9. Yep, This Oughta Save it.
Antimatter #2, December 1968
Star Trek was never not on the verge of cancellation, and a lot of the fan mobilization was done via 'zines. Also, I just really like the graphic design of this cover. Which isn't to say I don't appreciate messy covers...
10. A Little Bit of Everything.
Captain's Log #1-ish, December 1968 / January 1969
Artist: Scott Sabath
No, really, it was called Captain's Log, never mind the lack of those words on the title. And, again, not a big boost to Shatner's ego, what with Nimoy right there in the middle. The reason it looks like it was drawn by a 12 year-old is 'cuz it was in fact drawn by a 12 year-old. Pretty good for a 12 year-old, all things considered. And, another tribble cameo.
11 - 12. Again with the Ears!
The Voyages 1, 1971
If I were to try to quantify how much joy this picture brings me, I would fail in the attempt. So, I won't. Suffice it to say, lots and lots and lots of joy.
This is not the only Spock-in-a-bunny-costume to appear in a fanzine; another one appeared on the cover of Engage! #13, April 1992. The artist was Zaquia Tarhuntassa.
While it's far a more technically accomplished picture, it doesn't quite have the same charm. All the same, at least two Spock-in-a-bunny-costume pictures appeared in 'zines, and for my money, that makes the world a better place.
13. A Brave Little 'Zine Whom We All Admire.
Bags End Gazette, Summer 1972.
"The Ballad of Bilbo Baggins" in 1968 was not the end of the Spock and Tolkien connection; around that same time, the first issue of Bags End Gazette was published by There and Back Again, "a fan club for Leonard Nimoy run completely by Hobbits," an offshoot of the Leonard Nimoy Association of Fans. It was still going strong in 1972, though the fridge-magnet illustration indicates that they were running out of cover ideas.
14. Before There Was Obama As Spock...
Beta Lyrae, 1974.
Artist: Karen Flanery
15 - 19. The Ship's Doctor.
Enterprise #1, April 1984
Artist: Tom Holtkamp
When a colleague of mine discovered the IDW comic series Assimilation2, he tweeted something to the effect of "A Doctor Who / Star Trek crossover?!?!? KILL ME NOW." It seemed a rather extreme reaction to me, both because I don't really do the "pop culture outrage" thing, and because a Who crossover had already been done 30 years ago. (But that's, like, history and stuff!) "The Doctor and the Enterprise" wasn't officially licensed like the IDW series, of course. Originally published in 1981, the story was reprinted a couple times before it appeared in Enterprise, and Enterprise itself was far more professional and less DIY than most of the other 'zines in this list. In fact, it almost doesn't qualify, being more on the Starlog end of the scale, but what the heck. Holtkamp's illustrations are worth it.
Here, he perfectly nails the style of Mad's great Mort Drucker.
This final illustration has nothing to do with Doctor Who, and I'm not sure who the artist is, but it tells you everything you need to know about how popular Garfield was in the mid-1980s. (I may or may not have had a Garfield poster on my bedroom wall around that time.) And the Stooges will never die.
Curiously, I didn't come across any Star Wars crossover art. Maybe next time, when I look at Star Wars 'zines.
Previously by Sherilyn Connelly: