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Compiled and maintained by 
Phil Zeman 
2ei5zemanp@vms.csd.mu.edu
zeman@cordmc.dnet.etn.com
zeman%cordmc@x400gw.etn.com

Questions, comments, criticisms are welcome...

Last Update:  January 19, 1995

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_Quantum Leap_, besides being one of the finest television shows on
the air, is also a comic book based on the same series.  It is
supposed to ship on a roughly bimonthly basis by Innovation Comics,
but only occasionally reaches that frequency.  The stories are of
roughly the same quality as the television series, but sometimes
have trouble dealing with the limited space -- each story runs 24
pages in length and can be read (at an enjoyable pace) in about
fifteen minutes (some issues have two complete stories).  Were each
episode to be done as a television episode, the quality would
undoubtedly increase, but most of the stories are still good
nonetheless.  (The preceding was written as the majority opinion of
the original author Jim Berninger [berninge@cs.purdue.edu].)

After taking over from Jim the summer of 1993, I looked over the last
paragraph, and saw nothing wrong with it.  But I thought there should
be one addition.

It is my belief that these _Quantum Leap_ stories could take place in an
alternate universe.  For those of you not up with your comic book lingo,
an alternate universe is one that is similar to our own, but there could
be as few as one minor or major difference, and that could cause things
to happen differently than in our own universe (such as the case with 
"Lee Harvey Oswald", where JFK AND Jackie died in the 1963 tragedy).

So, _Quantum Leap_ could take place in an universe outside our own, and 
_Quantum Leap: The Comic Book_ could take place in a universe outside the
other alternate universe.

I, like Gooshie, probably read too many comic books.  =)

***********
Synopses and comments for issues #1-11 are the same as Jim wrote them.
Why mess with a good thing? =)
***********
Cover art by: C. Winston Taylor
Editor: George Broderick, Jr.
***********

v1 #1.  Sep 1991

"First There Was A Mountain, Then There Was No Mountain, Then There
Was"
Written by George Broderick, Jr.
Illustrated by Mark Jones

25 Mar 1968 -- As Karen Connors, a 24-year old high school teacher
specializing in remedial education, Sam would like to save the life
of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., but learns that the education of his
(mostly black) class comes first, for they are the leaders of
tomorrow...

***********

v1 #2.  Dec 1991

"Freedom of the Press"
Written by Robert M. Ingersoll
Pencils by Rob Davis
Finished art by Scott Rockwell

11 Jun 1962 -- Sam leaps into Willie Jackson, sentenced to death in
the electric chair, just as the switch is thrown.  The difficulty
arises when he learns that a murder will be committed outside the
prison as that he needs to prevent it.

***********

v1 #3.  Mar 1992

"He Knows If You've Been Bad or Good"
Written by John Holland
Illustrated by Andy Price

20 Dec 1963 -- Ziggy hasn't a clue who Sam leapt into, except that
his name is Nick.  Nick apparently works part time for a department
store (as Santa, of all things), and must teach some close friends
of his that there really are such things as miracles...

"The Infinite Corridor"
Written by Link Yaco
Illustrated by Andy Price

2 Apr 1968 -- As a student of particle physics at MIT, Sam must
patch a relationship with a coworker and make sure that she watch
her computer simulations of subatomic particles to catch the one in
a million that moves backwards through time.

***********

v1 #4.  Apr 1992

"The $50,000 Quest"
Written by Steven Dorfman
Illustrated by Mark Jones & Andy Price

15 Aug 1958 -- Unaware that he is about to be caught in the game
show scandals of the era, Sam must discover which of the contestants
is to be the winner.  According to Ziggy, the winner anonymously
donates $25,000 to MIT for a scholarship, which is eventually
awarded to the student who later invents a chip integral to the
Quantum Leap Project.

***********

v1 #5.  May 1992

"Seeing is Believing"
Written by Terry Collins
Illustrated by Rob Davis

14 Nov 1957 -- Sam is a mild mannered reporter, who must help a
local schoolgirl cope with her abusive father, especially since she
thinks she saw a spaceship on the outskirts of town, and her dream
of joining NASA may never come to be.

***********

v1 #6.  Sep 1992

"A Tale of Two Cindys"
Written by George Broderick, Jr. & Becky Broderick
Illustrated by Andy Price

12 Feb 1959 -- Sandy Anderson has an identical twin sister, Cindy.
At least she *looks* like an identical twin sister, that is, until
Sam leaps into Cindy, to prevent Sandy from being raped by one of
the most popular boys in school.  Sandy can't figure out why Cindy
occasionally looks like a strange man...

***********

v1 #7.  Oct 1992

"Lives on the Fringe"
Written by Charles Marshall
Illustrated by Dan & Dave Day

1974 -- Sam becomes surprised that his making a fifty foot putt in a
professional match may cause "the mob" to come after him and his
family.

"Sarah's Got a Gun"
Written by Ted Slampyak
Illustrated by Howard Cobb

19 May 1953 -- As a Queens, NY bus driver, Sam discovers that one of
"his" kids has been physically abused -- the same child who is to
shoot him the next morning...

***********

v1 #8.  Dec 1992

"Getaway"
Written by Bill Spangler
Illustrated by Mike Deodato, Sr.

1958 -- Sam is one of a two-man bank-robbing team, but Ziggy doesn't
know why Sam is there.  In 1999, Al tries to communicate with Vic
(the leapee) to learn more about the situation.  Interestingly
enough, Vic is very calm about the situation (which he doesn't
understand) to the point that Al and Vic take a pleasant walk around
the project while they talk...

***********

v1 #9.  Feb 1993

"Up Against A Stonewall"
Written by Andy Mangels
Illustrated by Mike Deodato, Sr.

22 Jun 1969 -- In a direct follow-up to "Good Night, Dear Heart",
Sam leaps into Stephanie Haywood, a lesbian who killed her lover who
left her for a man.  Stephanie has just been released on parole
after twelve years in prison, and many of her friends are arrested
or beaten because of their homosexuality.

Note: This issue also contains an editorial by the author, detailing
the history of the gay rights movement and general feelings about
"Good Night, Dear Heart".  The story also mentions "One Strobe over
the Line" and "Running For Honor".

***********

v1 #10.  Apr 1993

"Too Funny for Words"
Written by Peter Quinones
Illustrated by John Garcia

13 Jun 1966 -- Sam "is" Manny Todd, a stand-up comic whose routines
depend mostly on dirty jokes and "obscene" language.  Constantly
harassed by the local police and judge, he tries to fight for his
civil rights.  Trying to help an old silent film star regain his
past glory doesn't help matters, either.

***********

v1 #11.  May 1993

"For the Good of the Nation"
Written by Bruce Scalet
Illustrated by Mike Deodato, Sr.

Jul 1958 -- Feeling comfortable that he has leapt into a
medical doctor, Sam realizes that he is Dr. Epstein, a German doctor
who is to study of the effects of LSD on human subjects.  As an
added bonus, Sam meets his mysterious Uncle Roger.  Why did his
mother never talk about him much?

***********

v1 #12.  June 1993

"Waiting..."
Written by Scott Rockwell
Illustrated by Mike Deodato, Sr.

24 Apr 1958 -- Sam is the lone worker at "Lucky's Last Chance" gas
station, and has plenty of time to talk with Al about science, life,
philosophy, the whole works, before the purpose of the leap is
revealed.

Note: The date is never given in the storyline.  However, based on 
the cover art, and with the help of some handy calculations, it can 
be determined what year it is.

***********

v1 #13.  August 1993
Also called TIME AND SPACE SPECIAL One-Shot Special, v1 #1

"One Giant Leap"
Written by Christine Elaine Hantzopulos
Pencilled by Luke Ross
Inked by Mike Deodato, Sr.

5 Jun 1963 -- Sam has been leaping around for years, but never into
someone - or something - quite like this!  Sam is occupying an alien
named "Jifunt" on board an orbiting space craft.  Soon he learns he's
not the only non-extraterrestrial on board.  It seems he's here to 
let a captive human couple go free, but he's going to have to play it 
safe.  The aliens are telepaths; what would they do if they found out
he's not Jifunt?

Note: The ending for #12 is not the leap-in for this issue.  The "heart
attack" story will come later this year (hopefully) in the QL Annual.

Leap-in for the next issue:  Sam leaps into a baby at the zoo!  
Stay tuned for "Two Dweebs and a Little Monster" by Christina Mavroudis 
and Mike Deodato, Sr.

***********

Unfortunately for all of Leap fandom, Innovation folded before any more QL
issues were produced.  Plans for "Two Dweebs", the QL Annual, and other
projects were shelved, with little chance of ever being brought out.  However, 
the story and script versions of "Two Dweebs" are at the FTP site at
ftp.cisco.com.

Also, there was a Quantum Leap Special Edition #1 which was merely a reprint of
QL #1, with added QL Con photos.  For the purist, this issue "takes place"
between issue #6 and #7.

In addition, #7 was to lead into Special Edition #2, but that project was
shelved, and the Leap-in for #8 was shown later on.

-Phil Zeman, 1/19/95