Saturday, February 27, 2010

3-2-1 Contact article on ST:TMP

The collection cabinets yield up another article on "Star Trek: The Motion Picture," this time from the January 1980 edition of the youth educational magazine "3-2-1 Contact," available for students to order much like the Scholastic publications. There are two parts to the material from this issue; first, a write-up on the movie, (which does manage to get a few facts wrong) and a more educational article featuring the film's science advisor, Jesco von Puttkamer of NASA.
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Bonus: Below is an ad from the second issue of "The Monster Times," published in 1972, for a color Spock poster. I'm sure this poster hung in a lot of young people's bedrooms. Did you have it?

Bonus #2: Below is another in the set of greeting cards put out in 1976 by Random House. Inside, the text says "With any luck at all your gift should arrive in 7 light years! Happy Birthday!" Of course, making the common error of confusing a measure of distance with time.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

1976 Deforest Kelley Interview

I've posted items before from the great 70's fanzine "Enterprise Incidents," and today I'm revisiting it again with material from issue #2, published in July of 1976. This time we open it up for some items on Deforest Kelley, everyone's favorite sneaky-bad-guy- turned-irascible-humanitarian (as far as roles are concerned).

First up below, a reprint from the Archives page of a TV/Movie Life article on De, probably published in 1967 or early '68.

Below, another TV/Movie magazine clipping on De, from 1968.

And below we begin the magazine's actual interview with De, conducted in 1976.

Bonus: Below is another of the Random House Star Trek greeting cards, put out in 1976. Since McCoy was the focus of this entry, I thought it was a good time to post the card that featured him. The inside text says " can't keep a good man down!"

All of the above items were bought by me in the late 70's at the (sadly, now defunct) store in Ft. Lauderdale called "Starship Enterprises." Below you will see the younger, and much skinnier Fred inside the store during one of my visits. I was about 19 at the time; please don't hold this picture against me. I'll be posting more pictures that I took there in future entries.

I still have my copy of the life-size Spock poster behind me, and the black and white ST:TMP promotional stills on the wall in the background. And yes, I even have the U.F.P. badge I was wearing. I would look back and laugh at myself as a geek, except for the fact I still have all that stuff and really haven't changed much except put on some weight.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Shatner, Doohan in British TV commercial

I found this video while exploring the net for Trek material I hadn't seen before, and I sure hadn't seen this one or anything like it! It looks to have been made after Star Trek VI, when TNG was on the air, (or at least while the first TNG movie was being made) since Scotty is in the Enterprise D Engineering room. Enjoy!

Loved that the transporter accident put Kirk's head on the female cadet's body... which he seems to enjoy a little too much! And hearing Shatner use British slang; "I don't need a brolly, you wally!" Which in English would be "I don't need an umbrella, you idiot!" Funny stuff.

Update: thanks to some comments, we have narrowed it down to 1989-1990. I would have thought it was a bit later, due to the digital effects in the head-replacement bit, but I guess they could do a good job back then as well!

Monday, February 22, 2010

Mad's "Star Blecch IV: The Voyage Bombs"

You never know what era of original-characters Trek I'm going to post from; the show, the movies, the animated series; I just skip around to keep it interesting. But sometimes one post will inspire another, as did the last article on "The Voyage Home." I've decided to follow up with the Mad spoof on it, from issue #271, published June of 1987. Artist Mort Drucker does his usual superb job on the caricatures, not content to simply repeat his earlier versions but accurately reflecting the ages of the stars in the current movie (if not always flatteringly.) However, he wrongly depicts the whales as sperm whales and not humpbacks.

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The joke involving Sulu in the bottom panel is even more humorous in retrospect.

Bonus: Here is the next edition of "Trek Talk," from issue #37 of "The Monster Times," which came out December of 1974.

Bonus #2: below is another of Ralph Fowler's terrific drawings, this time depicting a tense moment from "Amok Time." This was scanned from the historic first issue of the fanzine "Enterprise Incidents." Ralph; buddy... if you're out there checking this out, email or comment, I (and the readers) would love to hear from you!

Don't tell me you don't hear that piece of music in your head as you look at this.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

1986 "Star" article on "The Voyage Home"

Today's post is a scan of an article on "Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home," saved from the "Star" tabloid paper, published September 30, 1986. This two-page spread took four scans to capture and then (roughly) photoshop back together into one page. Just sayin'.
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Bonus: Below, mother and son share an affectionate moment in a family photo.

Bonus #2: Below you will find another in the series of Star Trek greeting cards put out in 1976 by Random House. I've added a tag for "Greeting Card" to the sidebar in case you ever want to view all the posts with the cards included as bonuses.

The inside of the card:

And finally, the last bonus item: below is the next edition of "Trek Talk" from "The Monster Times," issue 36, published in August 1974. (You may view other posts with this feature by looking for it in the "tags" section on the bar to the right.)

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Spock Speaks! 1976 Nimoy Interview

Wow, what a year 1976 was in my Trekker memories! I was living in Ft. Lauderdale, FL at the time, and the comic book/collectable store "Starship Enterprises" was my main source for genre material not found anywhere else. One of the items that they carried was the British publication "TV Sci-Fi Monthly," an excellent newspaper-format magazine printed on glossy paper, similar to the Trek poster magazines (which I'll be covering in the future also). This time we're looking at a Leonard Nimoy interview from Issue #7.
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"Once I smiled a smile so rare..."

Below, one of the neat graphic features that the magazine often included; they would use the new "Starfleet Technical Manual" as a reference and create color images of the weapons, ships, equipment and other items; this time they illustrate the flags of the various Federation civilizations. Update: to view an article from this same issue on the series "UFO," go to my other blog "Fantastic Flashbacks!"

Bonus: Below, another item purchased at the Starship Enterprises store in Ft. Lauderdale; one of the cards put out at the time by Random House. This time it features a punch-out phaser. I suppose (if you are very bored) you could print out the images from here on card stock and then cut out the images to make your own! Once completed, the phaser features exciting wiggling action as the nozzle moves when you press the trigger. Wow!

Bonus #2: Below you will find a particularly fetching pose of Janice Rand, in a large-format image; perfect for printout and hanging on the wall to admire! This lovely Yeoman is well-known for her value as bridge eye-candy, and resourcefulness in creative ways to serve hot coffee, even in power-conservation situations. Interests include walking on beaches, weaving her own wigs, and having her legs looked at (ideally, all at the same time).

"Can you see my legs in the shot? Cause I totally want the picture to show them off."

Note to my regular readers: when commenting you may notice that I now have to approve them before they are posted. This is only because I have had to deal with a spate of spambots recently, and had to go behind them and clean up their crap mess from about a 15 posts or so. I don't know how they do it when there is a test that commenters have to go through to post; but they are doing it somehow and I don't like it. So, sorry for the extra step, but it's easier for me to approve or deny a comment than have to go in and delete it from the post later.

Monday, February 15, 2010

1972 article "Star Trek: Food For Thought"

A few posts back I started a little project to scan in the entire issue of "The Monster Times" #2, the first to be devoted entirely to Star Trek... the first of any magazine that I'm aware of (this might not seem like a very ambitious project, but it is time consuming, as each page must be scanned in two sections and then Photoshopped back together). You can read the first article posted here; but if you are coming in late, you can catch up by using the "The Monster Times" tag over on the right to access them all. Published in 1972, this issue was a goldmine of info and pics for the young Trek-hungry (and in many cases, Trek-starved) fans out there. Below is the index page of the magazine, which will serve as a guide to what I've posted and what is yet to come.

This time, we are looking at article #2, titled "Star Trek: A Gourmet's Dream of Food For Thought." More than your average kid-aimed sci-fi show, Trek was, for the most part, well-written and intelligent. Looking back and considering the other genre shows out around the same period, it's a true miracle it was done so well.

On these pages are some good examples of the graphic layout that made the publication so interesting: if you will notice, almost every picture is trimmed in such a way to make some element (heads, quite often) extend out from the background into the paper area. This extra effort, as opposed to just sticking pictures in, made the visual experience much more fun and engaging.

Bonus: Below, another installment of the regular feature "Trek Talk," from issue 35, published July 1974.

Bonus: Below is a neat publicity photo of everyone's favorite country doctor, Leonard McCoy, taken against a projected background image from "The Cage." The only other one I've seen like it is of Uhura.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

1974 article: The Monsters of Star Trek

This time I bring out of the collection cabinet issue #4 of "Monster Fantasy" magazine, published August 1974. This magazine was on the lower end of the monster mag quality spectrum; a step above "Quasimodo's Monster Magazine," but not by much. One aspect that contributed to that view was the cheap paper stock it was printed on, which greatly affects the quality of the photos, as you can see below. But the cover had some nice sci-fi artwork!

We're looking at the article on "The Monsters of Star Trek," which was another way the show set itself apart from most other sci-fi programs... notably the Irwin Allen shows, where a monster was a monster, to be feared and destroyed. On Trek, it was usually a matter of understanding and respecting the life-form that only seemed monstrous to us.

Below, from the back of the same magazine, a full-page ad for the Trek models, which will bring back memories for any fan of the time.

There was a book published on this same topic as this article, that of monsters, the cover for which you can view here.