Kevin noted earlier that Star Trek celebrated its 42nd anniversary yesterday. That got me to thinking: What about all those Star Trek comic books?
I didn’t start reading comics until 1975. Starting in 1967, Gold Key had been publishing Star Trek comics for eight years. Classics. I missed out on Gold Key’s original run.
I came in on the Marvel line of Trek books, which hit the stands at the same time as Star Trek: The Motion Picture in 1979. Those books were decidedly lame. Rather like the movie (tho the director’s edition DVD is pretty sweet).
DC got it right when they started printing the books after Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. These books were set in my favorite era of Trek, the original cast movie era. For the first time in the movies and in the comics, one truly felt that Starfleet was a military power. Capital ship combat! U.S.S. Reliant (the Star Trek starship Hallmark ornament this year) firing on Enterprise along the broadsides? Love that! Throw in the fact that many of these books were written by my favorite comic writer, Peter David? Boo-yah! Sop that stuff up with a biscuit, my friend.
There have been other publishers working the Trek universe since then, but DC’s run remains my favorite.
Although … I really got a kick out of Marvel’s short run in 1996. Star Trek: Early Voyages told the tales of Captain Christopher Pike and a U.S.S. Enterprise predating Kirk and his crew. Star Trek: Starfleet Academy told the story of a group of young cadets. These stories were fresh, bold, and a whole load of metaphasic fun.
Both the DC books and the latter Marvel run retain a cherished space in my long boxes.