No. 213 – Doomsday Machines

Prog 80’s (1978) Dan Dare story The Doomsday Machine (progs 7985), written by Roy Preston (under the pseudonym Henry Miller) and drawn by Trevor Goring and Gary Leach v various classic spacecraft and paraphernalia from cinema, television and comics; specifically (clockwise from top):

  1. Wings Over the World[1] aircraft from [H.G. Wells’ (1866–1946)] Things to Come (United Artists, 1936)
  2. Thunderbird-3 from Gerry (MBE, 1929–2012) and Sylvia Anderson’s (1927–2016) Thunderbirds (ITC Entertainment, 1965–1966)
  3. The Machine Man/Maria (played by Brigitte Helm (1906–1996)) from Fritz Lang’s (1890–1976) Metropolis (Ufa/Parufamet, 1927)
  4. Eagle Transporter from Space: 1999[2] (ITC Entertainment, 1975–1977)
  5. X-wing starfighter from George Lucas’ Star Wars (20th Century Fox, 1977)
  6. Anastasia, Dare’s own spacecraft, first appearing in the story Red Moon Mystery in Eagle comic (Hulton Press, 1951)
  7. Biog alien spacecraft from Dan Dare
  8. USS Enterprise[3] from Gene Roddenberry’s (1921–1991) Star Trek (1966–1969)
  9. Possibly Fireball XL5 from the television series of the same name (ITC Entertainment, 1962–1963), and perhaps drawn from a reference image in which the tailfin configuration was unclear – but it’s been so long that, when consulted, even Mr. Goring himself couldn’t remember. If you’ve got a better guess, drop us a line

Notes:

  1. “Wings Over the World” is the rather awkward title of the post-apocalyptic civilisation appearing in the film
  2. Gerry and Sylvia Anderson, creators of Thunderbirds, were also intrinsically involved in the production of Space: 1999
  3. NCC [Naval Construction Contract] -1701 is the Enterprise’s registration number

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No. 193 – It’s Life, Jim…

Ian Gibson’s cover for prog 1232’s (2001) Judge Dredd story Star Drekk: A Space Fantasy, written by John Wagner and drawn by Anthony Williams, colours by Chris BlytheGene Roddenberry’s (1921–1991) Star Trek; pictured here the original series cast [left to right, back row]: Lieutenant Hikaru Kato Sulu (George Takei), Lieutenant Nyota Uhura (Nichele Nichols), Ensign Pavel Chekov (Walter Koenig), Yeoman Janice Rand (Grace Lee Whitney (1930–2015)), Dr. Leonard “Bones” McCoy (DeForest Kelly (1920–1999)), Lieutenant Commander Montgomery “Scotty” Scott (James Doonan (1920–2005)), and [front row]: Captain James Tiberius “Jim” Kirk (William Shatner) and Commander* Spock (Leonard Nimoy (1931–2015))

Easily surpassing in cult status even its closest rival** for fan zealotry, Star Trek has since 1966 become a bona fide pop culture phenomenon, due at least in part to its uncharacteristically positive take on the future of humankind within the sci-fi genre; inspiring not only a host of films, television shows, comics, magazines, books, pop songs, merchandising, a language, and endless parodies, but also several documentary feature films such as Scott Colthorp’s Trek Nation (Paramount Pictures, 2011), William Shatner’s The Captains (Movie Central/The Movie Network/Epix/Corus Entertainment/Ballinran Entertainment, 2011), and also his TV film Chaos on the Bridge (CTD, 2014), For the Love of Spock (455 Films, 2016), among others; and even two documentary feature films about Star Trek fandom itself: Roger Nygard’s Trekkies† (Paramount Pictures, 1997) and Trekkies 2 (Paramount Pictures, 2004); not to mention inspiring non-canon films such as Galaxy Quest (DreamWorks Pictures, 1999) and Please Stand By (Magnolia Pictures, 2017), and the television series The Orville (20th Television, 2017– ).

And now we’re going to exhaustively list all the TV shows and films for the sake of completeness, because we like lists, and also so we have enough room to sprinkle this entry with amusing screen grabs from the Dredd story – so, television shows: Star Trek (CTD, 1966–1969), [sequels to the original series] Star Trek: The Animated Series (CTD, 1973–1975), Star Trek: The Next Generation (CTD, 1987–1994), Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993–1999), Star Trek: Voyager (CTD, 1995–2001), [prequels to the original series] Star Trek: Enterprise [or Enterprise] (CTD, 2001–2005) and Star Trek: Discovery (CTD, 2017– ); and [original series-based] films: Star Trek: The Motion Picture (Paramount Pictures, 1979), Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan (Paramount Pictures, 1982), Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (Paramount Pictures, 1984), Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (Paramount Pictures, 1986), Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (Paramount Pictures, 1989), Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (Paramount Pictures, 1991), [Next Generation films] Star Trek: Generations (Paramount Pictures, 1994), Star Trek: First Contact (Paramount Pictures, 1996), Star Trek: Insurrection (Paramount Pictures, 1998), Star Trek: Nemesis (Paramount Pictures, 2002), [original series reboot films] Star Trek (Paramount Pictures, 2009), Star Trek into Darkness (Paramount Pictures, 2013) and Star Trek Beyond (Paramount Pictures, 2016). Phew.

*Not “Mr.” – he’s the Science Officer and First/Executive Officer, i.e. second-in-command
**Star Wars Or Star Trek, The Fans Have Spoken – Forbes 04 May 2017; ‘Star Trek’ or ‘Star Wars’: Which is the greater franchise? – The Tylt 2016
†Although elements within Star Trek fandom itself insist that the correct term for fans is “Trekkers”