Star Trek – Happy 47th Anniversary

ST_TOS_CastOn this date back in 1966 a little show called Star Trek premiered as part of the NBC “Sneak Preview” block of new shows for the fall line up.

Three seasons worth of episodes later it was cancelled.

Leave it to the geeks though to not let a dead show be.

Since then we have had a Cartoon, four more TV shows and twelve movies.

I talk a lot about the handful of comics I had as a kid but the one I forget to talk about is Star Trek. I think that is because the Star Trek comic I had as a kid was not individual issues, it was a book collectiong a bunch of the original Gold Key Star Trek Comics.

Enterprise_Log_4-Gold_KeyI actually remember getting the collection. (I even still have it, though the one pictured is just a image I found online not my copy.) It was in the check-out aisle at a Ben Franklin or some such store like that. It was sitting in the magazine rack by the counter, and I begged my mother for it. I remember fully expecting her to say no and being totally blown away when she said yes…

My copy has seen better days. The cover is all banged up and creased. I still take it out every once in a while and read an issue or two out of it though. Not as often anymore though. A while back I was at Half Price Books and found a DVD that had all of the Star Trek Comics released up to that point on it for $1.99… so of course I had to pick that up. Now when ever I want to revisit the old issues I can just load them up on the kindle and read away! Kind of glad I did pick it up then, apparently if you try to buy it off Amazon it is a whole LOT more!6180eC5IJwL._SY300_

Anyway…

enough going on…

Happy Aniversary Star Trek!

Ok maybe I am not really done.

I can not stop talking about Star Trek without touching on Star Trek: The Motion Picture. I know that a lot of people consider ST:TMP to be the worst of the movies, but to me it is my favorite. I have seen it more then any of the other films. 21536_oriMy father took me to see the movie opening weekend. It is one of the small handful of movies that I remember seeing with him. He died just a few years later of Cancer. I remember Star Trek:TMP, Buck Rogers in the 25th Century,Star Wars, Empire Strikes Back. So basically I remember sharing Sci Fi with him. I can not watch ST:TMP without remembering him and seeing the movie together.

So it will always be my favorite.

 

 

Making a Geek – Star Wars Posters

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Star Wars was released upon the masses May 25th, 1977. It is safe to say that no one was prepared for the impact it would have upon the world.

I was not prepared. Yeah, I was already well on my way to being a full blown geek. I was a fan of Star Trek and the Planet of the Ape movies and all the genre movies that were shown on Saturday afternoons on the local television channel. None of that could hold a candle to the amazingly awesomeness that was Star Wars.

When Star Wars came out we all wanted Star Wars. The problem was that there just not much Star Wars to be had… The Action Figures had yet to hit the shelves and would not do so until 1978.

So when Burger King (Burger Chef in some areas) started a promotion where you could pick up a Star Wars Poster and then later Star Wars glasses all of us good Sci-Fi loving youngsters just had to have them.

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The posters were brilliant!

I tried my hardest to find some information about the artist of these pieces. I really wanted to give some background on the person who had created these works. Solid information just did not seem to be out there to find.

The most I was able to gather, was that they had been created by an artist named Del Nichols. I found some information on an artist named Dale Nichols who sometimes went by Del, but I could find no confirmation that this was the same person who did the art work for the posters.

The posters were released at the same time as a set of glasses (they would go on to make a set of glasses for each of the original movies). They could be obtained by simply buying a soft-drink. The cups featured the same art of the posters.

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In todays world of action figures and video games, Posters and glasses seem like silly items. Nothing special about them. In the merchandise starved world of 1977 though they were the Holy Grail. I had all of them!

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Making a Geek – Space 1999

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One of the first real big influences on me was the Gerry Anderson ITC television series Space : 1999. Where I was living it would come on after the late news on one of the local stations. My mother, when we were very good, would let us stay up late to wait for our father to come home (he was working the evening shift) and watch Space : 1999.

I loved Space : 1999. I mean what kid wouldn’t it was SPACE! I always got excited when they would have episodes that involved them having to fly in the Eagles. One of my favorite toys when I was a child was my Space : 1999 Eagle that I got for Christmas. Every once in awhile I will look them up on Ebay and occasionally even bid on them, but never with a high enough bid to actually win one of them.

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The idea of having an adventure flying off in the Eagle cockpit with Commander John Koenig and Doctor Helena Russell was always in my mind when I was playing. I couldn’t stop thinking how cool it would be to be up there in that space ship zipping around…

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Even now, with how 70’s retro the costumes look, I love the look of the Moon Base Alpha uniforms. They all had that uniform look with the color coding that actually represented their job and responsibility (I mean look at Star Trek, the only thing the color ever really ID’d in that show is if you were going to die.)

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Space : 1999 is and always will be the show that I will always think of as the start of my geekdom. I always think, when I am geeking out and thinking about such things, that if I ever got good at making comics and could reimagine someone else’s product that Space : 1999 would be it.