its ending too abrupt) and an original adventure based on her own experience (so she hints to me). Also doubling up is S. C. Hall, whose "Brothers of the Heart" was another great favorite with SJ#1's readers: this time she dips into the inexplicable with a pair of related stories concerning the Simons' encounters with...well, I'd better let you read tiiem for yourselves. Jean Thrower has not only her usual fine poetry but a beautifully moody prose piece about A. J. Simon durlug Rick's service In Vietnam. C. G. Crater sends a second T. J. Hooker adventure, and Liz Tucker, the most prolific known fan of Hardcastle S. McCormick, has produced a telling vignette based on "The Birthday Present" and Mark McCormlck's first kill. E. M. Batterby turns from Simon & Simon to Riptide (and I'm glad to see King Harbor's finest p.i.'s getting some play in these pages) with some all-too-brief filler. Cathy Bryson has SJ's first Moonlighting piece (remember I asked you all to keep me up on what shows generate a fandom?). Also back are several of our poets: Judy Darnell, Sue-Ann Hartwick, the Sarick sisters. Debuting in this issue are no less than four new writers: B. L. Barr, who comes to Simon & Simon fandom by way of Starsky & Hutch and offers here a poem, a vignette, and a touching and timely story set during last year's Vietnam Veterans' Homecoming Day Parade in New York City; Llaura Enright, giving Rick's dog Marlowe a chance to be heroic; Brenda Anders, my own personal favorite S&S author, with a tense and emotional tale of a bank robbery gone awry; and Joan Bass, with "Vigil," one of the more painful and beautiful "gets" I've encountered in my fannish career. We also have Ann Leonhart back for another go-round with "My Brother's Keeper," and Melinda Reynolds, editor of BACK TO BACK, (a highly recommended Hardcastle & McCormick/ Riptide/The Racing Game zine), with an H&M novella that delves deeply into Milt Hardcastle's feelings for his pet parolee...and his parolee's for him. In the faction department, there's an episode guide to the first season of Miami Vice, and a painstakingly detailed rundown of the many players who've appeared two or more times (chiefly in different roles) on Simon & Simon. Then there's a vignette or three, describing which would give the plots away, and the usual reasonably copious art. (I apologize for the unillustrated state of "Pirates and Rain," "Night Visions," and "Night of the Hunters," but nobody seems to draw Hooker, and I just about exhausted the known S&S artists getting what I did.)

I also want to point out the poem on the facing page. Like "Sweet Justice" in #1, it says something about this crazy mixed-media fandom we're all in, and I'd like to continue having one such piece to set the tone for each future issue. So, if anyone out there can come up with a "theme" poem for SJ#3, send it along.
  • Multimedia by Jacqueline Taero (Multimedia) (3)
  • The Mailbox by D. Readers (Letters) (4)
  • Standoff by Brenda A. (Simon and Simon) (19)
  • Cast in Steele by Debra Talley (Remington Steele) (34)
  • Addison vs. Hayes, Round 50 by Cathy L. Bryson (Moonlighting) (36)
  • Easy Time by Sue-Ann Hartwick (Simon and Simon) (41)
  • Give and Take by Sue-Ann Hartwick (Simon and Simon) (42)
  • Trivial Steele by Nancy Gervais (Remington Steele) (43)
  • Brethren by M. Leigh Frank (Simon and Simon) (53)
  • Song of the Open Road by Jean Thrower (Simon and Simon) (54)
  • Waiting by Jean Thrower (Simon and Simon) (55)
  • Words Unsaid by Sue-Ann Hartwick (Moonlighting) (56)
  • Maddie by Sue-Ann Hartwick (Moonlighting) (57)
  • Winter Mist by Judy Darnell (Hardcastle and McCormick) (59)
  • Terror on a Quiet Afternoon by L.A. Carr (Simon and Simon) (60)
  • And Then Noogie Said by Judy Darnell (Miami Vice) (68)
  • A Significant Ending by L.A. Carr (Simon and Simon) (69)
  • Brief Encounter by Elaine M. Batterby (Riptide) (74)
  • Shadow Over My Shoulder by Jean Thrower ( Simon and Simon) (75)
  • Steele in the Family by Debra Talley (Remington Steele) (76)
  • Night Visions by Teresa Sarick (Airwolf) (78)
  • Night Visions by Teresa Sarick (Hardcastle and McCormick) (80)
  • Night Visions by Teresa Sarick ( Remington Steele) (81)
  • Night Visions by Teresa Sarick (Simon and Simon) (83)
  • Night Visions by Teresa Sarick (Riptide) (85)
  • Night Visions by Teresa Sarick (Miami Vice) (86)
  • Steele Here by Debra Talley (Remington Steele) (87)
  • Your Brother's Keeper by Ann Leonhart (Simon and Simon) (88)
  • Journal Entry by Elaine M. Batterby (Riptide) (105)
  • Only in Dreams by Carol Hillman (Simon and Simon) (106)
  • The Loss of Innocence by Lizabeth S. Tucker (Hardcastle and McCormick) (107)
  • Stormy Monday by Teresa Sarick (Simon and Simon) (111)
  • Around the Corner and Down the Street by Judy Darnell (Miami Vice) (113)
  • Letters I by Carlotta Vaughan (Simon and Simon) (114)
  • Letters II by Carlotta Vaughan (Simon and Simon) (115)
  • Just Another Saturday by Rachelle S. (Simon and Simon) (117)
  • Brethren by M. Leigh Frank (Simon and Simon) (119)
  • You Can't Tell a Judge by His Cover by Teresa Sarick (Hardcastle and McCormick) (121)
  • To Fly Like an Eagle by Judy Darnell (Hardcastle and McCormick) (123)
  • Pirates and Rain by B.L. Barr (Simon and Simon) (124)
  • When I Left by Carol Hillman (Simon and Simon) (127)
  • Episode Guide, First Season by Cathy Mason (Miami Vice) (128)
  • Musical Vice by Teresa Sarick (Miami Vice) (131)
  • Cecelia: Reverie by Judy Darnell (Simon and Simon) (133)
  • A Matter of Taste by Teresa Sarick (Simon and Simon) (135)
  • Relative State by M. Leigh Frank (Simon and Simon) (137)
  • Eulogy by Elaine M. Batterby (Riptide) (138)
  • Gray Skies and Deserted Sands by Jean Thrower (Simon and Simon) (139)
  • Racing Along by Teresa Sarick (Hardcastle and McCormick) (147)
  • You Get What You Pay For by Melinda Reynolds (Hardcastle and McCormick) (148)
  • Steele Framed by Debra Talley (Remington Steele) (182)
  • If There be Angels... by S.C. Hall (Simon and Simon) (184)
  • Angel of Mercy by S.C. Hall (Simon and Simon) (189)
  • Vietnam by Carol Hillman (Simon and Simon) (193)
  • Marlowe--a Hero's Tail by Llaura Enright (Simon and Simon) (194)
  • Repeat Players by Regina Dereov, et. al. (Simon and Simon) (200)
  • Night of the Hunters by C.G. Crater (T.J. Hooker) (206)
  • Noon, June, Spoon by Teresa Sarick (Moonlighting) (215)
  • Vigil by Joan Bass (Simon and Simon) (217)
  • Brethren by M. Leigh Frank (Simon and Simon) (240)
  • Repeat Writers and Directors by Christine Jeffords (Simon and Simon) (241)
  • Heroes Delayed, But Not Denied by B.L. Barred (Simon and Simon) (244)


Issue 3

cover of issue #3

Sweet Justice 3 contains 236 pages. It was published in May 1987. It is all Simon and Simon.

  • Victim's All, "Tracy" (8)
  • Inauguration Day by Mysti Frank (27)
  • Brethren by Mysti Frank (28)
  • We Regret to Inform You... by Regnia Marracino (29)
  • Tomato Past(e) by Sue Wells (33)
  • Thoughts in a Cellar by B.L. Barr (36)
  • Interlude by Glenda Young (49)
  • Some Wars are Never Over by E.M. Batterby (41)
  • A Victimless Crime by Laura Enright (42) (What do you do when someone deliberately runs out in front of your car? How do you feel with the guilt and confusion? A.J. had his ways, and so did his brother.)
  • Bad Moon Rising by Judy Darnell (39)
  • Savage Circle by Linda Maclaren (65)
  • Squibs We Might Have Seen (96)
  • Brethren 2 by Mysti Frank (98)
  • Conversations by Glenda Young (99)
  • Image in a Fragmented Mirror by Ann Leonhart (101)
  • A Matter of Face, A Matter of Family by Mary Robertson (108) (Visiting relatives in New Jersey, Rick and A.J. are unwittingly drawn into the trouble of an attractive cousin.)
  • Things My Brother Told Me by Jean Enright (126)
  • Trilogy by Glenda Young (127)
  • The Birthday Present by Amanda Brock (133)
  • American Video by L.A. Carr (138)
  • The Day the Summer Ended by Jean Enright (140)
  • Two Poems by Carol Hillman (141)
  • There Goes the Neighborhood by S.C. Hall (143)
  • A Significant Obsession by Carol Hillman (144)
  • Coincident by Jean Bass (145)
  • Cancelled Flight by Brenda A. (176)
  • Twins by Carol Hillman (181)
  • Foreshadowings by Jean Thrower (183)
  • The Last Summer of Their Innocence by Jean Thrower (199)
  • Matchmaker, Matchmaker by B.L. Barr (209)
  • Confessions by Glenda Young (201)
  • Sounds of Brotherhood by Sandra Hasham (201)
  • Slow Down by Glenda Young (204)
  • Journey into the Past by Brenda A. (243) (Rick and A.J. knew their father had been killed in an auto accident 25 years ago. In fact, A.J. had been with him at the time. But was there more to Jack Simon's death than they had ever guessed?)
  • News from Phantom Press (225)
  • Ads (237)


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