As I start this week, I’m aware I’m getting dangerously close to the end of the third volume of my old Star Trek scrapbooks– in fact the items I post this week will be the last of Volume III! Now I know that Volume VI is somewhere in this house, but I’ll have to keep looking! Now don’t panic, kids, even when my Trek scrapbooks have run out, I’m sure I’ll find more fun stuff to post! In the meantime, Here’s today’s flashback:
When Star Trek: The Motion Picture was released, Gannett Newspapers added a daily comic strip based on the movie in our local paper (The Evening Press) I’ve made reference to these comics before, and now I can share them with you. (It actually wasn’t too bad!) I started to collect them, and before you knew it, I had collected a whole adventure (well, give or take a few panels). Unfortunately, we did not get the Sunday color comic, but I happened to find the opening Sunday Comic of this adventure online. So here begins Star Trek: The Newspaper Comic from December 2 to December 11, 1979. Enjoy!
Here’s today’s flashback: From November of 1979, Newspaper Ads for the Star Trek Daily Comic that would soon premiere in our local paper, and an ad for an ad in the Sunday paper to see the special color ad in the Sunday Parade insert! (Mind you, newspapers were mostly in black and white back then, so no color in the movie timetables) This was the first time I saw the poster for Star Trek: The Motion Picture, and I couldn’t imagine the promise of the shiny, rainbow drenched poster!
Here’s Today’s Flashback: From May of 1978, an article about the upcoming Star Trek daily newspaper comic by Mandala productions, the same company that had produced (in an era before widespread videos) the 12 “Fotonovels” of the original Star Trek series. I actually owned all 12 Fotonovels (the most dog-eared being the ‘All Our Yesterdays’ volume) but sold them a few years ago on eBay. Anyway, I can’t recall if our local paper got the original series Star Trek Comic, but we did get one based on the 1st movie.
Also keeping in the ‘funny’ range, another “Grin and Bear It” Sunday comic dealing with female astronauts, and a clipping from who knows where detailing some scenes from the famous Star Trek Blooper reels. (I always liked to keep my scrapbook pages along theme lines).