The Lost Jedis (Star Wars zine)

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Title: The Lost Jedis
Publisher: Stargazer Press
Editor(s): Janice Liedl
Date(s): 1981-1982
Medium: print
Fandom: Star Wars
Language: English
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The Lost Jedis is a gen Star Wars anthology published by the fan club of the same name. The zine was available to club members for the cost of postage and printing.

It had a sister zine, a newsletter, called Alliance Contact.


This is an amateur publication, and does not intend to infringe upon the copyrights held by Lucasfilm, Limited, (Ghu bless'em) or any other;'holders, of STAR WARS copyrights, (namely Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation). If I've forgotten anybody, don't worry, you're included.

Issue 1

front cover of issue #1, Janice Liedl
back cover of issue #1, Janice Liedl

The Lost Jedis 1 was published in August 1981 and contains 63 pages.

The front and back covers are by Jance Liedl. The interior art is by Eileen Parkman, Rena Leith, Elaine Griffin Wefer, Mary Hagen and Janice Liedl.

One hundred copies were printed. The editor mentioned her gratefulness to a local university for giving her a job in food service for the summer, as that is how she had enough money to print the zine.

From the editorial:

detail from the editorial

Greetings! Here is the first issue of THE LOST JEDIS. It's also my first real fan zine, an experience both enjoyable and addicting.

I could enumerate all the difficulties I en countered in the making of JEDIS, or rejoice over the mainy new friends I found. Instead, I'll explain the inconsistency in the title that is probably already bothering you, (or at least niggling in the back of your mind!) Yes, the "s" in JEDIS is, according to popular belief, grammatically unsound. Be that as it may be, THE LOST JEDI has a certain drawback, specifically, repeated wisecracks from more mundane friends to the effect that "Yeah, Luke isa lost cause!" Being a passionate Luke-fan, (also a passionate Hamill-fan) I hastened to add the "s" to make the title undeniably plural. In addition, it opened up the way for more generic Jedi stories, a definite plus, in my books.

There might be some complaints about the lack of reduction and offset in the printing. I make no apologies for utilizing the xerox 9500, which is equal in quality to any offset I've found, and much cheaper. My intention is to provide as good a quality zine at the cheapest price it can be had. 1 do regret that I did not plan for reduction when I began the zine. Suffice it to say that I intend to remedy that for the second issue. Artists, take note, reduction will cause the full page size to hit 11" X 111-" pre-reduction, so artwork should expand accordingly, if you want it to be easier on me and my printer!

The page count dropped a bit as I entered the final days, due to a final draft story that got lost in the mails, and a few illustrators backing out. Much of the art in this issue was done by yours truly, in the last days before the zine went to press, not an experience I'll want to repeat. In other words, interested artists are

encouraged to send fillos or portfolios if they want to illo a story. Writers are also eagerly solicited, I'd like to get at least 100 pages for issue 2, with reduction.

  • Lady of the Knight by Janice Liedl (3)
  • Editorial (4)
  • Give My Regards to Solo, filk to the tune of "Give My Regards to Broadway, by Eileen Eldred and Melissa Limbacher (7)
  • Sing a Song of Rescue, filk to the tune of "Sing a Song of Sixpence," by Eileen Eldred and Melissa Limbacher (7)
  • The Night the Roof Leaked by Sylvia Stevens (8)
  • Decision of a Jedi Knight, poem by Diana Romero (10)
  • I'll Be Back by Rena Leith (11)
  • Last of the Jedi, filk to the tune of "Rocky Mountain High," by Janice Liedl (29)
  • Subversive Limericks by Bev Spindler (30)
  • Turmoil, poem by Eileen Eldred (36)
  • Promise of the Jedi, poem by Sylvia Stevens (37)
  • How to Become a Corellian Pirate (or Look Just Like One!) by Janice Liedl (an article about costuming) (38)
  • The Dark Lord I Hate, filk to the tune of "On the Street Where You Live," by Melissa Limbacher (42)
  • The Battle from Afar by Janice Liedl (44)
  • Star Travel, poem by Anna Romero (60)

Issue 2

front cover of issue #2, by J.R. Dunster
back cover of issue #2, Anne Davenport
flyer for issue #2

The Lost Jedis 2 was published in March 1982 and contains 128 pages.

The art is by J.R. Dunster (front cover, interior), Eileen Eldred, Anne Davenport (back cover, interior), Elaine Wefer, Chris Cloutier and Janice Liedl.

From the editorial:

Somewhere along the line, something went wrong. There I was, a quiet non-offensive fan, then, ka-blooey! A zine came upone me. Ever since, I've found my life disrupted by wild-goose chases for copy correction fluid, over-size typing paper, and money. Please, never put out a zine in the confines of a dorm room, it can be very frustrating... Beyond all that, this ish has been a lot of fun. There are a couple of stories in here that will probably engender a lot of hate, not to mention disgust, mail. So what. I thrive on controversy. (And mail is delivered to my home address, not the dorm, tee hee!) So, please, write me a letter of comment on this ish!

  • Revenge of the Typewriter by le editor
  • The Scapegoat by Alma Hedrick (1)
  • Who Am I?, poem by Sally Smith (20)
  • The Star Wars Primer by Eileen Eldred and Rita Accurso (21)
  • Jedi Vow, poem by Diana Romero (24)
  • The Teachings, poem by Bev Spindler (24)
  • Honor Dim, Honor Bright by Janice Liedl (25)
  • Leia's Lament, filk to the tune of "My Bonnie," by Bev Spindler (46)
  • Shared Sorrow, poem by Sally Smith (48)
  • Three's a Crowd by Rena Leith ("AUTHOR'S NOTE: This story took a different turn than I expected, so I felt I should explain. I care about Han Solo. I did not kill him off for kicks. I feel that there is a very real possibility that George Lucas will kill Han off to remove the impediments to Luke's relationship with Leia. I reached this conclusion after watching Empire approximately twenty times and reading and watching interview material attributed to Lucas. Consider this an ,,alternate universe]] story. I do. Han will be back alive and well in my next story. After seeing Blade Runner at the world premiere in Denver and standing three feet from Harrison Ford (yes, he's even more handsome in person), I have to keep writing about Han. And I will even if George kills him off!") (49)
  • Once There Was a Republic by Michael Rightor (58)
  • Touch Me Cooly by Eileen Eldred (69)
  • Sing a Song of Jedis, poem by Bev Spindler (72)
  • Leia Makes Her Blaster Talk, filk to the tune of "Baby Makes Her Blue Jeans Talk," by Janice Liedl (73)
  • Perchance to Dream by Kerri Smithline (74)
  • Zen and the Art of Yoda, meta by Izzy Guerriere (92)
  • Limerwit by Bev Spindler (94)
  • Lost Princess of Alderaan by E.D. Adams (95)
  • And So It Has Ended by Melissa Limbacher (99)
  • Three Jolly Jedis, filk to the tune of "Three Jolly Coachmen," by Rena Leith (124)
  • Plug 'n Chug (zine ads) (126)