Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Star Trek!

Those that know me know I’m very fond of Star Trek. I could go on forever about it but today I’ll just talk  very briefly about when DC Comics had the rights to Star Trek. First, they put them in their try out book, The Brave and the Bold. Kirk and his intrepid crew are attacked by Starro, a would-be world conquerer. Teamwork and training prove to be too much for Starro! This issue sold better than any other Brave and Bold up until that point. The stage was set for their own title, which they received in 1967. 

They encountered the Guardians of the Universe, masters of the Green Lantern Corp, in their premiere issue. It also sold well enough for a new comic book. However, DC canceled the book after just four issues. Why? The problem was one of ego; these characters were created elsewhere so there was no company loyalty to them.  

DC Comics also felt uncomfortable to so blatantly advertise a TV series. A shame too, as the rights to Star Trek went to Gold Key, a sub-par company known for poor adaptations of existing properties. However they rose to the occasion, eventually. Such as no longer making Uhura a blonde. A match made in Heaven yes, but a shame for Star Trek fans everywhere, who will miss the DC Comics run of Star Trek; they are highly valued on online auction sites. But, something is better than nothing. One can only wonder what might have been. If only...

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