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Post by tony ingram on Fri Feb 07, 2014 5:40 pm

I've just discovered this in the depths of my collection; a 1974 Star Trek Annual published in Britain by World Distributors, which contains what I believe are three full length reprints from the Gold Key Star Trek series (though they may equally well be original). What I was wondering was: how many comics adaptations of Star Trek have there been over the years? I know that Marvel, DC and Gold Key all published Star Trek at various times in the USA, and in Britain World seem to have published the annuals for about ten years from 1970-1980, while TV21 and TV Comic both also ran Star Trek strips in the 70s. But how many others were there?


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Post by Sam_Vimes on Fri Feb 07, 2014 6:02 pm

The most obscure one I can think of is this:



Beyond that, I think you covered all the bases of my Star Trek comic book knowledge, unless we're counting Malibu and Wildstorm as being separate and distinct from Marvel and DC, respectively.

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Post by tony ingram on Fri Feb 07, 2014 6:06 pm

I actually didn't know about Wildstorm!

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Post by Sam_Vimes on Fri Feb 07, 2014 6:10 pm

Yeah, I'm not sure how long they had the license or how much they did with it. I think they mostly just did a handful of one-shots, mini-series and graphic novels, nothing ongoing. I think I might Google further on this, now that you've got me curious about it.

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Post by tony ingram on Fri Feb 07, 2014 7:43 pm

Apparently, there were two issues of something called "Star Trek Dynabrite Comics" published by whitman, though I have no dates...

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Post by Sam_Vimes on Fri Feb 07, 2014 10:59 pm

Looks like 1967:
Link-a-dink

Does that mean these were the first ones?  Shocked 

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Post by tony ingram on Sat Feb 08, 2014 7:35 am

I have a feeling Gold Key were the first ones. July 1967, I think.

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Post by tony ingram on Sat Feb 08, 2014 8:55 am

Apparently, Dynabrite were owned by Western Publishing who also owned Whitman and Gold Key, so the Dynabrite books were Gold Key reprints (presented as colouring books). It seems the stories in the British annuals were also Gold Key reprints; interesting links, here: http://www.startrekcomics.info/index.html
http://www.startrekcomics.info/uktosreprints.html

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Post by Sam_Vimes on Sat Feb 08, 2014 3:52 pm

Very interesting links indeed! I might have to use that checklist for its intended purpose, now that I know it exists.

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Post by tony ingram on Sat Feb 08, 2014 3:58 pm

It had actually never occurred to me that the Star Trek strip in TV Comic was an American reprint!

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Re: Star Trek in Comics

Post by MajorHoy on Thu Aug 07, 2014 3:38 pm

There's also this link:
http://www.comics.org/series/name/Star%20Trek/sort/chrono/ from the GCD, but it also includes the comic books for the spin-off shows as well (like Next Gen and Deep Space Nine).

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Post by tony ingram on Thu Aug 07, 2014 3:43 pm

MajorHoy wrote:There's also this link:
http://www.comics.org/series/name/Star%20Trek/sort/chrono/ from the GCD, but it also includes the comic books for the spin-off shows as well (like Next Gen and Deep Space Nine).
There's some stuff on there I'd completely forgotten about (the Marvel UK Specials, for one).

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Re: Star Trek in Comics

Post by Lucy McGough on Fri Aug 08, 2014 9:57 pm

So you went and added them to the wiki...

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Post by tony ingram on Sat Aug 09, 2014 6:59 am

Lucy McGough wrote:So you went and added them to the wiki...
Of course.

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Post by Lucy McGough on Sat Aug 09, 2014 11:09 am

If that wiki grows any bigger it's gonna achieve sentience.

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Post by MajorHoy on Sat Aug 09, 2014 2:24 pm

Lucy McGough wrote:If that wiki grows any bigger it's gonna achieve sentience.
Is that the plot for the next Star Trek movie?

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Post by tony ingram on Sat Aug 09, 2014 2:40 pm

MajorHoy wrote:
Lucy McGough wrote:If that wiki grows any bigger it's gonna achieve sentience.
Is that the plot for the next Star Trek movie?
Well, it's more or less the plot of the original Star Trek movie...

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Post by Lucy McGough on Sat Aug 09, 2014 3:37 pm

I haven't seen it. Did I miss much?

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Post by tony ingram on Sat Aug 09, 2014 3:39 pm

Lucy McGough wrote:I haven't seen it. Did I miss much?
Star Trek: the Motion Picture has a bad reputation which I consider to be quite undeserved. It's really not a bad movie.

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Post by MajorHoy on Sat Aug 09, 2014 3:45 pm

tony ingram wrote:
Lucy McGough wrote:I haven't seen it. Did I miss much?
Star Trek: the Motion Picture has a bad reputation which I consider to be quite undeserved. It's really not a bad movie.
I saw it in a movie theater on 42nd Street in New York City on December 31, 1979.

This was before they cleaned up and Disney-fied the Times Square area . . . back then, it was mostly porno theaters and sex shops (sex shoppes?) around there. (Star Trek was the only G-rated movie around there then . . . may have been the only non-XXX movie as well?)

By the way, it's easy for me to place a date on when I saw that movie . . . went to Times Square later to see the ball drop for January 1, 1980.

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Post by tony ingram on Sat Aug 09, 2014 3:55 pm

I saw it at the Odeon in Penge. Which is no longer there, sadly.

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Post by Lucy McGough on Sat Aug 09, 2014 4:06 pm

Penge has gone?!  Shocked 

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Post by tony ingram on Sat Aug 09, 2014 4:15 pm

Lucy McGough wrote:Penge has gone?!  Shocked 
>sigh< no, the Odeon has gone, dozy...though Penge ain't what it used to be, either (and it wasn't much to start with).

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Post by Lucy McGough on Sat Aug 09, 2014 4:25 pm

Cinemas are always shutting down. I've heard it blamed on people who buy illegal DVDs instead.

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Post by MajorHoy on Sat Aug 09, 2014 9:59 pm

Lucy McGough wrote:Cinemas are always shutting down. I've heard it blamed on people who buy illegal DVDs instead.
Outrageous ticket prices for lame movies that barely last an hour wouldn't have anything to do with it, I guess.

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Post by tony ingram on Sun Aug 10, 2014 7:14 am

MajorHoy wrote:
Lucy McGough wrote:Cinemas are always shutting down. I've heard it blamed on people who buy illegal DVDs instead.
Outrageous ticket prices for lame movies that barely last an hour wouldn't have anything to do with it, I guess.
Cinemas started dying off when home video first arrived in the eighties, I think.

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Post by Lucy McGough on Sun Aug 10, 2014 2:32 pm

Ticket prices are outrageous, but movies nowadays are too long, not too short.

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Post by tony ingram on Sun Aug 10, 2014 2:57 pm

Lucy McGough wrote:Ticket prices are outrageous, but movies nowadays are too long, not too short.
I agree. The average length of a movie used to be 90 minutes, which I think is about right. Two hours in one position and I'm almost incapable of getting out of my seat!

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Post by Lucy McGough on Sun Aug 10, 2014 3:28 pm

And then you have half an hour of adverts before the two-hour movie starts...

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Post by tony ingram on Sun Aug 10, 2014 3:31 pm

Lucy McGough wrote:And then you have half an hour of adverts before the two-hour movie starts...
I'm sure there never used to be that many adverts.

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Post by Lucy McGough on Sun Aug 10, 2014 3:38 pm

Of course not, and I bet the sweets were neither so numerous nor so overpriced.

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Post by indybrand13 on Sun Oct 23, 2016 12:56 am

when dc had the rights to star trek they had a Klingon serving under captain kirk

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Post by tony ingram on Sun Oct 23, 2016 7:16 am

I seem to remember that! Somehow, I coudn't quite see Kirk accepting it...

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Post by Mbast1 on Wed Oct 26, 2016 1:23 am

indybrand13 wrote: when dc had the rights  to star  trek they had  a Klingon  serving under captain kirk  

I remember that, too. Seemed odd, but I enjoyed that run of stories.

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Post by tony ingram on Wed Oct 26, 2016 8:08 am

Didn't they also bring in the characters from the animated series? It's been a long time since I read it, but I think I recall that.

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Post by Lucy McGough on Sat Oct 29, 2016 2:54 pm

tony ingram wrote:I seem to remember that! Somehow, I coudn't quite see Kirk accepting it...

He's from the future, where they're all tolerant and utopian and stuff.

Also... was it a female Klingon?

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