Legends - The First Five Years Part 3
"Issues 21 -
by Marcus Pan
Legends continued on, finishing off the year of 1992
and rolled into 1993 and beyond. More than once I've contemplated and mentioned
my possible ending of the magazine. Statements of this type were met with
antipathy, contempt, denial and the muttered words of "You couldn't just stop.
Legends is part of your life." Whether it be for the fortunate or
unfortunate reasons, they were right and still are today.
Issue 21 was the two-year
anniversary of Legends Magazine and hit the streets in October of 1992.
In this issue Dawn McCall continued her Gelfling Hand series and Jaken Steele
returned with Chapter IV of The Last
Warrior. The newest poet, Gina-Marie (girlfriend at the time), debuted
with a poem entitled Wishing For You and
started a rampant run of her poetry in Legends with this first piece.
This issue also broke the size record set back in issue 16 with 28 pages. As a
side note, AT&T and my father continued to play the roles of
copiers. Four game playing articles was stuffed in here as well, much to the
delight of SCA readers.
Legends No. 22 has one
of the best cover pieces I can remember. It depicted a mage peering into a book
and casting a magic spell over one of the pages. The book's cover said
Legends. This, in my opinion, was one of my best artistical endeavors.
By this time Legends was usually found to be over 20 pages in length.
Jaken Steele debuted his illustrating talents here and writers of the likes of
Dawn McCall, Jaken Steele and Gina-Marie continued. Chapter 11 of the
Albinor Chronicles was highly acclaimed and appeared here as well (Battle Between the Trees).
Issue No. 23 broke the size
record yet again with 29 pages and contained something for everyone poetry,
fantasy, humor, gaming and essays. Jaken Steele's artistical talents graced the
cover and he became the first (and currently only) assistant editor. He also
debuts his first stab at poetry and an essay in this issue as well, both of
which he has fine skills in. The Songs of Albinor
Number 9, Rivers Infernal was raved about.
For the first time in months the magazine slips under 20
pages with issue 24. Jaken Steele again commands
the cover and Dawn McCall's horrid series, Gelfling Hand, finishes off with Chapter
6. Steele continues with The Last
Warrior. My very own fantasy essay, Mithra, appeared. This piece was originally
submitted to the Rumpleminz people in a contest for writers to explain
who that white clad, fine looking woman was on all their posters. It won
Legends No. 25 was the
smallest issue, with 14 pages, in a long while. It marked the a new permanent
staff member with Kitten (then girlfriend aka Gina-Marie) as mascot. The
Special Magic Items rules, detailing
the existence of mithil weapons, was highly regarded.
March, 1993's issue 26 hit the
streets and is one of the favorites of mine as well as my closer friends. On
the cover was a gravestone bearing the name that was affectionately used for me
by then girlfriend Gina-Marie. Another testimonial to how much of a role
personal feelings play in Legends. Of course, she was no longer listed
as mascot and this is the shortest instance (one month) of any permanent
Issue 27 debuted Vulcon both
as a cover artist and illustrator within. On Gina-Marie's various poems you can
see my evil asides, a tribute to my hurt feelings and anger at her after
everything that happened between us (personal shit again). On the bottom of
page III is the first instance of computerized art in Legends a closed
fist. Poetry reigned here.
Legends No. 28 squeaks
over 20 pages to 23 in May of '93. Computerized art of a castle graced the
cover and more was found inside. Vulcon illustrated and the castle on the cover
was produced by Thomas, the newest artist. Gina-Marie's poems were still being
run out and my personal and evil attacks on her continued (at the time it
seemed appropriate enough). The big winner in this issue, once again firing
Legends to the top of the fanzine racket, was my own Albinor
Chronicles Chapter 12, entitled The Altar
of Lolth. Steele's The Last
Warrior also appeared. A new mascot appears, Kit-Kat, who was at the
time my girlfriend and still is to this day. The title was of an honorary
nature more than anything else.
I debut as a computer artist with the cover of
issue 29. Kit-Kat remains as mascot and this is
the first issue where all articles were reprints (much to the chagrin of
various readers). Humor rules the pages here. Inferno Publishing also
debuts it's new P.O. Box address in Linden, NJ, and this is still the one used
today. Much to my dismay readers begin getting used to issues over 20 pages in
The newest cover artist, Ace (yes, the one who was supposed
to help start this thing shows up almost three years later), debuts on
issue 30. Two new poets, Shadowrunner and Dragon,
collaborate on New Land. This issue, at
just under 20 pages (17), upsets some readers.
Legends returns to 15-20 paged issues with the 15
page No. 31 of August 1993. In this issue Jaken
Steele falls from the staff as assistant editor due to unresponsibility and
generally being unreliable and unavailable for a number of months. Cover art by
Ace as well as illustrations by him appear and Shadowrunner and Gina-Marie
continue their poetry. Also, Inferno Publishing's business cards
In Legends No. 32 only
two poetry pieces are originals submitted to Legends. The rest of the
items within (other than the departments) are reprinted humor pieces. Jaken
Steele finally makes an appearance and submits some artwork, some of which is
on the cover.
Poetry and humor abound in issue
33. The newest writer, William Graseck, submits his poem
At the General. This is the only time
his name appears in Legends. Steele's artwork can be found both on the
cover and inside.
By issue 34, released in
November of 1993, SCA and game playing readers get frustrated about not
only the lack of game playing articles, but the lack of fantasy in general. I
promise them an Albinor Chronicle for next issue. Ace's work is on the
cover and I am the only contributing author and illustrator.
The promised Albinor Chronicles, chapter 13 titled
Black Rain, makes a big hit in
No. 35 and makes the magazine noticed again. Ace
pens a song that appears (This is the Zodiac
Speaking...) and the rest is reprinted humor. The issue peeks over 20
pages to 21.
Legends No. 36 gets
raves. Dubbed the Spacer Spectacular, it includes five pages of typed spacers
at the end of the issue (pushing it to 23 pages) which are thoroughly enjoyed.
Steele and Shadowrunner return with poetry and Ace grabs a full-page
illustration slot. The Last Warrior
Chapter IX is within as well. Mylos' words to Tyran in Steele's The Last
Warrior turn "Bugger off!" into a popular term.
Legends No. 37 in
February, 1994 becomes highly acclaimed for two reasons: Ace's rendition of
Alice Cooper as a spider on the cover and the first instance of the popular
department known as The Wall. Also, my
father and AT&T no longer supply the copies. The copies begin
getting done at Staples and still is today.
The first issue to come out on colored paper (yellow),
Legends No. 38 makes a splash in March.
Chapter X of Steele's The Last Warrior
appears and gets bad reviews. This was also the last issue where mascot
(Kit-Kat) appeared on the credits. The honorary title was eliminated for
The blue No. 39's
Albinor Chronicles Chapter 14, The Woods Come
Alive, scores high marks. Game players once again complain about the
lack of AD&D related articles for them. This is also the first
double sided issue since No. 3.
The Fall of Merry
Hillman, the fifteenth Albinor Chronicles, gets high marks, but
my attempt at art with the same name is an embarrassment (I knew it would be).
However, the artwork I did at the bottom of page 16 of Legends
No. 40 saves me some face.