Secret Origins…

So, I was listening to one of my favorite podcasts, and they always ask the guest what got them into comic books. I’ve often wondered what it would be like to be on one of those shows, and how I would answer that question. And that got me thinking. 

I certainly remember reading Archie comics as a kid. I also distinctly remember going to my paternal grandmothers and there being some comics lying around. I seem to remember one retelling Superman’s origin. And I distinctly remember watching the old George Reeves “Adventures of Superman” there a few times. But all that was as a kid.

I really got into the habit of collecting comics as a teenager. What age I don’t recall really. I know I wasn’t driving yet, because I had to either pester my mother to drive me to the store (same store I went to almost every week for 20 years), or ride my bicycle there. And it was a very long bike ride. But I digress.

And this is where things get interesting. When I look back at it, I can think of two different comics that really got me hooked. The first is Star Trek Vol. 1 #1 by DC Comics, and the other was John Bryne’s “Man of Steel” relaunch. Now, here’s the thing: Star Trek came out in February of 1984. Man of Steel came out in 1986. Two years. Pretty big difference, right? Well, it gets better. 

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Looking at what I have left of my comics collection, puts those titles as being the gateway drug into question. In my collection is all 12 issues of DC Comics “Crisis on Infinite Earths,” which came out in 1985. I also have Superman Vol. 1 #423, Part 1 of “Whatever Happened to the Man of  Tomorrow,” which came out in September, 1986. I also have Macross #1, which wa published by Comico back in 1985.

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So, just looking at this, and doing the math, the winner is STAR TREK #1. For the next    few weeks, this blog will take a look a each of these issues, and see if we can turn back the pages of time and find out what made those books so special.

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Star Trek: The Motion Picture (Part III)

Part three of our look at 1979’s Star Trek: The Motion Picture.

Some bits about this movie:

Best Line: MCCOY: Why is any object we don’t understand always called a thing?

Other Favorite Quotes: SPOCK: It knows only that it needs, Commander. But, like so many of us… it does not know what.

Trivia: There’s some rumor that at the time this was the most expensive film ever made (it cost $46 million dollars). That’s not exactly true: Cleopatra, in 1963, cost $44 million pre-inflation adjustment. Superman: The Movie actually cost $54 million, but the producers didn’t disclose its budget until many years later. In any case, the $46 million also included costs for the Phase II project that never got off the ground.

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Orson Welles narrated many of the film’s trailers.

The film was nominated for three technical Oscars: Best Art Direction, Best Music (Original Score), and best Visual Effects.

The script confirms that Will Decker is the son of Matthew Decker from “The Doomsday Machine,” but this wasn’t clarified onscreen. Like father, like son.

This film marks the first appearance of the Klingon forehead ridges, which were not explained until the Enterprise episodes “Aflliction” and “Divergence.”

Uhura’s comm earpieces are the only props from the original series, which were used because they forgot to make new ones.

The Klingon and Vulcan languages used in this film were invented by James Doohan.

To distinguish TMP from Star Wars, Roddenberry reportedly decided there would be no space battles, and intentionally pushed for a more sophisticated and complex plot.

The “buckle” on the Starfleet pajamas is actually a medical scanner linked to Sick Bay.

A previous version of the script killed Chekov during V’ger’s scan of the ship.

To be continued….

Star Trek: The Motion Picture (Part II)

We continue our look at the first Star Trek movie,1979’s Star Trek: The Motion Picture.

Despite all the reviews, and how slow the movie is, and how some of the characters don’t feel like they did on the the classic series. STTMP does have a few things going for it.

The scale of the film is up-sized.  It feels like a film, not an expanded episode of the television series.  This is apparent in the use of special effects, but it is especially apparent in the film’s score.  Jerry Goldsmith was brought on to compose the soundtrack, and his work for this film is easily among the greatest soundtracks of any science fiction film.  The soaring soundtrack when Kirk and Scotty first see the Enterprise is pitch perfect.  Indeed, that track in particular went on to become the key theme for the entire Star Trek franchise.

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Part III coming soon…