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§ February 8th, 2014 § Filed under freak out, star trek Comments Off






from Peter Pan Book & Record Set #PR-45 (1979)

“And you people…you’re all…astronauts on…some kind of ‘star trek.'”

§ February 7th, 2014 § Filed under star trek § 5 Comments


from Peter Pan Book & Record Set #PR-45 (1979)

I’m a little short on posting time…

§ February 5th, 2014 § Filed under star trek § 5 Comments

…so here’s a picture of the Enterprise crew fighting a googly-eyed dinosaur (identified as a “tyrannosaurus” later in the story) with an inset pic of Badly-Rendered Kirk reciting the TV show’s intro:

What if Kirk recited that every day at the beginning of his bridge shift? That would be weird.

from Peter Pan Book & Record Set #PR-45 (1979)

“The magnet of self-revelation draws him on from facet to facet!”

§ November 25th, 2013 § Filed under star trek § 4 Comments

Over the years I’d seen plenty of the late ’70s Dynabrite comics, but mostly just the Disney ones. What’s nice about these Dynabrite comics is that they’re reprints of selected stories on nice white paper, with good printing, under thick covers. They’re sort of proto-trade paperbacks collections, staple-bound and inexpensive.

I’ve never seen the 1978 Star Trek Dynabrite reprints, collecting stories from the Gold Key series. At least, not until they showed up in a collection the other day:

Captain Kirk says “shop around, maybe you’ll find this comic for less than cover price!”

Actually, $0.69 wasn’t too bad for what you got. Comics were about 35 to 40 cents or thereabouts for the typical 32-page format (with about 20 or so pages of comics, more or less). The Dynabrite format was 48 pages, no ads, and white pages:

And if you were really lucky, you got a shot of Montgomery Scott with devil horns and breathing fire:

Minor spoilers for Star Trek and Doctor Who in this post. This is your only warning.

§ May 20th, 2013 § Filed under doctor who, star trek § 6 Comments

I’ve had a long Sunday, and normally I’d just skip a day of posting, since I’m not doing the “update the site every day because I’m a crazy person” thing anymore, but I do like to have a little something up every Monday.

I did manage to see both the new Star Trek movie and the Doctor Who season ender this past weekend, and…well, I hope the Trek folks got their “callbacks to the original series” thing out of their system, because in the two or three films that are likely left in this particular iteration of the reboot, I’d like to see a story that’s, you know, its own animal. I mean, okay, I’ll give them one film where we see what happens in the new timeline when they encounter a familiar-to-us face (well, kinda sorta, work with me here) from the past, with The Ol’ Twisteroos on familiar-to-us situations, and all-too-familiar-to-us bits of dialogue. I did enjoy the film, but I hope I don’t wait three to four years for the next film, and it turns out to be Star Trekkin’ Around Looking for Whales in the Past, But with The New Guys.

Also, a dumb Trek joke I made on Twitter, inspired by the Trek rebootings, got retweeted by Rob Liefeld, so it was all worth it.

The Doctor Who season-ender, on the other hand, benefited by a backwards glance or two, with cameos by previous Doctors via repurposed footage and stand-ins rushing by cameras in the various Doctors’ outfits. I always like seeing references to the previous Doctors in the current series, and since we’re leading up to the 50th anniversary, it’s certainly fitting that they’re popping up about now. And it’s all tied into an explanation for a season-long mystery, in the middle of what I thought was a fun and relatively clever story, which has me anticipating November’s actual anniversary special even more.

Plus, I know this is a bad thing to say, I know they’re overdoing it with these characters, I know getting what I want in this case will ruin the very thing I’m wanting…but I do so enjoy Madame Vastra, Jenny, and Strax when they appear, and hope for more appearances. Particularly Strax.

Just look at that adorable little guy.

“It’s life, Jim, but not as we know it.”

§ May 18th, 2013 § Filed under star trek § 6 Comments

Just a brief note to point you in the direction of some Star Trekkian goodness…

§ September 18th, 2012 § Filed under star trek § 4 Comments

…courtesy of the Great Stuffed Bull of the Galaxy, Bully: 100 Things That Make Star Trek Great, a real tour-DeForest of amusing pics and appropriate fontage. (Bully asks that you add your own Things That Make Star Trek Great in the comments, which, um, I may have done.)

Presumably, if you were of Vulcan heritage, you wouldn’t need the hat…

§ February 1st, 2011 § Filed under advertising, star trek § 6 Comments

…barring some kind of ear damage or loss in a koon-ut-kal-if-fee ritual, of course:

ad from Enterprise Incidents #23 (November 1984)

Frankly, #106 has me wondering.

§ January 30th, 2011 § Filed under star trek § 9 Comments

From a sci-fi collectibles catalog, circa 1987:

1. I wonder if there’s any overlap between the Starfleet Cook Book and this item?

2. Here’s a common Starfleet code: “The captain is in the ready room, preparing his mission report” = “Kirk’s makin’ time with another alien gal…better hold his calls.”

3. I suspect the Klingon Joke Book goes a little bit like this:

“Q: Why did the chicken cross the road?



…So you can see why it was banned.

“It is a real dirt-farmer’s soup; full-bodied and satisfying.”

§ January 12th, 2011 § Filed under star trek, the shat § 9 Comments

So anyway, we got one of these in the shop the other day…a really nice copy of the Official Star Trek Cooking Manual paperback from 1978:

Written by Mary Ann Piccard (yes, that’s sorta like “Jean-Luc Picard” I know) in the voice of Dr. McCoy’s nurse, Christine Chapel, who is logging and describing all of the favorite dishes of the Enterprise crew, the Klingons, the Federation, the Vulcans, and the Romulans (along with an appendix listing the favorites of the actual actors and creators of the show).

The recipes all include brief introductions from “Chapel,” like so:

Dr. McCoy is a most hardheaded, skeptical and scientific space medicine specialist. He is also a gentleman from Georgia where many families have loyally maintained traditions from the 19th century and earlier. It should not surprise us that his favorite dish is is a chicken pie made just as they were in the days when the kitchen was in a separate building behind the main house. This [recipe] serves 4 generously.”

(Beet Soup)
Chekov jokingly calls his borscht recipe Borzoi Borscht, after the swift wolfhounds, because it takes him so little time to prepare. This recipe serves from 4 to 6 people.”

(Cream of Spinach Soup)
Though this is sometimes confused with Plomeek Soup, it is actually a much more plebeian dish. It is a real dirt-farmer’s soup; full-bodied and satisfying. The spoonful of sour cream with which the Vulcan country women of long ago graced their plain fare was liken to a morning star shining through the first pale green streamers of the Vulcan dawn.”

Now, as one might expect, Captain Kirk is a special case. He, like everyone else in the book, has his wide variety of interestingly-named foodstuffs (“Deviled Potatoes,” “The Tribble’s Banquet,” “Oskaloosa Log,” “Schwarzwalder Torte”). But there, in the middle of the list, is a recipe simply named “Steak.”


Kirk has no need of fancypants names for his slabs of meat:

“Captain Kirk is a great steak fan. First choice with him is a steak grilled over a charcoal fire or an open wood fire. But a close second is a steak with a brush-on sauce that takes equally well to frying. With steak he likes baked potatoes, corn pudding, and coleslaw. This [recipe] will provide 8 servings.”

Unless of course Kirk himself is at the meal…his manly appetite requires all the servings.

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