Star Trek comic books have been published—and collected—almost continually since 1967. Astoundingly, the long-running newspaper comic strip has been largely overlooked by even the most devout fans. In 1979 Paramount commissioned the comic strip to pick up where the first film,Star Trek: The Motion Picture, left off and relate the adventures of the next five-year mission. The series, although it continued until 1983, had very limited distribution and soon faded into obscurity. What’s more, the strip has eluded comprehensive reprinting efforts…until now. Thanks to thorough research by a handful of dedicated Star Trek collectors, the strips have been rescued from yesterday’s fading newsprint and restored for this first of a two-volume set that collects the entire run of the rare newspaper comics.
Star Trek The Newspaper Strip, Vol. 1: 1979-1981
by Thomas Warkentin, Sharman DiVono, and Ron Harris
The second book will feature the next ten stories, published between 1982 and 1983 and fan help is solicited in obtaining high-quality images of the comic strips.
“In creating that first volume, we worked hard to find the highest-quality strips available,” said Archivist Rich Handley. “Now we’re preparing Volume 2, and we’re on the lookout once more. We’ve already located all of the strips from the second batch of ten stories, but are reaching out to the fan community in the hope of finding higher-quality versions of some of them. If you have any of the actual dailies (the original strips, rather than photocopied versions) published between February 1982 and January 1983, and would be willing to lend them for scanning purposes (or provide high-resolution scans), please contact editor Dean Mullaney at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for your assistance. With your help, we can continue presenting these lost gems in the best light possible.”