A complete collection of Star Trek comics all in one small package, readily available and inexpensively–is it possible? The answer coming from Graphic Imaging Technology this Fall is a big yes, with a DVD-ROM with scans of every Trek comic book released from 1967 to 2002 in an easily browsable archive. TrekMovie has an exclusive first look at Star Trek The Complete Comic Book Collection.
This September, GITCorp (Graphic Imaging Technology) is releasing the first of three DVD packages containing archives of the Star Trek comics. This first release, due September 1st, has an expected retail price of $49.99, and contains every single published Star Trek comic book from the first Gold Key Comics in 1967 through to the Wildstorm comics published up until 2002*. The only comics not included in the DVD archive are those from the current Trek comic licensee, IDW. All told, there are over 500 individual issues, comprising one-shot graphic novels, full series, mini-series, and more.
Each issue is being scanned by the company, cover to cover, including all of the advertising, and stored in individual PDF archives. GITCorp is using an interface similar to their prior DVD comic collections to access the PDFs in the collection. The DVDs can be used on both Windows and Macintosh computers.
From the first Gold Keys to the last Wildstorms, all in one box
Putting together a collection spanning four decades has not been an easy task, especially due to the fact that Trek comics have been produced by so many different publishers over the years. According to Ray Pelosi from GITCorp, it has been a daunting to get all the comics and to sort out all the licensing issues required to bring it to market and he thanks CBS Products for all the help they provided to make it all happen.
Box Artwork for the first release has just been finalized and TrekMovie has an exclusive first look. The cover, seen above, is based on the cover of the third issue of the original Marvel Comics series (the adaptation of the first Motion Picture). Unfortunately, the original artwork was unusable, but Mike Collins, the original artist, agreed to redo the image for use on the DVD set.
More to come from GIT
Once this first collection is released, two more are planned to tie in with the upcoming Star Trek movie release. The first of these is an Original Series set, that will contain all of the comic books based on the crew of Captain Kirk, including crossover issues, and will also contain the “Early Voyages” series featuring Captain Pike in the stories that take place not long after the events of the original pilot, “The Cage”. This set is expected to be released around the time of the new movie, and has a suggested retail price of $29.99.
The third collection on the agenda is a movie related set, possibly including images, trailers, and so forth from the new movie. The suggested price would be $9.99, and the set would be available in movie theatres. The precise details have not yet been confirmed, but when they are, we’ll let you know.
Get your collection
Star Trek The Complete Comic Book Collection DVD works with both Windows and Macintosh computers. It arrives September 1st and is available for preorder now from Amazon for $49.95.
* according to both Memory Alpha and the Star Trek Comics Checklist, the Wildstorm Star Trek publishing license ended in 2001 (and not 2002). TrekMovie is inquiring as to the discrepancy.