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?

Spock-ColoringBookPage

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?

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

Your Moment of TrekZen*.

Today we celebrate the incredible prescience of Star Trek merchandising, which anticipated this very scenario nearly 35 years in advance. Remember this scene from the 2009 Star Trek film?

Or maybe it was by only 20 years or so, if we include the deleted scene from Star Trek Generations depicting Captain Kirk doing some orbital skydiving:

Now, if we could just get those groovy helmets officially on screen at some point….

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

Your Moment of TrekZen* – Classic Thanksgiving Edition!

We shall all sing songs of the Great Turkey Leg, on our way to the Stove O’ Kor.

Klingon Turkeys

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone. Here’s hoping you enjoy a restful holiday in the company of family and friends. For those unable to do so – service members, cops, firefighters, EMT’s and lots of other fine people answering a higher calling which precludes them from taking the day off – we thank you for your service and wish you a safe return home. And let’s not forget those who for whatever reason might be alone today, or who might need a helping hand.

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

Your Moment of TrekZen*.

From the Annals of Knock-Off and Even “WTF?” Merchandising comes Mr. Rock, Space Adventurer from Another Planet!

“What the hell?” I can hear many of you asking. According to the MegoCollector.com, this figure was produced and distributed by a company called Lincoln International during the 1970s, right about the time Mego was running and gunning with their super-slick and very fondly remembered line of 8″ action figures based on a number of comic, film, and TV characters, including the original Star Trek crew. Once the Mego’s version of Mr. Spock hit the market, this one pretty much disappeared, almost certainly in the hopes of avoiding a lawsuit.

Finding an original Mr. Rock figure – with or without his original packaging – is likely a Holy Grail item for serious collectors. Be sure to check out the page devoted to Mr. Rock on MegoCollector.com to see more/better pics of this little bit of hilarity.

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

Your Moment of TrekZen*.

“They were supposed to wear the brown pants. Oh well. Maybe next time.”

Deadpool-Spock

This hilarious gem comes to us by way of Canadian artist Marco D’Alfonso. Be sure to check out his website and his DeviantArt page for all kinds of awesome pop culture mashup goodness.

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

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)