Thursday, March 26, 2015

Remembering Leonard Nimoy With Spock Covers

"'It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.'  Message, Spock?"

"None that I'm conscious, perhaps, for happy birthday."

-Kirk and Spock exchange from Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

With this, it's time to take a look back at a little of the best and worst of Spock's covers on Star Trek comics, to best remember Leonard Nimoy on his birthday.

Gold Key

The first Star Trek series, it began in July, 1967, and lasted 61 issues until March, 1979 (more here!).


Marvel adapted Star Trek: The Motion Picture over the first three issues, and continued on from their with 18 issues from April, 1980 to February, 1982.

DC Comics First Series

Picking up after Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, DC's first Star Trek series, lasting 56 issues from February, 1984 to November, 1988.  Probably the best, mixing the movie and TV eras, with 3 Annuals as well, and having a lot of fun with the mythos.

DC Comics Who's Who in Star Trek

Covering characters from the TV Show, the Animated Series, the comics and the movies, all you needed to know about Star Trek (up to that time); two issues, the one featuring Spock here, and came out in 1987.

DC Comics Star Trek III and IV Adaptations

Adaptations of Star Trek III: The Search For Spock, which came out in October, 1984, and Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, which came out in 1987.

DC Comics Star Trek V and VI Adaptations

DC's adaptations of Star Trek V: The Final Frontier in 1989, and the last voyage of the original crew in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country in 1992.

DC Comics Second Series

The longest running Star Trek comic series, with 80 issues from October, 1989 to February, 1996....starting in the movie continuity, and heading back to pre-original series stories at the end (and having 6 Annuals of its own).

DC Comics Annuals

DC had two series of Annuals, the first running 3 issues from 1985, 1986 and 1988.  The second running 6 issues from 1990 to 1995, focusing mostly on the past of the crew.

DC Comics Spock in Next Generation

Due to the long life of Vulcans, Spock met with the cast of Star Trek: The Next Generation in the 2-part Unification storyline on their show; and it was reflected in the comics, with Star Trek: The Next Generation: the Modala Imperative in 1991 and in Star Trek: The Next Generation Annual #6 in 1995.

Marvel Comics Various Series

Marvel got Star Trek back in 1996, and chose to focus on other eras of Star Trek (like Deep Space Nine) than the original (though they did have Star Trek Unlimited, 10 issues focusing on the original and Next Generation), but did have Star Trek: Starfleet Academy for 20 issues from December, 1996 to June, 1998, and had Ambassador Spock in one issue, and Star Trek: Early Voyages, 17 issues from February, 1997 to June, 1998, which focused on Spock's days on the Enterprise with Captain Pike all under Marvel's Paramount Comics banner. 

DC Comics/Wildstorm

DC got Star Trek back again under it's Wildstorm label in 2000, and tried more of a mini-series approach, focusing on all the eras (mostly Next Generation and Voyager), keeping them mostly separate, but in various short runs.  Of particular note was a Spock/Sarek story in 2001's Star Trek: Enter the Wolves, dealing with the Cardassians, closer to the Next Generation era.

IDW Publishing

In 2007, IDW took on the original Enterprise crew....and gave us alien spotlights as well.

IDW Star Trek Year Four

IDW gave us a Star Trek Year Four mini-series of 6 issue in July, 2007 to January, 2008, then a second Star Trek Year Four: Enterprise Experiment mini-series of 5 issues from April, 2008 to August, 2008 (this one with partial script by original Star Trek series writer, D. C. Fontana).

IDW Continues All Star Trek

IDW gave a 4 issue prequel to the 2009 Star Trek movie (which had Leonard Nimoy as Spock), as well as Star Trek: Mission's End, a five issue series from March, 2009 to July, 2009, featuring an ending to the original crew's original 5 year mission (and IDW has many other fine Star Trek comics as well!).

IDW's Star Trek: Spock: Reflections

IDW focused on the many eras of Spock for 4 issues of Star Trek: Spock: Reflections from July, 2009 to October, 2009.

IDW comes full circle

IDW finally gives us a comic adaptation of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan with 3 issues in 2009, and continues boldly going where no one...has gone before!

Another exchange from Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan...Dr. McCoy and Admiral Kirk, talking about the passage of Spock....

"He's not really dead.  As long as we remember him."

"It's a far, far better thing I do than I have ever done before.  A far better resting place that I go to than I have ever known...Something Spock was trying to tell me.  On my birthday."

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