The Striped Tomato (Starsky & Hutch zine)

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Title: The Striped Tomato
Publisher: out of Scotland
Editor(s): Shirley Ann Cowden
Date(s): May 1980 ("first conceived in June 1979")
Medium: print fanzine
Fandom: Starsky & Hutch
Language: English
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cover by Norma Waudby

The Striped Tomato is a gen 84-page Starsky and Hutch anthology edited by Shirley Ann Cowden. Cover by Norma Waudby. There were 100 copies printed. It was titled "v.1" but there was only one issue.

The page size was larger than US standard 8 1/2 x 10.

Submission Request

Shirley Ann Cowden is planning to bring out a STARSKY & HUTCH zine next spring, and is soliciting submissions. She is planning a fairly large zine as she already has an 80-page story of her own for inclusion. She wants drawings, poetry and especially stories. If you are interested in this zine, please contact Shirley, who is also anxious to know just how much interest there is likely to be in this zine. [1]

From the Editorial

I decided to issue this zine after many enjoyable months of reading Zebra 3 The Pits, Me & Thee and many more such excellent showcases for fandom fiction. However, as entertaining and well produced as all these zines were, they all had one major fault in common - they were all written and produced in America by American fans. Now before all you readers over there in the U.S. of A. start to take umbrage, let me make it clear that I have absolutely nothing against America or it's people, (their men in particular - WOW!!) as a matter of fact, the U.S.A. is the land of my dreams, and some of my best friends are American, but being British and proud of it, I felt that it was well past time that we fans over here had the chance to show what we could do. Now, being a basically lazy person at heart, I decided to take the easy way out and let someone else do the dirty (and hard!) work. Month after month went by however, and nothing happened, so I decided that for the sake of British fandom, I would have to take on-the task. Having dabbled in writing S & H stories, I came to the conclusion that although my work was not quite up to the standard of say Bartlett, White and Faddis, it could stand upon its own, and would be a good way to get a zine off the ground. So, I searched, through my work and came up with my best effort ASSIGNMENT: DAVE STARSKY [2] and thus a zine was born! I'm taking this opportunity to issue an invitation to all you fellow fandom writers out there to send in your contributions now for Vol. Two. of THE STRIPED TOMATO. Next time around, I want to include more full length stories, poems and artwork, which unfortunately I've had to cut to an absolute minimal this issue due to high costs and lack of contributions. Send all submissions to me as soon as possible. Before I finish off, I have a few more things I'd like to say. Firstly, apologies to all you Hutchers out there for this very much Starsky orientated edition. This is due to the fact, that Mr. Glaser is my particular favourite and that of my friends, Joan and Jay who also have pieces in this issue but I hope that Vol. Two will be more evenly balanced in that respect. My thanks to Norma, Jane, Ruth, Shirley, Joan and Jay, and all who showed an interest. You may notice that in 'ASSIGNMENT: DAVE STARSKY', I've given Starsky a grandmother and disposed of his mother, this was done to suit the mood of my storyline. Sorry's to the fans of Starsky's mother!



  1. from STAG #38 (December 1979)
  2. This story was originally proposed as a standalone novel.