The summer of 1989 saw the release of Star Trek V: The Final Frontier which was met with a tepid reaction at the box office. Later that year DC Comics relaunched their Star Trek title with a new #1 scripted by Peter David, which picked up shortly after the events of The Final Frontier. This second volume would eventually run 80 issues before it wrapped up in 1996 and interesting enough, they are not considered to be canon.
In Star Trek #1 we are introduced to new Enterprise crew members, most notably is Lieutenant M’yra an female humanoid with horns and a tail that desperately wants to have sex with Sulu. (Which I have discussed here before). Lt. M’yra is an invention for the comics and clearly of the late 80s mold, and could very well be a distant cousin of Blue Devil.
Of course we need an ominous threat for Captain James T. Kirk and his crew to face down, which comes in the form of The Salla of the Nasgul. After rescuing a fugitive Nasgul named Argus from certain death, Kirk finds himself in the midst of a civil war. The Nasgul are a race of aliens that appear to come from the same family tree is Mongul (again great job DC) whose imperious leader has the ability to telepathically melt people’s faces off.
And now that Kirk has interfered, he is targeted by The Salla of the Nasgul. And if things couldn’t get any worse for Kirk, the Klingon Ambassador to the Federation has put a bounty on his head.
I have never waded any further into the Star Trek comics than this first issue despite my lifelong appreciation for all things Trek. I am going to be completely honest here by saying that I have absolutely no desire to explore this series any further.
As a franchise I tend to believe that Star Trek is not necessarily suited to the funny books. You can look to the success of Star Wars who has had a great run across two publishers (Marvel & Dark Horse). But in that example you have a space opera filled with Jedi Knights, Sith Lords, and Stormtroopers. The are leaps and bounds more exciting than political intrigue and space battles between capital warships.
If you find yourself with literally nothing better to do I’m sure you’ll be able to pick up more than a few Star Trek back issues in your local comic book shop’s dollar bins.
In honor of the release of Star Trek Into Darkness it will be Star Trek Week here at DDOY. In the coming week I’ll be sharing some of my favorite things Trek. Every day I will have a brand new featured article along with periodic visits to the archives.
If you care to join in the festivities this week here at DDOY by sharing your favorite Star Trek memories such as: embarrassing cosplay adventures, your favorite Trek collectibles, or even your defense of Star Trek: Voyager send me an email me at jon [at] doubledumbassonyou.com
Again, welcome aboard and please …. no Star Trek Into Darkness spoilers.
I thoroughly enjoy the cult classic The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across The 8th Dimension, however I find this piece of marketing from 1984 to be incredibly awful. The movie is hard enough to explain nearly thirty years later, how would a kid reading Power Man & Iron Fist #110 even begin to fathom what in the actual hell the movie was all about?
Everyone ready to follow along? I’ll meet you at the bottom …
Still with me? Great. Now to make up for what I just subjected you too here’s the greatest end credits scene ever to be filmed.
Have you heard that sucking vortex sound in the Greater Philadelphia today? That would be the sound of scores of disheartened Browncoats who discovered that their Captain Reynolds, Nathan Fillion had cancelled his appearance at Wizard World Philadelphia Comic Con.
The news broke late last night on Wizard World’s Facebook page, which was met with much disappointment and anger. Up until yesterday afternoon Wizard World was still selling touting high priced VIP packages, photo ops, and meet and greets with Fillion and the other Firefly/Serenity stars that are still scheduled to appear: Adam Baldwin, Jewel Staite, and Summer Glau.
I will give the folk at Wizard World some credit as they are offering full refunds on certain Fillion-related VIP packages. Unfortunately for some flights and hotel had already been booked expressly for the chance to meet Fillion.
Today Wizard World sent out an official press release which you can find in its entirety after the jump. Continue reading
Thank to the popularity the Travel Channel hit series Toy Hunter, a lot of vintage toys produced by The Ideal Toy Company are becoming very popular once again, especially their line of Evel Knivel merchandise. It’s not hard to imagine why these toys sold so well, this vintage ad from 1973 is entirely too cool.
Evil Knivel by Ideal Toys circa 1973
I pulled this ad from Marvel Team-Up Featuring Spider-Man and Mister Fantastic #17, January 1974. There is just so much to love about this ad, from the composition to the blurb about how the Stunt Cycle can jump your “encyclopedias volumes A through W”
If you have a vintage toy ad that you would like featured here, send it to jon [@] doubledumbassonyou.com
After the credits rolled in my sold out 6:20PM showing last night for Iron Man 3, I have to say that I’ve never been more proud of myself of staying spoiler-free for a Marvel Cinematic Universe movie. In what I consider Robert Downey Jr.’s finest outing as Tony Stark, the big (and even the subtle) reveals are genuinely exciting, and completely unexpected based on the marketing for the film.
With Director Shane Black at the helm (who also co-wrote) there is in fact more Tony Stark “man of action” than Iron Man through the first two acts of the film, which carries us up to the huge reveal about The Mandarin and his nebulous terrorist organization. There are things that I absolutely loved about Iron Man 3, while there are some nitpicks that I’ll discuss after the jump. BE WARNED — Spoilers From This Point Forward –
While I may not be the biggest Star Wars fan, I certainly have an appreciation for the original Trilogy. So in celebration of Star Wars Day, here are some of my favorite Star Wars related pieces in my collection.
From (L-R) Vinylmation Star Wars Series 1 R2D2, Disney Star Wars (Park Exclusive) Donald Duck as Stormtrooper, Vintage Collection Boba Fett, Mini Muggs Darth Vader
Mail order advertisements from old comic books are the gifts that keep on giving. Today’s spotlight is for the Zorcom Spaceship which is billed as a “dynamic new space adventure kids can really get into!”.
In reality it was a cardboard box with “astonishing graphics” that could be used in a variety of configurations (read standing up or on its side).
For only $12.95 plus shipping & handling you could join Zorcom in his spaceship or steal Zorcom’s spaceship … I’m not really sure what or who Zorcom is specifically. Is it a person? A corporate entity? A fleet? If only I had a time machine that could take me back to 1983 to get all the answers I desperately need!!!!
In combing through my pile of comic books from the 1980s I came across this ridiculously awesome advertisement for Masters of The Universe – The Power of He-Man video game for the Atari 2600. I have a feeling that the artwork was far more exciting than the actual gameplay. I can’t say I ever fired this up on Intellivision, anyone have any positive things to say about this one?
And looks like my assertion was correct this gameplay looked pretty rough, even by 1983 standards …
Do you like villains and big ridiculous LEGO vehicles? Then Shredder’s Dragon Bike is the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle licensed set you have been waiting for. I tend to stay away from these kind of sets, big ridiculous vehicles that look good but wind up lacking in the details.
Of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle sets that I picked up during the last LEGO VIP promotion, this is the one I was the least enthused about. For the $24.99 MSRP you do make out pretty well with three minifigures: Donatello, Shredder, and a Foot Soldier.
Without a doubt my favorite part of this set is the Motorized Sewer Skate, which harkens back to one of my all time favorite classic TMNT toys.
The build goes pretty quickly and in terms of playability, this set really is a good pickup for the target demographic … not necessarily the AFOL type collector. For some reason there are zero, absolutely zero controls for Shredder’s Dragon bike. No steering wheel, control levers, not even a printed panel. That may sound like a ridiculous gripe, but come on LEGO you can do better than that.
And much like the previous TMNT set I’ve reviewed, Kraang Lab Escape the printing and accessories for the minifigures are very well done. In the end I might offer of Shredder’s Dragon Bike up on eBay due to the fact that I don’t have the display space available to keep it. The third and final set I will be reviewing is Turtle Lair Attack (79103) which is still in the box.