The Star Trek Peter Pan comics/records ran from 1975 to 1979. Half of the stories were writing by Alan Dean Foster which is cool, and a handful of the artwork was done by Neal Adams which is awesome. That being said, I was surprised at how much I hated the stories and found the artwork just OK. Not all of the stories had comics for them, so those ones I actually found the record audio on YouTube. Let me tell you, they were boring as shit. Some of the early one's seemed to literally be recorded in old-timey radio style. Like a bunch of guys standing around one microphone and some other guy in the corner smacking coconuts together. In most of the comics Sulu was a black guy and Uhura was a blond white woman... I mean, it's 1975.. by now I assume everyone has heard of Star Trek. Explain to me, why and how they messed this up! They do however manage to reference small details from both TOS and TAS??
The comics from 1979 show the crew in the gray uniforms from The Movie. All characters look as they should.
"Passage to Moauv" (1975 comic) - Not a very original plot. It seems to
happen frequently in most of the Star Trek comics. The Enterprise ends
up getting some animal on board that turns out to be a telepath and it
makes the crew go insane.
2. "In Vino Veritas" (1975 audio) -
Insufferably boring. I actually fell asleep and then had to re-listen to
it. It's the Enterprise crew sitting around a table with dignitaries
talking.... That really seems to be all that happens.
Crier in Emptiness" (1975 comic) - I'm not sure if I was supposed to
laugh at this one, but I did. The Enterprise is assaulted by a being of
pure sound. The only solution is to have Lt. Connors play a giant keyboard
like he was Jeff Lynne from ELO.
4. "The Time Stealer" (1975,
comic) - Corny, but I liked it. A Wizard and Barbarian end up
battling the Enterprise. After making peace with them, Kirk soon
discovers that magic may indeed be real. This was written by Cary Bates
and Neal Adams. Typically I hate 99% of the writing involved with Neal
Adams but not this one. Don't get me wrong, I love Neal Adams art. In
fact, his Lantern/Arrow comics are one of my all-time favorites. Though
even those, the ultra-hippy b-s writing made we want to die.
"To Starve a Fleaver" (1975, audio) - A dignitary from a newly
discovered colony accidentally infects the crew with lice. Something like
6. "A Mirror for Futility" (1975, comic) - The Enterprise
happens upon two gigantic alien starship's locked in an eternal battle.
The race is long dead but these two ships are on computer power and will
fight on forever. Not a bad story, it's been done before however.
"The Logistics of Stampede" (1975, audio) - A planet needs help killing
off a stampede of cattle because they keep killing their crops.
Something like that.
8. "The Man Who Trained Meteors" (1979,
audio) - This was by far the best audio story. The Enterprise is about
to meet the ruler of Perinda IV when suddenly the city is destroyed by
multiple meteor strikes. The Enterprise is also threatened by a voice,
saying that they too will be destroyed. Kirk finds out that this is the
former ruler of Perinda IV. He has crazy telekinetic powers. He turns
the crew into zombies and begins his coupe of the planet. Luckily Spock
is unaffected. He stops Zombie-Scotty from blowing up the ship and
subdues the crazed ex-ruler.
9. "The Robot Masters" (1979, comic)
- Ehhh. The Romulans steal a shipment of robots meant for Scotty in
order to start a robot army. First of all, they never use robots on the
Enterprise. At least not ones that look like B-9. Secondly, the Romulans
are green and resemble Genghis Khan. Again.. it's 1979, nobody
remembers what the Romulans liked like on TOS?
10. "Dinosaur Planet" (1979, comic) - Kirk and crew encounter intelligent dinosaurs. Not a bad idea I guess.
"The Human Factor" (1979, audio) - Uhura and others are taken by a race
called the Garrusians. This planet worships computers so they need to
steal people in order to keep them programmed. Kirk works out a
compromise to have The Federation assist the culture.
On a scale of 1-5 Saurian Brandy's. I give the Star Trek Peter Pan comics a 1.5
Next Up: Star Trek: UK Comic Strip
Sunday, October 30, 2016
Wednesday, October 19, 2016
I also read the script for the never made issue #62 Trial By Fire. Kirk and Bones are trapped on a planet about to be obliterated by a fireball. Has an appearance by the USS Exeter post Omega Glory. Check it out, it's at least interesting to see what a comic book script looks like. Way crappier than I expected. http://www.startrekcomics.info/images/goldkey/st62script.pdf
I decided to read the Whitman Dynabrite Comic (reprint of The Evictors/The Choice) and the Dan Curtis Mini-comic Giveaway (reprint of Enterprise Mutiny/Dark Traveler).
#43 1977 "World beneath the waves"
The crew visit a planet where the inhabitants live underwater. This environment is not used much in Star Trek, so it was interesting to see. These people had to adapt to the water after their land was devastated by radiation. Kirk discovers that there are indeed land people, but a cover up seems to be afoot. Barbara McCoy is in this comic and she is a great character. I love how she seems to really hate her father.
#49 1977 "A warp in space"
Bringing back our old friends Zefram Cochrane and the Companion from the episode Metamorphosis. Kirk needs assistance from the famed scientist in order to figure out the disappearance of several experimental starships. They are all attempting to push the limits of warp. The Companion, however, seems hell bent on sabotaging things.
#50 Jan 1978 "The planet of no life"
Kirk and a rich snobby ensign are trapped on a planets surface. Unfortunately for Kirk, his recent nemesis The Evictors are back to torture him. The young ensign quickly turns on Kirk in order to save his own head.
#56 Oct 1978 "No time like the past"
A crazy ex-dictator escapes into the Guardian of Forever and changes history. Kirk, Spock and Bones go back in time in order to set things right. They must make sure the encounter between Hannibal and the Romans goes the way history planned.
#61 Mar 1979 "Operation con game"
Kirk loses out to the Klingon's on an important bid for a planets dilithium. They discover that this dilithium seems to be fake, and a surprising old foe is behind the ruse. Lets just say, things get a little muddy...
These Gold Key comics are a diamond in the rough. People talk shit about them, but I feel they never really read them. They get increasingly better and better as the run goes on. I enjoyed the art and writing, as well as the heavy use of Scotty.
On a scale of 1-5 Saurian Brandy's. I give Star Trek Gold Key series a 4
Posted by Mugato at Wednesday, October 19, 2016