Your Moment of TrekZen.*

The toys of my youth, when strict onscreen accuracy took a backseat to our imaginations on our way to hella fun.

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That’s right, kids: back when I was 9 years old, these were the bomb. No, the “real” U.S.S. Enterprise didn’t shoot fat orange discs out the front of its saucer section, and neither did the Space: 1999 Eagle ever sport green as part of its color scheme. And let’s not even talk about the Enterprise‘s shuttlecraft.

I never managed to get my hands on the Enterprise (or the Klingon cruiser that was also available), but I do have distinct memories of breaking at least one Eagle.

Ah, the good old days.

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Your Moment of TrekZen.*

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I have no idea where this originates. I did a Google image search and came up blanks. If anyone knows the creator and the story behind it, please let me know. As a kid of the late 1970s/early 80s and the arcade game craze of that era, I absolutely love this.

EDIT: As you can read down the comments, we now have a source for this image! An artist who goes by the moniker Ratigan is responsible for this little slice of Trek Awesomeness. Be sure to head over to his/her profile page on TeePublic.com and check out a whole host of slick designs.

And just so you know? Kirk’s going to totally kick Picard’s ass.

(* = inspired by the “Your Moment of Zen” segments from The Daily Show)

Your Moment of TrekZen*.

Given the recent revelations about Spock on Star Trek: Discovery, this page from an old Star Trek coloring book might take on new meaning. It looks like periodic experiments with facial hair are something of a family thing, hmm?

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Now, I know what you’re thinking: “Come on, Dayton. This picture is just silly. It’s obvious it comes from one of those quickie coloring books done in the late 1960s or early 1970s, right? You know, the ones that look like they just repurposed art from the old Gold Key comics?”

StarTrek-AlienColoringBookWell, this is where it gets interesting. After doing some digging I found this page in a copy of The Star Trek Alien Coloring Book, which was one of (at least) four published in 1986 by Wanderer Books, at the time an imprint of Simon & Schuster. Each of which carries the “Star Trek 20 Years: 1966-1986″ logo. A couple of those books actually do use what looks to be recreations or repurposing of artwork from different Gold Key Star Trek comics from back in the day, but the other two feature what looks to be fairly new art. At least, I didn’t see it during a quick perusal of other such publications. Maybe they were anticipating Sybok three years later in Star Trek V: The Final Frontier?

“Wait,” I can hear someone saying. “How were you able to research Star Trek coloring books? Coloring books? Really?”

Look, people: I’m a professional, and professionals tend to amass a broad spectrum of research material. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it. Anyway, I think we can all agree that I’ve already spent too much time thinking about this. Just take the page and get to coloring, all right?

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Your Moment of TrekZen*.

Because sooner or later, if you keep rilin’ them and tryin’ to keep them caged up rather than allowing them to roam free, they’re gonna get mighty pissed.

I only just today learned that this is actually a licensed T-shirt design. You can obtain it from places as varied as Walmart, Amazon.com, and various other online T-shirt retailers. I think the design is hilarious, though I confess I tend toward darker colors for my shirts of choice.

What this does do for me, however, is make me want to write a series of scary yet kid-friendly Star Trek tales based on various original series episodes.

Hmmmm…….

(* = inspired by the “Your Moment of Zen” segments from The Daily Show)

Your Moment of TrekZen*.

Yet another overlooked piece of the Star Trek mythos I think is waaaaaaaaaaaay overdue for a comeback.

Tell me I’m wrong.

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Another in a series of…”interesting” choices so far as early day Star Trek merchandising. One of my Writing Bucket List items is to see to it that this bad boy ends up in a Star Trek story at some point. By hook or by crook, I will do this…….

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Your Moment of TrekZen*.

Somewhere, in an alternate timeline, these books exist, and they are glorious.

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This little slice of awesome was created by an artist who goes by the handle of “Johnny Radar.” Over on his DeviantArt page, this is just one of several such mock book covers he’s rendered which re-imagine various Star Trek episodes, characters, etc. as old-school pulpy SF covers from the days of yesteryear. As a collector of such tomes, this sort of thing just tickles my funny bone. There are a few I’d love to have as prints, because they’re Just. That. Cool.

If you’re a fan of Star Trek and/or classic SF cover art, then be sure to wander over and check out Johnny Radar’s work.

(* = inspired by the “Your Moment of Zen” segments from The Daily Show)