From the late 70s to early 80s, a syndicated Star Trek comic strip ran in various newspapers across the United States. The strip, originally written and drawn by Thomas Warkentin (he eventually passed the torch to writer Sharman DiVono and artist Ron Harris), chronicled events that took place after the first film featuring the U.S.S. Enterprise Crew, 1966’s Star Trek. It was presented in black and white during the week; Sunday’s strips were in color.
For those either too young to remember the strip or too old to have a good enough memory to recall it, IDW offers Star Trek: The Newspaper Strips, Volume One. This tome contains ten full story arcs from the strip, all “lovingly restored” by the Library of American Comics. An introduction from noted Star Trek expert Rich Handley describing the history of the strip is also thrown in for good measure.
“Even most die-hard Trek fans have never seen these strips,” series editor Dean Mullaney said in a press release. “It’s going to be a real treat!”
Star Trek: The Newspaper Strips, Volume One (264 pages, partial color) will be available as an 8.5”x11” hardcover book in October for $49.99.