You need a lot of wall space to be a serious Star Trek fan these days, and the reason why is Juan Ortiz. The designer and comic book artist has created 80 movie posters – one for each episode in the original Trek TV series starring William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy (or Star Trek: The Original Series in the parlance) – all of them illustrated by Ortiz in a retro style that evokes the sci-fi pulp and psychedelic pop of the far-out, space race sixties. He began making the images just for himself, and just for a few episodes. But then Ortiz showed them to CBS Studios (which owns the Trek trademark), and the company commissioned him to tackle the entire series. (You can read more about the backstory at startrek.com).
Since August, CBS and partner Quantum Mechanix have been making sets of four prints available each month for purchase; you can check out the first two waves here and here. They include such essential episodes as “The City on the Edge of Forever” and “Balance of Terror.”
This month’s quartet includes Ortiz’s treatment of the classic “The Trouble With Tribbles,” in which the Enterprise is overrun by furbies that reproduce like rabbits on ‘roids, and “Let That Be Your Last Battlefield,” featuring a memorable guest turn by Frank Gorshin (The Riddler from the ’60s Batman TV series) as a half-black/half-white alien and Lou Antonio as a half-white/half-black alien. (Yes, there is a profound difference between the two races… or is there?!? Debate.) Take a gander – they’re geek purrrrrty.
The other two in the set will be revealed at startrek.com on the evening of Oct. 1.