The Penny Paradox

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Title: The Penny Paradox
Publisher: A Penny for Your Thoughts Press
Editor(s): Leni R. Sommer
Date(s): 1986-1987
Medium: print
Fandom: Buckaroo Banzai
Language: English
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The Penny Paradox is a gen Buckaroo Banzai anthology and has art by Bev Martin. All stories in The Penny Paradox that are written in the post-film world take into account that Rawhide is dead and do not try to resurrect him. Some stories that predate the film may have Rawhide in them.

From a distributor, Agent With Style: "Watch Team Banzai do battle with the evil Hanoi Xan! See Perfect Tommy dress in polyester! See Rawhide be put to rest! Follow Reno and New Jersey to a survival seminar in Peru! See Buckaroo help Kirk and Spock save the U.S. Space Program! And maybe find out why that watermelon is still there!"

Issue 1

cover of issue #1

The Penny Paradox 1 was published in 1986 and contains 98 pages. The cover is by Bev Martin and Peggy Spaulding did the other art.

  • Ashes to Ashes, Pt. 1 by Leni R. Sommer and Bev Martin (Rawhide is laid to rest and the Institute must come to terms with his death. Also, Pecos meets Penny Priddy.) (7)
  • A New Twist in the Paradox by Leni R. Sommer (A new intern joins the Institute, plagued by her past and under the spectre of Hanoi Xan's evil. Plus, learn Hungarian swear words.) (17)
  • Obsession by Leni R. Sommer and Bev Martin (Fox, Reno, New Jersey, and Pecos attempt to solve the Penny Paradox with help from beyond the grave.) (43)
  • Ashes to Ashes, Pt. 2 by Leni R. Sommer and Bev Martin (Old ghosts are laid to rest as the adventures of Buckaroo and the Cavaliers begin anew.) (79)

Note: these two pieces appear in a 1985 ad but it is unclear if they are in the finished zine:

  • Brushstroke by Bev Martin (Reno gets a new assistant who quickly learns the ways of the Institute and shows she has a few tricks of her own. Plus: the recipe for Mongolian Lamb.)
  • Hellfire Xan by Bev Martin (Buckaroo and the Cavaliers in a vicious battle against Hanoi Xan and the evil Hellfire Club, aided by a group of uncanny mutants.)

Issue 2

The Penny Paradox 2 was published in 1987 and contains 132 pages. The cover is by Bev Martin.

cover of issue #2
  • The Gemini Affair by Peggy Spalding 6
  • Poetry by April Anderson 16
  • Riddle of the Sphynx by Tamara R. Rincher 21
  • Graffiti from the Johns at Yoyodyne by April Anderson 40
  • Bad Vibes by Leni R. Sommer and Peggy Spalding 42
  • Scenes of the Crime by Leni R. Sommer 62
  • Buckaroo Who? by Leni R. Sommer and Peggy Spalding 81
  • Across the Final Frontier by Leni R. Sommer 108
  • The Buckaroo Banzai Paper Doll by Peggy Spalding 130