Part work publisher Eaglemoss – whose other titles include Comic Heroes, the Marvel Fact Files, the Doctor Who Collection, Game of Thrones and Star Trek: The Official Starships Collection – are currently road testing the Star Trek Graphic Novel Collection ahead of a full roll out if early test sales support the project.On sale in only selected areas of the UK, including Nuneaton, Leamington Spa in Warwickshire and Reading, part work publishers regularly use retail sales to see if a project has the kind of response that justifies a full roll out of the title into ongoing production.
According to the title’s web site, the collection will feature representations of every Star Trek comic published in US format – but not, it appears, the US-publishged newspaper strips.
The project will also feature the British Star Trek comics published in Joe 90: Top Secret and TV21, which are being collected in beautiful hardback books by IDW (the first volume of three is on sale now and we’ve reviewed it here).
“With this collection you can revisit all the classic characters and incredible art from the Star Trek comic archives,” the site announces. “Every edition has a specially-commissioned introduction to provide context to the story. Every book contains a number of collected comics and a bonus reprint of one of the comic archive’s classic stories.”
The reprints will also include the Gold Key comics, which started in 1967 during the show’s second season, created before Star Trek gained cult status, Marvel’s Star Trek comics published between 1979 and 1981, Malibu’s 1990s Star Trek: Deep Space Nine comics, which include two special issues written by Star Trek actors, the DC Comics line, Marvel’s later Star Trek comics, the current IDW stories, along with those published by TokyoPop and others.
This is, as noted above, a test publication – as with other such tests, such as the Eaglemoss Gerry Anderson strip collection trialled some time back, it may not yet go to full release. But given Eaglemoss’ success with both graphic novel, figurine and other Star Trek titles, this could well get the traction needed to get a green light.
The founder of downthetubes, which he established in 1998. John works as a comics and magazine editor, writer, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. He is currently editor of Star Trek Explorer, published by Titan – his third tour of duty on the title originally titled Star Trek Magazine.
Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Babylon 5 Magazine, and more. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War” and “Dan Dare”.
He’s the writer of “Pilgrim: Secrets and Lies” for B7 Comics; “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood.