A special Facsimile Edition replica is coming from IDW…
Marvel was the place to go for top-notch movie adaptations in the Bronze Age — and in 1979, the House of Ideas followed the meteoric success of its ongoing Star Wars series with an adaptation of the 1979 epic Star Trek: The Motion Picture, which was given the high-end treatment in the magazine-sized Marvel Super Special #15.
Now, with the 40th anniversary of Trek’s first foray onto the big screen coming in December — and as the film makes its way across the country in various celebratory screenings — IDW is set to publish the Star Trek: The Motion Picture Facsimile Edition, a magazine-sized replica of the Marvel Super Special issue, featuring all the original features and whatnot.
Check out the official blurb from the latest IDW solicitations:
Star Trek: The Motion Picture Facsimile Edition
Marv Wolfman (w) • Dave Cockrum & Klaus Janson (a) • Bob Larkin (c)
An alien presence of enormous power enters Federation space, destroying three powerful Klingon cruisers and neutralizing everything in its path. As it heads toward Earth, Admiral James T. Kirk returns to the helm of an upgraded U.S.S. Enterprise and sets course to meet the aggressor head-on. This spectacular adaptation, featuring work by industry legends Marv Wolfman, Dave Cockrum, and Klaus Janson, boldly re-presented in its original form!
FC • 64 pages • 8-1/2” x 11” • $5.99
• Re-presented in its original magazine form!
• Includes all the original essays, interviews, and glossary!
A few thoughts:
— Why IDW and not Marvel, which has its own robust Facsimile Edition program? Simple: IDW holds Star Trek’s comics publishing rights. The two publishers also have an excellent reprint relationship. Just think of all those Marvel Artist’s Editions.
— Check out that talent: Wolfman! Cockrum! Janson! Larkin! Come on!
— According to Diamond, the issue will be out Dec. 18. (The movie opened in North America on Dec. 7, 1979.)
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