The Old Republic Reader

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Zine
Title: The Old Republic Reader
Publisher: Gundark Press out of San Francisco
Editor(s): editor: Suzy Sansom, co-editors at various times: Nola Caulfield and Alice Willis
Type: newsletter
Date(s): 1982-85
Frequency: quarterly
Medium: print
Fandom: Star Wars
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The Old Republic Reader is a gen Star Wars newsletter that was published quarterly. There are ten issues, each issue contains about 20 pages of "computer-typed", illoed fiction, poetry, cartoons, LoCs, reviews, comics and art.

From a Flyer

From a flyer in Antithesis #20 (October 1982):
THE OLD REPUBLIC READER will make its debut as the newest addition to the galaxy of SW fanzines in early December 1982. This projected 20 pp. zine will consist of fannish contributions including filk, artwork and short stories pertaining to the saga. At this time we are searching for fans to lend their talents to TORR by contributing poems, stories, fan letters and art. If you are interested please mail a copy of your work for consideration and a SASE for returned work GUNDARK PRESS AND GRAPHICS, Suzy Sansom, [address redacted]. TORR is published quarterly at $1.75 an issue or a yearly subscription rate of $5.00. Checks payable to Suzy.

Issue 1

The Old Republic Reader 1 was published in December 1982 and contains 20 pages.

From a 1983 ad:
THE OLD REPUBLIC READER #1: a publication of Gundark Press, is now available. This 20 page zine consists of Star Wars related fiction and artwork. Contributions for issue #1 included The Big Mac Strikes Back, a parody by Levijoki, E.T. album reviews by Buchtel, In The Wind, a vignette by I Scheherazade, and TONS more. TORR is printed quarterly via offset.

Issue 2

The Old Republic Reader 2 was published in 1983.

Issue 3

The Old Republic Reader 3 was published in 1983.

Issue 4

The Old Republic Reader 4 was published in 1983.

Issue 5

The Old Republic Reader 5 was published in December 1983, contains 20 pages, and includes exclusive photos of Mark Hamill in New York.

cover of issue #5
  • Lone Warrior, poem by Barbara Trimble (2)
  • After the Celebration, fiction by Sherri L. Smith, illo by Yvonne Zan
  • One Good Turn Really Deserves an Even Better One, fiction by Nola Caulfield, illo by Suzy Sansome (5)
  • Return of the Dialogue, part two, album review by Bob Buchtel (11)
  • Leia Organa: The Early Years, part ten by Lalaith Randirwen (11)
  • Mysterious Black Knight, poem by Barbara Trimble (14)
  • word search (14)
  • Trip to Lannes, comic strip (15)
  • photos of fans and Mark Hamill (16)
  • Mark: Kiss Me or Die, accounts of a Mark Hamill Encounter (17)
  • From a Certain Point of View, fiction by Loraine F. Birch (18)
  • Zine Ads (19)

Issue 6

The Old Republic Reader 6 was published in March 1984 and contains 15 pages.

cover of issue #6
inside page from issue #6
  • From the Gundark Hole, editorial (1)
  • Return of the Jedi Elimination Quiz by Marci Erwin (1)
  • word search puzzle by Lynda Vandiver (2)
  • Album Review: SW/Mission to Ord Mantell (2)
  • The Battle Inside, poem by Sherri L. Smith (3)
  • When Duty Whispers Low, fiction by Barbara Trimble (3)
  • Darth Vader: Villain or More?, essay (8)
  • Poor Boba, poem (9)
  • Remain Free, poem by Sherri L. Smith (10)
  • Leia Organa: The Early Years, part 11, fiction by Lalaith Randirwen (10)
  • Trip to Lannes, comic (12)
  • The Death Star, poem by Barbara Trimble (13)
  • Obituaries, humor (13)
  • Believer, fiction by Dawn Goto (14)
  • Zine Ads (15)
  • Star Trap, fiction by Joe Scriff (15)

Issue 7

The Old Republic Reader 7 was published in June 1984 and contains 20 pages. It contains an interview with Ken Colley who played Admiral Piett.

cover of issue #7
sample interior from issue #7
  • From the Gundark Hole, editorial (1)
  • Word Search Puzzle by Lynda Vandiver (2)
  • Trip to Lannes, comic strip (3)
  • Ken Colley, interview by Shaun Dawkins (4)
  • Should Ewoks Be Given Ghetto Blaster?, album review by Robert E. Buchtel (6)
  • Leia: Aspiring Jedi, filksong to the tune of "Faithfully" by Journey, words by Ruth Iverson (7)
  • Welcome to the War, fiction by L.A. Carr(7)
  • Darth Vader's Vow, poem by Alazar Templeton (9)
  • Sooner or Later, fiction by Nola Caulfield (10)
  • Leia Organa: The Early Years, chapter 12, fiction by Lalaith Randirwen (16)
  • Rebel Credit, filksong to the tune of "Greenback Dollar," words by Lynne Terry-Hicks (17)
  • Star Wars Number Quiz, game by Marci Erwin (18)
  • Zines and Ads (18)

Issue 8

The Old Republic Reader 8 was published in September 1984 and contains 20 pages. Half the issue was dedicated to Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.

cover of issue #8
  • From the Gundark Hole, editorial (1) (focus on The Official Star Wars Fan Club's presence at WorldCon)
  • Leia Organa: The Early Years, chapter 13, fiction by Lalaith Randirwen (2)
  • untitled poem by Shawn Mullen (3)
  • Raiders Fine Point Quiz by Marci Erwin (3)
  • The Day I Met Harrison Ford and Steven Spielberg, article by Vicky Lawrence (4)
  • untitled poem by Shaun Mullen (5)
  • May 25, 1983, poem by Sherri L. Smith (5)
  • Pandemonium, word search by Lynda Vandiver (5)
  • I Love You, Too, Indiana Jones fiction by Dawn Goto (6)
  • Anakin Skywalker, word search by Lynda Vandiver (8)
  • Goes Around, Comes Around, Star Wars fiction by Nola Caulfield (9)
  • Summertime Soundtracks, album reviews by Robert E. Buchtel (13)
  • C3PO's Lament, poem by Sherri L. Smith (14)
  • Trip to Lannes, comic strip (15)
  • IJTTOD Royal Premiere, articles by Shaun Dawkins and Michael Stubbington (16)
  • Quo Vadis, Lord Vader?, poem by Alazar Templeton (18)
  • Zines and Ads (19)

Issue 9

The Old Republic Reader 9 was published in December 1984 and contains 20 pages. Art by Suzy Sansom, F. Mao, B. Matul, and Yvonne Zan.

cover of issue #9
  • From the Gundark Hole, editorial (1)
  • Space Spats, Episode VI, Return of the Mud Pies, parody by H.S. Levijoki and Suzy Sansome (2)
  • Vader and the Death Star, poem by Alazar Templeton (9)
  • Trip to Lannes, comic strip (10)
  • Leia Organa: The Early Years, chapter 14, fiction by Lalaith Randirwen (11)
  • Bookends, fiction by Nola Caulfield (12)
  • Things I Did Last Summer, album reviews by Robert E. Buchtel (15)
  • To the Dark Side, poem by Alazar Templeton (17)
  • Zines and Ads (17)
  • Puzzle Page by Lynda Vandiver (19)

Issue 10

The Old Republic Reader 10 was published in 1985 and contains 19 pages.

cover of issue #10
  • From the Gundark Hole, editorial (1) (the editor, Suzy, thanks her co-editors for picking up a lot of work during a tough time -- she also says the zine hasn't been getting enough tribs to publish four times a year)
  • The Christmas Present, poem by Shaun Mullen (2)
  • In Transit, fiction by Barbara Brayton (2)
  • What Price to Be Paid?, poem by Bev Lorenstein (3)
  • Bedtime Story?, fiction by Lynda Vandiver (3)
  • Metamorphosis, fiction by Lorraine Birch (4)
  • Temple of Doom Name Game by Marci Erwin (5)
  • Harrods Salutes Return of the Jedi, article by Shaun Dawkins and Michael Stubbington (6)
  • Requiem for a Fallen Warrior, poem by Davey O'Broder (6)
  • The Buena Vista Series Explained, tie-in book reviews for children by Robert E. Buchtel (7)
  • Afternoon, fiction by Marie Antoine (8)
  • Nocturnal Activies, game by Lynda Vandiver (9)
  • Stardreams, poem by Dawn Goto (9)
  • After Jedi, May 29, 1983, poem by Margaret Lynn Stewart (9)
  • The Card Game, fiction by Ann Wortham (10) ("another story in 'The In-Laws Series.'... takes place in an alternate universe. Anakin Skywalker did not fall to the Dark Side in this universe.")
  • Han Solo, Biographical Information, article by Beth M. Lentz (13)
  • Zines and Ads (15)
  • Trip to Lannes, comic strip (17)
  • Leia Organa: The Early Years, chapter 15, fiction by Lalaith Randirwen (18)