Saturday, November 13, 2010

Star Trek #36: "A Bomb in Time"

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The Star Trek fictional universe as created by Gene Roddenberry is the setting of six television series including the original 1966 Star Trek, which is the only one that I personally care for. While I prefer peace in real life similar to Captain Picard, it makes for awfully boring television. Give me the kick butt attitude of a Captain Kirk contrasted against a logical Mr. Spock every time. Captains Janeway and Archer were pretty cool, too.

The first Star Trek comics were published by Gold Key between 1967 and 1978. Originally they were illustrated by Alberto Giolitti, an Italian artist who had never seen the series and only had publicity photos to use as references. As comic book buffs know, Alberto Giolitti was not the original Star Trek artist. That distinction belongs to Nevio Zaccara. Other commitments forced Nevio to give it up after the second issue and Alberto took over.

These comics were highly stylized and diverged wildly from the TV series continuity. Nonetheless they are fondly remembered by fans to this day. The original issues, many of which featured photographic covers showing images from the series, are highly collectible. Writers included George Kashdan, Arnold Drake and Len Wein.

Most storylines used in the Gold Key series featured original characters and concepts, although later issues did include sequels to the TOS episodes "The City on the Edge of Forever", "Metamorphosis" and "I, Mudd". The series had a run of 61 issues.


Painted cover: George Wilson
Script: unknown
Pencils: Alberto Giolitti
Inks: Alden McWilliams

  • in Star Trek: The Enterprise Logs (Golden Press, 1976 series) #4
  • in Star Trek: The Psychocrystals [Dynabrite Comics] (Whitman, 1976 series) #[nn]

Special surprise download: Star Trek article and episode guide in Starlog #1:

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