Sunday, April 17, 2011

The Monster Times #2: Space Gear/Models Articles

This time we are once again opening up the fragile, yellowing pages of issue #2 of "The Monster Times, published Feb 16, 1972. I've posted several times before from this issue: here, here and here. How I loved this monster mag! More than any other, it covered the things I was interested in. Being a monster, comics, Trek and Apes fan, this newspaper-format publication hit them all and more. We revisit the cover of this fantastic issue again...
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This time we look at two articles... first, on the various props on the show, featuring both some original and fan reproductions. Note well-known fan Joan Winston modeling the original costume and fan-made prop!

Next, an article purportedly reviewing the various model kits available at the time. Who among us didn't have some of these at one time or another? (I'm surprised I didn't get brain damage from the glue fumes. At least, I don't think I did... hmmm. On second thought, that would explain a lot!) Anyway, the article is hampered by the fact that there is no real review of the model kits mentioned, only those handmade by a fan... and although they brag on his Enterprise, they don't actually picture it! Somewhat sloppy.

Bonus: Below, a pre-series publicity shot, taken after "Where No Man..." but before "The Corbomite Maneuver."


Rob Bignell said...

A magic-tape strap for the tricorder? God, I miss the 70s! We didn't have slick models, just relied on our ingenuity with the few materials we could scrounge up (kind of like Scotty). Thanks for sharing this article, Frederick.

JM's Enterprise said...

Ahh, The Monster Times. In those Pre-Starlog days, this was a rare source for Trek Lore. Love that artwork on the cover.

Mike Salt said...

Two things I wanted to say, but very new to this and not sure where to say it. There's some rare stuff here I've not seen before and I've been watching Star Trek since I was a kid in the 70's. Nice site folks - I'll be coming back to see what you've got goin on. I started a new Star Trek news, fun and blog site. There's some fun video clips (outtakes, spoofs etc.) a blog and I'm thinking of having space for people who want to aior their Star Trek script ideas. Check it out at and let me know what you think.

Frederick said...

I know what you mean... a fanatic love of the show meant making your own props out of scraps, not going to Toys r Us and buying them! But I do like doing that now... :)